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lines, I'm watching big, soft snowflakes fluttering to the ground, and the odds that I'll
be skiing tomorrow are getting stronger by the moment. Montana is normally blessed
with nearly five months of light, fluffy, Northern Rockies powder, and there's no sense in
spending the winter indoors. No matter what your preferred style of snow travel,
Montana has a host of resorts that can accommodate.
For Alpine skiing; world class
destination resorts like Big Sky and Big Mountain provide luxurious accommodations,
uncrowded conditions, and prodigious vertical, plus
after-ski activities that assure you can wear yourself to a frazzle both on and off the
slope. A notch down the scale in size, if not quality; resorts like Bridger Bowl,
Red Lodge, Snowbowl, and Showdown generally have less in the way of on-mountain
accommodations, but give up little or nothing in the skiing experience. Then there's
a host of delightful smaller areas that each boast their own unpretentious, casual
atmosphere and darn good skiing. Most have no on-mountain lodging, but virtually all
have unique places to stay in the vicinity, and it's great fun to combine staying at a hot
springs resort, for instance, with skiing a couple of these smaller areas as well as
perhaps a day spent ski touring or snowshoeing.
Speaking of ski touring, Montana has some very unique Nordic ski centers. Guest
ranches like Lone Mountain Ranch offer extensive groomed ski trails in addition to gourmet
meals and unique accommodations. Another favorite is the remote Izaac Walton Inn
just south of Glacier Park along the Middle Fork Flathead river. It's a historic
railroad-oriented hotel, where you have the unique possibility to ride Amtrak to your
destination, and within a few steps of departing the train, strap on skis and disappear
into the Northern Rockies wilderness. Those are just two examples; there are a host
of top-notch Nordic ski centers throughout western Montana.
Those who prefer motorized snow travel are probably aware that West Yellowstone is
known as the Snowmobile Capitol of the World, with extensive lodging and snowmobile rentals
servicing the vast network of trails in the area. We can also set you up at
lesser-known but equally striking facilities in more remote parts of Big Sky Country, like
the Cooke City and Seeley Lake areas.
So, if you're looking for a unique Montana winter vacation, e-mail or call and we'll put our expertise to work