Magazine article Sunset

Rockies Resorts in Fall

Magazine article Sunset

Rockies Resorts in Fall

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Before skiers hit: quiet towns, lonely trails, and great deals on lodging

* Don't wait until the snow flies to visit a Rockies ski resort. The off-season (now until chairlifts open) is the best time to roam normally bustling ski towns. You'll have rivers, forests, hiking trails, restaurants, and shops to yourself. And you'll find the year's best prices on lodging. Here's a sampling.

Big Mountain Ski & Summer Resort, Whitefish, Montana. Pair tiny Whitefish, Montana (population 4,600), with nearby Big Mountain, one of the West's largest ski resorts (offering more than 3,000 acres of skiable terrain), and you'll get a wide choice of activities and deals. By day, hike miles of trails on Big Mountain, try fly-fishing, or arrange for horseback riding or a day of boating on Whitefish Lake with Montana Adventure Company (877/223-0745). Affordable lodging includes the Craftsman-style Garden Wall Inn (from $85; 888/530-1700). In northwest Montana, off US. 93; (800) 858-4157 or (406) 862-2900. …

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