LAKESIDE - The recent snow storm in the Flathead Valley is good news for those hoping to hit the slopes over the holidays as there's plenty of fresh powder in the mountains.
Blacktail Mountain Ski Area is open to skiers and snowboarders for its tenth year and ticketing manager Arin Lever says the entire 1000 plus acres of terrain will be open and that conditions should be great.
"We've got really great snow out there. With the last snow storm we've gotten 2' and then we just got another 4" so...everybody's going to be skiing fresh powder," Lever said.
The reason why Blacktail had to wait until this weekend to open is because they rely solely on mother nature to provide their snowpack, and Lever says the way the mountain faces provides great snow that stays cold longer with less sun exposure.
"We have 100% organic snow up here meaning we don't have snow blowers. So, we're kind of in this perfect climate, we're right at the very top of the mountain and with the north facing terrain we get really great snowpack and we keep it really long throughout the season," Lever said.
All-natural snow isn't the only thing that makes Blacktail unique. it may not have the steepest slopes or the highest amount of snowfall each year but the community feel is what lever says makes it such a special place.
"The ticketing office folks, they know you when you, come up to the window. It's a good feeling, it's what skiing used to be like 20 years ago. It's almost like you're stepping back in time and its pretty awesome," lever said.
Blacktail is usually only open Wednesday through Sunday but will be open all seven days of the week until Jan.1. Click here to visit the Blacktail Mountain Ski Area.