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.
You may think you have a good idea of what to expect when visiting Montana. "It's Montana, aren't they still riding horses to work and school?" "Where is Montana? Isn't it right next to Canada?" Since Montana’s population ranks near the bottom, it's easy to assume that something is missing, and that other destinations like Colorado, Utah and California are a better choice. If visiting Montana is on your bucket list but you're concerned with sacrificing certain comforts you've grown to expect from traveling, you may not have to worry. We're going to cover five myths about visiting Bozeman, Montana, to help you see why it has become such a popular destination, and one of the fastest-growing towns in America per capita.
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.
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.
Great tree skiing runs can be hard to find, especially if you are only exploring a mountain for a few days. Tree spacing, steepness, and snow depth are a few factors that make some tree runs better than others. If the trees are too close together then you have to keep your speed down to be able to make your turns. If the slope is too steep it makes it difficult to control your speed or if it isn't steep enough you find yourself sinking in deeper snow. Riding with someone who is familiar with the mountain is always preferred to help you find your way around, but if you are on vacation, that it can be difficult to find locals to show you around. So we've put together a list of some of our favorite tree runs at Bridger Bowl and Big Sky. Next time you are spending a day at either ski area, be sure to check these runs out. We hope we aren't giving away too many secrets so leave some powder for us.
Bozeman's architecture is described as "A fine mix of art deco, Italiante and Mission Revival—lorded over by a healthy dose of kitsch," by the Downtown Bozeman Historic Walking Tour. Which, if you have a little time to spare, is a beautiful way to get acquainted with the town. In the past few years, the hotel scene has taken on a new life, and the result is accommodations that are as comfortable as they are cool.
When members of the Bozeman community put their minds to something, good things happen. Crosscut Mountain Sports Center is one of those things. A few years ago, this community non-profit raised $8 million to secure the properties of Bohart Ranch Cross Country Ski Center and the defunct Crosscut Ranch, both Nordic ski venues. This purchase effectively saved the land from development and ensured access to this pristine recreation for generations to come.
You can easily spend a week in Bozeman doing something new each day. But if you’re looking to see some diverse scenery, you can easily get to other parts of southwest Montana in just a short day trip from Bozeman as well. Fall is a beautiful season to explore southwest Montana, with fewer crowds and the aspens showing off their bright yellow leaves.