Joe and I made (somewhat) last minute plans to hit the road and explore some new states and terrain. Since we have moved to Colorado, we would meet up with some east coast friends, Michael and Marianne for a ski trip once a year. Here is a look back at last years trip to Telluride:
They usually come to a Colorado resort which is super convenient for us, but this year they decided to go to Big Sky Montana. We really wanted to go, but because of work commitments etc. we decided we would have to sit this one out.
Unfortunately, a couple months ago, our friend Michael became extremely ill quickly and passed away somewhat suddenly. Marianne decided to honor him by still going on the trip they had planned and doing what they both loved best.
This changed our plans and we knew we had to head up to Montana to meet her and her group. Airfare was outrageous so we looked into a little road trip. We hit some REALLY sketchy roads, but overall the driving went off without a hitch!
Here’s a look at the trip!
Day 1 – Friday: Denver, CO –> Casper, WY
We left after work around 4pm and started the drive north. We hit some seriously icy roads which was terrifying for about an hour, but made it safely into Casper around 8pm. We checked into our hotel and grabbed a bite at the Fire Rock (picture snagged from Google because I didn’t take one 😉
We were in bed right after dinner as we had a super early wake-up the next morning and a long drive up to Montana.
Day 2 – Saturday: Casper, WY –> Bozeman, MT
We were up and out of our hotel around 5am since we had about a 6 hour drive up to Bozeman and wanted to get there in time for a half day on the slopes. This portion of the drive went pretty smoothly and we pulled into Bridger Bowl at 11am.
To our surprise, a huge snowstorm had hit the night before and the resort had gotten about 28″ of fresh powder!! We could not have timed that better! After throwing together some quick sandwiches in the parking lot, we spent all afternoon playing in the snow and it was absolutely incredible!
After snowboarding all afternoon, we headed to Map Brewing for some Apres. Really cool spot and great beer!
Then we made our way over to Bozeman Hot Springs…nothing like a soak in some natural hot springs to relax the muscles.
Finally, we checked into our cabin, made some dinner and relaxed for the night.
Day 3 – Sunday: Bozeman, MT –> Big Sky, MT
Up and out early again the next morning for a short drive over to Big Sky to meet up with Marianne for a day of skiing.
This mountain is enormous and even though we skied for the ENTIRE day, we barely covered a 1/3 of the terrain! The best part was taking the tram up to the top of Lone Peak to ride some “expert only” terrain…pretty amazing!
After parting ways to shower and thaw out, we met back up with Marianne for dinner. We had such a good time sharing memories about Michael, laughing and crying. He was definitely missed on the slopes that day, but was with us in spirit.
Day 4 – Monday: Big Sky, MT –> Jackson Hole, WY
The next morning we met Marianne for breakfast before continuing on the road. The drive to Jackson was easy and beautiful; just the way I like it! We saw some wildlife along the way too, which is always cool!
Who knew we would pop into Idaho for a little bit too?!?!
The plan of the day was to get into some backcountry terrain off Teton Pass on the way into Jackson. We found where we wanted to ride (Mount Glory) and after chatting with a couple locals about the best areas and terrain we set off!
The snow was basically the deepest and best we have ever experienced! I only wish we had more days on the trip to come back and ride some more…we will definitely be planning another trip back here!
After riding we drove into the town of Jackson and did Apres at Snake River Brewing. Then we checked into our hotel and got ready for dinner.
Dinner was at Snake River Grill (different than the brewery) and it was SO GOOD! I would definitely recommend a meal here if you are ever in Jackson Hole!
After dinner we had to pop over the the Million Dollar Cowboy. The live music was on point, but I couldn’t convince Joe to do any line dancing with me! haha
Day 5 – Tuesday: Jackson Hole, WY –> Denver, CO
We slept a little later than usual since all we had to do was drive home this day. Before leaving town, we got an AMAZING breakfast at Cafe Genevieve.
Then we walked around town and hit up some shops.
Finally we got on the road around 11am for the long drive home. It should have only been about a 7.5 hour drive, but conditions got pretty gnarly a couple hours in. The winds were so strong on I-80 that they advised we get off and find another route. The only other route was a long, slow ice-fest. Our drive ended up taking about 12 hours and we got home much later than anticipated, But, we made it safely and the trip was definitely worth it!
Have you ever been to Big Sky or Jackson Hole?
What is your favorite road trip you’ve been on?