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Northern Rockies

Local’s Guide to Bozeman, Montana

Find adventure on-mountain and in town.

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Rich with adventure and the hustle-bustle of a college town, Bozeman lives and breathes the outdoors. You won’t find posers here, these folks don’t just dress the part but actually have adventurous lifestyles full of skiing, hiking, biking, fishing, and camping. Try your hand at an adventure to fit in with the locals and you just might fall in love with Bozeman.

Getting to Bozeman is a cinch, thanks to the Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport. A mere 15-minute drive puts you into downtown, and another 26-minutes on top of that gets you to Bridger Bowl for afternoon turns. It’s almost too easy.

Big Sky, Montana
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Shred the Gnar at Bridger Bowl

Really, its gnarly! Skiers with a taste for adventure will love the hike-to Ridge Terrain (avalanche beacon required) chock-full of chutes, cliffs, and un-groomed snow. Less-adventurous skiers will love their terrain options too, with plenty of family-friendly slopes and programs. Kids will love the Learn to Ski in 3 program (a proven three lesson approach to learning to ski), and adults will love the price tag: $175 for 3 lessons, including lift tickets and rentals. The short 16-mile drive from downtown Bozeman to Bridger Bowl is a major perk.

Ride the Tram to Heaven

Ok, so maybe that’s an exaggeration, the tram at Big Sky doesn’t get that high, but it does get you high enough to access the iconic alpine terrain like The Big Couloir. Jump in line for first chair at the base of the mountain to make it to the tram line before the crowds. Patrol limits the number of skiers that ski The Big each day—and what time they do it at—so getting to the top of the tram to add your name to the list first thing in the morning is clutch. Be prepared: patrol won’t let you ski The Big unless you have proper avalanche gear. Couloirs not your thing? Don’t fret— intermediate terrain abounds on the lower mountain.

Aprés Like You Earned It (Because you did)

Nothing satisfies your thirst after a long day of skiing hard quite like a good, old fashioned, cheap beer. Thankfully the purveyors of Bridger Bowl’s Grizzly Ridge Station had the foresight to stock $3 beers for the local die-hards. Bonus: Ski to within a few steps of the Grizz’s front door to save extra energy for curling beer.

All the Dwell-Inspired Comforts of Home You Need

From the eco-friendly materials to the stylishly modern décor, The Element hotel didn’t skimp on providing all the comforts of home in a pretty package. Slightly larger than normal sized rooms include kitchenettes with full size refrigerators and dishwashers so road-weary travelers can enjoy the most important comforts of home. Located a block North of Main Street and a quick drive from Bridger Bowl, it’s the best of both worlds with easy access to downtown and the outdoors. Don’t miss what might be the best continental breakfast you’ve seen yet— fresh fruit smoothies, homemade breakfast sandwiches, scrambled eggs, french toast and yogurt parfaits are just the beginning.

Get Lost in the Barmuda Triangle

Bozeman’s dive bar trifecta has a little something for everyone. Located on West Babcock Street, The Scoop, The Molly Brown and The Haufbrau are each legendary in their own right. From live music seven nights a week, to all-you-can-eat peanuts (just throw the shells on the floor), to affordable pricing and intimate settings, your social life need not expand beyond this tiny corner of Bozeman.

Recover From the Barmuda Triangle

Hangover and late-night regrets got you down? Visit the Co-Op Downtown to cure what ails you. Find fresh grab-n-go deli style food, smoothies, and snacks— its better than a home-cooked meal because, well, you didn’t have to cook it. Choose from a salad bar or pre-prepped hot bar for quick and fresh options, or browse the surrounding shelves for packaged grocery store type snacks and necessities. So convenient it’s hard to stop here only once a day.

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