Bozeman in the wintertime is something else. There’s a reason it draws more than 250,000 visiting skiers to the area each year. But for those who need more proof through cold, hard facts, we’ll break it down quantitatively. Here are some Bozeman winter statistics that add up to create the best place to visit during the colder months.
Après-ski is a ritual. After a day of ripping it up on the slopes, there is nothing better than a cold beer and some tasty noshes with friends at the pub. Or enjoying a hot beverage, sitting around a fireplace, warming your cold fingers and toes. It's a way to commune, to swap stories, and to hold on to that last bit of camaraderie. So, what happens in a year where public gatherings are off-limits? You get creative! We'll gather again soon enough, but in the meantime, we've outlined some of our favorite pandemic-style, physically distanced entertainment to get you through this season. Hopefully, by next winter, we'll be back at the pub, toasting the powder gods and telling stories.
So, you want to visit Bozeman this winter, and we know why. Between countless outdoor recreation opportunities and tons of places to eat, shop and stay, it’s an easy choice for your vacation in the West. But with the presence of the COVID-19 pandemic, there are some things you should consider before traveling here to make your trip safe and stress-free. Fortunately, it is still possible to visit Bozeman and enjoy all that this mountain town has to offer while complying with our local health and safety recommendations. Here are things to keep in mind as you plan your trip to Bozeman in winter 2021.
Maybe because ski season ended early last year, or perhaps because they are nervous about spending too much time indoors this winter, but many people are already chomping at the bit for ski season to start! Social media feeds fill with shots of powder, and countdowns, until the lifts start turning, have begun. Our local ski areas are working diligently, putting measures in place to open safely.
While winter is indeed beautiful in Bozeman, and the outdoor opportunities are plentiful, the short days and colder temperatures have a real effect on our bodies. The limited sunshine, which regulates our circadian rhythms, creates metabolic changes; serotonin, the feel-good neurotransmitter, is decreased, and melatonin, which makes us sleepier and more prone to sadness, is increased. During winter (and a pandemic), we tend to be less social, spending more time indoors and less time with other people. This time of year, in Bozeman, the sun is setting around 4:30 p.m., which makes the days seem incredibly short!
Bozeman, MT is a hot spot for those looking to shred the famous “cold smoke” snow on a pair of skis. And while the area draws many pros and Olympic team alumni, that isn’t most of us. Bozeman is incredibly welcoming to new skiers and skiers who are new to this terrain. In this welcoming spirit, we put together a guide with everything you need to know about skiing in Bozeman as a beginner.
While Bozeman averages 300 days of sunshine each year, there are still days when the weather doesn’t cooperate with plans to do things outdoors. Particularly as the season transitions into and out of winter, some days are just plain wet and cold. Not to mention, after a few days in the snow, sometimes you need a day indoors to thaw your fingers and recoup.
The Gallatin Valley is dynamic. Rich, fertile soils with fresh waters running through keep our rich agricultural legacy going strong. Yet, the mountains surrounding these open areas are what define Bozeman. A rugged playground for adventurers of all ages and abilities — a place of respite from modern world rigors. Visitors come from around the globe to explore these mountains, taking home unforgettable memories of challenging terrain, spectacular vistas, and the sense of wonder and accomplishment that comes with each adventure.
In Bozeman, the holiday season does not go unnoticed. Maybe it’s the soft snow blanketing the surrounding mountains, or the lights twinkling in our historic downtown – but each year, Bozeman comes to life with holiday spirit. In our opinion, it’s simply the most magical place to visit during the holiday season, and here are five reasons why.