Bitterroot Valley Montana Ski Vacations & Winter Activities

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While the valley itself only holds a few inches of snow in the winter, the surrounding mountains offer a complete winter playground.

Ski Resorts
Skiers and boarders can take their pick from Lost Trail Powder Mountain at the southern end of the Bitterroot Valley or Montana Snowbowl just north of Missoula.

Backcountry Skiing
Backcountry skiing is accessible from Montana Snowbowl and Lost Trail ski areas. Or venture further into the backcountry at nearby lodges and yurts.

Cross Country Skiing
Two well maintained cross country ski areas offer a wide variety of terrain and views. Check out either Lost Trail Pass trails or Lake Como trails.

Snowshoeing
Snowshoers can enjoy the groomed trails at Lost Trail Pass or at Lake Como or head out on their own at Lolo Pass.

Ice Climbing
While there are no official ice climbing guiding services in the area, ice climbs flock to the nearby Blodgett Canyon to climb its frozen walls.

Ice Skating
The Darby Public Library maintains a small ice rink and even lets people borrow skates.

Snowmobiling
Head to Lolo and Skalkaho Passes for both groomed trails and backcountry terrain.

Dog Sledding and Sleigh Rides
A few outfitters offer sleigh rides and dog sled tours in the area, depending on how much snow is on the ground.

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