Uncrowded, great variety of terrain, inexpensive
Zero night life, slow cafeteria
Discovery is another hidden gem in Montana. It has suffered from poor snow in recent years, but this spring is different. When Disco finally gets snow (like it has past two weeks) it really comes into its own, with a great variety of terrain and a fairly efficient and decent lift system. There are runs for everyone. Discovery is probably one of the top ski areas in the state to bring kids. (beats Whitefish is that category). They even have a chair for the bunny slope. No awful rope tow to deal with for pre-schoolers. Great Kinder-ski program. They spread the variety of terrain and slopes out very well, with each successive level of difficulty on a different area of the mountain and each served by its own lift. The back side is true double black diamond. The runs there are fairly short and they need good snow to cover all the rocks and debris, but once you have that snow--WOW, great skiing. The best part of the mountain is the newer Granite Chair. Great runs, powder, and best of all, the runs end up at the bottom of the chair, as opposed to the Limelight Chair where you end your run on a tedious serpentine trail or in a flat bumpy valley. The backside also faces north so the snow stays longer and better. Amazing views of Pintlers and Georgetown Lake add to the pleasure of this hill. Another bonus is the price. Lift tickets are very reasonable. Food is great, although the one downside is that the cafeteria service is very slow. They really haven't figured out how to handle any busy lunch crowd. You don't go to Discovery for Apres-Ski. There is NONE. Parking could be better too, but that's small potatoes. Try Disco out if the snow is good. You'll be happy you did.