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Montana Ski Resort Openings And Lift Ticket Specials

Whitefish-Mountain-Resort-picture The views at Whitefish stretch forever. (Whitefish Mountain Resort)

Montana ski areas are opening over the next couple of weeks, and lift ticket deals are still available at several of them. Frequent skier cards, packs and punch cards can substantially help lower daily lift ticket costs. Check out early season specials and what's new around the state.

Big news for Montana skiers is the much-anticipated opening of Montana Snowbowl's new Snowpark chairlift, which will carry skiers and riders 1,300 feet up TV Mountain to the 6,800-foot summit. The expansion adds another 1,000-acres almost doubling the size of the Snowbowl. The original ski area opened in the 1950s on TV Mountain with rope tows and a Poma lift transporting skiers to the top. Lift ticket coupons are available through Dec. 1 that saves you $9 per lift ticket. They are good anytime during the season, transferable and you can buy as many as you like. They plan to open December 6.

 Whitefish Mountain Resort, which has experienced back-to-back 400+ inch seasons, has installed a powder stake with camera and light on the summit so people can see 24-hour new snow totals and base depth. New parking status signs have been installed at lots that will indicate if they are full and where to go so you aren't wasting time looking around. Snowmaking was expanded and terrain park improvements made over the summer. Frequent Skier Cards, available through Dec. 24 for $50, allows an adult to purchase a daily lift ticket for $54. They plan on opening November 28.

 Discovery Ski Area also plans on opening November 28. They made much-needed improvements to the Easy Lift that will make the beginner area more friendly. The new road, a more direct route from nearby Phillipsburg, has been completed. Discovery offers a package of five transferable lift tickets for $225. Adult daily lift tickets are $52 this winter.

 Red Lodge Mountain, which plans to open this weekend November 23-24, offers a 6-Tix that allows six days of skiing anytime throughout the season. The individual cost for the 6-Tix adult is $315 almost a $100 savings over daily lift tickets, which are $69.

 Bridger Bowl, which plans to open December 6, has Frequency Cards available all season long. The cards are $65 upfront and allow you to purchase an adult lift ticket for $45 midweek and $53 weekends. Lift tickets are $63 this season.

Great Divide currently open weekends offers a Half Price Passport for $49, which is transferable. The Passport, a 10-punch card, allows the holder to purchase a half-price lift ticket with each punch. Purchase as many Passports as you like. The daily adult lift ticket is $50.

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