Montana Snowbowl Ski Resort

Montana Snowbowl Ski Resort is a ski area located in the state of Montana in USA. The resort is in the town of Missoula, MT. We recently ranked all of Montana's ski resorts, so you can see where Montana Snowbowl stacks up against all its nearby ski hills!

Montana Snowbowl is not a part of any nationwide lift pass system. Passes such as Epic, IKON, or Mountain Collective allow pass holders to ski at multiple mountians with a single purchase. Unfortunately, none of those passes with with Montana Snowbowl Ski Resort.

Montana Snowbowl Lodging:

Montana Snowbowl Ski Resort Terrain Overview

Montana Snowbowl has a total of 37 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 950 acres available to skiers. This area is equivalent to 384 hectares, 1 square miles, or 4 square kilometers.

Montana Snowbowl's slopes see on average 185 inches (73 cm) of snowfall a year. That is almost 15 feet a year!

Total Runs
Ski Lift
Skiable Acres
950(4 km2)
Annual Snowfall
185"(73 cm)

Montana Snowbowl Ski Resort Elevation

Montana Snowbowl Ski Resort has a summit elevation of 7,600 feet, or 2,316 meters. However, not all of that elevation is able to be skied. The base of the ski slope sits at 5,000 feet above sea level, creating a ski hill that is 2,600 feet (792 meters) high. This is referred to as the slope's vertical drop - or a measure of how high the skiable hill is.

Montana Snowbowl'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.

Mountain Summit
Summit Elevation
7,600'(2,316 m)
Vertical Drop
Vertical Drop
2,600'(792 m)
Mountain base
Base Elevation
5,000'(1,524 m)

Montana Snowbowl Ski Resort Difficulty Level

Difficulty Score
69.1out of 100
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Montana Snowbowl's difficulty level of 69.1 is above average. 90% of its trails rated as either intermediate or expert-level, which doesn't leave much for the beginners.


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.

Skiiable Area by Difficulty Level

Montana Snowbowl has 950 total skiable acres, which can be broken down into the three main groups of difficulty: Beginner, Intermediate, and Expert.

Montana Snowbowl's difficulty level is higher than average, which is because 40% of its ski trails are rated as intermediate, and another 50% as expert.
10%(95 acres)

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.

Blue Square
40%(380 acres)

Intermediate trails (identified by a blue square) are usually the most popular and crowded runs, which have a slope of anywhere between 25-40%.

Black Diamond
50%(475 acres)

Expert trails (identified by a black diamond... or two) are the hardest slopes on the mountain, and have very steep gradients over 40%.

Is Montana Snowbowl Ski Resort good for beginners?

Montana Snowbowl is above average in its difficulty level, so... probably not? It will depend on which trails you take since only 50% of its trails rated for either beginner or intermediate skill levels.

Montana Snowbowl Ski Resort Location

Montana Snowbowl Ski Resort is located in the state of Montana, USA. This ski area is nearby the town of Missoula, MT.

Missoula, MT 59808 USA
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GPS Coordinates:
46.99000, -114.01000

Getting to Montana Snowbowl Ski Resort

By Car: If you are driving, you would set your GPS to either the ski resort's name (Montana Snowbowl Ski Resort), its coordinates of 46.99000, -114.01000 (latitude, longitude), or simply drive towards the town of Missoula, 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 Montana Snowbowl.

Missoula International AirportMSOMissoula, MT6 mi
Glacier Park International AirportFCAKalispell, MT92 mi
Helena Regional AirportHLNHelena, MT99 mi

There may also be much smaller regional airports next to Montana Snowbowl 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 Montana Snowbowl Ski Resort.

NameLocationSummitDifficulty ScoreDistance
Blacktail MountainLakeside, MT6,780 ft42%72 mi
Teton PassChoteau, MT7,200 ft32%85 mi
Lookout PassMullan, ID5,650 ft44%85 mi
Discovery BasinAnaconda, MT8,158 ft66%97 mi

Montana Snowbowl Ski Resort Mountain Stats

Summit Elevation7,600 ft
Base Elevation5,000 ft
Vertical Drop2,600 ft
(10% Beginner,  40% Intermediate,  50% Expert)
Skiable Acres950
Avg. Annual Snowfall185 inches
Montana Snowbowl Ski Resort Mountain Stats