The delivery of an authentic mountain experience is my passion.


Resting on a ridge in the trees, 2,000 feet above the Bitterroot Valley, the Downing Mountain Lodge is a comfortable, accessible backcountry lodge located in western Montana near Hamilton. An hour south of Missoula, and a full service airport, the Downing Mountain Lodge can be reached smoothly via Highway 93 in a day's travel from most western cities. Designed for backcountry skiers and riders in the winter and weddings, events, family gatherings, fly fishermen and outdoor recreationists during the other seasons, it is a one of a kind, private lodge close to town and in the mountains. I offer self catered trips or backcountry ski guided packages in winter and other excursions in the summer.

Call John 406-531-1486 to make your reservation and for questions,                                or email   

Lodging Rates ~ $50-100 per person depending on group size, season, and weekday.   +8% Montana accommodation tax

Venue Rates for weddings and other large gatherings- $800-$1200 per night depending on size and needs and includes lodging. +8% tax

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Guests enjoy amazing backcountry skiing on private and Forest Service lands adjacent to the lodge, with 3,000 feet of gladed skiing and open bowls rising directly behind the lodge. Indulge in professionally guided trips and catered food service if you like, or rent the lodge and explore the mountain on your own. You will love your visit to Downing Mountain Lodge.


At a crossroads of culture and environment, the Bitterroots blend a combination of Pacific Northwest influences with the Rocky Mountain West. Enjoy the best of Montana whether you like fly fishing, hiking, mountain biking, rock climbing, boating, or historical and wildlife tours, Downing Mountain Lodge is near it all, and we can guide our guests to the best adventures in the Last Best Place. Montana.

Lodge rates vary with the season and from weekdays to weekends, from $55-$100 per person. I request a ten person minimum on prime time ski weekends alternating with hostel style during the weekdays unless a ten person group books an exclusive stay. During the summer months, there is a four person minimum for an exclusive booking. 8% lodging tax will be added to all overnight stays. I can be flexible so get in touch and let me know your needs, I am happy to try to accommodate folks in a variety of financial circumstances. 

Please call John at 406-531-1486 or email for further information and to book your stay.