16 Undiscovered Ski Areas
The Rockies scrape the moisture from storms, heaping dry powder over Montana’s 16 ski areas. In these hills, you find solitude—in the snowghosts of Whitefish, the powder fields of the Biggest Skiing in America and at Discovery Basin, where long groomers swoop over hundred-mile mountain views.
"It’s true—in Montana there’s elbow room. It becomes your mountain. You let a few chairs go by so you can catch your breath..." —Tom S., Albuquerque, NM
Home of Glacier, Gateway To Yellowstone
Come winter, Glacier and Yellowstone National Parks' wildlife is more easily spotted than ever, drawn to the lower elevations and backdropped by snow. Glide past bison herds on cross-country skis, catch Yellowstone’s geyser eruptions from a toasty snowcoach window or take in Glacier’s snowcapped peaks on a snowshoe tour.
"Snowcoaching into the Park is extremely special—you feel like it’s just you and a dozen other adventurers floating over this untouched land..." —Danielle B. Bakerstown, MA
Montana's Winter Playground
Montana’s winters show you something different—that sled dogs are faster than you thought, dinner tastes better in a backcountry yurt, skijoring is thrilling even if you’re just watching and that yes, there are still places in the lower 48 where you can see the northern lights.
"One thing that really makes winter great in Montana is the night sky. There are places here where you can look 20 miles in any direction and not see a city light." —Ryan M., Bozeman, MT
Montana. Go Deeper. Partners
"In the southwest, the landscape opens up into Yellowstone Country—a collection of alpine ski areas, snowmobile trails and Nordic ski areas flanking Yellowstone, the world’s first national park.
All three of Montana’s Yellowstone entrances are open during the winter months. Guided snowcoach tours from West Yellowstone and Gardiner head to geyser and wildlife sightings against the snowy landscape. And with over 200 miles of groomed trails and nearly unlimited backcountry trails outside the park, there aren’t any better snowmobiling destinations than Cooke City and West Yellowstone.
Big Sky and Moonlight Basin combined are known as the “Biggest Skiing in America,” and Bridger Bowl and Red Lodge Mountain Resort only add to the experience. All four offer deeper snow and shorter lift lines than you may be used to. In addition, Yellowstone Country is home to some of the finest cross-country terrain in the world. Learn more about this winter playground at VISITYELLOWSTONECOUNTRY.COM.
Twice a day all winter, Amtrak’s Empire Builder pulls into the historic depot in Montana’s northern town of Whitefish. Like clockwork, travelers unload, having found a place that may just have it all: Glacier National Park, millions of acres of unspoiled nature, one of the largest and most affordable ski resorts in the U.S. with a charismatic town nestled at its base.
The covered sidewalks on Central Avenue lead to more great cuisine than should fit into this small mountain town. Scattered in between the restaurants and funky storefronts, travelers have their choice of local coffee shops, art galleries or personality-filled bars.
So what do all those Amtrak passengers (and others who arrive 11 miles down the road via Glacier Park International Airport) know that you don’t? Learn more about Whitefish, Glacier National Park and Whitefish Mountain Resort at EXPLOREWHITEFISH.COM.