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Montana – Idaho Stateline Divide
|Activity Type(s):||Backcountry Skiing / Riding|
Stevens Peak. Midwinter day trip accessible from Mullin, Idaho with fine skiing on the west ridge and off the south side of the peak. Also great spring corn skiing on steeper faces of slopes above Upper Stevens Lake on north side of the peak.
St. Regis Basin. A wide variety of terrain is easily accessible from the parking lot at Lookout Ski Area. Though heavily used by snowmobiles, the area offers both glade and bowl skiing with plenty of season and late-season snow. More terrain is now accessible from Lookout’s newest ski lift, which offers a one-ride pass.
Hoodoo Pass. As soon as Trout Creek Road is drivable to Heart Lake trailhead there is easy access to wonderful open slopes on both sides of Stateline Divide.
Elk Meadows. There are a number of fine peaks accessible from Elk Meadows including Rocky Point and Point 8261, with great moderate to steeper open slopes.
Lolo Pass area peaks. There is very easy access from Highway 12 at the pass to wonderful open slopes and glade skiing on Point 6052, known locally as Mt. Fuji, and Point 6372 just to the east. The north south running ridge just to the west of Pack Creek also has wonderful open slopes. Other good opportunities with short access are west of Highway 12 near the pass. More of this area needs to be designated for backcountry skiing and snowboarding, and made off limits to snowmobiles.
Lost Trail Pass. Located about 30 miles south of Darby, MT on highway 93, the Lost Trail Pass/Chief Joseph pass area offers exceptional opportunities for backcountry skiing. Several trails are routinely groomed. Skiers can pick their terrain….from flat to fairly steep. Good parking is available and the area can accommodate many people. This is a popular wintertime recreational
area managed by the Forest Service.
Lost Trail Powder Mountain. The area offers a $5.00 one-way lift pass to anyone who wants to access the high country for back country skiing. Many folks and recreational groups from Missoula take advantage of this lift pass every year. Miles of Forest Service land are accessible from the top of Chair 2 or Chair 4 at Lost Trail.