It’s winter, and the days are packed. With the snowy season offering up premium fluff and ice to seasoned athletes and winter sport newbies alike, anyone can have an adventure here–every weekend of the winter, even if you don’t count the skiing. In the meantime, start plotting your on- or off-slope expeditions.
When winter comes to Montana it does so with conviction. It cloaks a vast landscape stretching from Yellowstone to Glacier National Park in a blanket of white, making an already breathtaking world downright magical. The only possible response is to venture out and experience it.
Visit one of Montana’s fifteen storied ski areas. Standing at the top of the lift, it becomes clear. This is bigger than you ever realized. The mountains are bigger. The landscape is bigger. For that matter, the turns are bigger. Quite frankly, the only things not big are the lift lines. Tucked into this untracked winter backdrop is everything from amenity-laden destination resorts to honest-to-goodness mom-and-pop ski areas. This is a winter experience that can only be improved upon by the après ski drinks and warm cobbler that, more often than not, await you at the end of the day.
Park bound visitors feel the quiet. A depth of quiet that most of the world doesn’t even know exists. That is what you are struck by as you enter Glacier National Park in the winter months. Its rugged spires capped with brilliant white beckons snowshoers and backcountry skiers alike as guides escort you through this winter treasure. Cross-country skiing, a guided snow coach tour or a guided snowmobile tour in Yellowstone National Park in winter is equally as unforgettable. A meshing of steaming hot springs, mudpots, geysers and snow shared with little more than an array of wildlife. Our nation’s national parks are special places any time. Winter only makes them more so.
Not just a skier’s mecca
You know Montana as a skier’s dream, but that’s only half of this season’s story. Scale world-class frozen pitches at ice-climbing nirvana Hyalite Canyon, drill into legendary Fort Peck Lake’s ice fishing, and shoot across ice-boating epicentre Canyon Ferry Reservoir. Then (if you aren’t too pooped), skate-ski the storied Rendezvous Ski Trails of West Yellowstone and zip a snowmobile across the Seeley-Swan’s 300 miles of uncrowded terrain.
No skills required
Montana’s winters may lure hardcore athletes, but you don’t have to be one to play. If you can walk, you can cross-country ski–especially through otherworldly locales like Makoshika State Park and Garnet Ghost Town. If you can stand (or sit), you’re ready for Dog Sled Adventures. And, when sitting’s more your speed, climb aboard Charlie Russell Chew-Choo’s North Pole Adventure, take a snowcat to the Montana Backcountry Adventure’s Dinner Yurt or tour Yellowstone National Park via heated snow coach.