Lost Trail Powder Mountain
|Lost Trail Powder Mountain|
|Location||Lost Trail Pass
Lemhi County, Idaho &
Ravalli County, Montana
|Nearest city||Salmon, Idaho &
|Vertical||1800 ft. - (550 m)|
|Top elevation||8200 ft. - (2500 m)|
|Base elevation||6400 ft. - (1950 m)
lowest lift - #3
7000 ft. - (2135 m)
main base area
|Skiable area||900 acres (3.6 km²)|
- 20% easiest
- 60% more difficult
- 20% most difficult
|Longest run||1.2 mi. (2.0 km)|
|Lift system||5 double chairs
3 rope tows
|Snowfall||300 in. - (762 cm)|
|Web site||Lost Trail.com|
Lost Trail Powder Mountain is an alpine ski area located along the Montana-Idaho border at the junction of US Highway 93 and Montana State Highway 43 at Lost Trail Pass, about one mile northwest of Chief Joseph Pass, which is on the Continental Divide.
The summit elevation of Saddle Mountain is 8200 feet (2500 m) above sea level with a vertical drop of 1800 feet (550 m). The main base area, which includes the parking lot and lodge, is at 7000 feet (2135 m) and in Montana, as are the majority of the runs. Chairlift #1 runs approximately along the Idaho-Montana border; the terrain to its south, including Chairlift #2, is in Idaho.
Until 2003, the top of Chair # 1 & Chair #2 was the summit of the area, at 7800 ft. (2377 m), and the vertical drop was 1200 ft (366 m). When chairlift #3 (Huckleberry) was added on the Montana side in 2002, it lowered the base by 200 vertical feet (61 m). The addition of Chair #4 on Saddle Mountain, which opened in February 2003 after delays, increased the area's vertical drop by 400 feet (122 m). The slopes on the mountain are primarily east-facing.
The ski area is known for high snow accumulations but is primarily a day area, used mainly by local residents. It is open four days per week (Thursday through Sunday) and holidays. The business office is in Conner, Montana, about midway to Hamilton.
- Lost Trail.com - official site
- LTPark.com - official terrain parks site
- Winter MT.com official state tourism site - Lost Trail Powder Mountain
- Montana Ski Resorts.com - Lost Trail Powder Mountain
- Idaho Transportation Dept. - webcam - Lost Trail Pass - US-93
- EPA.gov - environmental impact for expansion - 25-July-1996
- Opening of Chair #4 - Feb-2003