Montana Activities End of March / Early April

Regional discussion and conditions reports for the Northern Rockies. Please post partners requests and trip plans in the Northern Rockies Climbing Partners section.
User Avatar
Aaron Dyer

Posts: 475
Joined: Sun Apr 20, 2003 8:04 pm
Thanked: 0 time in 0 post

Montana Activities End of March / Early April

by Aaron Dyer » Mon Mar 08, 2010 10:04 pm

I am going to be working near Butte for a couple of weeks around the end of March and the early part of April and I am going to have weekends to myself. Any good skiing / ice climbing / anything I should look into while I am there?

User Avatar
Tie-Dye Mike

Posts: 183
Joined: Wed Mar 29, 2006 8:15 am
Thanked: 0 time in 0 post

by Tie-Dye Mike » Mon Mar 08, 2010 10:48 pm

Explore the Bozeman Area, especially Hyalite Canyon area for lots of hiking and Ice climbing opportunity's. Anywhere in SW MT is absolutely gorgeous! Cheers!

User Avatar

Posts: 60
Joined: Wed Jun 18, 2008 5:23 am
Thanked: 1 time in 1 post

by rmick25 » Mon Mar 08, 2010 11:33 pm

I grew up in Butte and while there is some backcounty skiing and some ice to climb. I would agree that the Bozeman area offers many more options. It's only 80 miles east which equates to an hour or less on MT interstates. Hyalite Canyon isn't far from Bozeman. Not sure how ice conditions are that time of year. Might check for more detailed info.

Discovery Basin near Georgetown Lake is is the closest ski area to Butte and cheapest, 45 miles away. Bridger is the closest option near Bozeman at 100 miles and of course Montana's best skiing, so some say, is Big Sky which is roughly 130 miles but the most expensive. Disco and Bridger close Apr. 4 and Big Sky closes the 11th.

Sorry I can't help much in the backcounty skiing side of things

After a long day of skiing or climbing, Norris Hotsprings on the way back to Butte is a great place to relax.

User Avatar

Posts: 2242
Joined: Wed Jul 30, 2003 12:34 pm
Thanked: 18 times in 18 posts

by b. » Tue Mar 09, 2010 8:23 pm

The road up Hyalite closes at the end of March, so get there before that if you want spectacular ice. Check for conditions and such. If the weather is nice, there is pretty good bouldering and rock climbing around Butte and Whitehall. Spire rock, Whiskey gulch, homestake pass. You might hit the pre-runoff fishing on the Big Hole, that could be pretty good, too.

Return to Northern Rockies (ID, MT, WY)


  • Related topics
    Last post

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 0 guests