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Montana Ski Towns

The perfect ski vacation is not just about the number of trails a resort has, but also the environment and charm of the destination. Montana ski towns are known for their friendly and laid-back lifestyles, each with its own unique personality to discover between runs. From fun-for-the-whole-family excursions to a night out on the town, these Montana mountain towns offer winter travelers everything they could want for their next ski getaway.
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Winter Romantic Getaways

Love is in the crisp winter air of Montana. When the temperature drops and snow begins to fall it’s time for a romantic trip to the Treasure State. Whether you’re looking for outdoor adventure, a fun night in a lively mountain town or a scenic winter retreat with a warm fireplace, Montana has you covered.
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Winter in the Parks

Some people think summer is the best time to visit Montana’s National - Yellowstone and Glacier - and state parks. However, winter visitors can enjoy several activities at the parks, including cross-country skiing and snowmobiling, with easier access to explore more.
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Montana Ski Secrets

When snow begins to fall, savvy skiers start searching for the next secret hot spot. Travelers looking for less-crowded ski experiences will find Montana is home to a number of world-class ski towns and family-owned gems ready to be discovered.
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Starry Skies and Sleigh Rides

In Melodies and Memories, the newest winter episode in the Discover Your #MontanaMoment video series, singer and Lone Mountain Ranch employee Bruce Anfinson takes guests on a sleigh ride through the forest and cascading mountains to a cozy, traditional Montana meal.
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A Race Like No Other

In Where the Mountains Meet the Prairie, the newest episode of the Discover Your #MontanaMoment video series, skier Sarah Freeman finds her next adventure in Big Sky Country with skijoring, a fast-paced sport in which horses pull skiers through a challenging course filled with jumps and turns. Competing in the National Skijoring Finals in Red Lodge, Freeman and cowboy, Tom Finley, take their skills to the next level.
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Cross-Country Sight Seeing

In Trailhead to Adventure, the newest episode of the Discover Your #MontanaMoment video series, avid cross-country skiers Melissa Adler and Kelli Sanders provide visitors with a unique winter experience in West Yellowstone.
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A Run to Remember

In Snow Day Traditions, a family’s winter vacation becomes an unforgettable bonding experience in Montana. Taking to the wintry slopes of Showdown Montana, these visitors are treated to an under-the-radar ski adventure while fueling a lust for adventure in Big Sky Country.
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Rings and Ridgelines

In Wild Designs, the newest episode in the Discover Your #MontanaMoment video series, artist and metal smith Jessica Lewis draws inspiration from Montana’s sweeping mountains and wide open spaces to create a collection of one-of-a-kind jewelry. As the owner of the online jewelry shop Ruby + Revolver, Jessica brings the style and spirit of Big Sky Country to her artwork
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Picture Perfect Peaks

We’re happy to introduce Top of the Class, the newest Discover Your #MontanaMoment video installment. Watch Neil Chaput de Saintonge, who trained under famous photographer Ansel Adams, turn Montana into a natural classroom for a group of students at Rocky Mountain School of Photography, offering a landscape and a learning experience they will never forget.
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Fall Harvest

When the leaves begin to change color it’s time to enjoy the dishes of autumn. Visitors looking for a mouth-watering meal can enjoy the full fall bounty in Montana. With a wealth of locally grown ingredients and first-class dining options, Montana is the perfect place for a fall feast.
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Big Sky By Roadside

Travelers taking a road trip through Big Sky Country are sure to come face-to-face with miles of unspoiled beauty and plenty of reasons to pull over and take the perfect nature shot. Fall is a particularly great time to take a scenic drive through Montana. These seven breathtaking drives are great for a fall getaway or weekend road trip.
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Spooky Sights and Big Sky Frights

As the days grow shorter and the Halloween season approaches, history lovers and families alike begin searching for their next spooky adventure. Turn away from haunted houses this fall for an eerie Big Sky getaway. Montana’s cities and towns are home to a rich history, filled with intriguing backstories and a wealth of secrets to uncover.
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Reels & Rainbows

In Rainbows Every Day, outfitter Tom Jenni guides two frequent Montana visitors, Beth and Mary, on a fly fishing adventure on the Blackfoot River. With a master’s degree in biology and 17 years of experience as a guide, Jenni’s knowledge of Montana’s classic waterways provides travelers with a fishing trip they will never forget.
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A Big Stage under a Big Sky

