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

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 |

Where to Stay in Bozeman this Winter

Wondering where to stay in Bozeman this winter? These cool hot spots are a favorite with locals and visitors alike. Each offer their own unique guest experience and they’re all a short drive to Big Sky and walking distance to Bozeman’s popular dining and shopping district on Main Street.


Kimpton Armory Hotel

The Armory’s nine-story building is a standout in Bozeman’s downtown skyline because of its Art Deco flair. This brand-new boutique hotel has high-end accommodations and top-notch service. The unique amenities include a rooftop pool and bar, musical hall, fitness center, and two restaurants. The dining and entertainment options are the big selling points. Slip into one of Fielding’s awesome banquets and enjoy upscale comfort food and craft cocktails. If you want something more casual there is Tune Up lounge and Sky Shed, the Armory’s glass-enclosed rooftop bar. In the future, the musical hall and 500-person venue will host special events. Check out the Grand Opening offer.

The Lark

The Lark is a boutique hotel that offers a unique Montana adventure. The comfortable, modern rooms feature local artwork mixed with metal, leather and wood fixtures from local craftsman and suppliers. The big, walk-in glass shower is a great luxury after a long, cold day of skiing, shopping or taking in the sights. The Lark sits where Main Street begins. The cozy lobby and outdoor patio are a perfect place to people watch with a glass of wine in front of the fire. Check out the Festive Season Savings Package.

The Element Bozeman

If you’re a loyal Marriott member, you’ll love the Element in downtown Bozeman. This sleek, super modern hotel is just one block off Main Street. Leisure and business travelers will both appreciate the comfortable beds, a kitchenette with full-size fridge, gym and indoor pool, complimentary airport shuttle and electric car charging station. The adjoining restaurant, Squire House, is an inviting place to grab a hearty meal and a good drink.


Don’t worry, they have champagne. This locally-owned boutique hotel is a fun place to go for your next girls’ getaway or staycation. You will feel like you stepped into the swinging ’60s in the modern, comfortable rooms. Amenities include in-room champagne, fire pit, charging station for your electric car, and in-room blowouts and massages. The cafe on the property, The Farmer’s Daughter, has fresh, healthy food and is a favorite breakfast/brunch stop for locals. RSVP is the farthest from Main Street but it is at the heart of the revitalization taking place on Seventh Avenue, Bozeman’s next tourist destination.

Bozeman is a great place to visit in the winter, or really any time of the year. But winter is a great season to settle in and just enjoy the cozy weather with a good drink. I talk about some great happy hours here. If you’re thinking of extending your stay in Bozeman indefinitely, contact me at

(Photos courtesy Kimpton Armory Hotel Bozeman)

Posted on October 27, 2020 at 9:30 am
Liz Nitz | Posted in First time home buyer real estate, Hotels in Bozeman, Living in Montana, Where to Stay |