Though it doesn’t get epic snow like ski areas around Bozeman or in the Bitterroots, Discovery’s high elevation and cooler weather keep the powder it does get on the ground just a little bit longer. As a result, there’s plenty of sweet skiing to be found among Discovery’s 2,200 acres, despite the area’s propensity for sunny blue-sky days.

Missoulians who don’t want to deal with Snowbowl’s more difficult terrain take advantage of groomed cruisers and intermediate mogul runs, while adventure-seekers head up Rumsey Mountain to drop into the gnarlier (read: glades and chutes) back bowl.

The café at Discovery’s base offers a great selection of calories to replenish the ones the moguls burned. Aside from ski-lodge-staple burritos, sandwiches and soups, chef Mike Sauer cooks up delectable baked goods every day. One (or two or three) of his drool-worthy chocolate chip cookies should help keep you awake for the drive back to town.

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