Great Divide Ski Area Plans To Expand
Montana’s Great Divide Ski Area is expanding with new terrain set to open this winter and future plans call for the addition of two new lifts.
During the summer the ski area took on a large forest maintenance project clearing regrowth vegetation and opening up new terrain for skiing and riding this coming winter. The new area, called Tall Timbers, is located south of the High-Voltage run and will connect to the Rawhide chairlift. Fifty acres of the planned 150-acres will be accessible this season. Future plans call for installing a new Tall Timbers chairlift around 2022 to rise out of the Ottawa Gulch up to the High Voltage cornice. With the partial forest cleanup, you will be able to access some of this area this season whenever the Rawhide Gulch lift is operating.
They also cleaned up The Big Open and Bull Chutes across to Fountain Head and Hibernation. Next summer they hope to install a new Summit Shuttle double chairlift that will load at the bottom of Hiballer and go above the top of the Mount Belmont chair. The new lift would allow you to ski or ride more than 60-percent of the mountain without having to return to the base area.
The ski area has a history of being one of the first to open and last to close. Last season they opened November 10 and they’ve already received snow this fall.
Currently available through December 24 is the $49 Half-Price Pass Port, which is a discount card. It’s good for six punches for half-priced lift tickets; valid anytime and fully transferable. Also available is the $99 Thrifty 3-Pak good for three all-day adult lift tickets. It’s a savings of $45 off regularly priced tickets.
Great Divide offers six lifts, a 1,600 foot vertical that’s spread out over 1,600-acres, and its lift ticket prices are about half that of the larger ski resorts in the Treasure State. It’s very popular with Montana local residents.