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I didn’t know a lot about the mountain, but a friend told me to spend at least a day and promised that I’d like it. He was right; I really like it a lot.

In the middle of nowhere but sooooo gooood!

When you drive up the mountain, you might get the impression that you took the wrong road. The road is small, most if it icy or at least snow covered. It takes about 40min from Libby. I got to the base way too early and aside from 5 employee cars, I was the only one there at 8:30. You get your ticket inside the day lodge from the same guy who will take care of lunch and the fireplace and probably a few more things.

They open at 9:30, and 9 guys were waiting to go skiing: 6 visitors and 3 locals on a season pass. By lunchtime, there were probably about 30-40 total. An average day is 70-80, and the busiest day is called “Local Appreciation Day” or something like that, and an incredible crowd of 200 will hit the mountain. That’s how we all like it…

Only one double chair will give you 2120 vertical feet of nice, constant pitch. No flat spots and only if you ski the south face you will have to use a cat track to get back to the base, but no hiking. It was already March when I skied there, and only a few spots were not affected by the sun; that’s the main reason that it would be a great idea to come up here in January and February. In March, you will get mixed conditions, and powder days are not very likely.

There is good tree skiing, but some areas are too tight.

They day lodge has a fireplace, and you can get some food and drinks. No alcohol, which means BYO. Food is cheap, and drinks are only $1. A rental shop with a good selection of different skis and boots is in the same building.

A day ticket was only $28 (2008), which has to be the best deal in terms of vertical and size of resort that I ever skied.

Only open Fri-Sun, but it can be booked for any other day for $2500 to get your private powder resort for a day—have to do that one day. Go with 10 guys and you pay the price of cat skiing but you will get much better and guaranteed untracked all day. They need a few days’ notice to find the people for the chair and ski patrol. Most of the guys working up there are volunteers, and in addition the mountain gets some donations and that’s how it remains open.

There is even a guest book you can sign. I was surprised to see that guys from New Zealand, Europe, and Asia had skied this resort within the last few weeks. However, it will always be a local secret, and this is ok, according to the locals I was talking to.

Accomodation

  • Stay in Libby; there are numerous motels and it’s a much better value.

Tip

  • Chains or 4WD recommended as access road might be very slippery.
  • Fridays are the best chance to get powder.

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