In the centrally located winter playground that is the Missouri Headwaters, you’ll find plenty of excitement to keep you entertained all winter. There’s a whole lot to keep you occupied when you embrace the Montana state of mind and get ready to head outside, no matter what the temperature is doing. Within two hours of Three Forks, you can dig into the fun of winter and enjoy a bit of excitement to warm up those winter days (and nights) when you take on some of these activities.
World-class skiing is less than two hours away from Three Forks, whether you head to Bridger or Big Sky, or go for something a little more mom-and-pop. Fortunately, we’ve put together the ultimate guide to ski areas within an easy distance. Bring along your gear, or pick some up when you arrive. You’ll love the easy access to fluffy Montana powder. If downhill gets you down, cross country (or Nordic) skiing is what to go for. That way you can enjoy your own pace, and still get some snow under your skis.
When the mountains are calling, even in the dead of winter, snowshoes are your ticket to the wilderness. With the Tobacco Root Mountains right in the Three Forks’s backyard, plus the Gallatin, Madison, Bridger, and Spanish Peak ranges circling the valley, you have plenty of options for winter walks—not to mention Yellowstone National Park being just a quick trip away.
Sure, you can find plenty of perfect sledding hills, and it’s easy to pick up an inner tube for a good ole fashioned winter slide filled with giggles and shrieks. But there are always the more sedate options (and more romantic) of dog sled and horse-drawn sleigh that you can find in the Gallatin Valley. Combine it with some gourmet eats, and you’re good to go. When you ditch the wheels in favor of runners, that’s how you know you’re all in on winter.
When the temperatures sink for a Montana winter, cozy fires and hot cocoa can do a lot to keep the shivers at bay, but nothing beats a soak in a natural hot springs. Mineral water heated by hot spots fills pools and springs to warm you all the way through. The best news is that Norris Hot Springs sits close enough to be an easy jaunt for an evening soak, complete with live music and local brews. This historic site is alive and invigorating. As long as you can brave the dash from towel to hot water, you’ll be all set for an evening of fun.
When the excitement of outdoors has come and gone, sometimes you just need to embrace the snuggles and cozy up in bed. The Sacajawea has this side of winter covered, with historic ambiance and local flavor combining with luxury amenities that make it easy to have a lazy morning. So enjoy some breakfast in bed, sip away on that piping hot coffee, and get extra cozy to enjoy the soothing pace of winter.
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- How To Plan For An Unforgettable Winter Vacation To The Headwaters
- Soak It All Up At Norris Hot Springs
- Yellowstone National Park In The Winter
- Where To Go Skiing Around Three Forks