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.

  • #1 Rendezvous Ski Trails

    2 Reviews

    West Yellowstone, MT

    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. ...
    •  Day use
    •  Guide

    Since the establishment of the Rendezvous Ski Trails about 1980, the system has gradually gained a well-deserved national ...

  • #2 Lolo Pass

    1 Reviews

    Lolo, MT

    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 ...
    •  Day use
    •  3 miles
    •  Guide

    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, ...

  • #3 Chief Joseph Cross-Country Ski Trails

    1 Reviews

    Darby, MT

    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 ...
    •  Day use
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    The Chief Joseph Pass Cross-Country Ski Trails are at the confluence of two mountain passes that are significant in Western ...

  • #4 Riverside Ski Trail, Yellowstone National Park

    1 Reviews

    West Yellowstone, MT

    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 ...
    •  Day use
    •  5 miles
    •  Guide

    The Riverside Ski Trail crosses very easy terrain. New skiers can try out the sport and ski to impressive views inside America’s ...

  • #5 Bohart Ranch and Bozeman Area Trails

    1 Reviews

    Bozeman, MT

    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 p ...
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    •  Guide

    Bohart Ranch sits in the historic and rugged Bridger Canyon below the Bridger Mountain Range. The Bridgers are named for ...

  • #6 Rattlesnake Recreation Area / Rattlesnake Wilderness / Patti Canyon

    0 Reviews

    Missoula, MT

    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 ...
    •  Day use
    •  20 miles
    •  Guide

    Rattlesnake is an intimidating name, but according to local U.S. Forest Service officials, no rattlesnakes shimmy along the ...

  • #7 Lewis and Clark Pass / Rogers Pass

    0 Reviews

    Lincoln, MT

    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 ...
    •  Day use or multiple-day trips
    •  12.5 miles
    •  Guide

    The Continental Divide runs north-south through Montana, slicing the state into distinct west and east sides and very different ...

  • #8 Holland Lake

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    Condon, MT

    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, ...
    •  Day use
    •  6.2 miles
    •  Guide

    The Holland Lake area is a quiet winter spot under the Swan Mountains. A guest facility since 1924, it burned and was rebuilt ...

  • #9 Cooke City / Kersey Lake / Rock Island Lake

    0 Reviews

    Cooke City, MT

    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 ...
    •  Day use
    •  10 miles
    •  Guide

    The ski trail to Kersey Lake and then to Rock Island Lake presents picturesque backdrops, a gentle backcountry experience, ...

  • #10 Red Lodge Area Trails

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    Red Lodge, MT

    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. ...
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    Red Lodge, named for the color of the Crow Indians’ tipis, sits at the base of the Beartooth Mountains. In the late 1800s, ...

  • #11 Mt. Haggin Nordic Ski Area

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    Anaconda, MT

    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 ...
    •  Day use
    •  15 miles
    •  Guide

    The Mt. Haggin Nordic ski trails meander through the state-owned Mt. Haggin Wildlife Management Area, home to moose, coyotes, ...

  • #12 Stemple Pass

    0 Reviews

    Lincoln, MT

    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 ...
    •  Day use
    •  14 miles
    •  Guide

    Stemple Pass skiers consider this area their own private playground and hope that it remains a primitive experience, which ...

  • #13 B Bar Guest Ranch

    0 Reviews

    Emigrant, MT

    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. ...
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    •  Guide

    B Bar Ranch is a working cattle operation on the edge of Yellowstone National Park in a scenic, high-mountain basin frequented ...

  • #14 Avalanche Lake / Going to the Sun Road

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    West Glacier, MT

    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, ...
    •  Day use
    •  13 miles
    •  Guide

    Romantic legend has it that Going to the Sun Mountain, and later the road, is named for a mystic Indian who ascended the ...

  • #15 Blacktail Mountain

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    Lakeside, MT

    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 ...
    •  Day use
    •  6 miles
    •  Guide

    Blacktail’s trails offer fantastic views of the surrounding mountains, the Flathead Valley, and Flathead Lake. Often, when ...

  • #16 Centennial Mountains / Hellroaring Ski Adventures

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    West Yellowstone, MT

    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 sn ...
    •  Multi-day trips
    •  7 miles
    •  Guide

    Expert telemarkers, alpine-touring skiers, and snowboarders who ride split boards find the Hellroaring drainage of the Centennial ...

  • #17 Big Prairie and Bowman Lake

    0 Reviews

    Columbia Falls, MT

    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 ...
    •  Day use
    •  12 miles
    •  Guide

    The tiny community of Polebridge is situated just outside the western boundary of Glacier National Park and is 22 miles on ...

  • #18 Garnet Ghost Town

    0 Reviews

    Missoula, MT

    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 ...
    •  Day use
    •  6 miles
    •  Guide

    Garnet Ghost Town in the Garnet Mountain Range is among the more unusual and unknown ski sites in the West. Not only do skiers ...

  • #19 Essex Trail Complex, Izaak Walton Inn

    0 Reviews

    East Glacier, MT

    The Essex Ski Trail system is a combination of roads and trails over gentle grades and open slopes. Different vantage points offer views into both Glacier National Park and the Great Bear Wilderness. ...
    •  Day use
    •  Guide

    The Essex Ski Trail system is a combination of roads and trails over gentle grades and open slopes. Different vantage points ...

  • #20 Glacier Nordic Center

    0 Reviews

    Whitefish, MT

    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 ...
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    Beginners have great luck on the well-groomed trails here, which are right in town and close to hot chocolate. Ski lessons ...