Ah winter, the reason for the season (and why people come to Bozeman from all over the country). With the onset of the first frost, you can almost hear the gear being pulled from garages around town—the excitement is nearly tangible. That’s because Bozeman and the surrounding areas make for some of the best Midwest territory to explore come the winter months. Whether you’re shredding pow, snowshoeing, or skiing your way cross country, there’s no shortage of adventures to be had come the snowy season. That’s why we’ve put together some of our favorite places to make the most out of winter.
Skiing Bridger Bowl may be one of the most popular things to do in Bozeman during the wintertime. Only a 25-minute drive from the heart of town, this local spot offers over 70 ski trails with plenty of additional unmarked runs. This mountain is perfect for skiers of every level. The base of the mountain offers large wide open terrain for beginners, while more experienced skiers can take the highest lift 8,700 ft up for more expert runs.
Many don’t fully realize the extensive list of activities and sights the winter season at Yellowstone has to offer. Visitors can still access the park through winter sightseeing tours in heated snowcoaches. Or if you’re wanting to get out and about, snowshoeing tours will lead you along the Firehole River to Old Faithful. The geyser is a sight to behold in the winter, as boiling hot temperatures mix with the freezing conditions for an incredible display. If you’re looking for something with a little more action, the park is open for daily ski passes for both children and adults.
As America’s largest ski resort, Big Sky Resort offers tons of space for getting outdoors for your favorite winter activities. Don’t let the big title deceive you as far as visitor density goes. The resort is often commended for its short to non-existent lift lines, with lots of elbow room along 300 named runs. Visitors can seek out extreme trails across Lone Peak’s 11,000+ ft of elevation, while beginners can get group or individual lessons through the resort.
For those looking for less extreme conditions, the Crosscut Mountain Sports Center is the perfect destination. This 10-mile trail system offers scenic Montana views of private and Forest Service lands. Located just 16 miles northeast of Bozeman, this dedicated Nordic Skiing area has terrain for all levels and is perfect for family outings or a day of sight seeing.