Backcountry Skiing


Big Sky & Bozeman’s most experienced ski guides.   Offering backcountry powder skiing, avalanche education, guided peak skiing, and overnight trips near Bozeman, Big Sky, Silver Gate, and Yellowstone National Park.  Backcountry ski options include trips for the complete beginner to advanced skiers with in 30 minutes of Bozeman & Big Sky.  We are the only ski guide service permitted to operate in areas near Bozeman in the coveted Hyalite Canyon.  With reliable snow fall from December through May this area is renowned for its spectacular backcountry ski options for all levels of experience.  All MAG guides are American Avalanche Association PRO members, Level 2 Avalanche training, medical training, and many have AMGA certifications in addition to years of first hand experience in our local terrain.

 *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 Bozeman.  Hyalite Canyon skiing is a renowned backcountry ski destination among locals and MAG is one of the only ski guide services permitted to operate in this spectacular drainage.  The options range from peak ski objectives to powder stashes in the trees and meadows. Contact us for details.
      BIG SKY BACKCOUNTRY SKIING:  Just 25-45 minutes south of Big Sky we offer powder skiing tours in Yellowstone National Park.  Locations include shorter approaches to great skiing up to longer all day tours deep in Yellowstone NP.  We customize each trip to fit your groups distinct abilities and ambitions.  All trips are private outings.  Any tour in the park is a memorable experience whether seeking powder turns, wildlife, or grand vistas.  The terrain varies from alpine meadows, tree skiing, and peaks depending on interests and abilities.

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Duration & Experience

Duration: 4-8 hours.  All trips are custom to fit your group.  You decide when to meet your guide and when you want to turn around.   We plan the ski tour around your preferences.

Beginner to Advanced
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.
Avalanche Safety Packs: Backpack, beacon, shovel, & probe
Rent from MAG: $50/person/day
Buy online from MAG

Mammut transceiver, shovel, probe and backpack, G3 Snow Saw.

Backcountry Skis:
AT Skis, Telemark Skis, or Split boards with skins, poles, and touring boots. ($65-$95/day)
Big Sky: Grizzly Outfitters (skis only) | 406-551-9470 (open 8am-8pm daily)
Bozeman: Split Boards – World Boards (Bozeman) | (406) 587-1707. (For backcountry ski rentals in Bozeman contact MAG directly)
All mandatory gear can be rented for your backcountry ski day if you don’t have your own.    Ski rental locations are in Big Sky or Bozeman, MT and should be picked up the night prior to your outing.
MAG ski guides are the most experienced and skilled ski guides in this region with ski experience from MT, Alaska, to S. America.  All lead MAG ski guides are American Avalanche Association PRO members,  have Level 2 Avalanche Training, and medical training.  Many guides also have AMGA certifications in this discipline.  In addition all guides have years of first hand experience in our local ski guiding terrain.   You can’t find a better set of ski guides.

Course Duration

Day Trips: 4-8 hours

Multi-day tours available


1:1- $425
2:1- $550
3:1- $675
4:1- $800
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.