Discovery Basin Cross Country Skiing

The 7th most popular XC Ski in Montana.

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Northeast of Butte and Anaconda, the Discovery Basin Ski Area has over 20 km of backcountry trails for exploring on cross country skis. Also, check out the nearby Lodgepole Ridge Ski Trails (8 km) around Georgetown Lake.

To reach the Discovery Basin trailhead from the east, take US90 to Exit 208 onto Highway 1 west towards Anconda (8 miles). Continue west on Highway 1 for 20 miles to Georgetown Lake. Turn right (north) at the Discovery Ski Area and St. Timothys Chapel signs. Continue north for 4.5 miles to the ski area. Follow signs.

One-Way Trail Distances:

Rumsey Trail #301 - 4km

Jack Pine Trail #302 - 5.6km

Echo Lake Trail #303 - 3.2km

Cable Loop Trail #304 - 1.5km

Powerline Trail #305 - 0.6km

Cabin Trail #306 - 2.7km

Discovery Trail #307 - 1.3km

Cable Campground Trail #309 - 3.7km

Lodgepole Ridge Trail #310 - 6.1km

Campground Trail #312 - 1.0km

Lodgepole Connect Trail #314 - 1.6km

Overall, Discovery Basin is the 7th most popular cross country ski area of all 37 Nordic ski destinations in Montana.

Discovery Basin Cross Country Skiing Map



Local Contact(s):  Discovery Basin (406) 563-2184; Deerlodge National Forest (406) 859-3211; Montana Visitors (800) 847-4868.

Recommended Book:  "Basic Cross-Country Skiing" from J Scott McGee

Best Season:  Dec. - Mar.

Average Difficulty:  Moderate

Base Camp:  Fairmount Hot Springs Resort

Reference Source:  click here

GPS:  46.2455, -113.2433

Date Published:  12/31/2015

Date Updated:  7/29/2016

ID:  7281

Discovery Basin Cross Country Skiing Map