Overall Rating

Snowbowl

Snowbowl3.5/56
Snowbowl3.5 out of 5 based on 6 reviews
  • Recommend
    83%
  • Would Revisit
    67%

Snowbowl - Reviews

Snowbowl - Reviews

Bowl is Best *

Megan23/01/2019
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Advanced
  • Rider Age
    18-35
  • Month Visited:
    December

Bowl is Best *

Megan23/01/2019
*if you're in shape and capable. The bowl is not a revered hometown mountain by all, its very polar in Msla, but the people who love it are the best kind of people. Hardworking, gritty, raw, unfettered, no-frills, passionate and fine-honed to their craft. You will find a group of "old-timers" up there 5-7 days a week skiing East/West Bowl laps until their octogenarian limbs are satisfied for the day. You will find a LOT of east coast transplants that moved to Missoula for school at UM and never left, and are still to this day challenged by the vertical, terrain, and south facing slope challenges. This is not JHOLE or ASPEN, nor is it Big Mountain aka Whitefish or Big Sky Resort, you will not find bells and whistles here, if you're a good skier and humble you will find challenges and character. The Last Run Inn (bar) is full of regulars and locals which makes for some great people watching and better wood stove fired pizza. Garland should be running around somewhere behind the scenes humming and ha'ing. Make sure to be guided to Meadows or South of the border while you're here. If you're really lucky you'll meet someone who will let you poach Rick's Neff-Land just off of Paradise.

Bigger isn't always better

bob legasa12/12/2013
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Expert
  • Rider Age
    51-70

Bigger isn't always better

bob legasa12/12/2013
For a Mom and Pop ski hill, Snowbowl has turned out several of the worlds best freestyle skiers! Montana Snowbowl is steep with some great tree runs and if you like groomers they have some down right, haul ass groomers.

We're talking true Americana here, what skiing used to be like before the mega resorts. Make sure you get one of their Award winning Bloody Marys and a big slice of their Pizza pie.

Snowbowl is the real deal. Sometimes Big things come in little packages!

https://vimeo.com/81025822

Give Snowbowl a wide berth

SkiYouLater04/03/2013
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Advanced
  • Rider Age
    N/A

Give Snowbowl a wide berth

SkiYouLater04/03/2013
Montana Snowbowl is a local embarrassment. From the abysmal customer service to the small skiable acreage (950 acres) to the two chairlifts dating back to the Tenth Mountain Division era (these lifts are over fifty years old, slow, and notoriously breakdown-prone) and the delights of the access road, the place is not worth your US$40.00.

On the two antiquated chairs, it'll take you 35 minutes to get to the mountaintop, where you'll find, on a good day, some decent snow and some short, enjoyable runs, on and off-piste...for maybe the first thousand feet of vertical. Enjoy this while you can; quickly, you'll hit ice and slush. The west-of-the-divide stuff that falls on Snowbowl is often the consistency of elephant-snot. As the climate changes, Snowbowl's elevation is not adequate to collect good powder; frequently, what falls at its base (elevation 5,000 feet) is rain.

If you are unlucky, a chairlift will break while you're riding it. You'll wait half an hour, then another half an hour, and then along will come the cavalry in the form of the Ski Patrol (paid minimum wage), who will throw you a harness on a rope. They will suggest you fasten this harness around you because they're gonna LOWER YOU DOWN FROM THE CHAIRLIFT. This is the routine Snowbowl evacuation method. When you're safely on the snow, and have made your way to the base, don't imagine you'll get a rain-check to ski another day. Customer service at Snowbowl competes with that of wait staff at restaurants formerly behind the Iron Curtain. From the owners to the managers, the place specializes in alienating its skiers. The hard core of locals who frequent the area are a philosophical lot; they'd have to be.

A quote from a fellow skier at another local Montana area: "Snowbowl is the only place I've skied where I realized the stuff they were referring to as 'firm powder' was actually ice that was transparent all the way down to rock." From Missoula, you can gaze north, directly at many of Snowbowl's south-facing runs. Look closely and you'll see the glint of sun on ice.

Skip Snowbowl; head ninety miles southeast to the Flint Creek Range and Discovery Basin, a local gem of an area and the opposite of Snowbowl in every way. It's very friendly, inexpensive, and loaded with beautiful runs for skiers of every ability - everything from uber-gentle to great, north-facing double-black chutes and trees - with dry, high-elevation powder and chairlifts that don't break down. You'll dig it.

Snowbowl

Nick04/03/2012
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Expert
  • Rider Age
    18-35

Snowbowl

Nick04/03/2012
Cheap, short lines, great snow and great terrain--trees are amazing. Wish they would improve on the lifts, though.

Big Fun

Adam07/08/2011
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Expert
  • Rider Age
    18-35

Big Fun

Adam07/08/2011
Snowbowl is a skiing gem in a world of high class over priced ski resorts. Snowbowl is a bit of a step back in time.

Two older fixed grip chairs haul two at a time up to the top for some of the best tree and glade and bowl skiing in the rocky mountain west. I like the slow oldies. They let you take time to enjoy the view and meet a lot of really awesome people.

You don't come to snowbowl for the groomers or the park but for the killer skiing 20 min. from downtown Missoul. This is a real gem. Just get adventuresome and tear off into the trees or any run, and from the top you get 2600 ft of major fun. You can knock off 2000' from the griz chair and add more from the top.

So come on by and I'll be happy to show you why Snowbowl is so dear to my heart.

Bitchy

POWDERHOUNDS.COM03/07/2011
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Telemarker
  • Rider Level
    Expert
  • Rider Age
    36-50

Bitchy

POWDERHOUNDS.COM03/07/2011
Montana Snowbowl is a locals' ski hill and with that comes some huge pluses. Riding at Snowbowl comes cheaply and the ski area is completely uncrowded and freshies last a long time on a powder day. You don't need to be bitchy to get to the goods! The steep terrain is pretty good, so it's somewhat surprising that Snowbowl has stayed under the radar.

As to be expected, Snowbowl is no-frills. The lift infrastructure is far from world class and the facilities are very simple. You definitely won't find any day spas at Snowbowl! There is negligible nightlife, it's not ideal for beginners and park junkies can forget it.

With all that simplicity comes a fantastic relaxed vibe and plenty of friendliness.

For more detailed ratings of Snowbowl and to see how it compares to other ski resorts around the world, see our powderhounds resort ratings (p4).