Are you ready for one more winter flurry in Bozeman! For that last blast of snow and cold before spring, we're up for some local fun. And, while we love a good powder day like the best of them, hitting the slopes isn’t for everyone. Here are our favorite alternative ways to get out in the snow without heading far out of town.
“Skating was the vessel into which I could pour my heart and soul." -Peggy Fleming
A long-beloved sport, ice skating began with sharp fragments of animal bone fitted to the bottoms of boots that glided over the ice. In 1572, the first iron skates were made, a game-changer, to say the least! Today, ice skating remains a favorite winter activity for all ages.
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!
It was more than a love of food that brought to life the Community Food Co-Op in Bozeman, MT. It was bigger than that. I sat down with Kelly Wiseman, General Manager, to talk about the flavor and success of this Bozeman staple for healthy food and groceries.
Sometimes, getting out of your usual routine is the best way to jumpstart a wellness program, and what better way than to plant yourself in beautiful surroundings? Here are a few ideas to get you started, but keep in mind, Bozeman takes healthy living seriously. Spend some time exploring your options, you’ll be sure to find a good fit!
When the ski lifts stop turning, outdoor junkies start tuning up their mountain bikes and waiting for the trails to dry out. Surrounded by six mountain ranges, beginning to advanced riders can find adventure in every direction. The rides listed below are all relatively short, but if you’re feeling aggressive enough to carry gear, some have Forest Service Cabins, (reserve early, they are popular!) We’ve provided some general information, but always check a detailed map and trail conditions before heading out, weather changes quickly in Montana!
Yellowstone National Park is just a stone’s throw from Bozeman, and seeing it in its winter glory is something special. Snowshoeing is one of the most intimate ways of experiencing the natural beauty, and it’s an easy activity for any age and ability.
The options are plentiful; you can plan an excursion for any duration and skill level. All trails and roads are open to snowshoeing; however, if you are on a ski trail, snowshoers are required to walk alongside the trail to keep the ski tracks in order.
We’ve created a couple of itinerary options with one short and one long, but don’t be afraid to get out and make tracks on your own!
Hiking season doesn’t end when the snow flies; some say it gets better. A fresh, white blanket of snow gives you a whole new perspective. The ground sparkles, the forest is quiet, the air is crisp and everything feels serene.
Snowshoeing is one of the best ways to experience this actual winter wonderland. If you’re new to the activity, no worries, we’ll get you started.
Lace up your running shoes, fall is full of fun runs! The autumn weather in Bozeman is perfect for getting out with friends; the temperatures cool and the colors start to pop. It’s hard to beat this kind of race course! There are numerous runs to choose from, many which support local causes, and some simply to just get out and have some community fun!
The culinary scene in Bozeman is nothing short of what you would find in larger cities. Fine dining, in particular, is full of diverse flavors, locally sourced food, and is prepared by amazing chefs who are happy to be living in a mountain town. In other words, “It’s happening.”