Opened in 1937 on the border of Montana and Idaho in the Northern Rockies, Lost Trail Ski Area is known for high snow accumulation that allows the resort to stay open through April, in a good year.
(However, be aware that Lost Trail Ski Area is normally only open from Thursday to Sunday, and it is neither an Epic Pass nor an Ikon Pass destination.)
Lost Trail has two terrain parks: Front Country, directly in front of the lodge, has a number of exciting big air jumps, while Powder Park has more natural and gentle terrain that caters to beginners. The resort has a ski and snowboard rental shop as well as a snow sport school that offers private and group lessons for kids and adults. The day lodge offers affordable food and local beer.
While there is no lodging at the resort, accommodation can be found in towns of Darby or Sula along with dining options. Skiers and boarders often opt to stay at the nearby Lost Trail Hot Springs that also has an on-site restaurant featuring New York-style pizza, and is just six miles down the road.
Because it is more remote than other ski areas, Lost Trail Ski Area boasts great powder without the lift lines you’ll see at some larger Montana resorts like Big Sky. The ski area usually opens in early December and remains open through April, depending on snow conditions. February and March tend to be the best months to ski or snowboard, as snowfall is plentiful. April also sees a fair amount of fresh powder despite warmer spring temperatures.
Lodging is sparse in this area, but there are several options within a 30-minute drive of the slopes. The closest is Lost Trail Hot Springs , about 10 minutes away, which has basic cabin and lodge rooms and access to the springs, along with an on-site restaurant that features New York-style pizza . Less than 15 minutes from the ski area, Camp Sula offers ski-and-stay packages that include breakfast, with lodging in one of their simple but cozy cabins. The camp also has a general store and on-site restaurant . At The Darby Bed & Breakfast , stays can include a soak in their Japanese Offuro tubs, along with complimentary gourmet breakfast, cookies and pastries and views of Trapper Peak.
Lost Trail Ski Area is 90 miles from Missoula and 100 miles from Butte; both cities have airports that receive flights from around the United States. The resort is also about 45 minutes from Salmon, Idaho. Montana Adventure Shuttle offers group charters to the resort, while the Stevensville Ski/Snowboard Club has round-trip shuttles to and from the resort (Stevensville is between the resort and Missoula). If you are visiting Lost Trail Powder Mountain from outside the area, consider renting a car – this will make it easier to get to the slopes from your hotel.
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