Montana Snowbowl. This 950-acre ski area is just 12 miles northwest of Missoula and offers slopes for advanced skiers who are hooked on steep, challenging runs, and powdery views of nearby Rattlesnake Wilderness. Telemarkers and geländesprung alpine ski jumpers add a colorful element to the scene. New skiers aren't neglected: groomed beginner and intermediate runs make up more than half the trails. Services include a restaurant, bar, and Geländesprung Lodge in the base area. 1700 Snow Bowl Rd., off Grant Creek Rd., Missoula, Montana, 59807. 406/549–9777; www.montanasnowbowl.com.