Discovery Ski Area Announces November 24 Opening

November 21, 2012, Philipsburg, Mont. — For skiers eager to hit the slopes after recent snowfalls, Discovery Ski Area will open its front side on Saturday, November 24, with discounted lift tickets. The opening comes after a summer and fall season of safety improvements made to the mountain’s chairlifts.

“Keeping everyone on the mountain as safe as possible is our number one priority,” said Ciche Pitcher, Discovery’s vice president of operations. “To offer really reliable lift service, we spent most of our efforts in the off-season this year upgrading the electronics and controls to chairlifts that were not already upgraded.”

The improvements were made to the mountain’s Easy Chair on the front side and Limelight Chairlift on the backside. The Limelight was upgraded with a new electronic system and sensors that allow lift operations to know exactly where an issue is happening, improving lift maintenance and staff response time. The Easy Chair was upgraded with similar retrofitted technology. Discovery in previous seasons installed similar upgrades to the area’s five other chairlifts. The improvements bring Discovery’s lifts all up to the highest safety standards found on mountains of its size.

“We want the skiers’ experience on our lifts to be as seamless as possible,” Pitcher added. “These improvements are definitely behind the scenes but will give skiers peace of mind knowing that we are committed to their safety.”

In the off-season, Discovery also leveled the ground around the Easy Chair to make maneuvering around the chair and lodge easier for beginner skiers. Starting in December, it will also add mobile parking structures, marking available parking to make finding parking simpler.

For beginners or anyone who wants to carve some turns on opening day, Discovery will run its Jubilee Chairlift, the Easy Chair and the Totemoff Magic Carpet, accessing its beginner and intermediate runs on the front side. Opening day tickets will be offered at a special discounted price of $24. Throughout the season, tickets for the Easy Chair will be $12 for all ages, and the Totemoff Magic Carpet will be free. Children 5 and younger accompanied by an adult can ski anywhere on the mountain at no cost. Discovery will open Saturdays and Sundays through December 15, after which it will open seven days a week for the rest of the season.

For the 2012-2013 season, Discovery’s discounted five-pack, transferable lift tickets at $170 are on sale through December 25, online at and in Missoula at Bob Ward, REI and the Trail Head, as well as at Bob Ward in Helena and Butte.

For more information on Discovery Ski Area, visit its newly designed website at, call Discovery Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 406-563-2184, or email