- Overall Rating 4
- Family Friendly 4
- All Mtn. Terrain 4
- Terrain Park 0
- Nightlife 0
Pros: excellent double diamond runs when it's snowing
Cons: not much parking
Recommended For: Single/Newlyweds, Family Friendly
Date Visited: Apr 1, 2009
I've skiied there for the first time last year. And I met two young men who work there as ski patrollers . I sparked up a conversation with them and told them I was a front range skiier from Colorado. And asked if there were good runs comprable to Summit Counties here? They looked at each other, nodded knowingly to themselves and took me skiing through the trees and glades way off to the skiers left. It was quiet, serene and beautiful and the snow was like butter. It was fantastic! The open runs over there were also steep, narrow and excellent. I couldn't believe how uncrowded it was.And the Quad lift line was non-existant all day long. What a gem!
Later that year, during spring break it snowed an incredible amount (3 to 4 feet in 24 hours) and once I heard about that I drove like a madman from Bismarck, and rented an inexpensive hotel that was very nice. I think it was called The Chalet. And the next morning I drove up the accesss road to Red Lodge. But it was miserably slow from all the snow that had fallen. The road was littered with all types of front wheel and rear wheel drive vehicles spewn all over the road. But that didn't dampen my spirits. And that shouldn't dammpen your's either. We just have to leave earlier next time it snows. Alas, the snow fall was too much for the staff to handle that day.And the double black runs I had skiied earlier that season wern't open. That was a fluke snow storm though. And no amount of help that day could have opened up those runs.
But take it for what it's worth. Those two guys I met who worked for the ski patrol wern't lying when thay said to me "This is the best skiing in Montana when we have snow" and boy were they right. By all means go to Red Lodge. But mostly go to Red Lodge when it's snowing. You won't be dissapointed. And hopefully mother nature will cut you some slack!