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Great Divide
nearby town of Marysville c. 1890
nearby town of Marysville c. 1890
Location Marysville, Montana
Nearest city Helena, Montana
Coordinates 46°44′59″N 112°18′15″W / 46.7497°N 112.3043°W / 46.7497; -112.3043Coordinates: 46°44′59″N 112°18′15″W / 46.7497°N 112.3043°W / 46.7497; -112.3043
Top elevation 7,233 ft (2,205 m)
Base elevation 5,730 ft (1,750 m)
Runs 140
Longest run 3 miles (4.8 km)
Lift system 5 Double, 2 Handle Tows
Snowfall 180 inches
Website Official webpage

Great Divide is a ski area located northwest of Helena in Southwestern Montana near the Continental Divide. Great Divide is a locally owned ski area that is often the first ski area in Montana to open for the season each year.

History

Mt. Belmont's first trail was built to accommodate the 1942 Northern Rocky Mountain Ski Races, and was selected amongst other surrounding mountains including Elkhorn Peak, Red Mountain, and Mt. Edith. The ski area was owned and operated by the non-profit Belmont Ski Club from 1941 thru much of 1985 when it was sold to the Taylor family who have developed the ski area and operated ever since. The first chair lift, Mt. Belmont chair, was built in 1986 and went to the top of the mountain. New chairlifts have been added to mid-mountain areas and a recent expansion of the area added the Rawhide and Wild West Chairlifts.

Current operations

The mountain features one of the best terrain park areas in Montana. There is a fairly powerful snowmaking system which allows early openings and construction of all five terrain parks. Great Divide is well known for its Terrain Parks and hosts a variety of events featuring those parks.

Great Divide starts at a base of 5,730 feet and offers more than 1600 acres of terrain. The mountain has five lifts and one rope tow that access over 140 trails covering 1,500 acres (6.1 km2). There are paid and/or volunteer patrollers on duty at all times. The area is closed Mondays and Tuesdays, except holidays, and offers night skiing on Fridays 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Great Divide offers lessons daily from 9 a.m. til 4 p.m., with instruction taking place in the Backyard Beginner's Area. There is an all-mountain ski team that is a 7-week program for kids aged 7 to 19, an average of 130 kids participate each season. Great Divide hosts the Montana Park Riders Round-Up each spring with a cash prize of $1000 for Montana's top freestyle skier / rider..

Location

Great Divide Ski area is located about 22 miles (35 km) west-northwest of Helena, off Highway 279 (Lincoln Road), and seven miles (11 km) up Marysville Road in the Silver Creek Valley near the small community of Marysville, Montana.

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