In Montana, we don’t wait out winter, we wait all year for it. That’s because Yellowstone isn’t just a park—here, it’s a whole country. Yellowstone Country, that is. Experience the true nature of the season with swoon-worthy snow, world-renowned skiing, and dreamy mountain towns that will warm your spirit even when it’s cold outside. Yellowstone Country’s basecamp communities bustle with world-class lodging, restaurants, shops, galleries, breweries and distilleries, plus local vibes and western allure.
Yellowstone National Park transforms into a wintry wonderland of steaming geyser basins and thermal features against a truly sublime landscape of white. Take a snowcoach or guided snowmobile tour, or explore by snowshoe or Nordic ski.
Outside the park, head for the ski hills where the legends of freestyle honed their skills back in the day. With more than 400 inches of snow annually and three of the state’s largest downhill ski areas—Big Sky Resort, Bridger Bowl and Red Lodge Mountain—Yellowstone Country is the place to be for a big mountain experience without big mountain prices or lift lines. If cross-country is more your speed, Yellowstone Country is truly a Nordic skier’s paradise.
Turn up the power for some full-throttle adventure. Epic terrain, extensive trail systems and proximity to the park make Yellowstone Country one of the top snowmobiling destinations in the world. Explore the deep stuff around West Yellowstone, Cooke City or Big Sky.
One of the easiest ways to explore Yellowstone Country’s wintry landscape is by snowshoe. It’s simple, inexpensive and doesn’t require a lot of gear—or skill. This family-friendly activity can be enjoyed by every age group and is a great way to seek out adventure together. For something altogether unique and exhilarating, try dogsledding—you can even mush your own team of sled dogs.
After a long day in the snow, there’s nothing more relaxing than soaking in the healing mineral waters of nature’s hot tub. Stay at a hot springs resort and immerse yourself in the greatest of the great outdoors.
Learn more about winter adventures in Montana’s Yellowstone Country at visityellowstonecountry.com/winter.