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|Activity Type(s):||Backcountry Skiing / Riding|
Roger’s Pass. Rogers Pass is located about 90 miles east of Missoula on highway 200. Elevation
is about 5600 feet; snow is generally good from mid-December through March. Parking is somewhat limited at the pass. Good skiing is found along the Continental Divide west of the pass to Lewis and Clark Pass. Wide, open vistas greet the adventurer; elk can often be seen even in wintertime because some of the open meadows are windswept.
MacDonald Pass. This area is located about 100 miles east of Missoula. Winter sports here, including snowmobiling, and cross-country skiing, are managed by the Forest Service. Wide open vistas and huge meadows punctuated by glades of conifer trees make this an interesting area to visit. A wide variety of terrain is available, from flat to steep.
Stemple Pass. A popular snowmobile use area is accessible in the winter for skiing.
Discovery Basin – Georgetown Lake area. Forest Service land adjoins the lake in several spots and affords some moderate terrain with open glades that make skiing very interesting. The road to Discovery Basin Ski Area intersects highway 1 about mid-way along the lake. Besides offering some of the very best downhill skiing in the northwest, the lower terrain adjoining the ski area offers some outstanding cross-country skiing. Terrain is flat-to-rolling, mostly forested with interspersed meadows and small open glades.