With ski seasons on the horizon in Montana, a change of ownership has been announced for a Montana skiing destination "youngster."

You might think of it as the "tweener" ski area, hidden away between Montana Snowbowl in Missoula and Whitefish Mountain Resort. Opened in 1998, Blacktail Mountain's mission  has been to offer a family-friendly mountain experience. Located on the Flathead National Forest above Flathead Lake's Lakeside, Montana, it boasts a top elevation of nearly 6,800 feet in a spectacular setting.

It was announced this week that Mission Ridge Ski & Board Resort, headquartered in Wenatchee, Washington, has purchased Blacktail Mountain Ski Area. Mission Ridge has a reputation for being proven ski area operators that are community minded.

Blacktail Mountain founder Steve Spencer essentially built the ski area from the ground up. And up. And up.

Transition of the ski area’s ownership is set to begin immediately and all Blacktail Mountain staff will be retained. All 2021-22 season passes and other pre-purchased products will be honored. New benefits for season pass holders will be announced in the next few weeks.

Anyone care to start at the top and work your way down? One of the unique features of Blacktail Mountain for its skiers and riders is that their lodge and parking are located at the top of the mountain. Blacktail offers over 1,000 acres of north facing slopes and 1,440 feet of vertical drop. And at the ripe old age of 23, it is still Montana's youngest ski area.

Season passes for adults are looking like they're around $600, with single day adult lift tickets going for $50.


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