Backcountry Skiing Goose Creek Meadows in Bozeman, MT

During the winter season, Goose Creek provides a quick fix for backcountry skiing enthusiasts. It's easily accessible being approximately 20 minutes from downtown Bozeman (off of Trail Creek Road), although Goose Creek Road is not plowed regularly so 4-WD is HIGHLY recommended. But then again, with winter in Montana, a four-wheel drive is never a bad idea. 

The hike up is pretty forgiving, following a forest road most of the way, and this area is well-traveled during the winter. The distance to the summit is 1.7 miles give or take. My girl and I can make it up in 90 minutes and we're not exactly greased lightning when we tour (but that lies on me), so a motivated individual could probably be up, down, and on the way home in that amount of time. The slope angles are mellow so avalanches aren't a big concern and it's a great place to bring someone new to touring. It's not always perfect conditions, due to its aspect the meadow can get a little on the crusty side, but it's getting some turns, some great exercise, and it beats the hell out of sitting on the couch.

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