In The Perfect Fit, the newest installment in the Discover Your #MontanaMoment video series from the Montana Office of Tourism and Business Development, business owner Sarah Calhoun is bringing together music lovers of all ages in Montana. Calhoun is the founder and organizer of Red Ants Pants Music Festival, a three day music festival that celebrates the spirit of Montana and the close-knit community it inspires.
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The Sweet Return of Philipsburg

In Small Town Gem, the newest installment in the Discover Your #MontanaMoment video series from the Montana Office of Tourism and Business Development, local business owners Dale Siegford and Shirley Beck are leading a revival of the historic town of Philipsburg.
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Roughing it in Style

There are a wide number of places to plant your stakes in Montana. But for those looking for something a little out of the ordinary for their next trip, these Montana camping experiences are truly one-of-a-kind. Ranging from luxurious glamping to rustic and remote stays in a tipi or yurt, many of these locations are all-inclusive, allowing travelers to book a visit without the hassles of packing for an outdoor stay.
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Just Add Water

Montana is known for its beautiful mountain terrain and unspoiled, wide-open spaces. But for travelers looking to add water to their summer adventure, Montana is home to some of the most impressive bodies of water, from the mighty Missouri River to crystal lakes nestled in view of the mountains.
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Home on the Range

Ranches are essential to the West’s rich history and culture. Today visitors can experience cowboy culture without sacrificing the comforts of first-class lodging. Guest ranches offer a variety of immersive and informative activities, including horseback riding, local cuisine, and a first-hand look at what it means to work on a ranch.
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Taste of Montana

May is Montana Beer Month and a great time to celebrate the state’s wide variety of local brewers. With the fourth highest amount of craft breweries in the country and a wealth of local ingredients, Montana is a thriving hotspot for beer lovers. Using locally grown wheat and barley, fresh glacier water, and Montana hops, brewers pride themselves on providing a unique taste in every beer they serve.
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Food, Folk, and Festivals

In addition to exploring the beautiful nature of the backcountry, Montana’s cities come alive in the summer with a variety of unforgettable events. These festivals bring the culture and heritage of Montana to life by bringing together the state’s food, music, and businesses.
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Take a Hike

A day hiking in Montana can take you along spiraling mountain passes, sprawling forests, and crystal lakes. For those looking to lace up and take a trek with a view this summer, these six Montana hiking trails offer breathtaking vistas and miles of unspoiled backcountry.
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Small Town Charm

Everyone seems to know about Montana’s scenic natural landscapes and lively cities, but the state also has as variety of charming small towns, each providing their own unique appeal. Many of these towns are just a short drive from larger cities, making them the perfect destinations for a day trip.
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The Social Sheep of Montana

In Home on the Range, the latest installment in the Discover Your #MontanaMoment video series from the Montana Office of Tourism and Business Development, Sara and Henry Hollenbeck of Hollenbeck Ranch are combining technology and traditional ranching. Sara uses social media to bring a personal touch to her work and connect her fun-loving flock with a large audience.
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Mapping Out a Montana Adventure

In Happy Trails, the newest installment in the Discover Your #MontanaMoment video series from the Montana Office of Tourism and Business Development, Amelia Hagen-Dillon uses her love for trail running to create detailed maps of Montana's backcountry. As cofounder of Cairn Cartographics, Hagen-Dillon takes a hands-on approach to mapmaking by exploring the sweeping trails with her dog, Piper.
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Montana on Tap

In A Taste of Montana, the latest installment in the Discover Your #MontanaMoment video series from the Montana Office of Tourism and Business Development, Travis Peterson combines his love for his state and craft beer to create a distinct taste of the West.
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Changing Currents

In Changing Currents, the first episode in the Discover Your #MontanaMoment video series from Montana Office of Tourism and Business Development, kayaker and outdoor adventurer Brad Ludden leads a group of extraordinary young adults on a challenging ride on the rushing rapids of Montana.
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At Peace

Located at the crossroads of three major bike routes, Whitefish is a starting point for boundless adventure. In At Peace, the latest installment in The Sky’s the Limit video series from the Montana Office of Tourism and Business Development, owner Cricket Butler and Whitefish Bike Retreat offer lodging, rentals, and a community for those looking to travel Montana’s mountainside bike trails.
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Hot Springs and Cool Activities

A day in Montana can take you from challenging ski terrain to the soothingly warm waters of natural hot springs. In fact, there’s nothing better than warming up after a day exploring the snow-covered countryside, in the natural waters of hot springs. For those looking to reach both ends of the temperature spectrum on their next vacation, pair some of some of Montana’s hottest hot springs with the coolest winter activities.
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Best Mountain Lodges for Winter Getaways

