It’s here! The season of magic and wonder and everything sparkly. Pockets of Bozeman residents go all out on the bling, so gather the clan, a thermos of hot cocoa, and head out with the curiosity of a kid to stop and soak up the celebratory feeling of the season.
Mountaineering is not for the faint of heart, particularly ice climbing. Imagine crawling up sheer ice at the mercy of an ice pick and crampons to get you there. There are no holds in this type of climbing, meaning there are no temporary places to cling, grip, press, or stand. Ice climbers have to be limber and incredibly strong to keep tension throughout their bodies to keep the pressure on the pick, which is the only thing holding them on the ice.
We've got a lot going on in this corner of Big Sky Country. This winter, you can beat the foul-weather blues when you make a trip to Bozeman and experience all the season has to offer. Here's a taste of the events and goings-on you won't want to miss out on.
Hands down, Bozeman is a pet lover's town. Put it this way; local gatherings often have equal numbers of pets and people. Trail systems run throughout the town, and the phenomenal hiking around the area is the perfect playground for animals. Fortunately, many hoteliers in Bozeman appreciate the canine connection and offer pet-friendly rooms—no more leaving the furry family members at home!
Tucked up in the mountains, Bozeman is full of entrepreneurs creating high-quality products and hosting amazing experiences. The slower pace of life allows people time to really delve into their creativity and talents, and the results speak for themselves. Plus, the shopping experience itself is worth the time; Bozeman is full of local retailers, and the historic downtown is completely walkable.
There is no shortage of holiday cheer in Bozeman. The snow doesn't slow people down around here; instead, the excitement of the upcoming season brings people out and about to celebrate food, art, culture, and community. So don your sweaters, beanies, and scarves, and get ready to spend the next few weeks in lively revelry!
Winter backcountry play is truly exceptional. Mountaineers can’t wait to get out and experience both the solitude and the grandeur— the stillness alone is spectacular. The mountains and forests take on a magical feeling under their blanket of twinkling snow, and the skies can become a deep shade of periwinkle blue. However, winter also commands an additional level of respect; Mother Nature is not to be reckoned with. Whether you’re an experienced mountaineer, or just learning the ropes, we’ve put together some top-of-mind tips for playing in the backcountry.
Bozeman is a dog lover’s town. With the mountains and rivers so close, dogs have plenty of room to romp and roam. But on those days when you don’t have a big adventure planned, Bozeman is set up with plenty of dog parks, so it’s easy to get them out for some exercise and playtime.
Just a few dozen thru-hikers complete the 3,100 miles of the Continental Divide Trail (CDT) each year. The elevations can be grueling, but the scenery is a spectacular reward. Eight hundred miles of the trail meander through Montana, with several sections near Bozeman. For those who want a taste of the trail without a six-month commitment; shorter backpacking trips are easy to put together. Situated between sections, Bozeman is a great place to basecamp in between trips!