The Best Ski Resorts to Visit on Your Next Trip to Bozeman

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Skiing in Montana is some of the best in the country because of the adventurous nature of the unexplored mountains and the balance of sunshine and fresh snow. Bozeman is a great place to start your Montana ski adventure. The Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport has 18 direct flights this winter from several major cities and is about two hours or less from three standout ski resorts.

Here are the best ski resorts to visit on your next trip to Bozeman.

Bridger Bowl

This is Bozeman’s local ski hill. Skiers of all levels will love Bridger Bowl’s family- friendly lodges, variety of terrain and several chair lifts that everyone can ride together on their way to different ski runs.

    • Distance from Bozeman: 16 miles
    • Average annual snowfall: 300″
    • Skiable terrain: 2,000 acres
      • This is an easy mountain to navigate, as the ability levels are based on elevations. First-time beginner slopes in the base area, novice terrain across the lower middle, wide-open intermediate runs in the center, advanced open bowl terrain in the upper third and, finally, expert terrain coming off the ridge top.
      • The longest run is 3 miles.
    • Standout features:
      • Fun, family-friendly vibe in the lodges. (Although, it will be a bit different this year with the Covid restrictions.)
      • Eagle Mount adaptive ski program available for visitors with disabilities.
    • Covid protocols: Reservations system will require visitors to book their visit as far as three days out; lodges will have limited capacity and more grab-and-go options; face masks will be mandatory.
    • 2020/21 season: Opening December 4

Big Sky

Everything is BIG at Big Sky. The entertainment options at Mountain Village and the wide-open spaces where every skier gets an average of one acre to themselves are just a few examples of Big Sky’s premier offerings.

    • Distance from Bozeman: 50 miles
    • Average annual snowfall: 400″
    • Skiable terrain: 5,850 acres
      • Don’t worry if you’re not an expert. There are more than 2,300 acres just for beginner and intermediate skiers.
      • Lone Peak alone offers 300 degrees and 4,350 vertical feet of skiing to those who feel adventurous.
      • The longest run is 6 miles.
    • Standout features:
      • The most tech-advanced chairlift system in North America. Don’t miss the warm, blue bubble of Ramcharger 8 heated chairlift!
      • Eagle Mount adaptive ski program available for visitors with disabilities.
    • Covid-19 protocols: Lifts and lodges will operate as usual with social distancing reconfigurations in the dining areas; face masks will be mandatory.
    • 2020/21 season: Opening November 27

Red Lodge Mountain

Red Lodge offers true Montana skiing without the big crowds or big prices. The town of Red Lodge itself is very quaint and worth an overnight visit.

      • Distance from Bozeman: 146 miles
      • Average annual snowfall: 250″
      • Skiable terrain: 1,635 acres; the longest run is 2.5 miles.
      • Standout features:
        • Holds the largest capacity snowmaking system in Montana and has coverage on 28% of trails. This allows them to consistently open in late November and maintain a strong on-piste snowpack throughout the season.
        • Eagle Mount adaptive ski program available for visitors with disabilities.
      • Covid-19 protocols: Lifts and lodges will operate as usual with social distancing guidelines in place; face masks will be mandatory.
      • 2020/21 season: Opening November 27

    Check out my previous post about the best places to stay this winter in Bozeman. I can also help you plan your ultimate Montana ski adventure. Contact me at liz@windermere.com.


Posted on November 17, 2020 at 8:00 am
Liz Nitz | Posted in Entertainment, Hotels in Bozeman, Living in Montana, Shopping in Bozeman, skiing in montana |

The Revitalization of Midtown Bozeman

Drive north on Seventh Avenue and you’ll see the revitalization of midtown Bozeman in full swing. The area was designated as the Midtown Urban Renewal District in 2006, but it seems like construction has really taken off in the last year. An urban renewal district is used by city governments to encourage private investment of blighted areas through the use of public incentives. The midtown area was a no-brainer for the City of Bozeman because of a few factors:

    • Close to Main Street The development and redevelopment of Main Street has hit its capacity. As a result, growth and opportunities are starting to flow towards the adjoining midtown area.
    • Established Neighborhood Community The southern end of Midtown has an established, walkable neighborhood with a good, long-standing elementary school.
    • New Entertainment District Aspen Street will be a fun festival street that will be closed off for events. The BMX park and empty lots nearby will be improved with green spaces that encourage social gatherings.

Welcome to the Revitalization of Midtown Bozeman.

Midtown is a busy construction zone these days, but it will soon be the hottest area to live, work and play. But don’t expect another Main Street. The Midtown Urban Renewal District has a mid-century modern flair that really sets it apart from the historic presence of Main Street. These¬† commercial developments are some standouts in the revitalization of Midtown Bozeman.

    • Audrey’s Pizza and Brewery The old Rouse Avenue location was a favorite with locals. Audrey’s new location in the old Village Inn Pizza Parlor has been updated with lots of glass, metal and wood. The shiny new brewery towers and big, modern windows are a sight to see on Seventh Avenue. Scheduled for completion by end of 2020.
    • Ruh Building (pictured) This mixed-use development will be traditional brick mixed with glass and metal. The 3,000 square feet of commercial space on the ground floor will have frontage on busy Seventh Avenue. The upper floors are made up of four, 1-bedroom apartments and 12, 2-bedroom apartments for rent. The residential perks will include high-end finishes, an in-unit washer/dryer, and personal storage units. Scheduled for completion in December 2020.
    • Aspen Crossing This mixed-use development will be a unique mix of restaurants and coffee shop on the ground floor; cool office space on the second floor; and sleek, high-end condos on the third floor. Scheduled for completion March 2021.
    • The Elm¬†You can’t miss this new music venue right next to the RSVP Hotel on Seventh Avenue. The building’s architecture is clean, modern and state-of-the-art. It will be one of Montana’s best event venues for size (up to 1,500 people) and fan experience.

Come see us! Check out my previous post of where to stay in Bozeman this winter. If you decide to stay for good, I can help you find the right home for you. Contact me at liz@windermere.com.

(Photo of The Ruh Building courtesy of Life Style Solutions Real Estate)


Posted on November 10, 2020 at 8:12 am
Liz Nitz | Posted in Entertainment, First time home buyer real estate, Living in Montana, Mixed use, Shopping in Bozeman | Tagged , , ,