New format! A week-long virtual/distanced celebration of the ski trails in Hyalite. We'll have ski route recommendations, ski challenges, photo contests, education, and more. Lots of opportunities to enjoy and celebrate the ski trails in Hyalite over the holidays.
Hyalite's cross country ski trails are classic, rustic Montana skiing at its finest. With over 30km of groomed trails and many more miles of ungroomed routes, we challenge you to try new spots and explore Hyalite.
Dog owners: please be sure to pick up after your four-legged friends!
Bozeman Creek Hill Climb - FUNSKI #1
Ski the course anytime December 25 - January 3
Classic ski up Bozeman Creek/Sourdough Canyon.
3.5 km or 6.5 km distances (uphill only is timed)
Submit your time. And show us a pic of your best throwback ski clothes for a chance to win a prize.
$25 entry fee includes entry into all four FUNSKI series throughout the winter.
1. Show us how you enjoy Hyalite on skis.
2. Show us how you help take care of Hyalite.
Post your photo(s) to Facebook or Instagram, tag @bridgerskifoundation and @friendsofhyalite and use #hyalitetour2020
Must submit December 26 - January 3. Winners will receive prizes donated by local businesses (more details on that soon!)
How well do you know Hyalite?
When do trails get groomed?
The U.S. Forest Service takes the lead on grooming on the main Hyalite trails, and Bridger Ski Foundation helps out and takes the lead on Sourdough/Bozeman Creek and Moser Divide.
We plan to keep the ski trails well groomed during the Hyalite Tour Festival, as long as the snowpack allows.
The Bridger Ski Foundation has a voluntary trail pass program. Their grooming is donor-funded and those who can afford a pass should pitch in to help keep the trails groomed. But anyone can ski the trails, no matter their financial situation!
Grooming reports for Hyalite and other trails are at bridgerskifoundation.org/grooming.
What's the road into Hyalite like?
Longtime Bozemanites remember a time when the road into Hyalite was not plowed in the winter. (Bit of a rodeo, you might call it.) Since 2008, the road has seen plowing, and Friends of Hyalite is the nonprofit that makes that happen. They share about 50% of the road costs with the Forest Service and the County. In short, if the community doesn't support Friends of Hyalite, they don't have the funds for plowing and the road gets gated. Donate now.
Plowing is performed by the county, and Friends of Hyalite posts updates on plowing to their social media. The canyon road still often sees deep snow and ice. Travel with caution and be prepared for full winter conditions.
Is Hyalite busy?
It can be. There's plenty of room to spread out. But this well-loved recreation area also needs a little TLC from local visitors.
1. Practice leave-no-trace. Pack out all your trash.
2. No pallet fires! (Read why here.)
3. Protect this wild space, the wildlife, and its resources, which includes drinking water for the city of Bozeman.
4. Give each other space and keep it friendly!