Bozeman in the wintertime is something else. There’s a reason it draws more than 250,000 visiting skiers to the area each year. But for those who need more proof through cold, hard facts, we’ll break it down quantitatively. Here are some Bozeman winter statistics that add up to create the best place to visit during the colder months.
Maybe because ski season ended early last year, or perhaps because they are nervous about spending too much time indoors this winter, but many people are already chomping at the bit for ski season to start! Social media feeds fill with shots of powder, and countdowns, until the lifts start turning, have begun. Our local ski areas are working diligently, putting measures in place to open safely.
While winter is indeed beautiful in Bozeman, and the outdoor opportunities are plentiful, the short days and colder temperatures have a real effect on our bodies. The limited sunshine, which regulates our circadian rhythms, creates metabolic changes; serotonin, the feel-good neurotransmitter, is decreased, and melatonin, which makes us sleepier and more prone to sadness, is increased. During winter (and a pandemic), we tend to be less social, spending more time indoors and less time with other people. This time of year, in Bozeman, the sun is setting around 4:30 p.m., which makes the days seem incredibly short!
Bozeman, MT is a hot spot for those looking to shred the famous “cold smoke” snow on a pair of skis. And while the area draws many pros and Olympic team alumni, that isn’t most of us. Bozeman is incredibly welcoming to new skiers and skiers who are new to this terrain. In this welcoming spirit, we put together a guide with everything you need to know about skiing in Bozeman as a beginner.
While Bozeman averages 300 days of sunshine each year, there are still days when the weather doesn’t cooperate with plans to do things outdoors. Particularly as the season transitions into and out of winter, some days are just plain wet and cold. Not to mention, after a few days in the snow, sometimes you need a day indoors to thaw your fingers and recoup.
In Bozeman, the holiday season does not go unnoticed. Maybe it’s the soft snow blanketing the surrounding mountains, or the lights twinkling in our historic downtown – but each year, Bozeman comes to life with holiday spirit. In our opinion, it’s simply the most magical place to visit during the holiday season, and here are five reasons why.
Bozeman is quaint on an average day, but the level goes up a substantial notch when the holidays roll around. And when it snows? Hallmark material. It gets dark early this time of year, perfect for perusing the holiday lights. There are several places to explore throughout Gallatin Valley, so don't feel you need to do it all in one night--take your time and enjoy this holiday tradition throughout the month.
Bozeman-Yellowstone International Airport is the busiest airport in Montana—with good reason. Whether you’re a thrill seeker, an outdoor enthusiast or simply love the pace of a mountain town full of culture, Bozeman will not disappoint. Lucky for you, access is easier than you might think. Eight major airlines service Bozeman, and lots of the flights are nonstop to major cities. While not all of them fly daily, the flight schedules make it easy to plan your trip accordingly. Below is a quick outline of the year-round and seasonal non-stop flights to help you get started.
As usual, the holidays are coming up faster than you were ready for, and you need to complete your gift list. Whether you're shopping strictly online this year or hitting the stores during your visit, Bozeman businesses have on-of-a-kind offerings to excite everyone on your list. We've made it easy for you with a list of shopping destinations in town, highlighting some local favorites. Note that many local companies in Bozeman offer online retail as well, so check out their websites for virtual holiday shopping that requires no masks or social distancing.
Bozeman, Montana is a winter paradise for all ages. There is plenty of recreation in the mountains, like skiing or snowshoeing, and the town is alive with great events and great food. Despite the colder temps, there's always a good way to warm up, whether it's a dip in one of the area's hot springs or a hot latte while shopping downtown. There is plenty to love about visiting Bozeman in the winter. Here are a few reasons that we really like.