Averaging over 350 inches of snowfall each year, the mountains around Bozeman provide some of the best skiing in the country. Throw in cold temps and you've got a glide-friendly Nordic playground as well. From high-end resorts and groomed tracks to pristine backcountry slopes and snow-covered trails, it's all right here, waiting to be enjoyed.

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Skier code, Bridger Bowl, Outside Bozeman
the editors
O/B's downhill dos and don'ts.
Night Snowfall, Bozeman Winter
Pogge, Drew
When the weather changes, so do we.“Freedom is something that dies unless it’s used.” —Hunter S. Thompson Read more >>
Winter Activities
Villaseñor, Estela
Winter traditions among friends. 
Blood Loss Control
Miller, Sam
Blood control on the ski hill.
Winter Skiing
Kirk, Karin
Downhill skills for the backcountry.  
Ternua Ascent GTX Pro
Pogge, Drew
Ternua is a new company to the U.S., but has been making quality products in Spain for 20 years. Read more >>
Bridger Bowl Parking Lot
the editors
O/B’s answer to parking-lot wars. 
Patagonia Refugitive
Doar, Melissa
If you’ve spent any time in Montana’s mountains, you know how unpredictable the conditions can be. Built to endure those conditions, Patagonia’s Refugitive hardshell is my new go-to jacket for all seasons. Read more >>
Smith I/O
Tucker, David
Seven winters ago, I bought a pair of Smith goggles because they had a slight scratch on the lens and were therefore discounted. Read more >>
Montana Skiing Economy
the editors
The sport's economic impact.
Bridger Ski Foundation
White, Jenny
Getting ready for a BSF winter.
Crossfit Belgrade, Crossfit training
Sipes, Terri
Do CrossFit for a better season.
dryland training, Bridger Ski Foundation
White, Jenny
Stay ski-fit with dryland training.
skiing, blood loss, Montana
Miller, Sam
Controlling blood loss on the ski hill.
Bridger Bowl, the Ridge, Schlasman's, Outside Bozeman
the editors
A mini-guide to Bridger's expert terrain.
England, Mike
Winter is many Montanans' favorite season, and for good reason – the crisp alpine air is nectar to the lungs, while the vast whiteness all around soothes the soul with its serene beauty. And all this underneath a big blue sky grown ever more dazzling by the monochromatic contrast of snow. Read more >>
Backcountry/Avalanche Conditions:
Grizzly Outfitters, Boot Fitting
Pogge, Drew
Your feet are worth the investment.
DIY Pete Ski Rack, DIY Ski Rack
Pete Sveen
DIY ski storage.
RideSwell Project, Carpooling Bozeman
Tucker, David
An app for carpooling.
  • Alpine

    Smith I/O Goggle Women's
    Mio Alt
    ChromaPop, meet the I/O.
    Grand Targhee Resort, Wydaho, Bozeman
    David Tucker
    A Grand Targhee road-trip. 
    Bridger Bowl, Skiing, Montana
    Drew Pogge
    Getting older sucks.
    KneeBindings Carbon Review
    Chris McCarthy
    We take preventative measures for our health every day: we brush our teeth to prevent cavities; we exercise for ­our hearts; we wear our seatbelts in case of a car wreck. Read more >>
    Salomon Qst Pro 120
    Chris McCarthy
    As much as I picture myself a hardcore skier—the kind that searches for powder stashes well beyond ski-area boundaries—I know that I’m not there yet. I can handle myself in most situations, but when it comes to going out of bounds, I always let excuses stop me. Read more >>
  • Telemark

