Originally Posted by Tony Crocker
Ski areas come in 3 groups: daytrip, weekend drive, and get on an airplane. SoCal where I live gives you all 3 options.
From where I live there are also three options, 1) day trip: Montana Snowbowl (half hour), Discovery, Lookout Pass, Lost Trail Powder Mountain (90 minutes), Big Mountain (3 hours); 2) weekend trip: Bridger Bowl, Big Sky (5 hours); and 3) why bother.
Missoula gives you all three options.
If those weren't enough, and I was willing to put in a whole day's driving, I could reach Jackson Hole, Grand Targhee, Fernie, Kicking Horse, Snowbasin, Alta, Snowbird, The Canyons, Park City, Deer Valley, Solitude, Mt. Baker, Alpental, White Pass, Sun Valley, Crystal Mountain, Mission Ridge, and so many others I feel overwhelmed trying to think of them all. But hey, gas is expensive, so why leave Montana?
Since I have Snowbowl within a half an hour (and I get a pass there), even going to Discovery seems like an unnecessary use of gas money, but of course, I'm only middle-upper-lower class.