Aside from skiing, Big Sky is still a mountain paradise, with countless other winter activities. If you take a trip to Big Sky this winter and take a day off skiing, try out some of the top 10 non skiing activities in Big Sky.

For more information on planning an entire trip, see our Guide To Winter In Big Sky With Kids and Guide to Winter in Big Sky Without Kids.

Non Skiing Activities In Big Sky

Because the town is in the heart of the mountains, there are many non skiing activities in Big Sky. There are activities for every kind of person, from families looking for an afternoon playing in the snow to couples looking for a relaxing day off the slopes.


If you are with children on your vacation, consider going sledding with the family on a nearby hillside. Big Sky has hills perfect for sledding everywhere and when you stay in a Saddle Ridge Rentals/Moonlight Rentals property, sleds are provided.

Ice Skating

The Big Sky Town Center features an ice skating rink that can be used during the day or night. Rent ice skates at Cristy Sports and test your skills on the ice.

Ice skating is one of many non skiing activities in big sky


Big Sky is surrounded by public land and trails going every direction into the mountains. Grizzly Outfitters also rents snowshoes and is more than happy to help you find a great trail to hike.

snowshoing is a great non skiing activity in big sky

Cross Country Skiing

Big Sky is most known for its downhill skiing. But the area is are also world-renown for its cross country skiing. Lone Mountain Ranch has 85 km of groomed trails ready to be explored.


Yellowstone National Park in the winter means fewer people, more snow, and closed roads. This winter paradise allows visitors to see the park in an amazing and unique way! There are many different ways to access the park including:

  • Snowmobile
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Snowcoach
  • Driving Through The North Gate

See our blog post about Yellowstone in the Winter to learn more.

Snowcoaches Are The Most Comfortable Way To Travel Yellowstone In The Winter


Snowmobiling tours and rentals are offered in Big Sky and in Yellowstone (45 minutes away). Ride hundreds of miles of groomed trails through the mountains. Snowmobile rentals are another great way to experience Big Sky.

snowmobiling is one of the many non skiing activities in big sky

Sleigh Rides

Enjoy an afternoon or evening sleigh ride with lunch or dinner. There are 3 sleigh ride operations in Big Sky:


Dog Sledding

Enjoy an experience of a lifetime, when you take a tour by dog sled of beautiful Big Sky Country. Check out Spirit of the North Dog Sledding Adventures, all tours begin in Moonlight Basin – only moments from Saddle Ridge Rentals/Moonlight Rentals properties.



After a couple of days of skiing rejuvenate yourself with a Massage/Spa treatment at one of Big Sky’s Best Spas. These spas are both high quality and very professional:


Beer Tasting

The Big Sky and Bozeman area has over 10 breweries creating unique and delicious beer. Take a trip to some of the best breweries and try their signature brews. See our blog post about the best breweries in the area HERE. We recommend trying:

  • Beehive Brewing in Big Sky
  • Bridger Brewing in Bozeman
  • MAP Brewing in Bozeman

Let us know if you make it to any of these activities during your Big Sky vacation! Enjoy your winter adventure in Big Sky! And stay safe out there!

For more information about Big Sky see our other blog posts at The Best of Big Sky Blog.

Looking for lodging in the Big Sky/Yellowstone area? Check out Moonlight Vacation Rentals, the best vacation rental company around, offering beautiful 2, 3, and 4 bedroom cabins, condos, and homes.