Bozeman Montana Nordic and XC Skiing

January 17th, 2009

Bridger Creek nordic track

I’m not much of a nordic skier. I mostly alpine (downhill) ski. But, when the backcountry is unstable or if I just don’t have time to actually “go skiing” at Bridger or elsewhere, I go skate skiing. It’s a nice way to get a good, quick workout when it’s too snowy and icy to go for a run. There are some good trail systems right in town, and nordic gear is really cheap. If you’re not already a nordic skier I recommend it. Here’s a brief overview of the nordic trails in Bozeman, accompanied with some pictures I took this evening out at Bridger Creek.

Evening shadows

Bozeman Area

There are a couple of different groomed trail systems around Bozeman. Check out trail condition reports on the Bangtail Bikes blog, and for the community trails (read: all but Bohart), don’t forget to buy a season pass to support the grooming!

Bridger Creek

The Bridger Creek Golf Course has some nice groomed loops. It’s on the North side of Bozeman, off of Rouse just before the landfill. Nice views of the Bridgers and Bozeman from here, and good trails over the gently rolling golf course.

Bozeman Creek

Nice long groomed trail up the shady Bozeman Creek canyon, in the Gallatins just east of Hyalite. It can be a little chilly, but it’s a great out-and-back ski.

Lindley Park

This is a great piece of trail right in Bozeman, on top of Peets Hill by the Hospital. There are two main loops of track, and the convenience of being right in town combined with the views off of Peets Hill make this a great ski. I love catching the sunset up here.


Hyalite Canyon is being plowed this year! This, in addition to trail improvements made over the summer, make the scenic Hyalite area a great spot to ski. I believe there is supposed to be 20k of groomed trail up there this year? Worth checking out, for sure. Find out more on the Bozeman Nordic trail website here.

Bohart Ranch

This is Bozeman’s XC resort. It’s just past Bridger Bowl at the foot of the Bridger range. They have about 25k of groomed trails and offer lessons and rentals and more. To find out more about their trails, events and rates, check out the website:

Evil January High Pressure System

Farther Afield

Rendezvous Ski Trails - West Yellowstone

This is the nordic ski area in West Yellowstone, run by the Chamber of Commerce and the WYSEF. These guys have a pretty good setup, and host the big Yellowstone Ski Festival. There are lots of trails here. Great XC ski destination. Check out their website for more info:

Homestake Lodge - Butte

This is a fairly new and totally awesome little “resort”. They claim 40k of ski trails, 10k of which are dog friendly! They have a nice little hostel/dorm/bunk style lodge you can stay in, as well a yurt for rent. Cool place to stop in at if you are in Butte. Find out more on their website:

Related Links:

-Bridger Ski Foundation Nordic
-Gallatin Valley Land Trust

Cross country sunset

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