Winter February 16, 2022

10 Best Things to Do in Bozeman in Winter

Looking for things to do or want to try something new? Here are the 10 best things to do in Bozeman in winter.

1. Skiing

——– Picture Taken at top of Schlasman’s lift on the Ridge at Bridger Bowl.
This one is a given. Bozeman is a Ski town, that’s for sure. Bridger Bowl is just a 20-minute drive from downtown Bozeman, and it offers some of the best expert skiing in the nation. If you aren’t comfortable flying down chutes, don’t worry, Bridger Bowl has more than 75 runs with a wide variety of terrain difficulties. Big Sky Resort is known as one of the Biggest Skiing in America with more than 5,800 skiable acres and 36 lifts. Located 45 minutes away from Bozeman, it’s easy to visit Big Sky for the day.
2. Short Terms Stays
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Is there any better way to spend a cold winter day than cozied up in a charming log cabin? Whether you are visiting or just looking for a getaway, Bozeman has so many cabins that are perfect for cozy winter nights. From Airbnb’s near downtown to forest service cabins in the mountains, here are some cabin down below.
1. Bridger Canyon Treehouse – This cozy little treehouse is nestled in the mountains of Bridger Canyon, just 15 minutes from Bridger Bowl. The treehouse sleeps up to five people and features a wrap-around deck, a covered porch swing, and a firepit. The rustic decor and cozy loft space make this a unique and cozy getaway, perfect for a snowy night! Click for details.
2. Springhill Cabin – Nestled at the base of the Bridger Mountains, this little log cabin looks like it’s straight out of a postcard. Located just a few miles from Forest Service land, 10 minutes from downtown Bozeman and 45 minutes from Big Sky Ski Resort this is the perfect base camp for any winter adventure. Click for details.
3. Ross Creek Cabin – If you are looking for views, this is the cabin for you! Located just north of Bozeman, and close to the airport, the Ross Creek cabin boasts incredible views of the Bridger Mountains and the Gallatin Mountain range. The cabin has a full kitchen and sleeps 4.  Click for details.

4.Old Karst Cabin  – Wake up to horses outside the front door in this one room, 1930’s cabin. It’s rustic, with no running water or indoor plumbing but the charm of this place more than makes up for it. Enjoy the wood burning stove or the horses at the nearby horse barn. Centrally located between Bozeman and Big Sky in Gallatin Gateway. Click for details.

5. Absaroka Views – It doesn’t get much more Montana than this. Located 7 miles from Livingston, this nineteenth-century cabin sits next to Fleshman Creek in the center of a cattle ranch. Enjoy stunning, unobstructed views of the Absaroka Mountains towards Paradise Valley. The spacious cabin sleeps six with four bedrooms and two bathrooms. Click for details.

3. Winter Hiking
——- Picture Taken at East Gallatin Recreation Area
There are a few perks to winter hiking in Bozeman that are worth mentioning. For one, there is hardly any trail traffic, which means you can often have some of Bozeman’s most popular hiking trails all to yourself! Second, the scenery is different. If you grew tired of a Bozeman hiking trail over the summer, revisit it in the winter – it’s a whole new world! Third, is there anything more beautiful than Bozeman’s snow-covered peaks?
4. Archery Leagues
———— Picture Taken at Big Sky Archery
 Check out your local bow shop (Straight 6 or Big Sky Archery) to see if they have a league. From women’s league, traditional, hunter, and most more. Going to leagues is a great way to meet new people or reconnect with people you know after the hunting season is over.
5. Ice Skating
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In the winter months, there are several places in Bozeman where you can strap on some skates and enjoy a bit of ice skating. The Bogart Pavillion on South Church Ave has a fully fenced ice rink, which is great for kids! Just a few blocks north of downtown, Beall Park has an ice rink & playground. And just off College Street, the South City Rink is a large rink with plenty of space for the whole family! Also, check out the City of Belgrade’s ice rink on the corner of North Broadway and Park Street. It’s a small but good ice rink if you do not want to travel all the way to Bozeman.
6. Hot Springs
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When you’ve got that winter chill in your bones, nothing does the trick quite like a soak in one of Bozeman’s many nearby hot springs. Bozeman Hot Springs is a great place to spend the day.  Not only can you spend hours soaking in their outdoor & indoor pools, but you can also enjoy the sauna, steam room & gym. Norris Hot Springs is great for a night out with friends with live music every Friday, Saturday & Sunday. For a weekend escape, Chico Hot Springs is a classic with lodging, incredible food, live music, and two open-air hot springs pools
7. Visit Local Bozeman Breweries
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After a long day of fun activities in Bozeman, make sure to warm up your spirits at one of the many local breweries in town. Each of these unique Bozeman breweries brings its own spin on taste, ambiance, and technique so it’s difficult to rank one as “The best brewery in Bozeman”.
Here are some Breweries to check out:
8. Indoor Bozeman Winter Activity: Stay Warm in a Museum
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Not ready to face the elements in Bozeman during winter? Luckily, the city has plenty of indoor options to keep you busy (and warm!) during your stay. Here are some of the best museums to explore in Bozeman for a cozy day inside:
Museum of the Rockies
Popularly known for its dinosaur and paleontological collections, there’s so much more on display! From the Taylor Planetarium, with daily shows, to ever-rotating fresh exhibits, you’ll easily spend an entire morning learning new things here. Click here for details
Gallatin History Museum
Dedicated to preserving the history of Southwest Montana, the Gallatin History Museum will share the unique stories of people and events that shaped Bozeman and the surrounding area to what it is today. You can also browse their enormous photo collection and take a reproduction of one home! Click here for details
9. Spire Climbing and Fitness
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Whether you’re new to the climbing scene, visiting beautiful Bozeman, or you’ve been crushing for decades, Spire Climbing + Fitness has something for everyone.  Their indoor climbing facility offers walls from 12-50 feet, with climbs for all ages and abilities.  Indoor climbing is a great family activity, and their highly trained staff is here to show you the ropes and get your family scaling their walls!
10. Grab a Deliciously Big Breakfast or Lunch
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Bozeman is home to some of the most delicious restaurants around! Check out the Nova Cafe, The Coffee Pot, or The Western Cafe for breakfast. For lunch and dinner, I suggest trying out Montana Ale Works, Dave’s Sushi, or Sidewinders.