Town Ski Area Series: Meadowlark Ski Lodge
Nestled in the Big Horn Mountains of northern Wyoming sits Meadowlark Ski Lodge, a ski area with rowdy terrain and even more breathtaking views.
With a base elevation around 8,500 feet Meadowlark is blessed with consistent snow and a stunning view of the surrounding peaks. The ski area’s southern runs feed straight past Meadowlark Lake, so assuming it’s frozen, you can ski onto it after finishing your descent; if you don’t mind the short hike out.
The mountain itself has a 1,100 foot vertical drop with 14 trails. A great range of terrain exists on Meadowlark so the whole family can stick together. A run like Powder River may be labeled as a green circle because of its low slope angle, but many natural jumps and small cliffs still exist on its edges.
Although there are only two lifts, choice is the name of the game at Meadowlark. For those looking for a low-challenge stroll, check out Bobcat which offers a meandering run and great scenic views. Skiers and riders who prefer ‘hold your breath’ steeps and air will find a collection of cliff drops, chutes and log rides on runs like Show Off and Cliff Hanger.
One could spend days exploring the playful, rolling 300-acres Meadowlark has to offer.
Tickets run affordably at $35-$48 a day.
Aside from the small town of Ten Sleep nearby, the ski area is nearly an hour from any sizable population base, providing empty trails, fresh corduroy and pristine powder spots ripe for the shredding.
Down at the base lodge a rustic wood interior provides a cozy setting when chowing down on scrumptious food. This isn’t your average cafeteria fare - with kielbasa, slow-cooked pulled pork and massive, fresh baked chocolate chip cookies all on the menu.
In the summer Meadowlark is chock filled with activities like trout fishing, atv riding, hiking and biking. The lodge specializes in hosting weddings too and one of the nation’s elite ultra marathons, the Bighorn Trail Run, is also held nearby.