In Bozeman, winter won't stop you from spending time outside. You'll have unmatched access to downhill skiing and snowboarding, Nordic skiing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, ice climbing, ice skating, and, yes, even some winter fly fishing. And when you're done, you'll be able to warm back up and relax outside in one of many hot springs in the area, all within an hour's drive from Bozeman. Soak up the healing, mineral-rich waters at one of these hot springs near Bozeman, Montana.
Serious hikers know the fun doesn't end with summer; winter hiking is gorgeous! The glistening snow and crisp air are refreshing, and the mountains take on a whole new feel. It seems quieter and the pace a little slower.
Bozeman is mainly known for being a cozy mountain town with access to awesome skiing at Big Sky Resort and Bridger Bowl. People might also recognize Bozeman as the home of Montana State University. What you may not know is that Bozeman has a lot more to offer than just great skiing and a top-notch university. Here are a few of our favorite reasons that you should make Bozeman your winter vacation destination.
Wintertime in Bozeman is a wonderland with two world-class ski resorts. (Andrew) Sebrell
Photo by Arlin Ladue
When Erika Flowers first moved to Bozeman at the age of 10, she felt like a kid in a new town would: insecure and scared. In an attempt to get her integrated into the community in town, Erika’s mother signed her up for the local girls’ cross country ski team. Amidst the 10 other girls on the team, she met those who would become her best friends. And on Bozeman’s groomed, snow-covered trails, she unknowingly found the start of her career.
Bozeman and the surrounding area is a sight to behold any time of year, but most would agree that it’s best dressed in winter. White, fluffy snow covers the mountains and much of the city, footprints of wildlife appear more clearly, and waterfalls turn to translucent columns of ice. If at all possible, Bozeman becomes more majestic, more dramatic during the cold season.
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.