Spring Break 2014: What to do in Bozeman

If you are like me and have issues planning ahead or remembering what you are going to be doing if you made plans, this spring break may have seemed to sneak up on you. That’s right, spring break is next week. If you don’t have plans and you are going to be here in Bozeman, that could just be a little too much hang out time. Instead of succumbing to the feeling that you’ve done nothing and been wasting away your spring break, here is a checklist of awesome day activities around Bozeman.

 Downhill Skiing: Bozeman is known for its skiing in the winter. With Bridger Bowl and Big Sky so close, there are plenty of skiers around. Whether you are a big skier or not, skiing is a great way to get out over spring break to have a good time. If you don’t have equipment, don’t sweat it because there are plenty of places to rent equipment for a day of skiing at the ski hill and at various sporting goods stores here in town.

 Cross-Country Skiing: Cross-country skiing is both a workout and a blast. Not only is it a great exercise when you are pumping up hills or on flat terrain, but it is also pretty awesome to glide across the snow on cross-country skis. There are many different places around Bozeman  to go skiing including up Sourdough Canyon, Hyalite Canyon and on various other trails nearby.  If you are new to cross-country skiing or don’t have your own skis, the ASMSU Outdoor Recreation Program offers packages for only $12 per day or $15 for a weekend.

Snowshoeing: If you enjoy hiking in the summer and haven’t been able to go because of the snow and cold, snowshoeing is the perfect alternative. It may not be quite the same and is a little tricky when you first start, but once you get the hang of it, snowshoeing isn’t too different. When you go out snowshoeing, you can hit up your favorite summer hiking spots and there are many trails up Hyalite, in the Bridgers or basically any other nearby mountain. As far as where to get snowshoe gear, there are many places in Bozeman to rent from in addition to the ASMSU Outdoor Recreation Program.

Ice Skating: I can’t say I’m great at ice skating, but I would be the first to say it is an enjoyable pastime. In Bozeman, there are multiple places to go ice skating including the Beall rink, South Side rink and Bogert rink. All three of these rinks are free and open to the public from noon to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. If you have your own ice skates, you can go skate whenever you want, but if you need to rent skates, once again the ASMSU Outdoor Recreation Center is a great place to rent skates for only $4 per day.

There are many options for spring break in Bozeman. However, if cold weather activities aren’t appealing to you, there’s always Cabo.