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Big Sky, Montana is known for its big mountain skiing, but these mountains are also prime for some big snowmobile adventures. Think open meadows, steep climbs, deep snow and breathtaking views. The most popular ride takes you along Buck Creek Ridge with 360 degree views of the Spanish Peaks, the Taylor-Hildegard Mountain Range, Lone Peak and the rugged Sphinx Mountain. The photo op alone is worth the ride. These 16 miles of trail are both marked and maintained (they are generally groomed twice a week), and the trailhead is easily accessible, located next to the Corral Bar and Grill off of US 191. Experienced riders can head out with ease, but guided tours are available through Canyon Adventures and Alpine Adventures. Both companies can take you to numerous trails in the area. Serious riders may want to check out the Big Sky Trail which starts at Little Bear Creek outside of Bozeman and traverses 123 miles through the mountains to West Yellowstone, Montana. This north to south trail runs through the Gallatin and Madison mountain ranges, complete with deep canyons, thick forests, open meadows and gorgeous mountain passes. This is challenging backcountry sledding, and a trip here requires careful planning and knowledgeable partners. A snowmobile vacation in Big Sky doesn’t stop with snowmobiling. This is the perfect time to explore other winter adventures. Downhill skiing at Big Sky Resort offers terrain for every ability. Consider a stay at Lone Mountain Ranch for Nordic skiing, fine dining or a sleigh ride dinner. If you haven’t tried ziplining, you may be surprised at how thrilling it is to rip through the trees suspended in air, and for a truly unique adventure, give dogsledding a try. All this excitement is sure to work up your appetite, and Big Sky is home to some amazing restaurants. You’ll find everything from fat steaks and juicy burgers to authentic Thai cuisine and fresh sushi. Even if retail therapy isn’t your thing, allow a little time to explore the local shops. The local art, jewelry and leather goods are so unique, you may just want to take a little piece of Montana home with you. For more information, go to visityellowstonecountry.com and visitbigsky.com.