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.
If there is one thing that all snowboarders have in common, it’s the love of a good carve. Whether it’s deep powder and wide open terrain, or technical tree runs, the feeling of digging that board in is what distinguishes snowboarders from skiers. Fortunately, there are plenty of spectacular turns around Bozeman and it takes no time at all to earn them.
Bridger Bowl is located just sixteen miles from Bozeman up Bridger Canyon, and Big Sky Resort is just an hour from town. Both are renown ski areas with terrain that is both exhilarating and humbling. While the areas are very different from one another, both will leave you wanting to come back for more!
If you love skiing or snowboarding, you most likely can’t wait to get your little “mini-me’s” out on the slopes, and with good reason! Skiing is a life-long sport the whole family can enjoy together. It’s a way to get them off their screens and into the fresh air, and to bond over a shared interest. But if you want them to love it, starting off on the right foot is a must. Get your patience ready, there’s nothing worse than an anxious parent pushing a kiddo past their comfort level.
Whether you’re an expert skier or just starting out, a day at Bridger Bowl is a ski and snowboard lover’s dream. Dubbed the “cold smoke,” Bridger receives an average 350” of the lightest, driest powder anywhere. Located just 16 miles from downtown Bozeman, you can enjoy a full day on the slopes and be home in time for a night on the town.
When it comes to winter vacations, December and February seem to get all the attention. However, local Bozeman-ites will tell you January is one of the best times of the year. Winter is in full swing and the snow is (usually) incredible. If you need more convincing, read on, we’ll give you plenty of reasons!
Wondering what to get the skiers and snowboarders in your life? We’ve got you covered. While accessories and gear are an obvious choice, don’t limit yourself, Bozeman is full of great ski shops, coffee shops, breweries and ways to relax after a long day on the slopes. Here are few ideas to get you started, but we highly recommend perusing the local shops for unique ideas!
There is no doubt that Bozeman offers some of the best skiing opportunities in the United States, North America, and even the World. Bozeman has been named to National Geographic's list of The World's Best Ski Towns due to its proximity to Big Sky Resort and Bridger Bowl plus all the surrounding National Forest that offers a variety of backcountry skiing. Both Bridger and Big Sky offer amazing terrain but have entirely different personalities. Big Sky Resort is a full-service resort offering lodging options, dining, nightlife, shopping, and other activities beyond skiing similar to the big name resorts you find in Colorado and Utah. Bridger Bowl is a community based non-profit ski area that is focused on providing a great skiing experience, without the lodging, fine dining, and shopping. The skiing at both is fantastic, but we thought we would break them down in more detail to help you get a feel for each option.
Bridger Bowl has a well-deserved reputation for extreme skiing, but this wildly successful community ski area has just taken the family ski experience to a whole new level. We guarantee, the kids will approve!
Nestled in southwest Montana’s outdoor wonderland, Bozeman is the perfect destination for a family vacation. Whether you’re packing along the toddlers for a relaxed resort vacation and the kids’ first ski lessons or looking to spend a few nights under the Montana sky with adult children home from college, experience a vast array of outdoor, cultural, and dining opportunities for the entire family that helps make traveling to Bozeman with your kids a breeze!
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.