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“A Slower Pace”
Review of Red Lodge Mountain

Red Lodge Mountain
Ranked #1 of 25 things to do in Red Lodge
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: With more than 70 runs spread across 2 summits that include gentle beginner slopes, long groomers, chutes, glades, and steeps, Red Lodge Mountain appeals to skiers and snowboarders of all abilities. On-mountain amenities include a rental and repair shop, retail, lessons, and numerous dining options.
Reviewed 27 February 2014

As older, somewhat slower, skiers we found Red Lodge Mountain a true delight. The facts that it snowed for 72 hours before our trip, that the temperature varied from -8F to +5F, making the snow light as down feathers, and that the sun came out the morning of our first ski day, we found a delightfully slower pace of life and skiing one of the best features.

The majority of the mountain's 2400 vertical feet and 65 runs are served by three double chairs and one triple chair that move at the speed of life in the adjacent small (population 2155) western town of Red Lodge. There are also two high-speed quads that serve the upper mountain and 'bonus' ski areas.

Even with bottomless powder off the groomed runs, no wind and +5F with Montana's famous big sky a brilliant azure blue, there were no crowds, no lift lines and plenty of places to make first tracks. The only place we waited was at the bar for an after-ski local craft brew, and then only for about 1 minute. The bar and grill, incidentally, was the only place we found a crowd.

It was not the cold weather that kept a smile frozen on our faces throughout the day. It was the absolute joy of skiing perfect conditions with friendly locals and the professional staff on the mountain.

We'd make this a 5 star save for one small frustration. The mountain is loaded with intermediate and expert runs with a nice mix of easy. Unfortunately we found ourselves in tougher terrain than we wanted a few times due to a dearth of signage. We started a couple runs marked intermediate only to find it branching off into 3 or more runs. Without signs we couldn't determine which way our intermediate run continued. A few more signs and this would be a 5+ stars review.

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Reviewed 17 February 2014

Very family friendly, with a family friendly budget. Wonderful staff, really took time with the kids to refresh their skills and they were able to pick right up where they left off last year!

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Reviewed 15 February 2014

The line cooks don't understand how to cook more than a single order at a time. Forty minutes after we ordered our waitress assured us it would be ready in 'just a minute'. Ten minutes later, she assured us again. Five minutes later she brought us the hamburger, and then informed us the sausages had just been put on the grill. In total - one hour and five minutes to get a hamburger, two sausages and a cup of soup. Yes, the place was full and a few tables outside were occupied. Everyone seemed to be going through the same hostage scenario. I've worked as a line cook, a waiter, and bartender, so I know the capabilities and expectations of a kitchen, and this kitchen is totally incompetent. At the very, very least they should inform anyone wishing to order food how long they should expect to wait.

Thank Mike D
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Jeff C, Director of Sales at Red Lodge Mountain, responded to this reviewResponded 18 February 2014


Thanks for your feedback. I’d like to apologize that your experience at the Bierstube was not favorable and that you had to wait so long for your order to be delivered to your table. There is no doubt that on busy days the Bierstube kitchen can get backed up, and when that occurs, we agree that being more up-front with the wait times for food is the proper approach. Being aware of the limitations of the Bierstube kitchen on busy days, we have attempted to alleviate some of the pressure by opening the Willow Creek Yurt, which is available every weekend and serves tacos, burritos, nachos, and salads. The food there is made to order, it's delivered quickly, and the atmosphere is cozy. Give it a shot on your next visit and you may find that you've got a new favorite (and quicker) lunch spot. For your trouble we would like to send you a $15 gift card that can be used anywhere on the mountain. Please email jcarroll@redlodgemountain.com with your name and address and we'll get the card in the mail to you right away.

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Reviewed 3 February 2014

Skied there in late January 2014. Snow conditions were great the mountain has a good variety of well groomed cruising runs and many more difficult, powder opportunities, lots of terrain to ski. Lifts on the newer areas of the hill are high speed quads, no lift lines at all while I was there. Hill staff are all very friendly. Nice place to get away from it all and do some relaxing and serious skiing.

Thank Thomas Y
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Reviewed 11 January 2014

This is the "old" Colorado. Great slopes, great snow, low prices, not crowded, nice people and NOT over-commercialized! We loved this place!

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