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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.


Best Western Hotels Along the Way:


Best Western Plus GranTree Inn

1325 N 7th Avenue, Bozeman MT 59715-2511
Phone: +1 406-587-5261  |  Fax: (406) 587-9437  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »


Best Western Plus Flathead Lake Inn and Suites

4824 US Highway 93 S, Kalispell MT 59901-7985
Phone: +1 406-857-2400  |  Fax: (406) 857-2401  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »


Best Western Plus Grant Creek Inn

5280 Grant Creek Road, Missoula MT 59808-1492
Phone: +1 406-543-0700  |  Fax: (406) 543-0777  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »


Best Western Desert Inn

133 North Canyon Street, West Yellowstone MT 59758
Phone: +1 406-646-7376  |  Fax: (406) 646-7384  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »


Best Western Weston Inn

103 Gibbon Avenue, West Yellowstone MT 59758
Phone: +1 406-646-7373  |  Fax: (406) 646-7572  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »

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