Most people don’t think of Three Forks when they envision a magical ski vacation, but that just means they’re missing out. We’ll let you in on the secret: with four world-class resorts within two hours of Three Forks (and two bonus options that clock in at less than three hours drive time), you can still enjoy a little time on the slopes without having a ski-dominated getaway. If you’re traveling with someone who can’t stand spending a day sitting by the fire while you shred (or vice versa), a stay at the Sacajawea gives you both what you’re looking for. So check out these ultimate powder spots, and hit the slopes.
Big Sky Resort
Big Sky is the biggest ski hill in the United States, and it’s well worth the hour and a half drive from the Sacajawea. You won’t get bored on these 5,800 acres of primo powder. With plenty of terrain to go around, it keeps lift lines short and excitement high. If you are traveling with a sweetie who would prefer to do anything but ski, they’ll love the on-mountain services at this full-service, world-class resort, from shopping to fine dining.
Bozeman’s community ski hill at Bridger Bowl has seen countless pros come up on its famous cold smoke. Even when the other side of the mountain range looks bare and brown, you can still find secret powder stashes at Bridger. And for those who don’t want to ski it up, Bozeman is just 16 miles away for a day of exploring.
Discovery Ski Area
With more than 200 inches of snow each season, it’s no wonder Discovery Ski Area is so well known in this little corner of the Rockies. Located near Anaconda, off of the Pintler Scenic Loop outside of Georgetown Lake, this hidden gem is one worth discovering. Nearby Philipsburg holds host to a brewery worth the après-ski stop, too.
Head up to Helena, and try out Great Divide. This is a local ski hill that you’ll love on a powder day, and if life takes you to Montana’s capital, it’s a superb stop. And for anyone who would rather shop and explore than carve turns, Helena is a quaint Montana spot worth a gander.
Maverick Mountain Ski Area
If you want to stray off the beaten path and get deep into Montana’s ski scene, the few short hours to drive to Maverick will tempt you. Since this one-lift hill is only open Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and holidays, it’s a great place to go powder hunting if it snowed midweek. You can still get fresh tracks several days later. For a quick relax after your day slopeside, stop at Elkhorn Hot Springs for a soak before you head back to Three Forks.
Lost Trail Powder Mountain
When powder is right in its name, you know Lost Trail is a good bet. This four-lift hill has a reputation for consistently good snow conditions, so when others disappoint, this is still worth a try. And when conditions are optimal...well, let’s just say that you can’t keep us off the slope!
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