Red Lodge was named one of the nation’s top 10 emerging ski towns in an article in National Geographic’s Adventure magazine this month.
The magazine picked “real towns, often cheaper and friendlier than the big dogs” that have “great skiing without the crowds and glitz.”
Red Lodge earned its honors for being the best place for families looking for an “inexpensive Rocky Mountain ski vacation in the wilds of Montana.”
Patty Davis of the Red Lodge Area Chamber of Commerce said last year’s great snow season put Red Lodge Mountain Resort on the map for ski areas, consistently drawing from places more well-known for skiing, like Colorado.
“I think it’s an energetic ski town, but it’s family friendly, too,” she said.
The Adventure article compares Red Lodge’s “laid-back character” to the Aspen of 40 years ago.
Ogden, Utah; Reno, Nev.; Revelstoke, B.C.; Nelson, B.C.; Sandpoint, Idaho; Driggs, Idaho; Mammoth, Calif.; Waitsfield, Vt.; and Durango, Colo., rounded out the top 10 list of emerging ski towns.
The article asked locals for suggestions on where to eat, sleep and spend time away from the ski hill, as well as the best ski run on the mountain. Red Lodge skier Steve Aga supplied his top picks, calling Red Lodge Mountain’s Lazy M run “two miles of pure, groomed cruising.”
Those who think Red Lodge is already well-known, instead of emerging, are not alone.
“We’re already well established,” said Trish LaCombe, treasurer for the Red Lodge Chamber. “But we’re just now getting the word out.”