One chairlift and three slopes were all that Red Lodge Mountain ski area started out with in 1960 when it was known as Grizzly Peak. Today, the 1,635-acre resort boasts huge mountain entertainment without the big prices and crowds, thanks to one of Montana’s most extensive snowmaking systems.
The Red Lodge Mountain Ski and Snowboard School offer beginner and intermediate lesson/lift programs for people aged 4 and up. Additionally, there is an adapted snow sports program and an on-mountain rental business that offers snowboard and ski rentals, as well as multi-day rentals.
It’s also worth noting that Red Lodge Mountain isn’t part of either the Epic or Icon Pass programs.
Red Lodge Mountain Ski Area Stats
Depending on the level of snowfall, Red Lodge Mountain normally opens around the end of November and stays open until the middle of April. February and March are the prime months for great snow conditions in this area of Montana.
April is usually warmer, but the powder is still nice. It’s better to avoid holiday weekends if you want to ski Red Lodge Mountain’s higher elevations without the crowds and fresh snow that can be found at larger slopes like Big Sky Mountain.
- Highest Elevation (ft/m): 9,416 ft (2,870 m)
- Number of Trails: 70
- Number of Lifts: 6 Chairlifts; 2 High-speed Quads; 1 Triple; 3 Doubles; 1 Magic Carpet
- Season: Starts November 26, 2021, open daily from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm. The mountain usually opens from the day following Thanksgiving and is open until the second Sunday of April.
- Trail Difficulty: 19% Beginner; 25% Intermediate; 36% Advanced; 20% Expert
Ticket & Passes
- Lift Tickets: starting at $55
- Half-Day Lift Tickets (valid till 12:30 pm): starting at $59
- Child Ticket (5 and under): Free
- 6-Tix (restricted dates): starting at $339
- Local’s Pass: starting at $349
- Multi-Mountain Pass: $399
- Learn for Life (Ski or Snowboard): starting at $299
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Other Discounts and Terms
To be eligible for a discount, online payments must be completed at least one day in advance. There are a limited number of tickets available; walk-up purchases are not guaranteed. It is best to make your purchases online and ahead of time to ensure that they will be delivered. There are no refunds or exchanges for lift tickets, and they are not transferable.
If you buy your tickets online, you can save up to 46%. Purchases made on the day of the event can only be made at the box office.
Groups of at least 15 individuals are eligible for discounted lift tickets. Discounts increase in proportion to the size of the gathering! Each group is entitled to one free lift ticket for the coordinator.
For more information on tickets and passes check out the official site.
Rock Creek Resort
Spend the night at Rock Creek Resort and enjoy Red Lodge Mountain skiing during the day! They provide a wide selection of hotel options to suit the needs of families, groups, and individuals. If you want a more rustic experience, you can stay in one of the quaint cabins or one of the deluxe studio apartments instead.
Almost all of the rooms have kitchenettes and fireplaces. Most have individual patios with views of Rock Creek or a nearby pond. Guests can start their day with a complimentary light continental breakfast. The Old Piney Dell restaurant and bar is located on the site and is open from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.
Transportation both to and from the mountain can be arranged through Red Lodge Tour and Taxi or Lyft. In-room amenities include WiFi, cable TV, a hot tub, a sauna, and a workout area. The on-site restaurant serves breakfast and dinner. You can call 800-667-1119 for additional information.
Chateau Rouge is a year-round retreat at the foot of the Beartooth Mountains. Guests at the Chateau Rouge can choose from 16 two-bedroom condominiums and 8 studio rooms, making it a great choice for large parties or families. All studios have kitchenettes, while condos include fireplaces in the living rooms.
Guests can unwind after a busy day of exploration by taking a dip in the indoor heated pool or hot tub. WiFi, cable television, and a communal lounge room for groups are also available to guests. You can call 1-800-926-1601 for additional information.
