So sorry to report, Discovery Ski Area will not be open this upcoming weekend Dec. 2nd and 3rd. Moderate temps and lack of precip don’t make for happy ski conditions.
Closed December 2nd-3rd
Reduced Ticket Prices
Conditions in the last 48 hours produced unfavorable results causing limited terrain to be open on the front side. We are working the snow that we have and are offering a deep discount on tickets with Adults priced at $24 and Children 6-12 at $18.
Opening Day Scheduled For Nov. 23
Are you ready? Opening Day is slated for Thanksgiving, November 23, weather permitting. We will continue to be open Saturdays and Sundays only and then plan to be open 7 days a week beginning December 16. Check out our website’s events page to stay up to date with our latest news and events. See you on the 23rd, aka Turkey Day, gobble, gobble. Get your snow dance on!
5-Pack On Sale Now
The greatest gift to give to your loved ones is on sale now and will run through Christmas Day. Purchase online and give that special someone or even yourself a little gift of love. This 5-pack is always transferable, so you can treat friends or family for a group ski day. By purchasing the 5-Pack the user saves $5 every visit. The 5-pack works best for those aged 13 and older. If you would rather purchase in person, the 5-pack will be available at Bob Wards in Butte, Missoula and Helena.
Youth Ski & Snowboard Teams
It’s back! Yes, Discovery Ski Education Foundation “Freeride” Team will be on the lineup again along with ESP (Enhanced SkiProgram), LTR (Learn to Race Program) and DART (Discovery Alpine Race Team). All teams start in January. Freeride will consist of 11 weeks of training for ages 7-16, with skiers separated into different levels of expertise. On-hill training will focus on three aspects of skiing: all-mountain free skiing, slope-style that is integrated into big mountain competition, and backcountry travel and awareness. If interested in signing up your child, please vist our teams page to register.
The rental fleet for 2017-18 gained 40 new Burton boards and 30 new pairs of snowboard boots along with 16 sets of Elan skis and some more Kinderski-sized boots. In the last five years we’ve completely updated Discovery‘s rental gear. Skip the long lines opening day and get outfitted now with rental equipment for the upcoming season. We will be open Sunday, November 19, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.for season rentals. You can pick up your season pass at the same time.
Kinderski 6-Pack On Sale
For our youngest skiers, Discovery now offers a 6-Pack lesson pack. This package includes 6 half-day lessons for your 3- to 6-year-old child either during the morning or afternoon. Each session is only $28; it does not include rental gear however. The total cost of the 6-Pack is only $168 and can be purchased either at the Discovery lodge or on our website.
Echo Lake Trails Association
Echo Lake Trails Association, the nonprofit group that maintains the nearly 20 miles of Forest Service cross-country ski trails near Discovery, has been very busy. Not only have the volunteers been constantly working the trails, they also added a ton of gravel to the Midway Parking Area. And — you can’t miss the new warming hut! Now you can park and have a place to change, warm the digits or just brag about your latest run down the EL trail. In September the association had a successful 2nd-annual fundraising event, “Disco PBR.” The event was a hit and incorporated a 10K MTB race, 1K paddleboard leg on Echo Lake and a 6K foot race that finished at Discovery Ski Area. Many more changes, most unnoticeable, also happened this summer and all contribute to creating a great network of user-friendly trails for anyone who enjoys Nordic recreation in the beautiful outdoors. If snow and colder temps persist, association volunteers will begin grooming November 15th.
While You Were Away
Discovery employees were busy this summer getting ready for the upcoming season! Mega truckloads of gravel were hauled in to the parking area closest to the Anaconda lift, making it less likely to get stuck in the muck this spring. We also added a new trail between the Limelight lift and Granite lift, providing access to make some more runs on the west bowl or take another thrilling lap down the “fingers.” Inside the lodge a fresh coat of paint was applied throughout the common areadownstairs and the Noel Shop. Ladies will be pleased with the women’s bathroom near the front entrance — this summer it got an updated, modernized look.
1st Winter Storm Covers Disco in Powder
We are thrilled with the results of our first winter storm dropping over 14 inches of snow on Discovery over the past weekend. It is looking like ski season at the mountain despite the calendar still showing early November and with cold temperatures in the forecast we are optimistic of a Thanksgiving opening. Keep thinking snow and checking our snow report and web cams for updates on opening and snow pack.
3 weeks ago we were still jumping bikes and today we are running grooming machines!