Community Nordic Trails


Bridger Ski Foundation is one of several founding partners in Gallatin Valley's Outside Kind Alliance. We joined forces to protect the people and places we love and to explore ethical use issues that all recreational users need to know about.

Sharing outdoor space

Our mission is to spread the Ski Kind Philosophy to all xc skiers. Here's how to keep it kind on the trails:
A sign with ski kind principles on it.


We need you on our team. Share the Ski Kind philosophy with your ski community. Access free and downloadable Ski Kind PDFs with signs, flyers, social media posts, and more.

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Outside Kind was inspired by a number of efforts, including the Ski Kind campaign for backcountry skiers created by the Winter Wildlands Alliance and Granite Backcountry Alliance. Winter Wildlands generously gave us permission to use their logo as we expand the effort to cross country skiers. One Montana and several Gallatin Valley organizations have formed Outside Kind, with Hunt Kind, Ski Kind, Ride Kind, Hike Kind and (don't forget the dogs!) Wag Kind.

Ski Kind Backcountry Outside Kind


The trails are busier than ever, and good trail etiquette can make enjoying Bozeman's Community Nordic Trails a positive experience for everyone. Please . . .

1.  Be aware of whether or not the trail is designated for multi-use or skiers only.

2.  Multi-user trails (Sourdough & Hyalite) allow walking/running on groomed ski trails. Share the trail here. In-town trails are skier-only.

3.  On dog trails, dog owners are responsible for keeping their animals safe and under control, and scooping the poop.

4.  Avoid walking, running, or skating on the parallel xc ski tracks.

5.  Move off trail to allow grooming equipment to pass.

6.  Try to avoid skiing right after groomers have groomed trails.  It takes 2-4 hours for the freshly groomed trails to set up.

7.  Ski under control, at a safe speed, and use care at blind intersections.

8.  Respect private property and the guidelines for each venue. Our trails are on both public and private property, and each location has different guidelines.

9. Respect the wildlife.

10.  If you fall, please get off the trail as soon as you can. If you leave a sitzmark in the snow, do your best to fill it in.

11.  When passing, let others know that you are approaching them from behind with a friendly “on you left.”

12.  Skiing fast? When you come upon slower skiers, announce yourself, reduce your speed while you pass on their left, and then take off  once you have safely passed them.  Think of other skiers as yield signs.

13. Downhill skiers have the right-of-way. (Remember, not all skiers have the skills to come to an immediate stop.) Keep it kind and slow it down while passing.

14.  Parking: Use the Softball Complex/recycling parking lot off Highland Blvd. when skiing at Sunset Hills (Lindley) and Highland Glen Nature Preserve trails. Do not park in the lots at the Lindley Center, the hospital, or the professional buildings off Ellis St. At the Bridger Creek Golf Course, please use the clubhouse parking lot; do not park on residential streets.

15.  If you can afford it, please buy a Community Nordic Trails Pass to support the donor-funded trail grooming.

Trail Sponsors

Trail Partners

The Community Nordic Trails Program is made possible by partnerships with: