Montana

Experience Wonder

There’s a well-known ritual in towns and breweries across Montana: the annual “Pray for Snow” party. Statewide, locals jig ceremonial snow-dances, make dark-beer toasts to winter, and light bonfires as offerings to the frost gods above. And every year; Montana answers the call, blanketing the state with powder so dry and light, Bridger Bowl trademarked it “cold smoke.”

Ask, and you shall receive – and Montana’s mountains receive around 300 inches of cold fluff every year. So, help yourself. There are over 4,000 miles (6,400 km) of groomed trails and acres of deep-snow backcountry. The playground here is loaded: cruise snow-covered logging roads on Forest Service land, rocket across untouched meadows or dive into untracked powder on Rocky Mountain steeps. Pretty trails take you into a postcard backcountry, while groomed trails invite novices to become familiar with the sled and the forest.

Then there’s the charms that aren’t served chilled. Watch the steam rise off the geysers in Yellowstone National Park silhouetting ice-encrusted bison from the back of a sled or in the comfort of a snow coach. Warm up and catch a little culture at museums, off-Broadway venues and community events. Enjoy a hot-cooked dinner served in a backcountry yurt or a “dine and dash” from your sled. No wonder Montanans pray for winter every year.

Points of Interest

Check out some of Montana’s snowmobiling wonderlands

Yellowstone National Park

Montana, with three of the five access points into the park, is the perfect gateway to this national treasure. Native wildlife, geysers and snowcapped trees can all be seen by signing yourself up for a guided tour. Planning on bringing your own sled? Just remember you’ll need an approved guide and your sled must meet the parks Best Available Technology (BAT) requirements.

West Yellowstone

“THE” place to sled – whether it’s viewing Yellowstone’s wonders and wildlife or taking in Two Top or beyond; sledding time here is unforgettable. As your ‘hub’ for both play and stay, West offers access to national forest in tow states and one national park.

Cooke City & Silver Gate

Winter comes early and leaves late, offering outstanding sledding from November to April. These two communities form the northeast entrance of Yellowstone National Park and boast “80 people, dogs, moose and occasional bison.”

Kalispell & Whitefish

For a peak experience, tour the Flathead Valley on a snowmobile. You can ride up high among the ‘snow ghosts’ or travel some 200 miles of groomed snowmobile trails. Want to roam farther? Another 2,000 miles of National Forest roads are open to motorized ‘sledding’ to alpine ridges, deep powder bowls and alpine forests.

Seeley Lake & Swan Valley

Tucked between two ranges – the Missions and the Swan – deep powder, picturesque views and cozy cabins encourage you to get off the beaten path and explore Montana’s northwest corner.

Kings Hill & Little Belts

Crisp air, abundant powder and 250+ miles (400 km) of trails combed with small town comforts offer both thrill seekers and gentle riders a chance to rev the engine.