    Mike England
    Ah, the T1. Amazing how such a simple letter-number combination can evoke so much unbridled lust. Like most developing tele skiers, I’ve always wanted a pair. And now, thanks to the established protocols of gear-review reciprocity, I have them. Read more >>
    Schmidt, HJ
    Creative costumery, copious cross-dressing, amazing music, parades, parties, prizes, and pandemonium—it’s not New Orleans, it’s Mardi Gras in Montana: the Montana Telemark Corporation’s Pinhead Classic, affectionately referred to by freeheel fanatics everywhere as “the Pinhead.” Every spring, imp Read more >>
    Orms, R. Kent
    Telemarking is one of those things, like rock climbing or perhaps fly fishing, that can’t be easily explained to outsiders. I mean, why make skiing harder than it has to be? Read more >>
    Bie, Tom
    There is a peculiar, primitive joy to free-heeling the bottomless. You genuflect to the grace of fallen snow and once you’ve been properly submersed, everything else feels like swimming with your clothes on. It’s a dance, your partner is Mother Nature, and she’s the hottest babe in town. Read more >>
  • Snowboard

    K2 Cinch Tryst Binding Review
    Howlett, Destynie
    After renting equipment last winter, I was determined to spring for a full setup for the upcoming season. Read more >>
    McCarthy, Danielle
    No more heel lift! Say goodbye to heel wedges, J-bars, C-bars, or any other special insole and hello to the Passage snowboard boot from K2. The Passage comes with the Boa Closure System, which helps distribute even pressure across the top of your foot and up the ankle. Read more >>
    England, Mike
    “If you get buried down there and die,” Kent asks, “what do you want inscribed on your tombstone?” Read more >>
    Metrick, Dee
    There’s a wise older woman in my life who told me, “Don’t give advice, just tell your story.” So as we head toward winter and the plethora of outdoor recreational activities associated with cold smoke, I can’t help but give in to the urge to tell all women under 30: Do not learn skiing or snowboa Read more >>
    Soule, Brian
    For years I sat in humble awe on the chairlift, content to be carried to the tops of runs. Content to sip coffee and eat overpriced french fries in lodges with noisy tourists. At some point, all that chair-gazing awakened me to the perfect paradise just over the boundary ropes. Read more >>
  • Nordic

    dog-joring, Sled Dogs, Montana
    Marcuzzo, Tony
    Skijoring with canines.
    Madshus Glitterhind BC Review
    Chris McCarthy
    I was in search of a backcountry ski package that would be as effective on groomers and packed snow as it would be cutting trail through fresh powder. Read more >>
    Harrison, Melynda
    Trail Grooming
    Sauce Chill Toque
    Pollastro, Joyce
    Baby, it’s cold out there—which is why I’ll definitely be wearing my Chill Toque from Bozeman-based Sauce while ski touring Read more >>
    Nordic Skiing, Cross-country Skiing
    the editors
    A guide to XC skiing.
  • Backcountry

    Avalanche Safety, Avalanche Rescue, Bozeman
    David Tucker
    Preparing for the slide.  
    Skiing Couples, Madison Range, Montana Backcountry
    Cassidy Randall
    Learning from a (way) better skier. 
    Storm Castle, Mille Burn, Montana Skiing
    Drew Pogge
    Skiing the Millie burn.
    Woody Ridge, Cooke City, Backcountry Skiing
    Traute Parrie
    Shared joy in the face of risk.
    Ortovox 3+ Transceiver
    Pogge, Drew
    Digital three-antenna beacons with marking functions are the baseline standard in transceiver tech—and the Read more >>
  • Ski Mountaineering

    Johnson, Terry
    On a Friday morning in early February, 1971, George Claggett called up from Bozeman, just over the hill from where I lived in Ennis, to inform me that we were getting too fat from sitting behind our desks all winter and it was time to go on a trip. Read more >>
    Turiano, Thomas
    With its blocky shape, truncated summit, and unique color, Sphinx Mountain has drawn more people climbers to its summit than any other major peak in the Madison Range. Read more >>
    Pogge, Drew
    Three turns. That’s all we need. That’s the unwritten code of the early-season gully skier. To be honest, it’s not really much of a code—more of a goal. Read more >>
    Krueger, Ryan
    Since the first version was published in 1960, Freedom of the Hills (Mountaineers Books, $38) has been the most comprehensive reference for those traveling into the mountains. Read more >>
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