Montana: It’s Not Just For Summer

Did you know…The largest snowflake ever measured, 15 cm across, fell in Montana.

Montana in winter

Tourism in Montana peaks in the summer. It’s no wonder why, of course. The weather is perfect. The roads aren’t blocked by snow and you get to experience the wide variety of animals that call Montana their home, including bears! Just because summer is peak season, though, doesn’t mean there’s plenty to do here in the Winter. In fact, taking a winter vacation is a great way to avoid large crowds, avoid bears (if they aren’t your thing), and enjoy breathtaking snow capped views of the horizon.

So, what exactly is there to do in Montana during the winter? Read on to learn more.


Montana boasts 15 unique skiing areas, which means you’ll avoid large crowds and get to enjoy fluffing up the white stuff in relatively remote areas. 7 of the areas offer day long lift tickets for under $40, while there are 4 high end ski resorts: Big Sky Resort, Bridger Bowl Ski Area, Red Lodge Mountain Resort, and Whitefish Mountain Resort. If you aren’t into staying at a resort, there are plenty of condos and hotels, along with rich dining options that will make you feel right at home. If you’re new to skiing you can also take lessons from experienced pros.


Montana is home to some of the longest snowmobiling trails in America. With thousands of miles of both groomed and ungroomed trails you can choose your own adventure when it comes to snowmobiling. Both Yellowstone and Glacier National Parks offer trails. You can also find plenty of places to rent a snowmobile if you don’t have one of your own.


Snowshoeing is not just wonderful exercise, it’s an incredibly affordable winter sport that provides a great alternative to those who like to run. And, thanks to how safe it is, there’s a relatively low risk of injury. Montana boasts thousands of miles of snowshoeing trails. You could vacation here year after year and never see the same thing twice.

If you’re planning a winter trip to Montana, be sure to check out the Montana Official State Travel Site for a list of even more things to enjoy!

Photo Credit: By Djembayz (Djembayz) [CC0], via Wikimedia Commons

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