Bozeman + Big Sky + West Yellowstone

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Day 1: Bozeman Area

Take your pick! Five miles south of town, the 23 km Bozeman Creek trail provides a wide track and a gradual climb along Bozeman Creek. Groomed regularly, it’s 7.6 km to the bridge. To Mystic Lake and back is 32 km, and to the Moser Divide, up to Mystic Lake and back is 45 km. Connect to the Moser Trailhead in Hyalite Canyon, where you’ll find 30 km of scenic trails as well as explore-worthy ungroomed terrain. Grooming is intermittent in the canyon and not all sections are groomed. The majority of the groomed trails are marked with blue diamonds. For in-town Nordic skiing, The Bridger Creek Golf Course provides some of the city’s best beginner and intermediate trails plus captivating views of the Bridger Mountains. The trails are groomed regularly. Also in town—and for a quick Nordic fix if you’re getting a late start to Day 1—the 3.8 km Sunset Hills Trail is a community-centric loop that winds through a large field nestled between Bozeman’s Lindley Park and the Hospital. The trails in the Highland Glen Nature Preserve area offer a good mix of terrain for all skill levels.

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Day 2: Crosscut Mountain Sports Center + Bozeman

16 miles north of Bozeman adjacent to Bridger Bowl Downhill Ski Area, Crosscut Mountain Sports Center—formerly Bohart Ranch—offers 35 km of trail that’s groomed daily. This is one of the region’s premier Nordic ski areas for classic and skate skiers, offering lesson and rentals as well as spectacular scenery.

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Day 3: Lone Mountain Ranch + Big Sky

A stone's throw from Big Sky Resort, explore 85 km of groomed skate and classic ski trails and over 2,200 vertical feet right outside your cabin door at this historic guest ranch. Lone Mountain Ranch was voted the No. 1 Nordic Ski Resort in North America by Cross Country Skier Magazine. Guides and shuttles are available and the views are spectacular. Lone Mountain offers the quintessential Montana Nordic experience with a diversity of trails on pristine woodland, creekside and meadow terrain.

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Day 4: Rendezvous Ski Trails + WEST YELLOWSTONE

Just west of Yellowstone National Park in the idyllic town of West Yellowstone, the Rendezvous Ski Trails begin right in city limits, offering 35 km of gently rolling, impeccably groomed trails winding through a wonderland of wintry forests and meadows at the edge of Yellowstone National Park.

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The Riverside Trail takes skiers along the famous Madison River inside Yellowstone National Park.* Combine the Upriver and Downriver loops for 10K of incredible views and keep your eyes peeled for wildlife. The dog-friendly Boundary Trail runs from West Yellowstone to the Baker’s Hole Campground along the western border of the park.

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Trip Tips

Always check road reports and weather conditions when traveling through Montana in the wintertime.

If you’re flying in:
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If you’re renting a car:
Glacier Country Car Rentals
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Know before you go.

Check the status of your destination before arriving.

Plan ahead.

Make reservations in advance and pack essentials like water.

Play it safe.

Take it slow and choose low-risk activities.

Be wildlife wise.

Learn wildlife safety. View from a safe distance, never approach or feed, and carry bear spray.

Explore locally.

Be mindful of your impact on communities.

Leave no trace.

Take your trash, including fruit rinds, with you and clean up properly.

Build an inclusive outdoors.

Make outdoor spaces safe and welcoming for all.

Prevent aquatic invasive species.

Follow the steps Clean. Drain. Dry. and pull over for inspections.

Practice avalanche safety.

Check avalanche forecasts, carry gear and know your snow.

Prevent wildland fires.

Properly use outdoor equipment, learn campfire safety and check fire restrictions.

Recreate Responsibly