Short Lift Lines, Lazy M for cruising, solid black diamonds
If you are looking for a glitzy new ski area, keep driving. Red Lodge Mountain is an area with fair ticket prices, an old school chalet, and plenty of challenging terrain. The ski area people are friendly and the runs can be family friendly. My wife can ski the groomers while my son and I hit the more challenging runs and our secret stashes. We meet up at the lift and ride up together... quality time !
Both Grizzly Peak and Cole Creek provide excellent black diamond runs mixing glade's, bumps, and steeps.
For intermediate skiers and boarders, Lazy M is a cruising run dropping about 2,400 feet from the top of Grizzly down to the base. Lower on the mountain there are plenty of green runs for the less experienced, with blue's and a couple black's to keep it interesting. Red Lodge seems to get it's best snow in the Spring as the late season storms push over the Beartooth Pass to dump fresh snow on the mountain.
The word on the street is RLM has added new snowmaking to help cover the early season rocks and has upgraded their lifts.
After a day on the slopes the old western town of Red Lodge has a lot to offer. From an old fashioned candy store to the typical resort gift shops, strolling along Broadway helps you connect with the mountain town lifestyle. There is no shortage of good restaurants and bars either, with everything from fine dining to good pizza. And don't miss the locals favorite, the Red Lodge Ale tasting room, dogs and kids allowed. Just like the mountain, except for the dog part.