Where Should I Go Ski?

Sunset Hills: Pisten Bully groomed for classic and skate

Highland Glen: Pisten Bully groomed for classic and skate

Sourdough Canyon: Ginzu groomed to near Wild Horse Junction before mechanical breakdown ended grooming effort. Moser Divide not groomed.

Bridger Creek Golf Course: No report


New MAPS in Hyalite!

Our partners at Friends of Hyalite and the USFS Bozeman Ranger District were busy over the weekend!

”  These “you are here” signs can be found at many of the trail junctions this winter and will be a great addition to the Nordic trail system around the Hyalite Reservoir. Pick up our new trail map at one of the many retail locations in Bozeman and Livingston and go xc skiing, ice climbing, or backcountry skiing!  ”

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Be Thankful…but also Call on Ullr!

The Trail Ambassador Program has just wrapped up it’s 4th season on the trails…Wow time flies when you’re having fun!  We are very THANKFUL for all of the support of our volunteers and partners over that time.  Just for a little reflection, let’s take a quick look at some stats.

  •   10 program partners
  • Over 20 volunteer ambassadors
  • 210 outings made on area trails
  • Volunteers spent 507 hours lending their time on the trails
  • Interactions and resources shared with nearly 5k trail users!

All that said, we are now gearing up for another successful season on the snow –  after we finish “stuffing” our faces with a hearty Thanksgiving meal of course.

The Trail Ambassador Partners and Volunteers would like to give a special  thank you to all of our area trail users.  Thanks for being Courteous, and Respectful of our wonderful trail system, as well as our fellow trail users.  We are after all – in this together!!!

Snow is in the forecast, so let’s make sure to urge Ullr to do his thing.  As the snow starts to fly our friends and partners at Bridger Ski Foundation want to remind users of:

Ski Trail Etiquette

With all the people sharing the Lindley Park, Highland Glen Nature Preserve, Bridger Creek Golf Course, Bozeman Creek/Sourdough Canyon and Hyalite Canyon ski trails, BSF encourages skiers to be respectful and follow these tips on ski trail etiquette:

Please . . .

1.  Be aware of whether or not the trail is designated for multi-use. (See chart below.)

2.  Do not walk/run on groomed ski trails unless it is a multi-user trail (Sourdough/Hyalite).

3.  Dog owners are responsible for keeping their animals safe and under control, and must remove any dropping on the trails.

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

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

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

7.  Do not ski the wrong way on one way trails.  Keep to the right on two-way trails.

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

9.  Respect private property and the guidelines for each venue.

10.  Respect the wildlife.

11.  If you fall, please get off the trail as soon as you can.

12.  Please let others know that you are approaching them from behind by politely calling out “on you left.”

13.  If you are skiing fast and come upon slower skiers, please reduce your speed while you pass on their left, and then take off again once you have safely passed them.  Think of other skiers as yield signs.

14.  Fill in sitzmarks (disturbed snow left when you fall)

15.  Downhill skiers have the right-of-way.

16.  Please park at the Softball Complex/recycling parking lot off Highland Blvd. when skiing on the Lindley Park and Highland Glen Nature Preserve trails–do not park in the Lindley Center, hospital, or the professional buildings off Ellis St. parking lots.

17.  Buy a Community Nordic Trails Pass to support cross country skiing today!

And finally, say hi the Gallatin Valley Trail Ambassadors, who are working hard to reduce trail user conflict and provide good information to trail users.

Thank you!


GVLT and City of Bozeman Online Trail Map!!

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Trail users will now have information for their next outdoor adventure at their fingertips. We’ve partnered with the City of Bozeman to launch the first Main Street to the Mountains digital trail map. Until now, the only official trail map was printed and sold at retailers around town. It was challenging to keep the printed map up to date since new trails are being added quickly as Bozeman grows. Now, residents and visitors alike will be able to explore the most up-to-date map of the 80+ miles of trail in and around Bozeman with the click of a button.

The new map, developed by the City of Bozeman GIS Department, can be accessed from a desktop computer, tablet, or phone. The map user gets to choose from a number of layers which shows trail features such as trail surface, off-leash dog areas, bathrooms, parking areas, playgrounds, climbing boulders, benches, picnic tables and more. The map allows users to track mileage for customized trail routes that can then be saved and shared with friends and family. When using the map on a mobile device, the GPS locate feature allows users to see their location on the map and help navigate through tricky connections.

Home buyers, sellers, and realtors will find the map helpful by selecting areas of town to pull up a populated list of all the parks and trails in the area. Unlike a paper map, the digital map can zoom so users can focus in on areas with extensive trail networks. For those that are less technologically inclined, video tutorials of how to use the map are located on the GVLT website and the trail map site.

“At GVLT, we’re proud of the work we’ve done with the City of Bozeman to expand the trail system. But we know that our work doesn’t stop there. This new digital trail map will make the trails more accessible and easier to navigate for more people in our community”, says GVLT Executive Director Penelope Pierce.

The Main Street to the Mountains trail map is still sold in printed form at retailers around town for $3.

Click here for Web Map tutorial videos.


Copper City Trails Proposal

The Southwest Montana Mountain Bike Association (SWMMBA), the new governing body of the Dirt Concern of the Gallatin Valley Bicycle Club, has some exciting news to share! We have put forth a proposal to the BLM to construct 17+ miles of singletrack trails on a large piece of public land northwest of Three Forks. The proposal includes trails for all abilities and skill levels, from kid-friendly and beginner paths, to technical xc loops and downhill-specific trails. The proposal also includes flow trails, dirt jumps, and a pump track! These trails would be open to hikers, bikers, and trail runners.

We are advocating for the BLM’s proposed action—and we need your help! We are currently in the environmental assessment period, and it is far from complete. Here is what YOU can do to help us make this happen:

1. Write an email or letter
This is absolutely critical, and we need to act quickly, as the public comment period ends on August 15th! We need to be heard en masse. Please take a few minutes to check out the link to the proposal, above, and write an email or letter to the addresses below and tell all of your pedaling pals to follow suit. It is critical to tell the BLM why you support this proposal – just wanting it doesn’t carry enough weight to make this happen. Please read the guidelines, below, before submitting your comments for review.

Are beginner-friendly trails important to you?
The boost to rural economy?
Downhill, bike-only trails?
Dirt jumps?
Somewhere to ride in early spring/late fall?
Somewhere closer than Lewis and Clark Caverns?
Fatbike singletrack all winter?

2. Stay Tuned
If the plan is approved, it will require our entire mountain biking community to rally behind it. Follow the “Copper City Trails” Facebook page. Share this with every biker/hiker you know in the region. Watch for fundraising events and trail work days. Tell your friends. We can get this done in a Bozeman fashion with our ardent drive and our friends. Please join us on this rocky ride, and wish us all some luck!

3. Attend the BLM public meeting
The BLM will be putting on a public meeting in Three Forks on Wednesday, July 27th from 5-7 pm at the Three Forks Methodist church annex, located at 116 Cedar street. Please join if you’d like to learn more about this proposal or to make your voice heard.
Please submit your comments to the following:

Brad Colin

Snail Mail:
BLM Butte Field Office
106 N. Parkmont
Butte, MT 59701

To be considered, all comments must contain the name and address of the submitter. Before including your address, phone number, e-mail address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, you should be aware that your entire comment—including your personal identifying information—may be made publicly available at any time. While commenters can request that their personal identifying information be withheld from public review, the BLM cannot guarantee that it will be able to do so.

If you have any questions specific to our proposal, or would like to get involved, please message us or email:

Tim Hawke