Opened as Grizzly Peak in 1960 with one chair lift and three runs, the Red Lodge Mountain ski area now boasts “big mountain fun without big crowds or big prices” with one of the largest snow-making systems in Montana servicing its 1,635 skiable acres.
Red Lodge Mountain has a ski and snowboard school with beginner and intermediate lesson/lift packages those ages 4 and up. There is also an adaptive snow sport program and an on-mountain rental shop for ski and snowboard rentals, and multi-day rentals are available. However, Red Lodge Mountain is neither an Epic Pass nor an Icon Pass destination.
There are three dining options on the mountain, from cafeteria-style grab-and-go food, to table service, all on the base area or mid-mountain. There is no ski-in/ski-out lodging at Red Lodge Mountain, but the resort is just a few minutes from the historic town of Red Lodge, which has lodging and dining options, as well as boutique shopping and main street charm to explore after a day on the slopes.
Red Lodge Mountain usually opens in late November and remains open through the middle of April, depending on the amount of snowfall. February and March are often the best months for good snow conditions in this part of Montana, though April has warmer temperatures, and powder conditions are usually still good. Red Lodge Mountain doesn’t have the long weekend lift lines common at larger resorts like Big Sky, though avoiding holiday weekends is your best bet for uncrowded trails and fresh powder.
While there isn’t any slope-side lodging at Red Lodge Mountain, there is a variety of lodging options just minutes away in the town of Red Lodge. Six miles from the ski area, the Bavarian-style Yodeler Motel offers in-room steam saunas, as well as an outdoor hot tub and wax room, with two ski and stay packages available. Nearby, The Pollard hotel – where Calamity Jane, Buffalo Bill Cody and other Western legends have stayed – has comfortable rooms and an on-site sauna and health club, not to mention a ski-and-stay package. For larger groups, Red Lodge Rentals can accommodate up to 18 people.
The closest airports to Red Lodge Mountain are Billings Logan International Airport – about an hour and 10 minutes by car – or the Yellowstone Regional Airport in Cody, Wyoming, an hour away. Car rentals and shuttle services are available from both airports. Red Lodge Mountain is a three-and-a-half-hour drive from Helena and five hours from Missoula.