Turner Mountain Ski Area

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Written by Cassidy Barnes posted on Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010

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Turner Mountain is a unique getaway in northwestern Montana. The remoteness of the ski area, along with the inches of snow on the trails, makes this destination very special.

A group of friends gets ready to have some fun on Turner Mountain.

The difference with other ski mountains is that Turner Mountain is only open Friday through Sunday (plus holidays). While at first it may sound odd, just think of all the powder that can accumulate undisturbed all week long! Can’t you just picture the fluffy stuff adding up while you’re at work, just waiting for you to make first tracks on the weekend?

Despite the restricted schedule, lift lines remain small and lift tickets inexpensive- yet another draw to this Rocky Mountain vacation destination. 

The terrain itself is listed as 10% beginner, 30% intermediate and 60% expert. Its said to have terrain for everybody, with steep sections and wide open trails. The base of Turner mountain sits at 3,842 feet and the summit reaches 5, 952 feet above sea level.  The vertical drop is 2,110 feet. Their annual snowfall is 250 inches on average. 

Their 25 named runs are serviced by one double chair lift. Of the 25 runs, half are groomed. According to Ski Magazine, Turner Mountain “might offer the best lift-assisted powder skiing in the U.S.”

The resort has also won awards in other categories. In 2010, Skiing Magazine awarded Turner Mountain for having “the friendliest locals.” 

If you’re looking for a truly personal experience, contact Turner Mountain to rent the hill for yourself during off days. Be the one to make first tracks on ALL the trails!

The mountain resort has a base area with a lodge for dining and warming up. In the basement you’ll find equipment rentals, tuning and hot wax services and apparel and accessories for sale. Turner rentals feature Head “Big Easy” skis and K2 “Clicker” snowboards.

Turner Mountain is about 22 miles north of Libby on Montana 567 (Pipe Creek Road) in the Kootenai National Forest. The resort is reachable by car, Amtrak train, or via Glacier International Airport in nearby Kalispell, Montana.

Libby is a small mountain town in the Cabinet Mountain Range alongside the Kootenai River. Near the Idaho Border, this town was named after an early settler’s daughter. It is the ideal destination for travelers who want to explore Montana’s natural surroundings, no matter the time of year. Fishing is popular in the summer in the Kootenai and hiking through the two million acres of land in the Kootenai National Forest allows you to never take the same trail twice!

The uniqueness, beautiful scenery and nearby cozy lodging in Libby are all reasons enough to visit this one-of-a-kind ski resort nestled in the pine trees of the Montana Rocky Mountains. 

Mailing Address: PO Box 210 Libby, MT 59923
Phone: 406-293-2468
Snow Phone: 406-293-2468


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