Best Cross-Country Skiing in Montana

This list represents the most popular cross-country skiing in Montana. Use this list to plan your next Montana cross-country skiing trip. Select a state and/or activity below to find even more top trails.

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#1. Rendezvous Ski Trails


Since the establishment of the Rendezvous Ski Trails about 1980, the system has gradually gained a well-deserved national reputation for excellence in trail design, grooming, and ski testing. On some…
From the guidebook "Winter Trails: Montana"
West Yellowstone, MT - Cross-Country Skiing
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#2. Lolo Pass


Lolo Pass is in the Bitterroot Mountains, a mountain range 470 miles long. The peaks are 6,000 to 7,000 feet high, with thick, timbered habitat that is home to elk and other wildlife. Lolo Pass carrie…
From the guidebook "Winter Trails: Montana"
Lolo, MT - Cross-Country Skiing - 3 miles
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#3. Chief Joseph Cross-Country Ski Trails


The Chief Joseph Pass Cross-Country Ski Trails are at the confluence of two mountain passes that are significant in Western history. Trails begin at the top of Chief Joseph Pass, next to Lost Trail Pa…
From the guidebook "Winter Trails: Montana"
Darby, MT - Cross-Country Skiing
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#4. Riverside Ski Trail, Yellowstone National Park


The Riverside Ski Trail crosses very easy terrain. New skiers can try out the sport and ski to impressive views inside America’s first national park. No snowshoes or skate skiers here. Locals send fam…
From the guidebook "Winter Trails: Montana"
West Yellowstone, MT - Cross-Country Skiing - 5 miles
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#5. Bohart Ranch and Bozeman Area Trails


Bohart Ranch sits in the historic and rugged Bridger Canyon below the Bridger Mountain Range. The Bridgers are named for mountain man Jim Bridger, who led wagons to Bozeman and nearby gold prospecting…
From the guidebook "Winter Trails: Montana"
Bozeman, MT - Cross-Country Skiing
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#6. Rattlesnake Recreation Area / Rattlesnake Wilderness / Patti Canyon


Rattlesnake is an intimidating name, but according to local U.S. Forest Service officials, no rattlesnakes shimmy along the route. The name, it seems, dates back to the early days of Missoula when som…
From the guidebook "Winter Trails: Montana"
Missoula, MT - Cross-Country Skiing - 20 miles
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#7. Lewis and Clark Pass / Rogers Pass


The Continental Divide runs north-south through Montana, slicing the state into distinct west and east sides and very different weather patterns. During the winter the Continental Divide Trail can be…
From the guidebook "Winter Trails: Montana"
Lincoln, MT - Cross-Country Skiing - 12.5 miles
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#8. Holland Lake


The Holland Lake area is a quiet winter spot under the Swan Mountains. A guest facility since 1924, it burned and was rebuilt in 1947. The cozy log and timber building houses an excellent restaurant,…
From the guidebook "Winter Trails: Montana"
Condon, MT - Cross-Country Skiing - 6.2 miles
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#9. Cooke City / Kersey Lake / Rock Island Lake


The ski trail to Kersey Lake and then to Rock Island Lake presents picturesque backdrops, a gentle backcountry experience, and the opportunity to ski into the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness, north and…
From the guidebook "Winter Trails: Montana"
Cooke City, MT - Cross-Country Skiing - 10 miles
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#10. Fawn Pass, Yellowstone National Park


Fawn Pass begins in Montana and enters Wyoming after crossing several fingers of the Gallatin River. Skiers find narrow snow bridges or log bridges over these streams and may want to carry skis across…
From the guidebook "Winter Trails: Montana"
West Yellowstone, MT - Cross-Country Skiing - 22 miles
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#11. Red Lodge Area Trails


Red Lodge, named for the color of the Crow Indians’ tipis, sits at the base of the Beartooth Mountains. In the late 1800s, miners came by the hundreds to dig coal for the Northern Pacific Railroad. By…
From the guidebook "Winter Trails: Montana"
Red Lodge, MT - Cross-Country Skiing
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#12. Mt. Haggin Nordic Ski Area


The Mt. Haggin Nordic ski trails meander through the state-owned Mt. Haggin Wildlife Management Area, home to moose, coyotes, snowshoe hares, and great horned owls. Most trails are groomed for classic…
From the guidebook "Winter Trails: Montana"
Anaconda, MT - Cross-Country Skiing - 15 miles
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#13. Stemple Pass


Stemple Pass skiers consider this area their own private playground and hope that it remains a primitive experience, which means trails are skier-packed. There are some popular off-piste routes for te…
From the guidebook "Winter Trails: Montana"
Lincoln, MT - Cross-Country Skiing - 14 miles
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#14. B Bar Guest Ranch


B Bar Ranch is a working cattle operation on the edge of Yellowstone National Park in a scenic, high-mountain basin frequented by moose, bison, elk, wolves, lynx, eagles, and other wildlife. This turn…
From the guidebook "Winter Trails: Montana"
Emigrant, MT - Cross-Country Skiing
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#15. Avalanche Lake / Going to the Sun Road


Romantic legend has it that Going to the Sun Mountain, and later the road, is named for a mystic Indian who ascended the 9,642-foot peak to join the sun in eternity. The road, 52 miles long, closes in…
From the guidebook "Winter Trails: Montana"
West Glacier, MT - Cross-Country Skiing - 13 miles
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#16. Blacktail Mountain


Blacktail’s trails offer fantastic views of the surrounding mountains, the Flathead Valley, and Flathead Lake. Often, when the Flathead Valley floor is under fog or clouds, Blacktail visitors ski or s…
From the guidebook "Winter Trails: Montana"
Lakeside, MT - Cross-Country Skiing - 6 miles
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#17. Centennial Mountains / Hellroaring Ski Adventures


Expert telemarkers, alpine-touring skiers, and snowboarders who ride split boards find the Hellroaring drainage of the Centennial Mountains an impressive backcountry experience. Note that snowboarders…
From the guidebook "Winter Trails: Montana"
West Yellowstone, MT - Cross-Country Skiing - 7 miles
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#18. Garnet Ghost Town


Garnet Ghost Town in the Garnet Mountain Range is among the more unusual and unknown ski sites in the West. Not only do skiers find remnants of the West’s wild past, they can stay the night in either…
From the guidebook "Winter Trails: Montana"
Missoula, MT - Cross-Country Skiing - 6 miles
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#19. Big Prairie and Bowman Lake


The tiny community of Polebridge is situated just outside the western boundary of Glacier National Park and is 22 miles on rough road from the Canadian border. The gravel road into Polebridge leads to…
From the guidebook "Winter Trails: Montana"
Columbia Falls, MT - Cross-Country Skiing - 12 miles
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#20. Glacier Nordic Center


Beginners have great luck on the well-groomed trails here, which are right in town and close to hot chocolate. Ski lessons are available daily from certified instructors at the Glacier Nordic Ski Scho…
From the guidebook "Winter Trails: Montana"
Whitefish, MT - Cross-Country Skiing
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