The fabulous ski resorts in northwest Montana and the Canadian Rockies give skiers some of the best in skiing vacations available anywhere in North America. Whatever you are looking for, you’ll find, from skiing the chutes and steeps to snowboarding or cross-country skiing.
In Whitefish, Montana you’ll discover Whitefish Mountain Resort at Big Mountain. Located in the Flathead Valley not far from Glacier National Park and only 8 miles north of Whitefish, this resort is the second largest ski resort in Montana. It contains 3,000 acres of skiable terrain, with the longest run being 3.3 miles, and it offers terrain for beginners (15%), intermediates (35%), advanced (40%) and experts (10%).
Overlooking Lakeside, Montana, the Blacktail Mountain Ski Area is an easy place to reach from Glacier National Park. It’s only an hour and a half drive from the Kalispell Airport off of Highway 93. It sits on the edge of Flathead Lake with the Mission, Cabinet and Whitefish Mountains towering above. Here you have over 1,000 acres, the longest run of 1.75 miles and 15% of the terrain for beginners, 70% for intermediates, and 15% for experts.
Turner Mountain Ski Area
Turner Mountain has the wide-open slopes so popular with skiers, and some terrific scenery. In the Kootenai National Forest, 22 miles north of Libby, Montana, you will find excellent snow conditions all season. There are 25 runs, with 10% beginner terrain, 30% more difficult and 60% expert.
Castle Ski Resort
Get into Canada and explore your skiing opportunities there! Just one and a half hours north of the Roosville US border crossing, you can experience the best in natural surroundings at Castle. Two mountains provide more than 3,500 skiable acres with 78 trails. Terrain is 15% beginner, 40% intermediate, 35% advanced and 10% expert.
Fernie Alpine Ski Resort
Head for Fernie Alpine Resort in Canada and see some of the most incredible mountain scenery around. In the southeast corner of the Canadian Rockies on Highway 3, this resort is about 40 miles from the Alberta, Canada and US border. There is terrain for every ability, and over 2,504 acres with 5 bowls.
Kimberly Alpine Ski Resort
From Kalispell, Montana, you simply drive 2.5 hours to reach Kimberly Alpine Resort, in Canada, and you’ll be glad you made the trip. Stunning scenery and a relaxed atmosphere is only part of the pleasure. You’ll also have more than 1,800 acres of great terrain, with 20% for beginners, 42% for intermediates and 38% for advanced. Enjoy the 80 runs and glades, and even stay in ski-in, ski-out accommodations.
Sunshine Village Ski Resort
If you want to really get into the wilds in Canada and take a trip into the heart of Banff National Park, you can drive as far as the Sunshine Village Ski Resort. It lies 5 miles west of Banff off of Trans-Canada Highway #1. Ski the more than 3,300 wilderness acres on three separate uncrowded mountains, with 20% beginner, 55% intermediate and 25% expert terrain.
Lake Louise Ski Area and Mountain Resort
A bit further north of Sunshine Village is the Lake Louise Ski Area, deep in the Canadian Rockies. It is 36 miles west of Banff, and offers incredible scenic views, world-class terrain (4200 acres) and runs fit for all abilities.