The Mountain

Mountain Stats

In driving to the mountain top, regardless of whether you are an expert or novice skier/snowboarder, everyone starts at the top on Blacktail Mountain. Views from Flathead Lake to Glacier Park and of the Mission, Whitefish and Cabinet Ranges surround. On this “upside-down hill” you have a top to bottom run in before riding a chair!

Season & Hours of Operation:

9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Open February 15 for President’s Day and every day of Christmas Season, December TBA~January 3.
November/December ~April, snow dependent

General Stats:

Over 1000 acres of National Forest
1440′ of vertical elevation
Top elevation: 6780′
Longest Run: 1.75 milesChairlifts:
Thunderhead-Double Chair
Olympic-Triple Chair
Crystal- Double Chair
Handle Tow

Independence Terrain Park:

Click here for pictures from the terrain park.

Long narrow box, short wide box, double barrel shotgun, single rail into jump, log ride into A frame, flat to down, big jump, spool ride and rollers.
Lift Capacity: 3900 people/hour

Average annual snowfall: 250″

100% natural snow


15% Beginner
70% Intermediate
15% Expert


To apply for a position, please download this Employment Application, print it, complete the form in black ink, and mail it to the office or drop it off. The application is in pdf format, if you are unable to view the file you will need to download and install this free version of Acrobat Reader.


– Clean all three floors of main lodge. Light maintenance work. Heavy lifting is required.

Food/Beverage Staff

– Wait staff, cook staff, bartenders, dishwashers for restaurant and cafeteria. Cooking, cashiering, cleaning, serving, all usual tasks involved in food service. Must be able to handle multi-tasks as assigned. Lifting required. Pleasant personal and neat appearance is required.

Retail Sales

– Friendly and personable to assist customers with purchases, knowledgeable about products, design displays and rotate them, create signs on computer, be proficient in money handling and operating cash register, stock shelves, do inventory, and clean shop.

Maintenance/Road Crew

– Maintain and operate machinery involved in the operation of ski slopes and trails, parking lots, and roadways. Previous experience is helpful.

Ski/Snowboard Rental Technician

– Assist guests with equipment rental needs. Fit boots, select proper ski/board, adjust bindings, tune and repair inventory. Use of hand tools and power tools. Help guests with various equipment needs, problem troubleshooting, etc. Experience required.

Lift Operator

– Safely assist guests on and off lifts; maintain safe loading and un-loading areas. Assist with ticket checking, crowd control, litter control. Must be able to work outdoors in various weather conditions.

Ski Patrol

– Provide safety services to guests. Provide medic attention and evacuation from the mountain for injured persons. Enforce area safety rules and performance policies. Maintain proper slope and trail conditions through signage, fencing, closures, etc. Provide breaks to lift operators. First responder certification is a minimum. Must be able to safely use snowmobile, chainsaw, and variety of hand and power tools.

Ski/Snowboard Instructors

– Must be able to ski/board at least at intermediate level. Good communication skills, patience, desire to work with kids and adults. Willing to attend pre-season training sessions. PSIA certification is helpful.

Ticket Sales

– Operates register to sell lift access, rental equipment, ski school lessons to guests.


The Blacktail Mountain X-Country Ski Trails are maintained by the North Shore Nordic Club using volunteers and through local fundraising efforts. Visit their website at


The trails are located on Blacktail Road. Turn off Hwy. 93 at Blacktail Grocery and follow road up. The Lower Parking area is located at mile 6.4. The Upper Parking area is located at mile 8.1.


Parking areas have limited space. Do not block roadway. Lower Parking-5 cars-Used mostly for shuttle vehicle parking. Upper Parking-10 cars-Access to Alpine Loop, Powerline Loop, Z Descent, and Blacktail Glide.


ALPINE LOOP- Length: 10.5Km/6.5 Miles Average Time:3-4 hours
Z DESCENT LOOP- Length: 8.5Km/5.25 Miles Average TIme:2-3 hours
BLACKTAIL GLIDE LOOP- Length: 11Km/7 Miles Average Time: 5-6 hours
POWERLINE LOOP- Length: 13Km/8 Miles Average Time:5-6 hours.


Absolutely no skiing on the Blacktail Road.
Dress for the weather, carry water, emergency supplies, and snacks. Watch out for the branches, stumps, rocks, and debris. Skiers climbing, yield to descending skiers.
BEWARE OF AVALANCHES: Call 406-257-8402


Please recognize that the North Shore Nordic Club puts a lot of effort into grooming the Blacktail trails for Nordic skiing. Dogs are permitted on our trails at Blacktail. However, if the snow is soft and your dog is sinking into and tearing up the trail, please leave your dog in the car or use the Lower Parking Lot Nordic ski trail access.


EASIEST-Suitable for beginning skiers, with gentle slopes and no sharp turns.
MORE DIFFICULT-Suitable for intermediate skiers with steeper grades, sharper turns, and requiring more stamina. Skiers should know how to turn and stop while going down gentle hills.
MOST DIFFICULT-For advanced intermediates or expert skier. Skiers should have good endurance, and be able to turn abruptly, and stop on all kinds of terrain.


Generally the ski trail system terrain is rated EASIEST because most of the routes follow existing roadways. More experience and skill is required to descend between road systems. The decent from the Alpine Loop back to the upper parking lot and descent down the Powerline Loop are rated MORE DIFFICULT. The Z Descent Loop and the Z Descent to the Blacktail Glide Loop are rated MOST DIFFICULT.