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Experience: Winter

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Sled 4,000 Miles of Trails
You don't need your own snowmobile to ride Montana's trails (all 4,000 miles of them)--many powder stashes come with rental shops and guide services nearby. Take a Sunday drive through frosted woods, play in a powdery meadow and ride down trails lined with snowghosts. Afterwards, head back to friendly towns for steaks, stories and sleep--and if you're lucky, another snow day.
Yellowstone's White Room
Join the lucky (but limited) ranks of guided riders touring Yellowstone National Park, or ride the equally worthy backcountry just outside Park borders. Base camp in Cooke City, riding 10,000-foot Daisy Pass, swapping stories over pizza at the Miners Saloon and cozying up at Skyline Guest Ranch. Or, hit the snowmobile mecca of West Yellowstone, where you can drive your sled in the streets, grill your own steak at the Hi Country Tavern and motor up Two Top, arguably the most famous trail in North America.
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Local Scoop Stacie B. recommends The Bootlegger in Lincoln for breakfast before snowmobiling or dinner afterwards...maybe both? Deeper Dirt Near Neihart? Swing over to Showdown Montana for a few downhill turns. Get the story in Get Lost the Magazine, a magazine offered in Apple's Newstand, Vol. 1.
Full Throttle on Flathead
Short on time? Swan Mountain Snowmobiling whisks riders away on "quickie" excursions around Flathead Valley--up Desert Mountain, where you can gaze into Glacier National Park, or out to explore during the "magic hour"--sunrise and sunset. For full-day adventures, explore Canyon Creek, Olney Trail or the 10 Lakes Scenic Area with Winter Wonderland Sports. Afterwards, relax and enjoy the mountain views from your covered porch at Crystal's Grave Creek Cabins.
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Tucked-away Trails
In certain rural valleys, snowmobile boots pass for dinner attire and little cafes buzz with powder tales. Find these unassuming havens in places like King's Hill, a 200-mile bring-your-own-sled trail system in the Little Belts near Niehart, and in the Seeley-Swan Valley, where snowmobilers gather around the fireplace at the Double Arrow Lodge. Or, ride to somewhere completely different-- Garnet Ghost Town, a historic ghost town surrounded by 116 miles of snowmobile trails.
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NOW'S THE TIME
December 7

Fuel up on homemade sourdough pancakes at the Snowmobile Pancake Breakfast near Lincoln.
December 12 - 14

Cheer on the canine-powered sleds at the Rodeo Run Dog Sled Races in West Yellowstone.
January 17 - 19

Carve snow sculptures, compete in a biathlon, sample Dessertfest and get toasty around the bonfire at Seeley Lake Winterfest.
With deep snowfall, consistent temperatures that keep the snow fresh and acres of terrain, Montana's winter is pretty much a snowmobiler's daydream. Make it your reality--load up the sleds (or plan for rentals) and go towards the white.

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