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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.
Stacie B. recommends
The Bootlegger in Lincoln for breakfast before snowmobiling or dinner afterwards...maybe both?
Near Neihart? Swing over to
Showdown Montana for a few downhill turns. Get the story in
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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.