Red Lodge Mountain Resort

Gary Herem

Red Lodge Mountain Resort

Situated an hour and 15 minutes from Billings, Red Lodge Mountain Resort offers the Magic Valley 2,400 vertical feet ranging from long and mellow groomers to almost 100 acres of intense chute and tree skiing.

Three double chairs, one triple, and one quad access 71 trials overlooking the quaint resort town of Red Lodge. Half those runs are blue, making RLMR a great place to learn and have fun.

The mountain is especially proud of its terrain parks. Yes, parkS! The Miami Beach terrain park -- off of the 2.5-mile-long Miami Beach run -- attracts baby park rats. The established jibbers of Red Lodge Mountain rush to the Scrap Yard, featuring 10, 15, 20, 25, and 35-foot jumps, flat and down-up-down boxes, flat, flat-up and street-style rails, a 30-foot lift tower, a barrel tap, and a log tap pyramid. If any of that means anything to you, you might check RLMR out.

The powder on this mountain has been called possibly the best in the state. If you’re really lucky, you’ll visit RLMR on a day when the “bonus terrain” opens. Red Lodge Mountain devotes an entire detachable quad to this extra area that can’t open regularly due to conditions, but when it can, enjoy long intermediate and advanced runs and double black glade area.

Red Lodge Mountain has a lot going on. Every year, the resort hosts a winter carnival which boasts the ever popular cardboard classic, live music and a torch light parade with fireworks. Wondering what the cardboard classic is? It's a race down the snow in crafts built out of cardboard, tape, glue and paint. Look for it in the early spring. There's also the Town Series Races: six consecutive weeks of racing as individuals or in teams. The slalom course take place on a beginner run with 12-18 gates and no racing experience is required.

Just watch out for the busy days; the parking lot fills up fast. If you arrive early in a car with three or more people though, you can take advantage of the carpool lot, a nice reward for your environmentally-friendly efforts. And any local will tell you: the skiing gets best in March when the biggest storms hit. "You can find untracked lines for days after a storm in the Headwaters area," says Jeff Carroll, Sales and Marketing director at RLMR.

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