Great tree skiing runs can be hard to find, especially if you are only exploring a mountain for a few days. Tree spacing, steepness, and snow depth are a few factors that make some tree runs better than others. If the trees are too close together then you have to keep your speed down to be able to make your turns. If the slope is too steep it makes it difficult to control your speed or if it isn't steep enough you find yourself sinking in deeper snow. Riding with someone who is familiar with the mountain is always preferred to help you find your way around, but if you are on vacation, that it can be difficult to find locals to show you around. So we've put together a list of some of our favorite tree runs at Bridger Bowl and Big Sky. Next time you are spending a day at either ski area, be sure to check these runs out. We hope we aren't giving away too many secrets so leave some powder for us.
Bozeman's architecture is described as "A fine mix of art deco, Italiante and Mission Revival—lorded over by a healthy dose of kitsch," by the Downtown Bozeman Historic Walking Tour. Which, if you have a little time to spare, is a beautiful way to get acquainted with the town. In the past few years, the hotel scene has taken on a new life, and the result is accommodations that are as comfortable as they are cool.
When members of the Bozeman community put their minds to something, good things happen. Crosscut Mountain Sports Center is one of those things. A few years ago, this community non-profit raised $8 million to secure the properties of Bohart Ranch Cross Country Ski Center and the defunct Crosscut Ranch, both Nordic ski venues. This purchase effectively saved the land from development and ensured access to this pristine recreation for generations to come.
You can easily spend a week in Bozeman doing something new each day. But if you’re looking to see some diverse scenery, you can easily get to other parts of southwest Montana in just a short day trip from Bozeman as well. Fall is a beautiful season to explore southwest Montana, with fewer crowds and the aspens showing off their bright yellow leaves.
Hunting has always been an integral part of Bozeman's life; families respectfully fill their freezers each fall and enjoy healthy, local game meat throughout the year. While most hunters do it for the sustenance, they will also tell you that the entire experience is significant. Watching a spectacular sunrise with a hot cup of coffee in hand while the colors light up a vast expanse of the skyline is humbling. There's something about getting deep into Montana's mountains with family and friends, tuning in to the natural world, and harvesting sustainable meat.
If you ask a local what their favorite season is, there's a good chance the answer will be autumn. While this season doesn't have the frenetic pace of summer fun or the thrill of winter recreation, it provides some space between the two seasons, a little pause, of sorts—a moment to appreciate a slower pace of life and all the beauty of Bozeman.
Snowshoeing on Hyalite Reservoir near Bozeman, MT
Everyone knows Bozeman is a great place to visit if you are a skier or snowboarder. For those of you who don't do either of these but still want to experience the mountains in the winter, or just need to give your legs a break, snowshoeing is a great alternative. We'd even say snowshoeing is underrated. Snowshoeing is a relaxing way to get get some exercise and have some fun in the mountains during the winter. Here's a quick guide that will help you find places to rent snowshoes and where to go based on how active you want to get.
Sometimes you want to get away from it all, leave the crowds behind and just enjoy some peace and quiet. The thing about trails around Bozeman is that you're often pretty likely to see a packed trailhead, with so many people around who love to get outside too. But there are a few things to keep in mind if you want some quiet time in nature without a whole bunch of other people around.
Skiing and Bozeman are like peanut butter and jelly. In the early 70’s, serious skiers discovered Bridger Bowl’s steep chutes, light and dry powder, sunny days and laid back attitude. True mountaineers were drawn to the area, carving fresh tracks in unexplored territory. With this wave of skiers, came the need for ski shops. Not just ordinary ski shops, but serious ski shops. Which is exactly what happened. Today, a handful of these local ski shops are still thriving, and are known for their deep expertise and extensive product knowledge; and they are still full of passion for the outdoors.