RED LODGE, Mont.
-- The welcome mat is out and final preparations are nearly
complete for the upcoming ski season at the Red Lodge Mountain
Resort, with opening slated for Thanksgiving weekend.
Winter tends to
begin early in Yellowstone Country, this ruggedly mountainous
region of south central Montana.
points that keep skiers and snowboarders coming back are
reasonable, family-friendly rates along with uncrowded slopes that
make for a hassle-free ski experience.
Dont expect long
lines here because there are eight lifts that transport more than
10,000 skiers an hour. There is plenty of elbow room on the slopes,
too, with more than 70 trails spread out over 1,600 acres on two
All skill levels
are accommodated: 25% of the trails are designed for beginning
skiers, 40% for intermediate, 25% for advanced and 10% expert. Base elevation is 7,016 feet with a summit
elevation of 9,610 feet and a total vertical drop of 2,400 feet. The average annual snowfall at Red
Lodge Mountain is 250 inches.
amenities and services are one restaurant, two cafeterias, two
bars, one espresso shop, a ski and snowboard rental and repair
shop, a licensed day care for children ages 1 to 4 and certified
ski and snowboard instruction seven days a week, with lessons
available for kids age 3 and up.
Lift and lodging
packages for every style and budget can be booked through Red Lodge
Mountain Reservations, which will arrange for all aspects of a
winter vacation, including lodging, air fare, lift tickets, car
rental, equipment rental and ski school programs.
The property is
offering three seasonal lift and lodging packages, as
want to hit the slopes between Nov. 26 and Dec. 25 can book a
Winter Escape package that provides early-season rates for two days
of skiing and two nights lodging, priced at $50 per person, per
day, double, and $38 per person, per day, quad occupancy (ideal for
From Jan. 3
through Feb. 18, the Cheap, Steep and Deep package is priced at $67
per person, per day, double, for two days of skiing and two nights
lodging, and $51 per person, per day, for quad
During the last
two months of the season, Feb. 21 through April 10, the Red Lodge
Rendezvous package offers midweek and weekends at the same rate of
$67 per person, double, and $51 per person, quad.
There is a
selection of lodging options to choose from in and around the town
of Red Lodge, including hotels, motels, bed and breakfasts,
condominiums and private homes.
information and reservations for couples, families and groups up to
100, contact Red Lodge Mountain reservations at (800) 444-8977,
e-mail [email protected] or visit the Web site at www.redlodgemountain.com.
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