Red Lodge Mountain doesn’t have Big Sky’s claim to humongous acreage, nor Bridger Bowl’s cult following—and thank goodness. That secret status means more hogging the mountain to yourself, with absolutely zero pretense. So pack a beat-up parka, grab your duct-taped gear and prepare to blend in with the lucky locals who keep Yellowstone Country’s best skiing under wraps.
Well, not quite under wraps. In 2013, Red Lodge snagged #1 Emerging Ski Town by National Geographic Adventurer magazine, which raved about the resort town’s laid-back ambience and the hill’s range of runs from long groomers to double-black tree skiing. The magazine also paid homage to Red Lodge’s spring skiing—in many seasons, Red Lodge clings to its snow well into summer.
Half the fun of skiing Red Lodge is staying in the quaint town 6 miles from the hill, complete with a brewery, a healthy mix of independent hotel options and a short but shoppable main street. Plan on seeing lots of locals and encountering fellow skiers around town—this is small-town, laid-back ski vacationing in all its low-key glory.
Vertical Rise: 2,400 feet
Skiable Acres: 1,600 acres
Adult Lift Ticket: $51
Average Annual Snowfall: 250+ inches
Get to Red Lodge
Directions: Red Lodge Mountain is 6 miles from the town of Red Lodge. Head south through town, veering West onto Ski Run Lane. From Gallatin International Airport in Bozeman, plan on a 2.5 or 3 hour trip to the base of the ski hill. Head east on I-90, taking exit 408 to get on State Highway 421. At Joliet, turn right onto Highway 212 to take you into Red Lodge.