If you’re looking for an epic winter playground, Missoula should be on your radar. Offering an abundance of activities for thrill-seekers and casual adventurers alike.


Missoula is a gateway to some incredible ski resorts that cater to skiers and snowboarders of all levels. Just a short drive away, you’ll find locally owned and operated ski areas like Snowbowl, Lost Trail, and Discovery Ski Area. These resorts offer diverse terrain and an authentic Montana experience.

Montana Snowbowl
Approximately 30 minute drive from The Wren

Discovery Ski Area
Approximately 1hr 30 minute drive from The Wren

Lost Trail Ski Area
Approximately 1hr 50 minute drive from The Wren

Backcountry Skiing

Missoula is an excellent destination for backcountry skiing, with its proximity to the Bitterroot Mountains and the Rattlesnake Wilderness. The region offers a diverse range of backcountry terrain, allowing skiers to explore untouched snow and embrace the solitude of the mountains.

Backcountry skiing comes with its own set of risks and challenges. Before venturing out, it’s crucial to have the necessary knowledge and skills, including avalanche awareness, route finding, and proper equipment. It’s highly recommended to consider hiring a local guide who can provide valuable expertise and ensure a safer experience.


The Bitterroot Valley, just south of Missoula, offers a variety of snowmobiling trails and terrain.

Skalkaho Snowpark
The Skalkaho Snowmobile Trail system provides over 50 miles of groomed snowmobile trails and endless backcountry terrain.

Lolo Pass
Starting at Lolo Hot Springs or at the summit of Lolo Pass, you’ll find nearly 250 miles of interconnected trails offer great snowmobiling access to the Lolo and Clearwater National Forests.

Lost Trail Pass
At the southern end of the valley near the Idaho/Montana border, there is a series of trails and forest service access the Lost Trail Pass. Parking is available just east of the ski area on Hwy 43.


From Rainbow Park to Blue Mountain and all the great places in between, Missoula has a variety of sledding hills for kids and adults alike.

  • Rainbow Park & Nicole Park
    Located on the south end of town and just off of Linda Vista Blvd, this park is a hidden gem for sledding in Missoula.
  • Wapikiya Park
    On the south side of town, this park is easy to find on any map of Missoula and features smaller hills for little ones, and a larger hill for those looking for a speedier ride.
  • University of Montana Golf Course
    Sled the base of Mount Sentinel at the UM Golf Course. There’s a small hill for young kids, and steeper descents for those that want them.
  • Blue Mountain
    Take Blue Mountain Road and follow it past the upper parking lot for trails.

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