As I breathe in the fresh mountain breeze dancing its way through the shimmering alpine trees, I suddenly understand the meaning of the phrase “Big Sky Country.” It’s hard to fathom just how expansive the sky appears in a state as wide open as Montana, a state which attracts far fewer visitors than Colorado and is equally underrated when it comes to skiing.
With 15 ski resorts sprawled out across America’s fourth-largest sized and 48th most population dense state, there’s plenty of room to roam when you strap on your ski boots in Montana. The largest and most famous of the state’s ski areas is Big Sky Resort, a sprawling winter playground boasting some of the best skiing in America yet attracting just a fraction of the crowds of the more well-known Colorado resorts. Short ski lift lines and vast expanses of fresh powder also can be discovered at Montana’s equally excellent Whitefish Mountain Resort, located near the town of Whitefish at the doorstep of Glacier National Park.
If you’re planning on visiting either of these A-list Montana resorts on your next ski trip this winter, here’s where you’ll want to stay.