The Bitterroot Cross-Country Ski Club
Come Ski With Us
We invite you to ski on what may be the best cross-country ski (classic and skate) trails in Montana or Idaho, the Chief Joseph Trail System located at the southern end of the Bitterroot Valley in the National Forest near Lost Trail Pass, just east of the junction of Highways 90 and 43. This area receives very reliable snowfalls every year, and is generally skiable earlier, later, and more often than any other groomed trails in the area.
Groomed Trails for Everyone
Trail difficulties range from easy (green) to difficult (black) and are appropriate for every level of skier from beginner to expert. People of all ages and abilities use these trails (toddlers to retirees) for fun and fitness. Every trail junction is marked with a trail map—it’s almost impossible to get lost—and benches are placed at appropriate spots along the trails for those needing a short break or a place to sit while enjoying a snack or the wonderful views.
New, Expanded Trail System
The trail system at Chief Joseph Ski Area has been significantly expanded over the past few years, to include not only the 13+ miles (22.3 kilometers) of traditional classic-style trails, but 19+ miles (30.6 kilometers) of multi-use trails appropriate for skate skiing, dog sledding, snow shoeing, fat-tire biking, and snowmobiling. Employing the services of Lost Trail’s PistenBully to groom the trails will ensure that, as long as the pass receives snow, the entire system will remain in the best condition possible during the entire season, December 1st to April 15th.