Discovery Ski Area

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8,150 feet


1,670 feet


210 inches


614 (not including tree skiing)




So what if the skiers wear Carhartt overalls and the bumps grow to certified Angus sizes—hit it right, and you might find yourself free-falling through hip-deep powder on some of the steepest (45 degrees) lift-serviced runs in the state.

First Tracks:

If there's more than six inches, take Mother Lode or Haunted Forest to the back-side lift, Limelight. Both runs plunge off the ridge—affording 1,000 feet of fall-line skiing. Farm everything you can off Limelight (including the tree shots to skier's far right) before heading to the Granite Lift.Must-Hit: Play around in the steep and shady Snaggle Tooth and Spooky Hollow areas (off Limelight as well), looking for natural hits and soft landings.

Après: If you like the sounds of John Madden's turducken dinner, stop into the Chalet Bearmouth in Clinton (right off I-90 on the way back to Missoula) for a Trout Slayer Ale and a Bearmouth burger: a pork-sausage patty with Swiss cheese and a beef patty with American cheese lovingly placed on the same bun.

The Tip: 35 minutes west on I-90 is Fairmont Hot Springs. Book a ski-and-stay deal for $165 per night, which includes two lift tickets, lodging, and unlimited use of hot springs. (800-332-3272;