fresh powder on downing mountain for the backcountry skier

Backcountry Skiing

Lost Trail Pass

At the south end of the Bitterroots, backcountry skiing can be accessed at Lost Trail Powder Mountain ski area from the backside of chair 4. There is also a backcountry yurt available for overnight rental.

Anderson Mountain directly to the east of Lost Trail ski area also has backcountry skiing.

Lolo Peak

At the northern end of the Bitterroots, Lolo Peak dominates the ridgeline. Follow Hwy 93 to Lolo and head west on Hwy 12. The Carlton Ridge offers the most popular backcountry access but there are many options.

Downing Mountain

Operating as a year-round backcountry lodge, Downing Mountain Lodge sits 2,000 feet above the city of Hamilton. Guests enjoy amazing backcountry skiing on private and Forest Service lands adjacent to the lodge, with 3,000 feet of gladed skiing and open bowls rising directly behind the lodge.

Bitterroot Range Access

There are innumerable routes for backcountry skiing all along the Bitterroot Mountain Range and in the Sapphire Range across the valley. Some are remote requiring snowmobile access. Areas such as St. Mary’s Peak, Gash Point, Lost Horse Canyon, and Camas Peak are some of the more popular backcountry tours. The Backcountry Focus web site has a wealth of information for the adventurous backcountry skier / splitboarder.