Fingers crossed, we're on the home stretch of the COVID-19 pandemic. It's been a long year, and we're all anxious to get back to everyday life and worry-free traveling! While Bozeman is an excellent place to social distance, we still need to work together to mitigate the spread of the virus until vaccinations are available for everyone. It's shaping up to be a big summer with lots of visitors here in Bozeman. Vacations are booking up, and events such as graduation parties and weddings can commence again. So, it's important to be informed about the status of COVID-19 and local regulations as you plan your visit to Bozeman, Montana this summer.
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.
Undoubtedly, Bozeman's natural beauty is what draws people. More than one vacationer has found themselves changing their life course after visiting Bozeman and deciding to relocate to the mountains. No matter which direction you arrive, the views are awe-inspiring. Here, our air is clean, the water is fresh, and we enjoy an endless outdoor playground. We have a lot to be grateful for.
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.
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.
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.