With all of the recent snow we have been getting, team Jelt is craving some ski trips! Luckily for us, our backyard is home to some of the best skiing in the world!
Being locals and all, we know a few things about some of the local resorts in our area. For all of you visiting or looking for where to head out this year, here is a list of our favorite top 5 ski resorts in the Montana area.
Of course, we have to list our local resort, Bridger Bowl as number one. Not only does it an amazing array of terrain, but the "ski the cold snow" small-town atmosphere makes it feel like home every time we are up there. We love the 20-minute access to the ridge and of course The Griz for some aprés fun.
When we can make the trip, we love heading up to Whitefish for a day of #jelting on "Big Mountain." Whitefish offers 3,000 acres of sprawling skiable terrain at a great value and we love the family-friendly laid back vibe on resort and in town. The tree runs are great and you can usually find powder stashes everywhere! Whitefish is also the perfect town for aprés #jelting with an array of bars and delicious restaurants. A Jelt favorite, Tupelo Grille!
Located in Philipsburg, Montana, Discovery Ski Area has three faces to their mountain making it perfect for a family ski day and riders of all levels. We love the front facing slope which offers a combination of slightly sloped runs and advanced groomed cruisers. There is also a great amount of steeper groomed runs and mogul skiing. On the backside, there is access to some of the steepest skiable terrain in Montana. The town of Philipsburg is also a great gem in itself.
If you are looking for high-quality runs and great resort accommodations, you can't go wrong with Big Sky. We love heading up to Big Sky to treat ourselves to the expansive terrains and stunning views. It also feels amazing taking a tram lap and rewarding ourselves at Scissorsbills Saloon for a local brew.
Snow Bowl is built on two peaks and has 2,600 feet of continuous vertical drop. Paradise is a three-mile-long cruiser. Grizzly rolls down 2,000 feet through steep terrain. There are plenty of un-named winders through the forest. Ski or ride all day long, from open to close, and never take the same line twice. The Grizzly Chair covers 2,000 vertical feet, taking skiers and riders to the mid-mountain, where they can access runs like Grizzly and Second Thought. From the mid-mountain skiers and riders can ride the LaVelle Creek Chair to the peak, to access steep chutes and bowls.
Spring skiing is better than ever right now so get out there!