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Bozeman, THE Ski Town??? Steamboat, Telluride, Crested Butte

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Thread Starter 

We really, really enjoyed the other 3 mentioned above.  Is Bozeman at all similar?

 

Or is it more like Gunnisson?


Edited by gpaulski - 12/11/13 at 11:09pm
post #2 of 10
IMO, Bozeman is more college town than ski town. To me up here in Whitefish (a ski town), it's too large for skiing to be the focus of 80% of its citizens. It might be a fishing town?

Not saying skiing isn't a big thing there, but it's got competition.
post #3 of 10

The simple answer is more like Gunnison.  But Bozeman is more of a city, spread out, not compact.  .  More population, bigger university, big box stores, wide variety of dining. 

 

Sibhusky is correct, Whitefish is much more of a resort town.

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Thanks guys, just getting my bearings...    Butte, Billings, worth a trip after a day of skiing BB?

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Thanks guys, just getting my bearings...    Butte, Billings, worth a trip after a day of skiing BB?

Not IMO, unless there's a good base and you go to Discovery Basin which is a gem. But Butte and Billings are not what you'd call ski towns by any stretch - they're very utilititarian and a bit plain.

Discovery Basin is a very cool little local area with a surprisingly steep backside. If there's enough snow for coverage on the back it's a blast. And charming in a small-town Montana way. Red Lodge near Billings is okay, but if I were road tripping around that area I'd go to Big Sky instead.
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Not IMO, unless there's a good base and you go to Discovery Basin which is a gem. But Butte and Billings are not what you'd call ski towns by any stretch - they're very utilititarian and a bit plain.

Discovery Basin is a very cool little local area with a surprisingly steep backside. If there's enough snow for coverage on the back it's a blast. And charming in a small-town Montana way. Red Lodge near Billings is okay, but if I were road tripping around that area I'd go to Big Sky instead.

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If you are in march GO TO BUTTE FOR ST. PATRICk'S DAY!  World class party downtown (or uptown if you prefer).

 

Missoula Snow Bowl deserves your attention farther West on 90.

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Thanks guys, just getting my bearings...    Butte, Billings, worth a trip after a day of skiing BB?

 

 

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Not IMO, unless there's a good base and you go to Discovery Basin which is a gem. But Butte and Billings are not what you'd call ski towns by any stretch - they're very utilititarian and a bit plain.

Discovery Basin is a very cool little local area with a surprisingly steep backside. If there's enough snow for coverage on the back it's a blast. And charming in a small-town Montana way. Red Lodge near Billings is okay, but if I were road tripping around that area I'd go to Big Sky instead.

What he said Thumbs Up  

 

If you are in march GO TO BUTTE FOR ST. PATRICk'S DAY!  World class party downtown (or uptown if you prefer).

 

Missoula Snow Bowl deserves your attention farther West on 90.

 

I don't think after a day of skiing Bridger, he's going to want to drive to Missoula.  A visit to the Museum of the Rockies would make more sense.  

post #8 of 10

These drives are fantasyland.  Get out a map of Montana and look at the distances.  Given that the OP lives in the Dominican Republic and exclusively skis groomers, I still question why he wants to be anywhere in Montana during the coldest part of the winter.

post #9 of 10
Thread Starter 

Good info, much obliged.

post #10 of 10

Bozeman is more of a waypoint than a destination. People staying in Bozeman are usually using it for a basecamp for hiking, fly fishing, skiing or visiting Yellowstone country. About the only towns that people go to for the town in Montana are Whitefish, Big Fork and Red Lodge. 

 

Things to do on off-days in Bozeman in winter are:

 

  1. Visit the Museum of the Rockies especially if you're into dinosaurs.
  2. Drive to West Yellowstone and take a snow coach tour of Yellowstone in the winter.
  3. Drive through Paradise Valley to Gardiner then into the park to see Monmouth Hot Springs and the Lamar Valley. You can visit Chico Hot Springs for a swim and dinner on the way back.
  4. Visit Butte, Montana which was once the most Irish city in America. In the early 1900s it was a wealthy town with a population of 100,000 then it started to shrink leaving behind one of the largest collections of still standing early 20th century buildings in the nation. 
  5. Go ski gear shopping. Bozeman has 3 good, well stocked ski shops (PHD, Roundhouse & Chalet) along with some good backcountry ski shops (Northern Lights, Summit Bike & Bangtail) plus a couple big box stores (REI & Bob Wards.)
  6. Travel 30 minutes to an hour for a good meal. Suggested destinations are Willow Creek Cafe & Saloon in Willow Creek (30 minutes away), 2nd Street Bistro in Livingston (30 minutes away) or The Grand Hotel in Big Timber (60 minutes away.)

Edited by Rio - 12/18/13 at 1:08pm
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