If you’re looking for a small ski lodge with great small town hospitality, look no further than Marshall Mountain. Open since 1937, this great little resort is the University of Montana Ski Team’s home training ground, but is also recognized as offering great winter recreation. The resort has grown somewhat from it’s early beginning, and now encompasses 480 acres of ski-able land with a summit elevation of 5400 ft and a 1500 ft vertical drop.
Marshall Mountain is enjoyed by both skiers and snowboarders. Its 24 ski trails are varied enough to cater to most skill levels and it has a terrain park complete with half-pipe. One handle rope tow, one T-bar and one Triple Chair help get you to the top of the slopes quickly and easily from where you can enjoy the smooth runs provided by 150 inches of annual snowfall and 30% snowmaking. The Ski trails are graded: 30% beginner, 45% intermediate and 25% advanced and the longest run is 11 300 ft in length.
The ski area doesn’t really focus on family groups as such and you wont find any child care facilities. However, they do have women’s and children’s programs and they offer a variety of ski and snowboard instruction for those who wish to take lessons. When you’re done one the slopes, you may wish to explore the nearby wilderness area or perhaps take a tour of the ghost town. Snowmobiling is another popular option. Marshal Mountain also has a snack bar, a pub, a ski and snowboard rental service and first aid services.
There is no accommodation at Marshall Mountain but a short seven-mile drive will take you to Missoula where you will find plenty of hotels and motels. If you’re going to be in the area between late December and early March, definitely make a stop at Marshall Mountain and enjoy some fun in the snow!