New offerings make old favorites even more magical
HELEN, Mont., November 18, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — As temperatures drop, winter fun gets hotter. Whether outdoor enthusiasts want to ski knee-deep in powder or try something different like dog sledding, they’ll find there’s no better place to enjoy the wonders of winter than in Montana.
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New ski offers
With 14 incredible ski resorts ranging from world-class resorts to charming mom and dad ski slopes, Montana is a Mecca for skiers. With 3,000 acres, a summit elevation of 6,817 feet and breathtaking views of Whitefish Lake and Glacier National Park, Whitefish Mountain Resort is a skier’s dream. New this year, Whitefish will offer its first six-pack chairlift, the Snow Ghost Express. This high-speed lift will transport an estimated 2,200 guests per hour from the Base Lodge area to the summit of Inspiration Ridge, providing a new route to the Big Mountain’s upper elevations. Whitefish celebrates its 75th birthdayth Anniversary this year, so don’t miss out on the celebrations throughout the season.
Lookout Pass that sits on the Montana/Idaho border west of Missoula, is adding a new quad chairlift that will travel to the summit of Eagle Peak. There will be 14 new trails and 500 hectares of additional terrain. This mid-sized ski area receives more than 400 inches of powder per season, making it one of the snowiest resorts in the area, also known as Powder Paradise.
Ski lovers of all ages will be excited to try Montana Snowbowl’s new triple chairlift. The lift, which will run from the base station to near the top of TV Mountain, will be one of the steepest lifts in the country. It will run 1,700 feet vertically and 3,800 feet long. Snowbowl is also adding three new non-beginner runs with a mix of open spaces and trees.
Remarkable outdoor adventures
Winter is a special time Montana. The crowds of summer dissipate, the trees and mountains don a beautiful coat of snow, and outdoor activities intensify. Montana is perhaps best known for its thousands of acres of skiable terrain, but it offers a host of additional outdoor adventures that make winter unforgettable. Glide across the snow on an exhilarating dog sled ride. This unique form of winter transportation uses a team of dogs to pull drivers through the winter wonderland. Participants can enjoy the tranquility of the surroundings and the sound of the sled runners. Many resorts offer dog sled rides, or visitors can arrange for an outfitter to ride with them.
Keep the adrenaline pumping with a snowmobile ride Montana spectacular and varied terrain. Carve your way through fresh powder and ride thousands of miles of groomed and ungroomed snowmobile trails that weave through the trees. Many local outfitters offer guided tours and snowmobile rentals.
That big sky The state is often at the top of lists when it comes to dream fishing destinations, and the season doesn’t end in winter. Anglers can cast a line Montana beautiful lakes and rivers in all four seasons. Ice fishing can be a real test of skill and a lot of fun. Inexperienced fishermen and women will want to hire a professional guide who can provide all the equipment and guidance needed for an enjoyable and safe experience.
Winter in the national parks
It’s no secret that America’s national parks are breathtakingly beautiful. and Montana is fortunate to offer access to two of them. Visit yellowstone and Glacier National Parks in winter gives a very different perspective. Hiking trails crowded in summer turn into peaceful retreats in winter. And the parks come alive as wildlife emerge and weave their way through the snowpack.
yellowstone, the world’s first national park, experienced historic flooding last summer. The park invites visitors to experience its incredible beauty this winter. Wildlife viewing, ice skating and a snow carriage ride are just a few of the unforgettable activities the park offers. glacier offers snowshoeing, cross country skiing and winter camping. Most streets in glacier and yellowstone are closed to car traffic in winter, making it an idyllic time to visit.
Warm your soul at a hot spring
After a fun-filled day on the slopes, there’s no better way to relax and unwind than with a soak in a hot spring. There’s just something about being immersed in water warmed by Mother Nature that soothes the soul. It’s a great way to relieve sore muscles and enjoy the beautiful mountain views. And when the snow falls, it can be downright magical. Lots of hot springs in Montana offer accommodation, food and even live music, making them a great travel destination.
yellowstone Hot Springslocated eight miles north of the north entrance to Yellowstone National Parkis Montana latest experience with hot springs. It is nestled on the banks of the Yellowstone River between two mountain ranges that offer incredible panoramas. Five mineral-rich pools with continuous water circulation offer a peaceful and tranquil bathing experience. yellowstone Hot Springs is the only hot spring in Montana to offer a Kneipp Walk Challenge. Kneipp course have ancient origins that date back to the 19th centuryth Century. Guests are invited to walk in both hot and cold pools to restore body balance and provide a unique experience.
Hot winter events
Montana Winters can be long and cold, but that doesn’t mean it’s time to hibernate. Kick off the holiday season with one of the many Christmas walks and other holiday events taking place across the state. Montana’s quaint small towns become even more charming during the holidays, and the local events will make you feel like you’re living in a Hallmark movie. The Missoula Parade of Lights on 3rd of December offers a variety of activities including a reverse parade where the floats move down Higgins Ave. set up. Guests are invited to walk by and enjoy the floats while sipping hot cocoa. The event will also include a visit from Santa, Christmas carols, flaming barrels and the Missoula Makers Collective Winter Market.
That big sky State is packed with fun indoor and outdoor events throughout the winter season. For a true western experience, check out the Montana Pro Rodeo Circuit Finals 12-14 January in Big Falls. Experience the excitement live and don’t miss out on the best of the best.
Want to crank up the outdoor adventure? Head to Butte for SNöFLINGA (Swedish for “snowflake”). This festival takes place 20-22 January and highlights winter activities like cross-country skiing, ice skating, downhill skiing, snowboarding, curling, fat biking, and hiking trails.
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