The Pollard Hotel
The Pollard is a monumental hotel located in the heart of Red Lodge. WiFi, Cable TV, a gourmet breakfast, a sauna, a health club, a wax room, a cocktail bar, and live music are just some of the perks of staying at this hotel. You can call 406-446-0001 for additional information.
This ancient motel, which is free of corporations, is located three blocks near downtown Red Lodge and six miles from the ski slopes. The Yodeler Motel‘s local proprietors, Mac, and Tulsa Dean, extend a warm welcome to visitors to their Bavarian-themed hotel.
Free Wi-Fi and cable TV are just some of the perks that guests may enjoy at this pet-friendly inn. Other highlights include an outdoor hot tub, a sauna, and a waxing salon. You can call 406-446-1435 if you’d like further information.
Where to Eat?
There are three places to eat on the mountain, all in the base or mid-mountain area, ranging from cafeteria-style take-and-go meals to table service. Red Lodge Mountain does not provide ski-in/ski-out housing, but the monumental town of Red Lodge, which includes lodging and eating options, along with boutique shops and main street charm, to enjoy after a day on the slopes, is just a few minutes away
View the trail map here. Miami Beach is home to a beginner’s park. On Hancock and Lower Continental, you’ll find an intermediate/advanced park.
Live Music in the Stube
Every weekend from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., the Bierstube will host live music by Geoff George and a pleasant après ski setting. For additional music dates during the ski season, check out the calendar!
Town Series Race League
Racer participation in the Town Series competition is open to skiers and snowboarders of any age or ability level. For six weeks, beginning January 7, 2022, there will be races held every Friday.
The Town Series is a six-week racing series in which participants race either as a team or individually. A team of 4 to 6 alpine skiers, tele skiers, and snowboarders is required to compete. Races are held on Bobcat, a beginning run, and the course configuration is often a big slalom track with 12 to 18 gates that changes each week.
With no racing expertise required, it’s a low-intimidation environment that’s ideal for novices. Gates open at 10 am and close at 2 pm on Fridays for all racers to run twice. The results will be displayed outside the Bierstube and in the Main Lodge (downstairs), with a QR code leading to the website.
Main Lodge Art Gallery Contest – January
Here’s a chance to put your artistic abilities to the test to win a Seasons Pass and have your art displayed in the Main Lodge! Submit a winter ski-themed artwork to the Red Lodge Mountain ticket office or drop it off at Grizzly Peak Outdoors. This art contest is open to children aged 6 to 12 years.
Rail Jam – February
The Scrapyard is a great place to show off your talents. Prizes will be given away, and participation is completely free! Helmets are a necessity. The competition will take place from 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm at the Scrapyard Terrain Park.
The presentation of awards takes place at 3:00 pm in the courtyard. The registration day starts at 11 a.m. in the Scrapyard, near the rails. If necessary, have an adult sign your waiver.
Throwback Day – March
If you’ve always wanted to wear a costume from your favorite historical period or perform some sick feats from your favorite era, this is the day for you. At 12:00 p.m., the Scrapyard will host the Throwback Throw BIG competition. Contestants will be judged on their retro-inspired fashion and dedication to the genre.
Admission to this event is completely free of charge for all participants. The Scrapyard will open for registration at 11 a.m. on the day of the event. The competition will take place from 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm at the Scrapyard Terrain Park. The award ceremony will take place in the courtyard at 3:00 p.m.
Mini Monster Park Competition – April
Everyone under the age of 12 can participate in the Miami Beach Terrain Park’s Mini Monster Park tournament. All levels of experience are invited to sign up for the course. All riders must wear helmets.
The competition begins at 12:00 p.m. and ends at 2:00 p.m. at Miami Beach Terrain Park. Afternoon Awards Ceremony in the Courtyard at 3:00 pm Registration begins at 11 a.m. on the day of the event at the Miami Beach Terrain Park. Don’t forget to have an adult sign your waiver.