As most everyone can attest to, this season has not been the most bountiful as far as epic powder days at Bridger Bowl and Big Sky. As a connoisseur of the cold white fluffy stuff myself, it being mid January with few to no powder days logged this season, things are beginning to get depressing. As the dry spell around Bozeman continues, Red Lodge Mountain Resort seems to continually be getting 10 inch and plus storms making more and more enticing to Bozeman-ites to skip the local slopes and head east.

I recently was able to get out at Red Lodge Mountain Resort and experience the snowy love for myself and was more than surprised at the blast of a good time I had. It had snowed 14 inches the day before and even the day after I was able to catch some untouched lines all around the mountain. I sat down with marketing manager Jeff Carol and talked the talk for a minute post ski day.


How has Red Lodge been doing this season compared to past seasons?

Very well. Red Lodge Mountain is enjoying the best season it’s had in quite a few years, both in terms of skier visits and snowfall. As a matter of fact, over the Christmas holiday we experienced a couple days of record visitation.


Any rituals or mystical reason that Red Lodge is getting all the snow this season?

We may have made a few sacrifices to Ullr, Mother Nature and Old Man Winter before the season started, but I can’t reveal our secrets.


How has Red Lodge differentiated itself from other ski resorts in the area?

We’re definitely proud of how varied our terrain is, especially for being a mid-size mountain. It sounds cliché, but we really do have something for everyone – chutes, glades, steeps, groomers and beginner terrain. We’re also an authentic ski experience, meaning that here at Red Lodge Mountain the experience is about the skiing, and not about spa days and truffle covered buffalo burgers. Going hand-in-hand with that is the fact that we are a great value. Our guests pay for good skiing, not overpriced amenities. Finally, I feel the town of Red Lodge itself differentiates us greatly from other resorts. Red Lodge is a welcoming, friendly and historic western town full of great bars, restaurants and shops, and a perfect place to unwind after a day of skiing.


Any events or special offers happening at Red Lodge in the near future?

We’re always throwing out deals and special offers, and the best way to stay in the know is to visit our website at, “Like” us on Facebook or subscribe to our email newsletter. For events, we’ve got our Scrap Yard Terrain Park series with competitions in January, February and March. Our biggest event of the season though is Winter Carnival, which takes place this year on March 3, and involves the Cardboard Classic race, a torch light parade and fireworks. All details can be found on our website.


If you are getting powder starved here in Bozeman, get out of town for the short 2 hour drive to Red Lodge and get your powder days in for this season sooner than later.