Brand new gear for you to rent, private parties, ski patrol info sessions, and a downhill mountain bike race- we're busy up here at Great Divide and would love for you to join the fun!
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Great Divide is Gearing Up:
Rentals Available Starting
Sunday September 7

Hello Great Divide skiers & riders! It seems winter is teasing us with the colder weather this week, causing us to think about natural snow features, new lines to ride, and snowmaking in just 8 weeks… We’re excited! (For those of you who aren’t quite ready for summer to be over yet: don’t fret, it will get warmer again next week.)
While our minds are on winter, we wanted to keep you posted on what’s happening at Great Divide. Check out this newsletter for improvements to the mountain, upcoming events, and specials you won’t want to miss!
We Are Ready to Help You Get Ready!
Our rental shop and ticket office will be open every Sunday starting September 7 from 10am to 5pm.  All equipment is tested, tuned, waxed, and adjusted just right for you.  When you get your skis from Great Divide, there are no hassles or guesswork… You are ready to go skiing!

Just come up on a Sunday this fall and let us help you find the set that’s just right for you.  Then take them home, or put them in your seasonal locker (we do have lockers available) and they’re yours until the end of April.  It’s just that easy!

We have a lot of great programs like Winter PE School Days for students ages K-12, and our popular weekday pre-school program, to help kids learn to ski and snowboard. Fall Sundays are the perfect time to get gear at great prices for your kids before the season starts.

Click on this link to read more about our new gear, bargain basement deals, 10% discount for families, and pricing for season rentals

Come see us any Sunday this fall, starting Sunday September 7. If Sundays don’t work for you, call Kevin for an appointment during the week (days or evenings) at 439.8742.
Join the Great Divide Ski Patrol
The Great Divide Ski Patrol is a great group of volunteers that care for injured guests, work to keep the mountain safe, and ski/ride A LOT! If you want to learn more about this organization, go to their information session next week at 6pm on Thursday August 28th in Room 108 of Simperman Hall at Carroll College.
Eventful Season In the Works at Great Divide!  
A day at Great Divide is often a lot more than just riding up and skiing down.  Our mountain is full of many adventurous secret places to explore.  We often have special events that are fun to watch or join in, whether it’s a sundeck BBQ, an equipment demo day, or live music in the saloon. We’ll release our full schedule soon, but here’s a sneak peek of what’s ahead
Firewood is going, Going…
still some left!

Our crew is doing forestry work everyday and creating new piles of firewood. Since the initial harvesting, the woodpiles are located in various locations throughout the mountain rather than concentrated in specific areas. Please give us a call at 449.3746 or 439.8742 before you come up so that we can direct you to the most current areas with firewood! Check out last week's newsletter for more details.

Our “Snowy Nights Under the Lights” program allows you to rent the mountain for private ski parties.  The service is available from 6 p.m.–9 p.m. any Thursday or Saturday night. We’ve offered this service for several seasons and have hosted holiday parties, birthday parties, office parties, family reunions, church functions, and just groups of friends having a good time.  Your group can be two or two hundred (+).

For just $900 you get:
  • The Good Luck Chairlift and The Backyard Tow, with access to 9 illuminated trails
  • The RASCAL Terrain Park
  • A ski instructor, a snowboard instructor, ski patrol services
  • Extended hours for exclusive, private use of the lodge facilities.
  • Food / Beverage services may be arranged, or you can bring your own
  • Rental equipment is just $15 per person ($10 when reserved in advance.)
These events are always a fun way to spend an evening.  Put a group together for something really special this ski season and book your private mountain today!

Click here to add your big event to our fun schedule this season
More Turns at the Top
Our top-of-the-mountain side-country terrain Huff ‘n Puff was pioneered in 2012.  The area is a favorite for some of our regulars who like the solitude, deep snow and adventure in that area above the lifts.  This month, we revisited the area with our big machinery to clear out additional acreage and clean-up work from the past.  You’ll find new places to ski the deep and enjoy Huff ‘n Puff earlier this season when you take the short walk from the top of the Belmont Lift.
“Treasure” Ready
for Wind & Snow

Last week we told you about our new trail providing groomed access to the Surprise, Huckleberry, Snaggletooth area of the mountain.  We have now completed the 1,000 foot long drift fence that will accumulate groomable snow along the scenic ridgeline that separates the main mountain from Rawhide Gulch.  That fence will gather new snow early and often, making it a great place to begin your runs.
New Natural Terrain Feature
This week, we are creating a big glade in one of the steepest areas of the mountain.  It is also one of the best areas for snow accumulation.  One side of a big old double doug fir had recently broken off about 12 feet above the ground.  We limbed up the broken trunk and placed it back on the remaining standing section for a cool natural terrain feature.

We counted about 300 annual growth rings 12 feet above ground where the tree broke off.  That means this tree started growing about 100 years before Lewis & Clark visited Montana (1805), and well before George Washington was born (1732).

So, when you are enjoying some deep powder snow in this glade on President’s day weekend, stop by and see the tree that was growing here before our first President! Where is it?
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