Today I want to welcome Jim from Dig and Flow. Jim makes his home in Bozeman, Montana where he immerses himself in the world of fresh powder and white water. In Montana, there’s an adventure sport for every season.
Exploring Bozeman, Montana
If you haven’t been to Bozeman, Montana you really need to go. This place abounds with natural beauty and there’s so much to do. From where I sit, I can see mountains on all sides, snow-covered now, but soon they’ll be bursting with green and the smell of new life and water will fill the air.
Skiing in Bozeman
I came out here for one reason initially – to ski. I’ve skied since I could walk, and when I graduated from high school I headed west to the land of cold smoke. What is cold smoke you ask? Bozeman and the Bridger Range, in particular, are known for getting large amounts of very light snow, or as the locals call it – cold smoke. I’ve been up to my waist in snow on the mountain, and it felt as if I were skiing through the air. This is due to the fact that the moisture content is very low, which results in very light snow. Having a powder day at Bridger Bowl should be on everyone’s bucket list. Bridger Bowl is just 15 miles north of town, and Big Sky and Moonlight Basin are 45 minutes south of my front door.
Exploring Outdoor Pursuits in Bozeman
Skiing hasn’t been the only thing to keep me here. Once I came out I quickly fell in love with whitewater boating and backpacking. One thing that I truly love is the water. We are surrounded by blue-ribbon trout streams, wild whitewater, and peaceful reservoirs. The paddle boarding and kayaking are world class even for those who are just starting out!
But it’s not just cold water around here. Bozeman and southwest Montana are very active with geothermal properties. Going down to Chico Hot Springs for a dip in the pool while sipping a cocktail, or out to Norris Hot Springs for a more rustic spot with live music, are both year-round favorites for the locals and non-locals alike. Both feature great food and live music. My buddy got married at Chico, and it was a beautiful wedding. Yellowstone National Park is about an hour and a half away. It’s just plain silly to have as many options as we do.
The day hiking is something that most people fall into quickly when they get here. There’s a book called The Best Day Hikes Around Bozeman that’s filled with tons of great hikes that are located within an hour in any direction. From an easy 2-hour hike to the bigger 14-footers, they’re all right here in Bozeman.
Being in a college town means there’s a lot of life right here in town too. The food scene is crazy! There are at least 10 different food trucks rolling around, 5 different sushi joints, more than 10 different breweries, awesome pizza at Black Bird, burgers at Open Range, one of the best bakeries I’ve been to Wild Crumb, and the list just goes on from there.
When I can get in the mountains, spend all day hiking, skiing, rock climbing, hunting, or rafting, and be back to soak in the hot springs with a cold brew in hand, I’d say I’ve found my spot. The art scene, farmer’s markets, community events, live music, good people. It’s true what Tara says – writing about your hometown makes you fall in love with it all over again. So come out for a visit – you’ll be surprised that you haven’t been here before but you’ll be back soon, it’s just too damn nice here!
Resources for Visiting Bozeman, Montana
How to get there: The nearest airport to Bozeman is Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport, about 11 miles from town. We recommend renting a car so that you can thoroughly explore the area.
Where to stay: There is a huge range of lodging opportunities in Bozeman, from budget motels to luxurious resorts. We love The LARK because it is within walking distance of downtown. If you are traveling with a family, we recommend finding Bozeman lodging on Airbnb, which has apartments and houses starting at $60 per night. New to Airbnb? Use our referral link to receive $40 off your first stay.
Local Resources: For insider tips about what to do, where to eat, and the best local events, be sure to visit Only in Bozeman before planning your trip.
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Hey there! My name is Jim, and I live and breathe the outdoors. When I’m not skiing, backpacking, or whitewater boating with my girlfriend, Mer and our dog, Lucia, I like to cook and just hang out with our awesome friends. I’m working on my dream of being self-employed so that Mer and I can do more traveling and spend time with our families. Please visit my blog, Dig and Flow, and connect with me on social media: Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.