Skiing with the family doesn’t have to be a mind-numbing experience. With its euphoria-inducing views of Flathead Lake and the Mission range, Blacktail Mountain makes any day of cruising groomers a happy day indeed. Whether you’re looking for a chill day on the slopes or an escape from Missoula’s inversion, whether you’re just learning to ski or keeping a novice company, Blacktail has the proverbial “something for everyone.”

The area’s 200 acres may be small, but the terrain boasts a good 1,440 feet of vertical. Located just outside of Lakeside on the western shore of Flathead Lake, Blacktail attracts locals who don’t feel the need to go clear up to Whitefish for a decent day of skiing.

At Blacktail, you can take turns speeding down the ultra-long intermediate Lakeside and Blacktail runs and working up a sweat in the Glades. There’s just enough variation to keep things interesting. Once you’ve had enough activity for one day, hit Muley’s for grub and warming beverages. The restaurant offers $2 Kokanee pounders on Sundays through February, and if you’re lucky, you might just hit a night with live music. Sounds like a good end to a laid-back day.

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