crosscut mountain sports center
CROSS COUNTRY SKIING AND SNOWSHOEING
16621 Bridger Canyon Road, Bozeman, MT 59715
The Crosscut Mountain Sports Center is in Bozeman, MT next to the alpine ski area Bridger Bowl and is a popular XC ski day area only 16 miles from Bozeman. This non-profit organization is a year round recreational sports training and educational facility provides access to human powered outdoor activities. There are 50 km of high quality groomed trails for classic and skate skiing on private and Forest Service land. Located in the Bridger Mountains, the center includes a biathlon range and includes the former Bohart Ranch and will be home to the Bridger Biathlon Club.
The center is open 7 days a week from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM from Dec 1 – end of March depending on snow conditions. Each season pass holder will receive one complimentary voucher for one free adult daily trail pass to bring a friend.
The former Bohart Ranch was founded in 1987 and named after its former owners. It is known for its wide 15-foot trail width and impeccable trail grooming. At 6,100 foot elevation there are no altitude problems. A new Pisten Bully 100 and snowmobile drag groomers will provide snowcat groomed trails for classic tracks and skating.
Trail fees are $20 for adults aged 19 and older, and daily trail fees for 12-18 year olds are $10. Skiers under age 12 ski free. The Crosscut organization has partnered with Rossignol to provide rental equipment for the Winter Ecology learn-to-ski program this year, but there will be no rental equipment available to the public this season. Bikes and dogs are not allowed on the trails.
One of the most unique programs for kids is the Adventure in Winter Ecology (AWE), which is an active and fun-filled discovery based learning experience featuring science and games on skis, lunch on the trail, and hands-on exploration. After a short snack break on the snow, students are divided into small groups for a ski tour led by a Crosscut ski instructor who capitalizes on teachable moments and terrain to refine ski skills and to introduce environmental / outdoor education concepts.
In the coming year or two, the Crosscut Mountain Sports Center plans to be a year-round recreational and educational center for the Bozeman community with hiking, XC skiing, snowshoeing, mountain biking and fat biking, biathlon, adaptive sports, and outdoor education.
Directions: From I-90 the Main Street Exit to downtown Bozeman. One mile turn right onto Rouse Ave. North which becomes Bridger Canyon Road (Hwy 86) for 16.6 miles. Crosscut Mountain Sports Center is past mile marker 16 on the left. From the airport, turn left on Frontage Road and go 10 miles. At the 2nd set of stoplights, turn left onto Griffin Drive, go 1 mile and turn left on Rouse Ave. North and follow as above.