Temperatures have comfortably settled into the 30s and 40s here in Missoula. Snow is starting to accumulate in the mountains, and snow sport enthusiasts are waxing their skis and plumping their down parkas in anticipation of their first outing. They won’t have long to wait.
Each winter we host many skiers, snowshoers, and snowmobilers at our Missoula Bed and Breakfast. Some spend a night or two and then head off in search of more snowy trails. Some spend a week or more and explore every inch of the trails around Missoula. We welcome one and all.
Opening day at the nearby Montana Snowbowl is set for November 26, 2011. Mother Nature has to cooperate, of course, and as yet there is no real snow on the mountain. We’re hopeful that there will be by the end of the month.
There is a dusting of snow up on Lolo Pass, so the Lolo Pass Snowmobile Trail should be open within a month’s time. From the Lolo Pass Trail, snowmobilers can access some 250 miles of trails through the Lolo and Clearwater National Forest. The trails are open to nordic skiers and snowshoers as well.
The annual Yellowstone Ski Festival is set for Thanksgiving Week in West Yellowstone, Montana. Nordic skiers of all levels – from novices to Olympians – will share trails and participate in clinics. If you’re heading there from parts west, we hope you’ll spend night or two at our Missoula Bed and Breakfast, which is about 4.5 hours from West Yellowstone.