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Montana, the Northwest's most eastern state, is no slouch when it comes to offering prime opportunities for winter recreation. Considered a haven for both Nordic skiing and backcountry snowshoeing, the state's winter recreation areas are spread from border to border and conveniently located near many cities and major transportation systems.

Big Sky, located near Bozeman, is Montana's premier ski resort. It has more than 3,500 acres and offers 150 runs, with a major portion dedicated to expert-level skiers. While Big Sky is known for its size, it true claim to fame like many of Montana's ski areas, is the minimal wait time at lifts. With more than 12 lifts, it can shuttle 20,000 skiers an hour. Big Sky's mountain village offers dining, accommodations and shopping opportunities.

Big Mountain, located near Whitefish, is equipped with more than 90 runs and 11 lifts at a top elevation of 7,000 feet and base of 4,500. It offers several clinics and lessons, including telemark, snowboard and Nordic skiing. Situated close to the Canadian border, it overlooks Glacier National Park. It also has ample dining facilities on the mountain.

For those who enjoy the smaller, more intimate ski areas, there is a variety to choose from in Montana. Blacktail Mountain, near the northwest corner of the state, has 24 groomed trails and access to approximately 1,000 acres of National Forest land. Montana Snowbowl, 12 miles northwest of Missoula, is equipped with 39 trails and four lifts.

For the Nordic skier, there is a wide range of terrain from private ski resorts to US Forest land trails. The list of public trail sites reads like a state travel guide, with more than nine public trail systems spread throughout Montana's legendary wilderness areas. Some of Montana's public lands are also accessible by snowshoe and snowmobile.

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