Whether its ice fishing or kite skating on Georgetown Lake or skiing at Discovery, winter is a great time to explore southwest Montana just outside of Butte. Snowmobiling, downhill skiing and cross-country skiing, and ice fishing are just a few of the adventures you can experience on public lands. Groomed and ungroomed snowmobile trails will take visitors to high mountain areas with panoramic views. Cross-country skiing on groomed trails for touring and skate skiing offer great views and adventures.
The Beaverhead-Deerlodge has over 250 miles of groomed snowmobile trails in Elk Park, north of Butte; at Georgetown Lake, west of Butte; and around the Big Hole Valley, southwest of Butte. Trail maps are available at the district offices.
Discovery Ski Basin and Maverick Mountain are both located in the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest. Beginner through expert ski trails are available at Discovery Ski Basin, which overlooks Georgetown Lake and the Anaconda-Pintler Wilderness. Maverick Mountain, located at the south end of the Pioneer Mountain Range, northwest of Dillon, offers great trails and views.
Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks (494-1953)
Cross-country skiing is available on many Forest Service groomed trails at Georgetown Lake, and Chief Joseph Pass. Check with the local ranger district offices for more information and maps. Trails are also groomed at Mt. Haggin Wildlife Management Area south of Anaconda.