Montana is a state in the western region of the United States. In addition to being the 4th largest state, Montana has one of the fastest growing tourism sectors. This is mainly due to its numerous mountain ranges and winter climate that make it one of the most loved skiing locations. Being in the US, the official language in Montana is English.
Apart from skiing, the state has other major tourist attractions such as national parks like, Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument, Yellowstone National Park and Glacier National Park, and multiple lakes such as St. Mary Lake and Lake McDonald in Glacier National Park, Whitefish Lake in the Flathead Valley and Flathead Lake, which is the largest natural freshwater lake in the western US.
The weather in Montana varies immensely. Temperatures range from 28 °F (−2.2 °C) in January to 84.5 °F (29.2 °C) in July. These variations in temperature however depend on variations in geography.
There are multiple winter activities in Montana. Ranging from guided snowmobile tours to public and private access cross-country and downhill skiing areas. Snowmobiling is one of the most popular activities with well beyond 4000 miles of snowmobiling trails and frozen lakes available in winter. The most popular guided snowmobile tours are offered by West Yellowstone in the Yellowstone National Park.
There are also snow coach tours which are offered at Whitefish, Big Sky and West Yellowstone into Yellowstone National Park. This is not forgetting equestrian skijoring. Montana hosts the annual World Skijoring Championships during the Whitefish Winter Carnival in Whitefish. This is a must-attend event or ski-lovers out there!
For a perfect joint skiing experience, you should consider public skiing locations. There are however private skiing areas if you prefer secluded locations. Here is a list of downhill ski areas open to the public;
- Whitefish Mountain Resort, Whitefish
- Great Divide, Helena
- Bear Paw Ski Bowl, Havre
- Turner Mountain Ski Resort, Libby
- Teton Pass Ski Area, Choteau
- Big Sky Resort, Big Sky
- SnowbowlSki Area, Missoula
- Blacktail Mountain, Lakeside
- Red Lodge Mountain Resort, Red Lodge
- Moonlight Basin, Big Sky
- Showdown Ski Area, White Sulphur Springs
- Maverick Mountain, Dillon
- Lost Trail, Darby
- Bridger Bowl Ski Area, Bozeman
- Discovery Basinbetween Philipsburg and Anaconda
- Lookout Pass, Montana-Idaho border
There are multiple all-inclusive ski resorts in Montana. Some popular destination resorts include:
- Whitefish Mountain
- The Big Sky Resort
- Red Lodge Mountain Resort and Palisades area in the north
- Moonlight Basin
There are also a number of areas open for cross-country skiing. These include 9 national forests in Montana, Glacier National Park and Yellowstone National Park.
Another major activity in Montana is trout fishing. This is usually combined with Fly fishing for several other species by tourist who flock the state for its world-class fisheries.