Lookout Pass
Lookout Pass photo

Lookout Pass, located on the Idaho/Montana state line on Interstate 90, offers one of the most family-friendly skiing and snowboarding experiences in the region. Lookout Pass, known for its epic snowfall — an average of 400 inches per year — typically wins the "First to open for the season" award for the region. Currently, the ski area offers 540 acres of skiable terrain, though with its new, in-progress expansion, it will almost double in size next season, adding 500 acres of terrain. In the village, skiers and snowboarders will find a lively and historic lodge, with an international food court and the quintessential ski bar, the Loft Pub & Grub, on the second floor.

What's new?

Implementation is underway on the newest expansion, to the top of Eagle Peak; skiers and snowboarders will get a sneak peek this winter. "This new area of the mountain will be more challenging," says Matt Sawyer, Lookout's director of marketing and sales. "This winter, we will introduce part of the new expansion with a new run, Tamarack, a blue square." Though this new run won't necessarily be indicative of the type of terrain representing the additional 500 acres that Lookout is adding, "we have logged about half of the new run, and it will be ready to go as soon as the snow is deep enough to open it," says Sawyer. The new Eagle Peak area will have 14 trails, plus gladed areas, and increase the vertical drop of the resort by 500 feet to 1,650 feet.

Hot deals

The best deal around for full-time college students is at Lookout Pass, but only until Oct. 31. College kids ages 25 and under can use the promo code College99 and get a season pass for only $99. There are deep discounts on all other passes, with an adult pass being offered for $229, youth passes for $169. Hurry up and buy now, as the discounted season pass rates are only valid until the end of October.

Lift Tickets

Adult (18-61)

Weekend/Holidays: $45; Weekend/Holiday Half Day: $40; Weekday: $42; Weekday Half Day: $37

Juniors (7-17)

Weekend/Holiday: $33; Weekend/Holiday Half Day: $29; Weekday: $32; Weekday Half Day: $28


Weekend/Holiday: $42; Weekend/Holiday Half Day: $38; Full Day Weekday: $40; Half Day Weekday: $35

Senior (62+)

Weekend/Holiday: $33; Weekend/Holiday Half Day: $29; Weekday: $32; Weekday Half Day: $28

Child 6 & Under


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Jen Forsyth

Jen Forsyth is the editor of the Snowlander series.