Skiers at Montana’s Discovery Ski Area are enjoying the new Jubilee Chairlift this winter. The resort replaced the lift this summer, making the loading and unloading easier.

The original Jubilee chairlift, called the Blue Lift by locals, was installed in 1986. Its replacement is such that new skiers to Discovery may not even recognize that it’s a new chair.

Jubilee climbs about 800 vertical feet and tops out at 7,650 feet in elevation. The lift serves family-friendly terrain with groomed beginner and intermediate trails such as Gold Bug and Sapphire.

The steep ramps for getting on and off the lift were eliminated by the upgrade. The new lift is easier to load and unload for lower intermediate skiers and riders who bump up to Jubilee from the beginner lift.

“It’s been very well received.” Manager Peter Pitcher said. “Because it’s generally for lower intermediate skiers, we don’t run it full speed, but at a slower speed to accommodate their skills.”

Discovery Ski Area

Discovery Ski Area offers views of Montana mountains. Photo courtesy of Discovery Ski Area.

The new Silver Chief chairlift on Winning Ridge had its first year last winter. The lift is intended to link with a future second base area for the resort with the installation of a road to allow faster access from Missoula and Phillipsburg.

Last winter, Silver Chief was only open part of the season. Discovery hasn’t started running it yet this winter, due to the backside lift’s elevation that is lower than the front side base area. But Discovery is planning to stay open until April 8, and some years March delivers big snowstorms.

“There’s plenty of snow on the upper mountain,” Pitcher explained. “But not enough yet this year for the lower elevation of Silver Chief.”

Discovery is carrying on its traditional spring deals. Discounts are available for college students and a one-hour season pass sale gives new passholders big savings.

College students can get up to Discovery to ride the new lift with a discounted lift ticket. College day discounts this year are scheduled for Feb. 12, March 11, and April 1. With any Montana college or university identification, students can purchase lift tickets for $24.

The annual season pass for new passholders is a quick deal. It lasts one hour — from midnight to 1 a.m. on March 1. (Returning passholders have until May 1 to buy their passes at a discount.) The sale time means new passholders must stay up on Feb. 29 to buy their passes online during the designated hour.

During the one-hour sale, adults, college undergrads, and teens can buy a season pass for $249. Adult weekday passes are on sale for $209, and child passes cost $119.

Find out more information on Discovery season passes and buy them online during the one-hour sale here.