Bitterroot Valley Montana Backcountry, Telemark Skiing

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Backcountry Skiing

Four nearby backcountry yurts and lodges offer a unique experience for backcountry skiers. Day trips are endless as well. Enjoy the side-country at Snowbowl, easily accessible backcountry along Lost Trail Pass, or go deep into the Bitterroot National Forest. Read More

Where can I go backcountry skiing?

Lost Trail Pass
Backcountry skiing access is either available from the ski area (off the backside of chairs 2 and 4) or you can explore from the cross country ski trailhead.

A few backcountry skiing zones are easily accessible from Montana Snowbowl. Try Jenni Lake Basin or the Point Six area. Access is through backcountry gates only.

Lolo Peak
Follow Hwy 93 to Hwy 12 west and then turn south on Mormon Peak Road. The Carlton Ridge offers the most popular backcountry access but there are many options.

Backcountry Yurts and Lodges
Four backcountry yurts and lodges offer fantastic basecamps for enjoying backcountry skiing.

  • Downing Mountain Lodge: Located just outside of Hamilton, this 3 bedroom lodge has a full commercial-grade kitchen, great views, and even wifi. In the winter, you'll need to ski in the final 1.5 miles and 700 foot ascent. This is a self-catering lodge and there is great backcountry skiing accessible right out the front door.
  • Altoona Ridge Lodge: Located near Phillipsburg, Montana, one valley east of the Bitterroot, the Altoona Ridge Lodge is comprised of three chalets and sleeps six. Guests rent the entire lodge and can choose to self-guide or enjoy a fully-guided trip. There is even a sauna on site.
  • Yurt Ski: Featuring two yurts within the Southern Swan Mountains of Montana, about an hour drive from Missoula followed by an 11 mile snowmobile ride or 8 mile ski. The two yurts are situated about 3/4 mile apart and offer access to a wide variety of backcountry skiing.

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