Bozeman is known for it’s incredible downhill skiing, but the locals know that Nordic skiing in this area is off the charts. Whether you are a classic or skate skier, just starting out or a serious competitor, we think you’ll be impressed. Here are a few options for cross country skiing around Bozeman.
The Bridger Ski Foundation is a non-profit community ski club who groom free trail systems in and around Bozeman. Visit their website to lists of trails and grooming reports.
Bozeman Creek/Sourdough Canyon: This intermediate trail runs almost 10 miles to Mystic Lake on a gentle incline. For a unique winter experience, Mystic Lake Cabin is available to rent overnight. (Read up on the logistics, you’ll need to bring your own water.) The trail isn’t a loop, you’ll ski in and back, but there is a side trip to Moser Divide, a nine-mile round trip.
Bridger Creek Golf Course: Perfect for beginners or a leisurely ski, this seven miles of trails wind through the golf course. Loops can be as short or as long as you like, all with the backdrop of the Bridger Mountains.
Hyalite Canyon: Surrounded by spectacular beauty, Hyalite is a mix of beginner and intermediate trails in a setting all of their own. Hyalite Reservoir sits in the center with an interconnected system surrounding the lake. Loops range from 3.5 miles, to 12 miles in to Window Rock Cabin, or for a shorter ski, Maxey Cabin is also along this trail.
Lindley Park and Highland Glen Nature Preserve: Just outside the city proper, these trails adjacent to Bozeman Health are a mix of beginner, intermediate and advanced- with steeper hills and more varied terrain. Whatever your time frame, you’ll find a loop to fit. (Note, the trails cross through the Highland Glen Nature Preserve which is private land so please be respectful.)
Nordic Ski Areas
There are two Nordic ski resorts in the area, each with a style of their own.
Bohart Ranch Cross Country Ski Center is located just 16 miles northeast of Bozeman, near Bridger Bowl. This 19 mile trail system covers both private and Forest Service land and is home to both recreational and competitive skiing. The impeccably groomed trails have classic tracks as well as a skating lane. For the smaller skiers, Kiddy Kilometer and I-Spy interpretive trails are family favorites. Bohart also has a year-round biathlon range for training and competition. Lessons and clinics are available.
Lone Mountain Ranch, in nearby Big Sky, MT, was voted #1 Nordic Ski Resort in North America by Cross Country Skier. Lone Mountain Ranch also has the designation as one of National Geographic’s Unique Lodges of the World. These 53 miles of groomed trails come with a 2,200’ vertical drop, giving you a thrilling experience, if you are so inclined. The resort is open to day skiers, but for a winter experience like no other, stay in one of their cozy cabins and take a dinner sleigh ride.
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