Blacktail Mountain

Blacktail Mountain

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Why you should visit the Blacktail Mountain Ski Area

Located above the waters of Flathead Lake, Blacktail Mountain Ski Area is a small alpine resort in northwest Montana with about 1,000 skiable acres and a summit elevation of 6,780 feet.

Open Wednesday to Sunday, Blacktail Mountain offers a local feel that you won’t find at the state’s larger resorts, like Big Sky.

Spectacular views and solid snowfall can be found at this ski area that caters predominantly to intermediate skiers and boarders. The area does have a snow sports school that offers private and group lessons at affordable prices, as well as a rental shop. There is a terrain park and cross-country trails here, though no night skiing.

Blacktail Mountain has slope-side dining options at their day lodge, which also houses the rental shop as well as the Blacktail Trading Company retail store. Hotels can be found in nearby Bigfork, Kalispell and the Flathead Lake area.

Blacktail Mountain generally opens by early December and closes at the beginning of April. While February is typically known as being a solid snow month in Montana, this can stretch into March, when guests will also enjoy longer days and warmer temperatures, especially towards the end of the season.

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Ski Resort Details
13990 Blacktail Rd PO Box 1090
Lakeside, MT 59922
Ski Resort Details
13990 Blacktail Rd PO Box 1090
Lakeside, MT 59922
  • Summit Elevation678 ft
  • Base Elevation5,236 ft
  • Vertical Drop1,440 ft
  • Skiable Area1,000 ac
  • Average Snowfall250 in
Trail Information
  • Number of trails26
  • Easy15%
  • Intermediate65%
  • Expert20%
  • Longest Run1.75 miles
  • Snowmaking0 %
Lift Details
  • Number of Lifts4
  • Triples1
  • Doubles2
  • Surface Lifts/other1

Where to stay

For nautical-themed lodging on the nearby Flathead Lake, try the retro cabins at Flathead Lake Resort in Woods Bay, or travel down the road to the bungalow-style rooms at The Islander Inn , just across the road from the lake shore and the famed Raven Bar. In Kalispell, try the Hilton Garden Inn Kalispell , with an indoor pool, shuttle services and complimentary breakfast.

How to get there

The closest major airport to Blacktail Mountain is Kalispell’s Glacier Park International Airport, about 36 minutes away. Missoula International Airport is just under two hours away, while Spokane International Airport is four hours away. All of these airports have car rentals and shuttle services.

By car, Blacktail Mountain is about 22 minutes from downtown Kalispell, 40 minutes from Whitefish and just over two hours from Missoula.

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