By: Blythe Beaubien October 23rd, 2014
Many people visit Big Sky during the winter months for the world-renowned downhill skiing and the “Biggest Skiing in America” at Big Sky Resort. But for those who prefer to enjoy the snow and the outdoors with less risk, cross-country, or Nordic skiing, is a great way to explore Big Sky during the winter months.
Located in Big Sky, Lone Mountain Ranch offers 85 km of groomed trails. The Ranch also offers rentals and lessons for first timers or those with experience who want to improve. A hot cup of soup from the Ranch dining room is a great way to take a break and enjoy some Montana hospitality. For more information, visit www.lonemountainranch.com
The Meadow Village area is also a great place to cross country ski. There are a lot of groomed trails that meander around the land that is the Big Sky Resort golf course during the summer months. For me, it’s a peaceful, mind cleansing and a great way to get some exercise when I only have a small amount of time to get outside. But, I’ve also spent hours alone out on the trails, taking in the views of Lone Peak and looking for moose and other wildlife along the way.
The gear that is required for cross country skiing is a lot less expensive than a downhill setup, and if you’re just visiting or new to the sport, you can rent a full Nordic ski set with shoes, skis and poles at Grizzly Outfitters, located in Big Sky’s Town Center. For more information on rentals visit www.grizzlyoutfitters.com
And, for a truly magical day on cross country skis, visit Yellowstone National Park. The park is closed to car traffic during the winter months but cross country skiing into and around the park is a great way to explore the country’s first national park. And, you’re guaranteed to see some great wildlife including bison, elk, and maybe even a wolf or two.
So, whether you want to give your body a break or just don’t downhill ski at all, you can still enjoy Big Sky in the winter by strapping on a pair of Nordic skis and hitting the many miles of groomed trails that run throughout Big Sky. See you out there!read more