Your Guide to Cross-Country Skiing in Montana

What’s the best way to explore the snowy winter landscapes of Montana? Cross-country skiing! This sport is the perfect option for those that want to opt out of intense downhill ski trips. To experience the best Montana cross-country skiing, head to Big Sky 

When you visit Big Sky, stay at the best hotel in the area—The Wilson Hotel. We’re located in the heart of all the excitement, so you can try your hand at all the big winter sports and activities. From dog sledding to snowboarding to snowmobiling, Big Sky has it all.  

Big Sky Winter Activities Guide 

Where to Find the Best Cross-Country Skiing in Montana 

Keep reading to learn about the best cross-country skiing trails near Big Sky, MT!  

Lone Mountain Ranch 

For over 100 years, Lone Mountain Ranch has provided authentic American Western adventures paired with warmth and hospitality. When you partake in one of their excursions, you’ll feel like you’re traveling back in time and experiencing old-school Montana.  

When it comes to backcountry skiing, Lone Mountain Ranch has been voted as the #1 Nordic Skiing Destination in North America. Their friendly and knowledgeable guides will lead you through 85 kilometers of breathtaking woodland trails and mountain terrain. Whether you’re a beginner or hardcore skier, Lone Mountain Ranch has the perfect experience for you.  

If you prefer to explore the well-groomed trails of the Gallatin National Forest on your own, the ranch also offers trail passes for the day or whole season. Their day passes start at $30, and the season passes begin at $195.  

Yellowstone National Park 

west yellowstone national park winter

The Wilson Hotel is only about 50 miles from West Yellowstone, which receives over 150 inches of snow a year and is a paradise for cross-country skiers. The trail systems are groomed weekly and are ideal for skiers of all ski levels.  

Some of the best cross-country skiing trails in West Yellowstone include the Rendezvous Ski Trails and Riverside Trail. If you’re exploring Mother Nature with your furry companion, the Boundary Ski and Snowshoe Trail is dog-friendly. As you move through the picturesque park, you’ll catch sights of hot springslocal wildlife, towering mountains, flowing rivers, and more.  

Cross-Country Ski Gear Rentals 

If you’re looking to rent top-notch gear for your Montana cross-country skiing expeditions, The Wilson Hotel is located near some fantastic outfitters. Check out Grizzly Outfitters in Town Center or Big Sky Sports Rentals for all your winter sports needs.  

Spend Your Winter at the Wilson Hotel 


An unforgettable winter adventure is within reach when you stay with us at The Wilson Hotel. We provide modern functionality paired with sophisticated mountain living, and our charming staff is waiting to welcome you. When it comes to luxurious hotels in Big Sky, The Wilson Hotel is your most impressive option. Our hotel offers incredible amenities, convenient access to the area’s most exciting activities, and spacious accommodations 

The Wilson Hotel is the best place to stay in Big Sky. Check our availability and book your stay with us today. We can’t wait to host you!  

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