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Skiing & Snowboarding in Montana
Montana Winter Recreation
Ski, Snowboard & Celebrate in Big Sky Country. This year, treat yourself to a winter escape in Montana. Big Sky country really shines during the winter months.
Snowmobile your way through the world-famous Yellowstone National Park, or spend a day cross-country skiing or snowshoeing in Glacier National Park – a million-acre park home to nearly 700 miles of winter hiking trails.
Montana boasts of wonderful winter festivals, amazing ski areas, and even better scenery. Take your time this winter in Big Sky Country, although we're sure you'll be back next year.
A Brisk Break in Bozeman
The Montana town of Bozeman is best served chilled. Featuring ski areas, winter celebrations like the Wild West Winterfest, and even the Museum of the Rockies, Bozeman is a winter friendly city if ever there was one.
This winter, make your way to the Northern Rocky Mountains in the Gallatin National Forest for a few days at the Bridger Bowl Ski Area – just north of Bozeman along Highway 86.
Take advantage of 2,000 skiable acres and more than 70 runs – the longest of which is three miles – or get an amazing view of southern Montana from one of eight ski lifts.
Celebrate Bridger Bowl’s birthday while visiting in mid January, and stick around for more local events at the bowl like the MSU Bobcat Ski Day, the King & Queen of the Ridge race, and the Snowboard Terrain Park Jam.
Making Memories in Missoula
A winter break in Missoula is just what you need. Home to the University of Montana, Missoula is a cultural hub chock-full of wintertime recreation found at the Montana Snowbowl, and the nearby Rattlesnake National Recreation Area.
A staple ski area of Big Sky Country, the Montana Snowbowl is open to ski and snowboarding enthusiasts from November through April.
Bring or rent your own equipment for a day on packed and powdery snow, and head down one of 39 runs spread across more than 900 skiable acres. Just don’t forget to sign the kids up for a few lessons at the Snowbowl Snowsports School.
Check out the Montana Snowbowl calendar for upcoming events such as the Alpine Evening Race Series, or the annual Snowboard Jam. January travelers, you’re all in luck.
Each Tuesday in January means special pricing for guests of the Montana Snowbowl, including half-off skiing lessons. Lady visitors, take advantage of femaile friendly events such as the Girls on Shred, Event For the Girls and For Women Only – held each Friday afternoon and starting in January.
Take a break from the cold with a toasty stroll through the Montana Museum of Art and Culture, or the Historical Museum at Fort Missoula, and check into the Best Western hotel in Missoula – just minutes from all the action.
Winter Fun in West Yellowstone
For all activities winter, head to the picturesque town of West Yellowstone – a fixture of Montana tourism set in southwest Big Sky Country. One of the many gateway towns to the legendary Yellowstone National Park – West Yellowstone features winter activities from the comfort of snowcoach tours to the intensity of cross country skiing.
Visit West Yellowstone any time from November through April, and you’ll find yourself knee-deep in snow and fun.
Check out the Yellowstone Ski Festival, or do some skiing of your own at the nearby Moonlight Basin or the Big Sky Ski Resort. Get into the holiday spirit with a quaint sleigh ride through the Montana countryside at the secluded Lone Mountain Ranch, or take a snowcoach tour of Yellowstone National Park – and keep a lookout for wildlife like bison, trumpeter swans, and even bald eagles.
Want to crank up the intensity? Try a guided dog sled tour of the Gallatin National Forest with the good people at Spirit of the North Sled Dog. Follow this up with a snowshoe excursion of Yellowstone National Park’s gorgeous geyser basins.
For those with a need for speed, choose from dozens of snowmobile tours and rental shops for a fast-paced journey into Montana's snow-covered wilderness.
No need to wonder where you’ll be warming up after a day in Yellowstone country. Gear up for another day of skiing, sledding, and snowmobiling – winter doesn’t get more fun than Montana.
Big Sky Ski Area
Established in 1973, the Big Sky Ski Area features over 5,750 skiable acres. Set in southwestern Montana roughly 50 miles from Bozeman, Big Sky offers nine terrain parks, the Lone Peak Tram, and over 250 ski runs – the longest being six miles.
Big Sky Resort is ideal for skiing, snowboarding, cross country skiing, snowshoeing – plus summer activities like zip-lining, tennis, hiking, and mountain biking. Big Sky Ski Area has a top elevation of 11,166 feet, and draws over 400 inches of annual snowfall.
Make travel plans for Montana soon. Bridger Bowl is a fantastic ski area located in Bozeman. Winter-time fun abounds here! Whether you bring your own skis and snowboard or rent the equipment, you'll be ready to carve into these incredible Montana mountains.
From beginner areas to extreme terrain at 8,700 ft, Bridger Bowl offers a wonderful variety of 71 trails for skiers at every level of experience. The Terrain Park is a blast for those ready to practice jumps, twists and turns. The three full-service lodges are a great place to take a break and re-fuel before heading back into the soft, powdery snow.
Plan a winter visit to Missoula. The Montana Snowbowl is an alpine ski and summer recreation area found 12 miles north of Missoula in western Montana. The ski area peaks at 7,600 feet, with a vertical drop of 2,600 feet, receiving 300 inches of snowfall each year.
Choose from 42 ski and snowboard trails from late November to early April – 20 percent of which is for beginners with the rest split between intermediate and expert levels. Don’t miss annual events like West Bowl, Best of the Bowl, or Snowboard Jam, and take advantage of the Snowbowl Snowsports School for the little ones.
The Montana Snowbowl is open for summer from June through September for hiking, wildlife viewing, and "folf" – Frisbee golf that is. Take your bike on the chairlift and hit the Snowbowl Bike Trails. Try the Spitfire Trail, nearly seven miles of downhill riding, or the five-mile Beargrass Highway Trail.
Whitefish Mountain Ski Area
Set in Flathead National Forest, Whitefish Mountain Ski Area is located in northern Montana near Whitefish. Neighboring Glacier National Park, Whitefish Mountain features 93 runs on 3,020 skiable acres.
Established in 1947. Whitefish Mountain Resort has a top elevation of 6,817 feet – making the 3.3-mile Hellfire run a must. Whitefish Mountain also features a terrain park, night skiing, and nine-chair lift system.