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Cross-Country Skiing and Snowshoeing at Bohart Ranch

- 16621 Bridger Canyon Road, Bozeman MT 59715

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Bohart Ranch (www.bohartranchxcski.com, 406-586-9070) is in Bozeman, MT next to the alpine ski area Bridger Bowl and is a popular cross-country ski day area only 16 miles from Bozeman. There are 29 km of high quality groomed trails for classic and skate skiing on private and Forest Service land. Located in the Bridger Mountains, Bohart Ranch includes a biathlon range, snowshoe trails and the Kiddy Kilometer Trail, which is a signed interpratative trail.

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.

Trail fees are $15 for adults and fees for 7-12 year olds are only $8. Skiers over 70 and under 6 years old ski free. Rental equipment is $15 for adults and $10 forr kids aged 12 or younger. XC skating equipment is $20 and snowshoes are $15.

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There are children instruction and other lesson programs every day of the week. Classic and skate lessons during the week at 10-11:30 AM while on the weekends the lessons start at 10 AM or 1 PM. They are $25 for lesson and trail pass or $35 for package that includes the lesson, rental gear, and the trail pass. Private lessons are offered three times dialy and four times on the weekends at $40 or $30 each for two more more people. Five time lesson packages are $160.

The Adventure in Winter Ecology (AWE), which is partnered with the Montana Outdoor Science School and features games on skis, lunch on the trail, and hands-on exploration. It starts at 9:30 AM for $14. There is also a Half Day program for $8 per child.

The 5-week programs are $50 and they include a Classic Clinic; Adult Women's Beginner Skate Clinics, and Women's Intermediate Skate Clinics; Adult Co Ed skate/classic program, Youth program for 5th-8th graders. Check the Web site for specific times and schedules.

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A full schedule of races and special events scheduled throughout the winter including a Nordic Fest on Jan 11 with free lessons, rentals, and trail privileges at 10 AM - 1:30 PM. In the summer, Bohart Ranch hosts weddings and meetings and there is mountain biking, horseback riding, Summer Biathlon and Frisbee Golf. CCSAA member

RIDE the STREAMLINE BUS TO BOHART - FREE! Weekend and holiday days from Dec 12 arriving at 8:50 AM, 12:40 PM, and 2:20 PM. Departs from Bohart at 11:15 AM, 1:05 PM and 4 PM.

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. Bohart 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 miles and turn left on Rouse Ave. North and follow as above.