All Downhill From Here: Missoula’s Local Ski Areas

Missoula isn’t just river floats and craft beer – we’re a hub for skiers/snowboarders and cold-weather enthusiasts. With four resorts in under 2 hours from the Comfort Inn’s front door and backcountry opportunities abound, there’s something for everyone.

Snowbowl – for the local hangout

Drive Time: 30 minutes

A Missoula classic. Snowbowl is a quick drive from the city, making it a local go-to all winter. While they have groomed trails for beginners, the real allure comes with Snowbowl’s 2600 feet of vertical drop. If you’re looking to catch first chair, steep runs and a cold beer at the end of the day, head for Snowbowl (or hop on their shuttle).

Discovery – for the whole crew

Drive Time: 1 hour 35 minutes

When you’re hitting the hill with family and friends, chances are you’re all riding at different levels. When that’s the case we suggest driving to Discovery Ski Area. With three faces and 74 runs, Discovery gives everyone the freedom to find their sweet spot. Rolling groomers meet steep moguls at this diverse park and the Tap ’er Lite Bar offers a warm hangout for midday breaks.

Lost Trail – for the powder hounds

Drive Time: 1 hour 50 minutes

If powder is your top priority, chances are you’re headed to Lost Trail. This ski area straddles the Continental Divide, so you can shred from one state to another while basking their 300+ inches of annual snowfall. If the powdery conditions have you feeling courageous, check out their full terrain park.

Lookout Pass – for the early birds

Drive Time: 1 hour 40 minutes

If you’ve ever made the drive from Missoula to Spokane, chances are you’ve seen Lookout along the mountain pass. Though on the smaller side, Lookout Pass packs a punch with 34 runs, two terrain parks and powdery conditions. The best part of all is the time change: even though the park sits right on the border of Montana and Idaho, they operate on Pacific Standard Time so you can get that extra hour of sleep in Missoula and still make it for early morning runs!