A Few Words On The Snow
Chasing powder at Antelope Butte doesn't provide the amount of bounty as, say, Alta — where else does? —
but skiers at Antelope Butte stand a decent chance of seeing a nice snow event once every seven days. On average,
10.0% of winter days see more than 6 inches of snow — enough for most people to have fun.
If you're not having fun, then ski faster. But make sure you're actually good before you ski fast. Really good.
Not good? Then go to Antelope Butte and start practicing!
Snow can be hit and miss at Antelope Butte. Like most places, if you put in your time on the mountain, you'll eventually be rewarded with
a giant month that sees more than 90 inches of snow. It might take you three winters, but it will be worth it when that 30-day burst of weather
magic happens. With 9.0% of winter months getting more than 90 inches of snow, the odds of a bumper harvest
aren't entirely favorable for the destination skier, but it happens enough to keep locals from moving to Alaska. Most of them, anyhow.
If you're banking on snow and you're boarding a plane for a week at Antelope Butte, you should temper your expectations. This is a place
where winter drought can grab hold of the weather pattern for long periods, as 32.0% of
the winter months here see less than 30 inches of snow.
Getting to Antelope Butte, if you're flying in
At the end of the drive from the Billings, MT airport to Antelope Butte, drivers will have been planted in their seats for nearly three hours (170 minutes), which, to us, is some kind of dark line
that shouldn't be crossed unless utterly necessary--like, say, if you're going to Silverton Mountain for heli-drops. If that's the case, keep driving!