Born from the hands of a vintage cobbler, Dansko retailer Schnee’s Shoes has developed a comfortable niche in the bustling town of Bozeman, Montana. Offering sporting goods and apparel for hiking, running, hunting and everyday traveling, the versatile retailer outfits outdoorsy Montanans from head to toe—and from fingers to ears!
We recently had the opportunity to chat with Curt Smith, Schnee’s Footwear President, about his store’s presence in Bozeman, a town fit for the rugged and adventurous. We have to admit—we’re intrigued by Bozeman’s stunning mountainscapes and outdoorsy feel. And, with warm winter jackets and cozy winter hats, think we could probably handle the town’s single-digit temperatures.
Just ahead of the winter tourist season, we decided to create a travel guide for visiting “Big Sky Country.” Thanks to Curt and his passion for Bozeman, our list includes a number of must-see destinations—and a handful of valuable tips and tricks. Go ahead … see for yourself!
1. Fly into Bozeman: The town they once called “Valley of the Flowers” sports a vibrant downtown, complete with a prominent shopping scene, alluring art culture and, best of all, a selection of can’t-miss restaurants. Eat, sleep, and prepare for your trip to Yellowstone in a town that “never skips a beat.”
2. Hike the Local Mountains: Travel from friendly Bozeman to countless nearby ranges, including Beartooth Pass, Bridger Range and the Spanish Peaks. Whether you’re ready for a casual stroll or an expert hike, you’ll find a suitable adventure in Bozeman’s backyard.
3. Travel by Train: From sweeping prairies to densely-packed forests, Montana has a lot to see. What better way to soak in the sights than traveling by train? Pack your camera and board the Empire Builder, a train that starts in Chicago, spans the length of Montana, and stops in Seattle.
4. Visit Yellowstone National Park: Though many tourists flock to the Western Wonder in spring and fall, Curt recommends visiting in winter, when snowy landscapes, steaming geyser basins and rare wildlife take over. For the easiest commute, enter Yellowstone through Livingston, a town located just west of Bozeman. Don’t forget to keep your eyes peeled—you just may see a bison!
5. Travel to Glacier National park: If you’re willing to make the six-hour trek from Bozeman to Glacier National Park, you’ll have the opportunity to relive the past, experiencing historic chalets, lodges and Native American folktales. And, according to Curt, the high peaks resemble the Swiss Alps. We think it’s worth your while!
If you can’t make the trip to Bozeman, we encourage you to experience a taste of Montana by visiting Schnee’s Shoes at Schnees.com. Or, to find a Dansko retailer near you, click the “Find A Retailer” link on the top of this page.
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