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Winter Activities

Glacier National Park

Skiing & Snowboarding

Whether seeking knee deep powder or a nice long groomer, Montana has a long list of skiing and snowboarding options - without the long lift lines. Stay at one of our resorts or choose a basecamp and explore several ski areas on your trip. Either way, you will enjoy more acres per skier than anywhere else in the U.S. Fly in by day, be on the slopes by noon, and kick back with many après options while you plan the next day’s adventures.

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Hot Springs Resorts & Pools

Find a little slice of heaven in one of Montana’s hot springs. Whether you want to enjoy an invigorating morning plunge or to relax after an adventure-filled day, we’ve got more than a dozen hot spring resorts and pools, all fed from natural, geothermal sources. 

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Cross-Country Skiing

Revel in the peace of the winter landscape when you ski Montana’s cross-country and skate-skiing trails. These maintained trails will lead you into the beauty of Glacier and Yellowstone National Parks or to the secret favorite vistas of locals. When your day is done, enjoy a warm fire and a cup of hot cocoa. Cross-country skiing is a great option for those who don’t enjoy downhill. But all trails are within driving distance of downhill ski areas—so you can strap on both skinny and fat skis during your trip.

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Dog Sledding

Hitch a team of dogs, yell “mush!” and experience one of Montana’s winter thrills—dog sledding. While on the trail, enjoy the calmness of your surroundings, the breathing of the high-spirited dogs, and the swish of the sled runners. These dogs were born to run. Let them show you how to really experience the snow.

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Snowcoach Tours

Seeing the spectacular winter scenery in Montana doesn’t have to be cold. Book a snowcoach tour through Yellowstone National Park and you'll take in the winter wonderland and spot wildlife at a relaxed pace. No matter how cold the weather outside, you’ll stay cozy on your journey through America's first national park.

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Sleigh Rides

Delight your family—and yourself—with a horse-drawn sleigh ride through Montana's winter wonderland. Memories made gliding across the snow, with cuddly blankets and the jingle of sleigh bells will last long after your trip is over. Visit the stables before or after the ride to take a selfie with your favorite horse. Gratuity accepted in carrots.

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Snowmobiling

Experience the rush of snowmobiling through Montana’s spectacular terrain. With thousands of miles of groomed and ungroomed trails to choose from, you’ll never run out of new places to ride. When you’ve had your fill of thrills in the unmatched scenery, head back to town and warm up with hot cocoa—or a local brew—by a crackling fire.

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Backcountry Skiing

Skiing in Montana isn't limited to our 14 ski areas and resorts. For those looking to leave groomers behind, backcountry skiing in Big Sky Country offers up a whole new world of powder possibilities. Book an excursion with a backcountry ski guide and experience your own private ski slope, complete with scenic views, pristine mountains, and heart-racing rides. Montana guides will prioritize your safety above all else, so a trek with them into the backcountry comes with peace of mind that will match your surroundings. 

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Snowshoeing

Experience Montana’s magical winter season with a peaceful ramble in the woods—on snowshoes. Snowshoeing is a great way to stay active and get outdoors with minimal equipment and expense required. Appropriate for all levels and ages, snowshoeing requires little practice. As the saying goes, if you can walk, you can snowshoe!

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Ice Climbing

Whether you're an experienced climber or just looking to try your hand at something new this winter, Montana offers some excellent options for ice climbing. Adventure guides with all the know-how and equipment can get you out on the icefalls for half- or full-day climbs. You'll be sinking your ice axe in no time.

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Skijoring

For something different this winter, check out a skijoring competition in Montana. Here, you'll feel your heart pound as horses gallop past, pulling skiers through jumps, turns and obstacles, all while competing against the clock and fellow contestants. It’s high-stakes racing with spectacular crashes and big purses. Pick your favorite team and cheer them to victory.

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Ice Fishing

When temperatures drop, it's time to fill up your thermos, pack your sled and discover the fun of ice fishing in Montana. Ice fishing is more than just a way to fill the days between the closing of one open water fishing season and the opening of the next. Throughout the winter tournaments take place all over the state. If it's quiet solitude you're looking for, there are plenty of lakes, ponds and winter days to experience this low key sport for (or by) yourself.   

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Fat Biking

Not only can fat biking extend the cycling season into the snowy winter months, but it also offers the opportunity to explore new terrain and experience winter in Montana from two wheels. And it's a ton of fun. Check local resources for trail, pass or permit information.

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