Winter Sports

Choose from the following to find a site: Photo of ski hill covered in snow showing runs.


The scenic mountains of Montana attract a range of recreationists during the winter. Snowmobiling, back-country skiing, down-hill skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing and ice fishing are some of the ways recreation users enjoy the winter environment.

Avalanche Information

View our current conditions information webpage (expand the "Avalanche and Snowpack" section) to get the latest avalanche and snowpack information for the Kootenai National Forest


232 miles of designated groomed snowmobile trails and thousands of acres of open play areas are found on the Kootenai. The Montana State Snowmobile Association lists local clubs on their website. This web site contains information on groomed snowmobile trails and events throughout the state.

Registration Requirements

In Montana, snowmobiles operating on public land must be registered and display decal sticker. Visit the Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks for more information required for residents and non-residents.

Snowmobile Trails List

To find a trail, visit our snowmobile webpage or view/download our Snowmobile Trail List Summary Sheet [PDF, 285k]

Downhill Skiing

Turner Mountain Ski Area North of Libby covers 1000 acres, with 22 named runs. At any given time more than 50% of the runs are groomed.

Cross-Country Skiing

There are seven areas that offer more than 23 miles of intermittently groomed or groomed cross-country ski trails. No attempt is being made, however, to identify all possible Cross country ski areas. Cross country skiers are free to go anywhere they choose on the National Forests.

Cross Country Skiing Trails List


The Forest is open to snowshoeing on winter roads closed by snow, nordic ski trails, and frozen lakes and snow covered trails.

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities