Big Snow a Big Help to Western Montana Ski Hills

By Beacon Staff

MISSOULA – A white Christmas was a lift to western Montana ski areas.

Many of the region’s hills were reporting near record number of visitors over the weekend.

At Whitefish Mountain Resort, on-mountain accommodations are fully booked. And Discovery Ski Area had record-breaking daily revenue over the weekend, while Missoula’s Snowbowl was reporting steady crowds.

In Philipsburg, Ciche Pitcher was celebrating the snowfall and the skiers that came with it. He says a big Christmas week is really helping, and the recession doesn’t seem to have slowed visitors.

Some ski hill operators says the economic slowdown could be prompting people to spend more time at their local ski hills as opposed to a costly large resort.