15 Nov 2023
As the cold weather moves in, Bozeman, Montana, transforms into a paradise of winter activities, inviting the truly adventurous to visit and experience its magic for themselves. From world-class winter sports to natural wonders you’ll only find here, there are countless ways to create a memorable winter vacation. With the unique experiences you’ll have on a Bozeman winter getaway, you’ll create memories that will last a lifetime. To help you dream up your perfect winter vacation, we’re sharing our favorite things to do in Bozeman in the winter.
Hit the Slopes
Bozeman is close to two incredible ski resorts, both offering the perfect escape if you’re looking for some classic winter weather fun.
Bridger Bowl- At just 16 miles north of Bozeman, Bridger Bowl is excellent for a day trip. With 8,700 feet of elevation and a vertical drop of 2,600 feet, you’re guaranteed to have a fun time ripping down the slopes. While the trails won’t put you through the ringer, it’s a nice intro to the ski season and will have you warmed up for all the other winter fun in Bozeman.
Big Sky Resort- For incredible views and runs equipped for all levels of skiers and snowboarders, Big Sky is the place to go. The nearly 6,000 skiable acres are a playground for folks looking to challenge themselves or build their skills.
Try a New Winter Sport
Adventure seekers looking to experience the world of winter-weather sports in Bozeman will be delighted to find unique activities to try. From daring to darling, there’s something for everyone.
Ice Climbing – If you thought mountain climbing was just for summertime visitors, you’re in for quite the surprise. Ice climbing is one of the most uniquely Bozeman winter activities and is definitely not for the faint of heart. Montana Alpine Guides offers private guided climbs in Hyalite Canyon as well as courses that are suited to climbers from beginner to advanced.
Snowshoeing- Visit Bridger Creek Golf Course for some of the best snowshoeing trails in Bozeman. As one of the more unusual winter activities, it’s a great way to experience the stunning serenity of the season. If you need rentals, check out Roundhouse Sports Center.
Cross-Country Skiing – Bozeman offers miles of well-maintained trails that are great for cross-country skiing. From Custer-Gallatin National Forest to the organized grounds at Crosscut, you’ll be set whether you’re looking for a casual family outing, a moderate workout, or a challenging push in your Nordic ski training.
Dog Sledding – Featured in the New York Times and on National Geographic TV, Yellowstone Dog Sled Adventures is your go-to for an incredible, one-of-a-kind experience on your Bozeman winter vacation. Owner Jason Matthews will lead your group as you learn to mush your own team and drive your own sled through the gorgeous Montana wilderness. If you’d prefer to ride with a guide, you’re covered there, too. Functioning as a non-profit aimed at giving homes and jobs to his beloved rescue dogs, Jason, and the team will take you on an adventure you’ll never forget.
Snowmobiling – If you’re ready to level up from dog sleds, consider an afternoon on a snowmobile as you race across the snowy Montana mountains. From Battle Ridge to Brackett Creek, you’ll find miles of trails, or, for the quintessential Bozeman experience, the Big Sky Snowmobile trail is 123 miles long and winds you through an intense backcountry landscape all the way to West Yellowstone. Visit Big Boys Toys for all your snowmobile rental needs, and get ready for a day of intense adrenaline.
Unwind in the Hot Springs
Bozeman Hot Springs - Eight miles west of Bozeman, these hot springs feature 12 pools with temperatures ranging from 56 to 106 degrees. A favorite among locals and visitors, it’s the perfect spot to unwind after a day of winter activities.
Norris Hot Springs - For a more rustic experience, drive 45 minutes to Norris Hot Springs and experience the “Water of the Gods.” With a café on site, you can grab a bite and relax in the 100+ degree water year-round. Private soaking is available on Mondays and Wednesdays with a reservation.
Drink Local at Bozeman’s Breweries
Bozeman’s craft beer scene thrives even in winter, with many local breweries unveiling seasonal releases. Check out the Bozeman Brewing Company in the historic Brewery District, MAP Brewing, with its Insta-worthy views of the Bridger Mountains, and Mountains Walking Brewery for delicious pub fare that will rival even the best Bozeman restaurants.
Explore Bozeman’s Cultural Exhibits
Bozeman's rich history and dedication to education are on full display at its museums. The Museum of the Rockies, with its extensive collection of paleontological treasures, offers insight into the prehistoric world. At the same time, the Gallatin History Museum delves into the local heritage with engaging exhibits the whole family will enjoy.
If your winter vacation coincides with the holidays, Bozeman turns into a twinkling wonderland. Main Street is draped in glittering lights, and the holiday spirit is alive at every stoplight. Taking an evening stroll from one end of the street to the other is a great way to window shop at local businesses and admire the beautiful displays.
Book Your Bozeman Winter Vacation Today
Now that we've covered the best things to do on your Bozeman winter vacation, the only thing left is for you to book your vacation rental! Browse the properties at Mountain Home Montana and find the perfect place for your winter escape. From cozy cottages to sprawling log cabins, we have something to fit every family size and price point. Plus, our pet-friendly vacation rentals ensure you can bring the whole family along on your winter escape. For the best price and service, book directly and discover the Montana Home difference.