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Hi, I am traveling to Montana in March. I am flying into Billings. Then traveling to Bozeman where I will be for a few days. Will probably travel to Bridger, Big Sky/Moonlight, and the surrounding area then back to billings. My primary question is around car rental. Should I spend the extra money on something with 4x4 or AWD? I am an experienced winter driver in Northern New England. My concern would be travel hampered by snow/storms in the higher elevations where they might require chains or AWD.

Thanks for your input.
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Hi, I am traveling to Montana in March. I am flying into Billings. Then traveling to Bozeman where I will be for a few days. Will probably travel to Bridger, Big Sky/Moonlight, and the surrounding area then back to billings. My primary question is around car rental. Should I spend the extra money on something with 4x4 or AWD? I am an experienced winter driver in Northern New England. My concern would be travel hampered by snow/storms in the higher elevations where they might require chains or AWD.

Thanks for your input.
Ah yeah. That would be a yes on the AWD or 4x4. Subaru Outback or Forester would be a good choice. Even then be prepared for emergencies and being stuck for days without cell phone service or any help. You have no idea where your driving do you?

If you see my buddy driving his 4x4 Chevy Blazer in Montana with his hand out the window pulling on screw driver tied to a long shoe lace attached to the throttle cable under the hood, just wave high. His name is Andy. At intersections look out. He has to give her a good hard pull which sometimes puts down some rubber.
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I easily got around the first 3 years I lived in Bozeman mainly driving a front wheel drive car. The only time I really needed 4 wheel drive was on non-main streets going around Bozeman. They do a good job of plowing the roads to Big Sky & Bridger. Considering the amount of driving you will do I would go with a car or a smaller SUVish vehicle like the Outback or Ford Escape.

BTW - If you are looking for something steep and off-beat consider hopping over the Divide and skiing at Discovery. Its around 2 1/2 hours from Bozeman.
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well i don't know how it is there all the time but when i've been there i've had no problems getting around town in bozeman or to bridger in either a dodge caravan or a toyota carolla. roads are pretty well kept. of course if there is a storm you'd want AWD no matter where you are...
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