What are the best winter activities in Southwestern Montana?

Hayley Bosch

It’s all about the great outdoors in Southwestern Montana. The area between Glacier National Park and Yellowstone has more than enough attractions to keep you busy in the snowy months. Here are some of the best winter activities:

1. Hit the slopes. There are three lift-served ski areas in Southwestern Montana and you definitely want to make use of those. Maverick Mountain, Great Divide Ski Area and Discovery Ski Area are considerably less expensive than some of the huge mountain resorts in the Rockies, yet they’re just as exciting to shred.

2. Go ice fishing. This quintessential Northwestern pastime is a must for any fishing enthusiast. There are plenty of spots around the region, and everyone has their favorite. Try Canyon Ferry Reservoir just 20 miles east of Helena for rainbow trout, perch, ling and walleye.

3. Race to the Sky. This annual 350-mile sled dog race takes place throughout the region and is one of the qualifying races for the famous Alaskan Iditarod. Catch this winter event in February.

4. Relax in the hot springs. Southwestern Montana has six developed hot springs destinations — plus a handful of undeveloped spots — that are fed from natural geothermal features. Head to Norris Hot Springs to experience Water of the Gods, a historic wooden pool that’s filled with clean, hot mineral water and emptied nightly using the original gate valve installed by miners in the 1880s.