When I started writing this post, green grass patches were appearing all over.  Robins singing, blackbirds chattering amongst themselves.  Then, more snow. If you live in Montana, you know all weather is fleeting this time of year.  You'll be back at it soon enough, so take this short break to plan your attack as soon as this latest storm melts away.

1.  20 slides in 20 seconds at Pecha Kucha.

When:  April 18th and 19th

Where: Ellen Theatre, downtown Bozeman

What: Each presenter has that much time to tell their story, from a mountain climber who nearly lost his life in Nepal, to the joy of living in Antarctica to musings from a former mayor.

Tip: Park in the downtown garage on Mendenhall and drop in for open mike night across the street at Wild Joe's Coffee Spot before the event.


2.  Pick a trail, any trail with the Gallatin Valley Land Trust Trail Map.

When: Your choice

Where: Gallatin Valley Trail system

What: Decide if you want to be near a stream, overlooking the city or tucked away in the trees.  Then go forth and wander.

Tip: Weekday evenings this time of year tend to be less crowded than weekends, so bust out of your hibernation habits and grab some fresh air for 30 minutes this weeil


3.  Get your blood pumping with the Big Sky Pond Skim.

When:  April 21st

Where:  Big Sky Resort

What:  Celebrate the end to an amazing ski season, put your costume on, launch off a ski jump and skim across the pond (or just watch your friends try it).

Tip:  Carpool or take the bus in.  Skyline bus transportation leaves the Town Center for the Resort every half hour, from 9 am to 5 pm, on 4/21/18. Bus service leaves Mountain Village twice an hour, during that period.


4.  Grab a pizza at one of these spots.

When: Check the websites for specials

Where:  Gil's Goods for wood-fired wonderful (Livingston)

Red Tractor for gluten-free options & local craft brews (Livingston)

Buffalo Bump in the old dairy barn at Four Corners (Bozeman/Belgrade)

Blackbird Kitchen for artisan wood-fired pizza. Sit at the counter if you forgot to make a reservation (downtown Bozeman)



More posts about what to do in southwestern Montana:

Spend a day in Livingston.

5 hikes for people who hate hiking.