Montana mountain’s epic powder exceeded only by its friendly vibe

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Montana mountain’s epic powder exceeded only by its friendly vibe

Ski Magazine said Turner Mountain in northwest Montana might have “the best lift-assisted powder skiing in the U.S.”

Montana mountain’s epic powder exceeded only by its friendly vibe

Ski Magazine said Turner Mountain in northwest Montana might have “the best lift-assisted powder skiing in the U.S.”
If you go

Where to stayVenture Inn1015 W. 9th St., Libby
406-293-7711
ventureinnlibby.com
Located 22 miles south of Turner Mountain in Libby, this inn is one of the closest hotels to the ski area. It recently completed an extensive renovation and has a restaurant with breakfast, lunch and dinner on site. Rooms start at $110.
Libby Hostel427 Thomas St., Libby
406-200-3193
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The hostel is located just feet from the Kootenai River and is a short walk from downtown Libby and exactly “158 steps” from the Amtrak station. It has two bunk rooms and one private room and can sleep up to eight people. Beds start at $38.
Yaak River Lodge27744 Yaak River Rd., Troy
406-295-5463
yaaklodge.com
Yaak is a small community about 18 miles north of Turner Mountain, not far from the Canadian border, that offers two bars and this lodge, which proudly welcomes everyone from hippies to hunters. It has eight rooms, so it’s recommended that you book early. Just steps away from the lodge are the two bars: the “world famous” Dirty Shame Saloon and the Yaak River Tavern. Rooms at the lodge start at $149.
Where to eatCabinet Mountain Brewing Co.206 Mineral Ave., Libby
406-293-2739
cabinetmountainbrewing.com
The brewery calls itself “Libby’s living room,” and if you stop in on a Friday or Saturday night, you’ll know why. It also has the distinction of being the first brewery in Montana to be owned exclusively by women. Complementing its lineup of six flagship beers and rotating list of seasonal brews is an extensive menu with panini, sandwiches and salads. Open daily noon to 8 p.m. Panini $8, sandwiches and salads from $7. Beers $3.75 to $5.
The Black Board Bistro803 Mineral Ave., Libby
406-293-4505
theblackboardmontana.com
This Mediterranean restaurant in downtown Libby is owned by husband-and-wife team Seth and Riley Black. Seth spent 17 years making a name for himself in Denver’s culinary scene before coming home to Libby to open his own restaurant. It features a seasonally inspired menu, and the kitchen tries to source ingredients from local farmers. Open Thursday through Saturday 5 to 9 p.m., closed Sunday through Wednesday. Entrees start at $20.
What to doTurner Mountain Ski AreaPipe Creek Rd., Libby
406-293-2468
skiturner.com
The mountain has one lift, 400 acres of skiable terrain, two dozen runs and stunning views of the Purcell Mountains. Open Friday through Sunday from December until March, depending on snow conditions. Full-day lift tickets $38 for adults, $26 for ages 13 to 18, $21 for ages 7 to 12, ages 6 and under free. Half-day tickets $33 adults, teens $21, kids $16, 6 and under free.
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