Helena Area Recreation Report by Bob Ward’s Sports & Outdoors 12.21.18
By angelamontana

Posted: December 21, 2018


The elk shoulder hunt is still active, but be sure to check your regs to make sure if it’s in your region or not… Upland game bird season goes until Jan. 1st.. Furbearer season is in full swing….

Remember to be bear aware…….

If you had a great season and got some great pictures to prove it—bring’em on in and we’ll get them posted up front!


Hauser: CAUTION: ICE IS THIN AND VARIABLE!  There are reports of some guys fishing the Causeway and Lake Helena but reports show the ice less 4” at best.  With mild temps and high winds conditions we do not recommend going out onto the ice yet.  Keep those fingers crossed for some cold weather temps to build up the ice.

Helena Valley Regulating Reservoir: CAUTION: ICE IS THIN AND VARIABLE!  There are also reports of guys fishing out here with ice conditions ranging from 3 to 4 inches last weekend, but with the warm weather we urge caution as ice has thinned and high risk right now for fishing.  Fishing reports are good with guys catching Salmon

Holter/Canyon Ferry: No ice to report on the lakes here as of yet.  Still guys out on their boats last weekend.

Snow Report:

Great Divide:  Great Divide is officially open every day of the holiday break through Sunday, Jan. 6th. Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. (under the lights), Saturday, 9:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m., and Sunday 9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.. The Good Luck and Meadow Mountain chairlifts are.  Lift tickets are $35 a day for adults or $20 for kids.  The lower mountain has about 15-18” of snow while the upper mountain has 18” of snow. Keep praying for more snow!!

Showdown:  Showdown is OPEN and will be open every day through the holidays (except Christmas day) from Dec. 21st through Jan. 6th!!! The mountain currently has a 20” base with 23” of snow at the summit. Come on up this weekend and make some turns at Showdown, Montana’s oldest running ski hill!

Whitefish Resort:  The Mountain is officially open! Whitefish currently has a 53” base and there will be seven lifts running and many trails are now open.  It’s time to get out and make some turns at this absolutely gorgeous mountain resort!

Big Sky Resort:  The upper mountain has a 44” base while the mid to lower part of the mountain has about 29” of base. Big sky is currently running 27 lifts and has 232 trails open so far this season and we got more snow in the forecast for this weekend.  It’s definitely time to think about heading to the resort and getting some early season turns in!