There’s nothing like waking up in the mountains, surrounded by a blanket of snow-covered trees. For travelers who want the full Montana experience, lodges can provide comfortable, personal, and charmingly rustic accommodations. Many also offer delicious gourmet meals, first-class views of the beautiful countryside, and outdoor activities to fully experience the surrounding nature.
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Guiding the Way to Adventure

In Training Ground, the latest installment in The Sky’s the Limit video series from Montana Office of Tourism and Business Development, former professional skier Billy O'Donnell helps students find their full potential in the mountains of Montana. O'Donnell is the founder of RIDGE Mountain Academy, an American Gap Association accredited gap year enrichment program that focuses on mountain sports and education.
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Going to the Extreme in Montana

In Home Coming, the latest installment in The Sky’s the Limit video series from the Montana Office of Tourism and Business Development, daredevil Adam Majors returns to Montana for a flight down Saddle Peak in Bozeman. Majors, a sky fly pilot, uses a fabric speed glider to fly from mountain peaks for an adrenaline-pumping ride. Now a family man, Majors returns home to take to the sky once more, taking on the slope that has always eluded him.
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How to Plan the Ultimate Snow Day in Montana

Montana is known for some of the best skiing in the nation, but that's not all there is to do in Big Sky Country this winter. From Yellowstone to Southeast Montana, Glacier Country and beyond, there are countless ways to spend a snow day -or week- with friends or family.
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The Sky’s the Limit: Trailblazing New Slopes in the Ski Industry

During ski season, slopes throughout the country become increasingly more crowded. But with the Montana mountainside and a little ingenuity, The Great Northern Powder Guides can always offer skiers a private run.
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The Sky’s the Limit: Backdrop to the Big Dream

Only in Montana. Those are the words Elke Govertsen, founder and CEO of Mamalode Magazine, has come to live by. Seven years ago, Govertsen chose to take on the dual role of raising a family and pursuing her dream-to share the good, the bad and the beautiful moments of motherhood with moms like her. The result was Mamalode, a national magazine written by and for moms.
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The Sky’s the Limit: Riding Out the Dog Days of Winter

For Absaroka Dogsled Treks owners Mat Stimpson and Hannah Vogel, that first ride through the Montana backcountry was more than a heart-racing experience. It was cathartic. In the latest installment in The Sky's the Limit video series, the team shares one of the rarest views of the beautiful Absaroka Mountain range-riding through canyon cuts and vista points led by a powerful pack of sled dogs.
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The Sky’s the Limit: Turning a Day In the Mountains Into a Work of Art

Most people have a hard time following one dream. Rachel Pohl is following two. She has made a career doing the two things she loves most-painting and downhill skiing. During the winter months, Rachel spends her days trekking up and skiing down Montana's snow-covered mountains, all the while searching for her next landscape to paint.
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The Sky’s the Limit: From Near Death to New Horizons

Chef Eduardo Garcia’s story made national headlines when a tragic injury cost him his left arm, some ribs and nearly his life. Now, five years after his near-death experience, he’s back in his home state of Montana and starring in The Harvest, the fourth short film in The Sky’s the Limit video series.
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Get Your Loonie's Worth: Big Sky Country Road Tripping

You may think that the less-than-ideal exchange rate between the loonie and the dollar would make travel south of the Canadian border too expensive. But we’ve got good news. From gas and lodging to a pint of craft beer and a juicy, local steak, a trip through Montana’s small towns will leave visitors richer in authentic adventure (and with thicker wallets) than when they began.
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Finding Inspiration in the Last Best Place

“I like to paint things that make me go, ‘Wow,’ and Montana’s got a lot of things that make me go, “Wow,” Dennis Farris, professional artist, said on his recent trip to Glacier National Park. The Last Best Place is a fertile landscape for inspiring cultural and artistic opportunities. Give your travel readers a creativity boost with these Montana-crafted experiences this fall.
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Exploring Big Sky Country's Basecamps

Last summer, a group of friends met before dawn in Bozeman, Montana with a never-before attempted adventure in mind. Their story was captured in The Picnic, the second short film in The Sky’s the Limit video series by the Montana Office of Tourism and Business Development. Watch this video and explore six other Big Sky Country Basecamps.
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Hey Texas! Big Adventures Are Closer Than You Think

