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.
Big Sky Resort is home to more than 5,800 acres of terrain and an impressive vertical drop of 4,350 feet. Montana Office of Tourism and Business Development
One of the best things about Bozeman is the town’s proximity to Bridger Bowl and Big Sky Resort. This world-class ski area is only 16 miles from downtown, and is truly in Bozeman’s backyard. If you’re planning to visit Bozeman this winter, you may have some questions about how to get to Bridger Bowl.
If you’re flying in, you’ll be arriving at Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport (BZN). It’s a quick ride from the airport to Bozeman, and there are direct flights from all major cities. Upon arrival, you’ll notice the beautiful mountain scenery, and it only gets better at the resort.
If you’ve got extra time and want to make the most out of your vacation before or after hitting the slopes, renting a car might be the way to go. You’ll enjoy historic downtown Bozeman, with many shops and restaurants within walking distance.
If possible, don't forget to come with a vehicle equipped with all-wheel drive to safely navigate snowy terrain. There are also options for public transportation and ride share programs. No matter how you get to the resort from Bozeman, you’ll be pleased with its accessibility.
You’ll find lots of family-friendly hikes around Bozeman. Visit Bozeman
Bozeman is surrounded by nature, bracketed by the Gallatin and Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forests and a short drive from Yellowstone National Park. It’s no surprise that most families in southwestern Montana spend a significant amount of time outdoors in all four seasons of the year. From summertime fly-fishing and hiking to wintertime skiing and snowshoeing, this outdoor community offers adventure for all ages. Here are a few local favorites: