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Discovery Ski Area

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Driving from the East

Take Interstate 90 to exit 208 onto Highway 1 west toward Anaconda (8 miles). Continue west on Highway 1 for 20 miles to Georgetown Lake. Turn right (north) at the Discovery Ski Area and St. Timothy's Chapel signs. Continue north for 4.5 miles to the ski area.


Driving from the West

Take Interstate 90 to exit 153 onto Highway 1 east toward Philipsburg (26 miles). Remain on Highway 1 past Philipsburg towards Georgetown Lake. Two miles past the Georgetown Lake dam turn left (north) at the Discovery Ski Area and St. Timothy's Chapel signs. Continue north for 4.5 miles to the ski area.


Name Description Maximum Occupancy Price Range
The Seven Gables Resort  


Two queen beds  Rooms furnished with satellite TV and wireless internet. Also microwave,coffee maker,and small refrigerator. All rooms are non-smoking and pets allowed in some rooms.

  Two night double occupancy with two tickets: $202-$258


Marcus Daly Motel, Anaconda


Centrally located all non-smoking
clean, spacious rooms with fridges, microwaves, air conditioning, cable TV and most rooms having 32” flat screen TVs
- winter plug-ins and Queen pillow top beds for a good nights sleep

Free High Speed Secure Internet Access


Two night double occupancy with  two tickets:


 Fairmont Hot Springs Resort

Each room and suite has wireless high speed internet access, a telephone with dataport, 27" TV with Lodgenet/Nintendo, AM/FM radio, coffee maker, and a private bath. Registered resort guests have 24 hour access to the hot springs pools.


Two night double occupancy with two tickets:




Discovery Day Lodge:


The homemade soups are made entirely from scratch right on the premises. Daily entrée specials always prove to be satisfying and delicious. Sandwiches, burgers, fries and beverages. All at family-friendly prices.


The Seven Gables Restaurant

20 Southern Cross Rd, Anaconda, MT 



Discovery's apres-ski watering hole, featuring:

Full bar

Hearty breakfasts;
Delicious burgers, soups, buffalo chips and sandwiches made the way you like them
Locally famous pressure-fried chicken
Mouth-watering steaks and seafood
Salad Bar.


Barclay II Supper Club

1300 E Commercial Ave
Anaconda, MT 59711



Full seven course meals. A large selection of steak, seafood, chicken, veal, and pasta entrees. Full bar. Excellent selection of wines, beers and Barclay's own ice cream drinks.


Fairmont Hot Springs Resort

1500 Fairmont Road
Fairmont, MT 59711



Mile High Dining Room  A full gourmet menu of Choice Beef, Fresh Seafood and Poultry plus Vegetarian items:  A wine list offers selections to complement any meal. The Springwater Café offers a wide variety of informal meals all day long.


The Copper Bowl

1500 East Park Avenue

Anaconda, MT 59711



The Copper Bowl Cafe, Casino and Bowling Alley offers a full menu selection all day and all night.


Season pass holder at another Montana ski area: full-day pass half-day rate of $29 anytime. Montana college or university students, $19 on "college days."  Check calendar.
"Five Pack" transferable adult day passes ....$170
"Ten Pack" non-transferable day passes for under 12 or 65+ ....$170


Rentals & Repairs


Good area for beginners: wide, gently sloped, well groomed cruisers
A better collection of friendly, outgoing lift operators would be hard to find
Best concentration of double-black expert level terrain


Discovery Ski Area

In the heart of southwestern Montana, 90 miles east of Missoula & 23 miles west of Anaconda on the historic Pintlar Scenic Route, Discovery Basin boasts great terrain, uncrowded slopes, amazing views, and a friendly Discovery's 614 skiable acres are spread over 2100 acres of Deer Lodge National Forest. The two north-facing bowls offer some of the steepest lift-served skiing around. The extensive front side faces offer excellent beginner & intermediate runs. Discovery Basin's terrain truly offers something for everyone - tree skiing, powder bowls, mogul-runs, groomed trails and great boarding air. Lessons, rentals and cross-country skiing are available for all ages & abilities.

Snow making percent
Lifts-Surface Lifts-Magic carpet
Lifts-Surface Lifts-Rope tow
Lifts-Surface Lifts-Poma
Lifts-Surface Lifts-T bar
Lifts-Surface Lifts-J bar
Lifts-Chair Lifts-Single
Lifts-Chair Lifts-Double3
Lifts-Chair Lifts-Triple5
Lifts-Chair Lifts-Quad
Lifts-Chair Lifts-High speed quad
Lifts-Chair Lifts-Five person
Lifts-Chair Lifts-Six person
Lifts-Chair Lifts-Eight person
Lifts-Coggle train
Lifts-Total number of lifts
Lifts-Total lift capacity
Trails-4-Expert only30%
Trails-5-Terrain park2.5 acres
Trails-6-Half pipe
Runs-Steepest run
Runs-Longest run1.5 miles
General-Base elevation5770'
General-Vertical drop2388'
General-Mountain range
General-Annual skier visits
General-Back country access
General-Total area in bounds2200 acres
General-Snow making coverage4 runs
Model Name/TypeMPNEAN/UPC


Pros: Best mix of terrain, great kids programs, if you can ski here you can ski anywhere

Cons: can't think of one

I can't say enough about Disco....the frontside is a great mix of runs for all levels, and the back is..well, they say it's some of the steepest lift served terrain around, and I believe it. It's a good sized resort,and if you can ski it all, then there isn't much on the planet you can't ski.

That's not all though...the prices are very low, the ski school and racing team programs are amazing, it's not crowded, people are friendly, and the views are wonderful. 


Pros: Pefect snow. In the middle of nowhere. No crowds. Great terrain.

Cons: In the middle of nowhere, no nightlife, sparse accomodations

When we go to Montana, we stay with locals who work at Bridger Bowl.  On their days off, they ski at Discovery.  This is a two hour drive from Bozeman, into old mining territory.  You are in the middle of the woods-there's no big city or town nearby.

The area is set on the front and back of a nice mountain.  The front is friendly, with wide open groomers. Some of these are quite steep, but with perfect snow are a blast.  The back of the hill is tight, with steeps working through glades, and a few legit double blacks.  Orphan Girl is one of the single blacks but there are two headwalls that would be called no fall zones elsewhere.

The base lodge is 60's functional, and caters to a 99.9% local crowd.  When we were there one weekend, we were probably the only non MT folks there.  Nothing gets skied off.  No one poaches your line.  If you can't afford the Yellowstone club (cough cough) you can pretend you are there.

It would be huge for the East.  Out west it is kind of small, but you won't cover everything in one day, so don't worry.  You'd have to do it as a day trip from Bozeman, or elswhere, but it is a unique ski experience.  I was reminded of when I was a kid and we went to Mt. Peter in New York...but with a western mountain and snow to ski on.

The nicest snow I've ever seen.  Period.  The blues on the front face are just paradise for fast GS turns till your legs fall off.  The back is gnarly and equal to if not better than anything in the East, but with the added benefit of snow on that mogul.  Ruined me for just about anywhere else.