Backcountry Skiing


Montana Alpine Guides offers guided backcountry ski tours near Bozeman, Big Sky, Cooke City/Silver Gate, and Yellowstone National Park.  With reliable snow fall from December through May this area is renowned for its spectacular backcountry ski options for all levels of experience. See below for more details on our guided backcountry ski trips or contact us for more information.

 *All ski trip locations are subject to change according to weather and snow pack conditions.
Backcountry Ski Locations
  • Hyalite Canyon is a 30-45 minute drive from downtown Bozeman, making it one of the most easily accessible backcountry ski locations to town. Hyalite Canyon skiing is located in located in the middle of the Custer Gallatin National Forest with little to no sign of development. The options range from peak ski objectives to powder stashes in the trees and meadows.
  • Yellowstone National Park including backcountry ski areas just south of Big Sky and backcountry ski areas north of Cooke City/Silver Gate, Montana.  Any tour in the park is a memorable experience whether seeking to wildlife or grand vistas.  The terrain varies from alpine meadows, tree skiing, and couloirs depending on interests and abilities. Contact us for details.
Duration & Experience

Full day trips to multi-day trips. Lodging is not included but can be arranged through private lodges and cabins. This can make for an unforgettable 2-4 day backcountry ski trip.

Beginner to Advanced
You will be expected to provide your own equipment and/or reserve and rent necessary gear for your trip. Reservations are highly recommended. Most backcountry ski gear can be rented locally in Big Sky or Bozeman, MT and should be picked up the night prior to your outing.

Big Sky: Grizzly Outfitters (skis only) | 406-551-9470 (open 8am-8pm daily)
Bozeman: Split Boards – World Boards (Bozeman) | (406) 587-1707. (There are no current backcountry ski rental locations in town.)
All Montana Alpine Guides who guide our backcountry ski trips are intimately familiar with the terrain in which we guide. They are trained up to Avalanche II at the very least as well as training in WFR – Wilderness First Responder. You can’t ask for a better set of ski guides for this region.

Course Duration

Full Day to Multi Day


1:1- $395
2:1- $520
3:1- $645
4:1- $770
Rates do not include 3.5% land use charge.

All backcountry ski trips into Yellowstone NP northwest entrance require an additional $100 charge to cover travel/mileage from Bozeman, MT. All ski trips near Yellowstone NP northeast entrance will be billed as custom trips due to long drive times and lodging requirements.