Not everything is bigger in Texas. While the Lone Star State and Treasure State both boast big-hearted locals, spirited towns and miles of landscape fit for adventure, it all feels bigger under Montana’s blue sky. The Big Sky State serves up scenic mountain-top vistas, two national parks and 3.5 million acres of wilderness to explore, without the crowds, traffic or suburbs to navigate.
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The Sky’s the Limit

In search of hot springs and back roads, two sisters find each other. The Montana Office of Tourism and Business Development launched a new short film series today featuring ordinary people chasing their own brand of adventure in Big Sky Country.
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Celebrating the National Park Service Centennial in Montana

August 25, 2016 marks the 100th Anniversary of the National Park Service. And while some NPS-designated areas, like Yellowstone and Glacier, come quickly to mind, Montana is home to less-prominent, yet equally inspiring battlefields, recreation areas, trails and monuments.
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7 Authentic Adventures in Big Sky Country for 2016

Nicknamed “Big Sky Country” for its boundless horizons and unimpeded vistas, Montana offers the intrepid traveler a chance to discover the last of the Wild West. Here are seven authentic ways to rediscover the Treasure State in 2016.
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Powder to the People

These days the cost of skiing and snowboarding simply exceeds the financial threshold of many working-class folks. One of the biggest cost hurdles is the price of a lift ticket, but Montana bucks this national trend by serving up a wide assortment of extra-affordable skiing options.
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The Secret Season: Winter Fly-Fishing in Montana

To the uninitiated, winter and fly fishing are often thought to be mutually exclusive. However, Montanans and other savvy anglers aren't deterred from seeking out that 4 pound hog just because of a little snow and brisk weather. Here are five reasons to pack your fly rod with your ski boots.
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Montana's Under-the-Radar Ski Areas: The Ultimate Spring Break Road Trip

Montana takes pride in its spirit of individualism, and its mom-and-pop ski areas are no exception. Trading ritzy, high-speed quads for rootsy, downhome vibes, these independent mountains offer up deep days on the cheap, with a side of real local culture.
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10 Ways to Discover Yellowstone In Winter

Yellowstone, the world’s first national park, tops many travelers’ bucket lists. But unbeknownst to most summer visitors, Yellowstone has a secret season. Under a blanket of snow, the park comes quietly alive each winter. Here are ten transformative winter experiences in Yellowstone National Park.
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Fire & Ice: Montana is a Hot Springs Haven

There are few places on the planet where ideal temperature water bubbles up from underground springs and beckons us to soak our bones as it does here in the treasure state.
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Snow Season Beckons: Go Deeper

For some skiers and snowboarders, winter trips are about more than simply, ahem, scratching the surface. Montana tends to draw deep snow zealots who not only want to shred pow, rail corduroy, boost natural features, swoosh the park, straight-line pillows and pack in the vertical, but also want to mix-it-up with a real local culture.
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Winter Solitude and Unearthly Powder

Life is too short to stand in long lift lines. With 15 ski and snowboard areas scattered across our spacious state, visitors are treated to gobs of powder and uncrowded slopes. Come experience winter in the last best place.
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Six Things To Do On a Montana Ski Vacation If You Don't Ski

No need to be a burly downhill skier to enjoy a winter vacation in Montana. Though skiing and snowboarding get the lion's share of limelight during Montana’s snow-blanketed season, many travelers are drawn to Big Sky Country for less well-known, yet equally transformative experiences.
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Montana's Ale Trails: Après-Adventure Watering Holes

Few landscapes make the traveler as thirsty as the mountainous peaks and blue ribbon waters of Montana. Luckily, in addition to hiking and biking paths, there’s another well-worn trail system, along which local breweries help refuel outdoor adventurers for their next foray into Big Sky Country.
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High Steppin' & Road Trippin'

After three wildly successful years of hosting the National Folk Festival, the denizens of Butte carry on the tradition at the annual Montana Folk Festival. The sensationally popular event features multiple stages with continuous musical performances by artists from across the nation.
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Between The Parks: Two-Day Road Trips Across Big Sky Country

The allure of Yellowstone and Glacier National Parks doesn’t end at their gates. The grand landscapes, flora and fauna, and rich histories that define these places extend outward, across Montana's vibrant small towns and colorful communities.
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Big Sky Autumn Drives

Autumn in Montana is the season that locals relish... and a time of year that savvy travelers take advantage of the state's amber hues and wide-open byways. Warm, Indian summer days are followed by crisp, nip-in-the-air evenings. Set against a backdrop of river-carved valleys, Big Sky Country serves up five iconic driving tours for travelers seeking a kaleidoscope of leafy colors.
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