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We invite you to ski on the best cross-country ski trails in Montana or Idaho, the Chief Joseph Trail System located at the southern end of the Bitterroot Valley in the National Forest near Lost Trail Pass, just east of the junction of Highways 93 and 43. This area receives very reliable snowfalls every year, and is generally skiable earlier, later, and more often than any other groomed trails in the area.

Groomed Trails for Everyone

Trail difficulties range from easy (green) to difficult (black) and are appropriate for every level of skier from beginner to expert. People of all ages and abilities use these trails (toddlers to retirees) for fun and fitness. Every trail junction is marked with a trail map—it’s almost impossible to get lost—and benches are placed at appropriate spots along the trails for those needing a short break or a place to sit while enjoying a snack or the wonderful views.

New, Expanded Trail System

The trail system at Chief Joseph Ski Area has been significantly expanded over the past few years, to include not just traditional classic-style trails. There are now 13+ miles (22.3 kilometers) of trails groomed for skate and classic skiing, and 19+ miles (30.6 kilometers) of multi-use trails appropriate for skiing, dog sledding, snow shoeing, fat-tire biking, and snowmobiling. Employing the services of Lost Trail’s PistenBully to groom the trails will ensure that, as long as the pass receives snow, the entire system will remain in the best condition possible during the entire season, December 1st to April 15th.


Become a member

IF you are not a Club member, you may not be aware that many of the funds that support grooming the trails at Chief Joseph Pass come from grants. Grants are often based upon the number of people who ski on the trails. Verification for the number of people skiing at the pass comes from the sign-in sheets kept at the trailhead. Visitor sign-ins are extremely important and support the ability of our Club to continue receiving funds from grants.

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In partnership with the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest.