Every winter, Montana
transforms into a snow-covered playground for downhill skiers who wish to spend their days on the slopes, rather than waiting in lift lines, and then chilling out and making new friends once après hour rolls around. With over 14,000 acres of trails, Montana has 15 downhill ski areas including some of the least crowded in the country. The relaxed atmosphere at resorts like Big Sky, the state’s largest, and Whitefish Mountain (seen here), encourages locals and visitors alike to carve their own paths on secluded slopes. With shorter lift lines at all the state’s resorts, you can relax and get back to what really matters: the thrill of an effortless carve and the feel of the crisp alpine air as you ski down the mountain.