Winter on Ice

Winter on Ice

Overton, Mitch
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In Bozeman, many of us not only look forward to the arrival of Old Man Winter, we spend months preparing by saving money for passes and gear, mentally planning Ridge runs, scheduling work vacations, taping hockey sticks—and just plain getting giddy. Here are a few new programs to look forward to this winter. 

Curling

That’s right: throwing stones and sweeping the ice is coming to Bozeman this winter. Parks and Rec is partnering with the Bozeman Amateur Hockey Association (BAHA) to offer Bozeman’s first-ever curling clinic and league. Space is limited, so don’t wait—contact Parks and Rec for more info.

Transceiver Training

We partner with the Friends of the Gallatin National Forest Avalanche Center to teach two of the best FREE avalanche awareness/transceiver training classes available. The first class is scheduled for January 16 from 6-7:30pm. A women’s specific class will be held on February 6 from 6-7:30pm; both classes are held at Beall’s Beacon Park. These classes are free and offer first-class instruction. Please pre-register as space is limited.

Free Public Ice Rinks

Bozeman Parks and Rec continues to offer public skating and on-ice programs at the outdoor rinks at Bogert Park, Beall, and Southside Park. This season, we offer the new Wild Ice Initiative, designed to introduce kids and adults to the fundamentals of hockey and skating. Be on the lookout for the Wild Ice Initiative trailer at your local rink this winter. Ice rinks are free for everyone, and open as soon as weather permits; call the Rink Line at 582-2905.

Additional In-Town Nordic Trails

The Bridger Ski Foundation, Gallatin Valley Land Trust, and the City of Bozeman have partnered to open four new miles of Nordic trails at the new Highland Glenn Nature Preserve. This area is open due to a generous partnership with Bozeman Deaconess Hospital, so play respectfully for continued use. The main trailhead is located at the corner of Highland and Ellis.

All these new offerings make us grateful for the partnerships that make the programs possible. Be sure to show your appreciation to these groups and organizations for helping make Bozeman such a great place to live. Old Man Winter? Come on in!

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