Love it or hate it, winter in Bozeman can be long. It can start in September and last through April, and sometimes the occasional June snowstorm can ruin even the biggest powder lover’s mood. The best way to survive a winter in Bozeman is to find a hobby, and the most obvious choice is of course skiing. However, skiing is not accessible to everyone, so what are you to do? Don’t worry, there are still plenty of ways to get through the long Montana winters.
There’s nothing better than soaking in a warm hot spring on a chilly winter day. Lucky for us there are several close by. Chico and Yellowstone Hot Springs are in the nearby Paradise Valley, Norris Hot Springs is about a 40-minute drive from Bozeman, and if you don’t want to leave town, the Bozeman Hot Springs is right in Four Corners!
Take a Hike
Winter hiking is the best! The trails are quiet without the summer crowds and the snow makes everything feel peaceful and beautiful. Click here for our list of the best winter hikes in Bozeman. If hiking isn’t your thing or you don’t want to drive to a trailhead, we have a list of some nice winter walking trails right in Bozeman.
Sledding & Ice Skating
Take some hints from the kids and have some fun playing in the snow! Even if you don’t have kids, grab some friends and head to Peet’s Hill for some good old fashion fun. Or rent ice skates and head to one of the city rinks for some spins. If you do have kids the winter activities in Bozeman are endless. Click here for some ideas.
Go Ice Fishing or Ice Climbing
There’s no shortage of ice around here in the winter, so take advantage. You’ll find lots of people ice fishing at local ponds or up at Hyalite Reservoir. Speaking of Hyalite, this is where you’ll find some of the best ice climbing in the nation. With over 200 routes of varying difficulties, Hyalite Canyon has is a very popular destination for ice climbers
There is no shortage of fun events in Bozeman, and winter is no exception. From annual events like the Christmas Stroll to live music at the Rialto or theater and movies at the Ellen, it's hard to get bored in Bozeman. Winter is also a great time to cheer on the Montana State Bobcats at a basketball game or check out the Winter Farmer’s Market at the Emerson.
Get Out of Town
No matter how hard you try, sometimes winter in Bozeman feels very long. Luckily our airport keeps growing and adding non-stop flights to more destinations making it really easy to get out of town for a few days and head somewhere warm!