As Montana’s Basecamp for Art and Adventure, Great Falls is centrally located to some of the best things to do in Montana in the winter: skiing – alpine, downhill, and cross country – being one of the most popular. Other wintertime favorites include snowboarding, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, ice fishing, skijoring, and more – you won’t run out of adventures out here.
Note: As of December 2020, many ski areas have alternative schedules and open times, so call ahead before you hit the road to the hills.
Skiing not your forte? No worries, there are endless other possibilities for having fun in the sun snow.
Take in the beauty of Montana’s scenery and wildlife, from frozen lakes to snow-capped mountain and billy goats, with a cross country ski or snowshoeing day trip. You can rent skis and snowshoes from one of several outfitters in town and hit the road as the sun rises. Silver Crest is a fan favorite for cross country skiing and snowshoeing – we promise, the views are like you’ve never seen.
If you’re an adrenaline junkie, snowmobiling is a pastime you’ll love from the start. Teton Pass, Belt, and King’s Hill in the Little Belt Mountains are great places to start with hundred of miles of trails between them.
If you’re into fishing, you’ll have to try your hand at ice fishing. Layer up in your warmest gear and head to Holter Lake, Canyon Ferry, Lake Elwell, among others.
The Great Falls Ice Plex is a favorite for ice skaters and hockey fans of all ages. The Ice Plex is also home to the Great Falls Americans, a North American 3HL team.