Discovery Basin Ski Area, Montana

Missoula Montana
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Discovery Ski Area

Discovery Ski Area is an experts dream mountain, with some of the steepest, chairlift accessible vertical in the country, yet it offers gentler slopes and moguls for the rest of the family that may prefer something a little less extreme. Read More

  • This family run ski resort boasts great runs at a great price.
  • Drop off the back face for an awesome 2,388 ft vertical descent.
  • Practice your tricks at the terrain park.
  • Check out Discovery's 2,200 acres of amazing mountain terrain.
  • After an intense day of downhill skiing, enjoy an aprés beer at the bar.


Unlike the lodges, limos and furs you find at other ski resorts, Discovery offers a different sort of experience. It is surrounded by three historical, blue collar towns that offer some true character. Make sure to check out the diners, shops, and museums, an added bonus to your ski adventure.

The mountain itself is sick and not for the faint of heart or the beginner. 30% of the runs are designated for experts, boasting 15 double-black diamond runs and a back face that makes some heli-skiing look meek with a vertical drop of 2,388 ft.

On the front slope there are some gentler slopes, good for the medium beginner and a number of moguls for the intermediate skier. Averaging 215 inches of snow a year, Discovery's 2,200 acres are just waiting to be explored.


Discovery Ski Area is located in southwestern Montana, just east of Missoula. From Missoula, take I-90 east to Hwy 1, exit 153, east toward Philipsburg. Continue past Philipsburg and Georgetown Lake. Take a left just past the dam at the sign for Discovery Ski Basin. The ski area is 4.5 miles up the road.

If you are looking to fly, both the Butte airport, 50 miles away, and the Missoula airport, 100 miles away are convenient. There is no lodging directly at Discovery but they have worked out ski and stay lodging packages with multiple providers in town.

Season (subject to change according to snow conditions): November 25th thru April 3rd

Lift Hours: 9:30 pm to 4:00 pm

Mountain Services

Discovery Ski Area offers a wide variety of training options. Start your little ones in kinderski and let the older kids compete in downhill racing or freestyle competitions. Mom and dad can hone their snow IQ through the adult classes.

Rental gear is available in the rental shop. If you are interested in trying skiing or snowboarding for the season, look into the season rental option. An exceptionally good idea for those growing kids. Look for demo deals on skis and snowboards at the end of the season.

Hungry? Order lunch from the cafeteria. Maybe you planned ahead and packed a lunch, feel free to enjoy your meal in the designated picnic area. After a hard day on the mountain, enjoy an aprés beer or cocktail at the bar.

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