Blacktail Mountain Ski Resort is a ski area located in the state of Montana in USA. The resort is in the town of Lakeside, MT.
We recently ranked all of Montana's ski resorts, so you can see where Blacktail Mountain stacks up against all its nearby ski hills!
Blacktail Mountain is a part of the INDY Ski Pass system. This allows you to buy one lift pass, and ski at all of the slopes that are also a part of the group.
Blacktail Mountain is a part of the Powder Alliance pass network. This pass allows you to buy a season ticket at your home slope, then be able to use it to ski up to three free days at the rest of the participating resorts.
There are numerous options to stay at Blacktail Mountain around the resort. Check out the available options with the form below.
Blacktail Mountain Mountain Resort Terrain Overview
Blacktail Mountain has a total of 25 ski trails, which are serviced by 4 ski lifts, gondolas and/or trams. The amount of skiable area in this park is huge, with a maximum of 2,500 acres available to skiers. This area is equivalent to 1,012 hectares, 3.9 square miles, or 10.1 square kilometers.
Blacktail Mountain's slopes see on average 250 inches (6.4 meters) of snowfall a year. That is almost 20 feet every year!
Blacktail Mountain Ski Resort Elevation
Blacktail Mountain Ski Resort has a summit elevation of 6,780 feet, or 2,066 meters. However, not all of that elevation is able to be skied. The base of the ski slope sits at 5,340 feet above sea level, creating a ski hill that is 1,440 feet (439 meters) high. This is referred to as the slope's vertical drop - or a measure of how high the skiable hill is.
Blacktail Mountain's summit elevation is higher than average. There are a lot of ski slopes that are much higher than this one (some stretch to 12,000 feet!), but it is not small by any stretch of the imagination.
Blacktail Mountain Ski Resort Difficulty Level
43.7out of 100
DID YOU KNOW?
At Parks & Trips, we've created a proprietary Difficulty Score that attempts to show how difficult a particular ski slope is. We get to this number by combining a number of metrics for each resort and comparing them to its peers. Most of the score is based off the amount of easy-intermediate-expert slopes by acreage and the maximum vertical drop of the overall resort, but also includes a few lesser-used metrics as well.
Our algorithm compares each resort’s metrics with all others in North America, then assigns each a Difficulty Score, which we use to rank them accordingly. Resorts with a lower score are easier to ski than those with a higher one. However, a high score does not mean that the resort does not have any easy slopes, or vice versa. This is just an overall score given to the resort based on all its metrics grouped together.
Skiable Terrain by Difficulty Level
Blacktail Mountain has 2,500 total skiable acres, which can be broken down into the three main groups of difficulty: Beginner, Intermediate, and Expert.Blacktail Mountain is a beginner-friendly ski area, with about 15% of its trails as easy. However, it also has a fair share of more difficult runs - which account for the remaining 85%.
Beginner trails (identified by a green circle) are the easiest trails on the hill with a gradual 25% or less gradient, and are usually wide to accommodate beginner skiers.
Intermediate trails (identified by a blue square) are usually the most popular and crowded runs, which have a slope of anywhere between 25-40%.
Expert trails (identified by a black diamond... or two) are the hardest slopes on the mountain, and have very steep gradients over 40%.
Is Blacktail Mountain Ski Resort good for beginners?
Blacktail Mountain can be beginner-friendly, depending on the runs you take. While it ranks in the lower half of all North American ski areas in terms of overall difficulty, it still has 85% of its trails rated at or above intermediate.
Blacktail Mountain Ski Resort Location
Blacktail Mountain Ski Resort is located in the state of Montana, USA. This ski area is nearest the town of Lakeside, MT.
Lakeside, MT 59922 USA
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Getting to Blacktail Mountain Mountain Resort
By Car: If you are driving, you would set your GPS to either the ski resort's name (Blacktail Mountain Ski Resort), its coordinates of 48.00000, -114.36000 (latitude, longitude), or simply drive towards the town of Lakeside, MT to get close.
By Air: If you are coming in from across the country, then you may need to board an airplane to get here.
A medium-sized airport has scheduled regional airline service. This type of airport may or may not accept international flights. Here are the closest medium-sized airport(s) to Blacktail Mountain.
|Glacier Park International Airport||FCA||Kalispell, MT||22 mi|
|Missoula International Airport||MSO||Missoula, MT||76 mi|
|Cranbrook/Canadian Rockies International Airport||YXC||Cranbrook, BC||129 mi|
There may also be much smaller regional airports next to Blacktail Mountain Ski Resort, but we didn't list them here due to the fact that no major airlines go through them.
Other Nearby Ski Resorts
Skiers will - especially if coming from far away - try and visit a couple different slopes all in the same trip. Here are the closest other ski slopes within 100 miles of Blacktail Mountain Ski Resort.
|Whitefish Mountain||Whitefish, MT||6,817 ft||68%||54 mi|
|Teton Pass||Choteau, MT||7,200 ft||33%||68 mi|
|Montana Snowbowl||Missoula, MT||7,600 ft||65%||72 mi|
|Lookout Pass||Mullan, ID||5,650 ft||46%||72 mi|
|Turner Mountain||Libby, MT||5,952 ft||71%||85 mi|
Blacktail Mountain Ski Resort Mountain Stats
|Summit Elevation||6,780 ft|
|Base Elevation||5,340 ft|
|Vertical Drop||1,440 ft|
(15% Beginner, 70% Intermediate, 15% Expert)
|Avg. Annual Snowfall||250 inches|