Montana - my first winter trip there - what to wear?
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Posted: 1/21/2013 12:27:24 PM
We're going to Montana (from SC) in mid-February. What do you wear there when you're just out and about, not skiing or participating in winter sports? We won't be skiing (too old to start now) but planning on visiting Yellowstone for a snow bus tour, a sleigh ride/dinner, and will be doing some other stuff outdoors. I'm particularly interested in what kind of shoes/boots you wear.

I got some ski bibs and a jacket and snow boots in case we decide to snowmobile (not sure) or play in the snow, and have thermal layers and warm socks, but don't know whether to take my leather boots (which are waterproof) and my Uggs for everyday activities. Trying to minimize what I pack while taking enough stuff to stay warm.

TIA!

ETA - DH and I have experienced occasional snows during our lives, but been anywhere where dealing with it is a way of life.


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Posted: 1/21/2013 12:40:50 PM
If you are doing Yellowstone you need good walking boots, something like the Sorel brand.

I have been out (40 below) wearing a wool sweater and jeans, but coming from the south I would bring long johns. Silk blend ones are a favorite.

For the most part people really don't bundle up as much as you think, unless they are going out in the woods.

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Posted: 1/21/2013 12:42:04 PM
Layers. Lots of layers.

I usually will wear jeans, tall wool socks, my Uggs, and maybe an Under Armour shirt, sweatshirt, and winter jacket on top. Plus gloves and a hat if I need to. I'm in Idaho but our temps our pretty similar most of the time. If I get warm, I can peel off a layer. Hopefully we snap out of these bitter subzero temps here and start to get back into the 20's in February.

It's chilly, and often windy.



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Posted: 1/21/2013 12:48:43 PM
These are the boots I got - Teva Jordanelle from Eddie Bauer. I looked at some Sorel boots but they were so much heavier that I chose the Teva. Do you think I should return these for the Sorel?

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Posted: 1/21/2013 12:49:32 PM
Are you going to stay at Yellowstone?

or are you going to Billings are Bozeman?

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Posted: 1/21/2013 12:51:00 PM
Those are some cute boots, and they will be fine.

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Posted: 1/21/2013 12:53:05 PM
Staying in Bozeman! We have been there in August, a few years ago, but never in the winter! Can't wait! Thanks for the info on the boots!


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Posted: 1/21/2013 1:00:45 PM
Bozeman is gorgeous in the winter if you don't live there. The cold is a dry cold.
Ann coming from Upstate NY, it (cold) is much easier to go out in. A good winter coat and a couple of layers and you should be fine.


BTW if you get tired of those boots you can drop them off at my husband's father house in Butte.

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Posted: 1/21/2013 2:05:56 PM
Cute boots! I'd wear them wherever you plan on going. Around here you see snow boots everywhere in the winter, and I'd be worried your leather boots wouldn't be warm enough. Especially if you're trying to minimize what you bring, and considering how bulky boots are, just bring the one pair.

Have a great time!



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Posted: 1/21/2013 2:08:33 PM
I would leave the jeans home...and wear nylon pants if you have them. even thin ones layered over silk longjohns would be good. if the snow makes the jeans wet...they will stay wet and get wetter and are the worst thing to wear in cold and snow.

just have some light layers...fleece is good, and maybe wear tights and woo/poly socks in boots...no cotton.

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Posted: 1/21/2013 2:13:38 PM
I live just south of Bozeman, on the way to Yellowstone - glad you are coming our way.

Layers is the key. Waterproof on your feet is helpful. Good treads too - nothing with a slick sole, or you might land on your bottom.

The wind can whip and make it feel colder, so an outer layer that will block wind is good. Fleece under that, so you can take the outer layer off when not needed. I usually wear light weight longies under my jeans, mostly to block the wind, which will cut through denim.

Good chance in Feb that you'll see ranges from single digit temps in the early a.m. (especially in the park) to mid-40's in the afternoon (especially in town).

Have a great trip and enjoy the beauty of it all!


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Posted: 1/21/2013 3:13:30 PM
If you happen to land anywhere near Great Falls (North Central) and you need more clothing- drop me a line! If you are from Carolina (as your name would imply) you might be in for a bit of a shock!

You are going to love it here- it's a great place to visit- and I am very proud of my state!


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Posted: 1/21/2013 3:15:20 PM
Like everyone else said, layers are your friends! The cold isn't as bad as the wind- but I dunno how windy it really IS in Bozeman.


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Posted: 1/21/2013 6:43:58 PM
Wind in Bozeman is not a constant, but when it is here, you want to be prepared. Wind in the park is more likely, but still not at a constant level.


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Posted: 1/21/2013 10:05:34 PM
I worked at Yellowstone for two winters when I was younger and I agree with all the above recommedations. Layer and leave the jeans at home. I adore winter and am planning to move back to Montana as soon as possible. The park is very beautiful in the winter, so will have a wonderful trip.


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Posted: 1/21/2013 11:43:29 PM
You don't need to leave your jeans at home. Everybody wears jeans. The only people I know who wear nylon pants are old women.

Unless you are talking snow pants. that is a whole different category.

and you will be able to some very nice clothes in Bozeman, without sales tax!




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Posted: 1/22/2013 12:06:41 AM
brushed nylon can look very classy...not polyester...but the hitech stuff.

jeans get wet and they are a drag. depends on activities i guess.

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Posted: 1/22/2013 10:03:05 AM
Enjoy your Montana trip! You have received some good advice here... layers and good boots/good tread are a must! Under Armour is a favorite around here (I'm in Southwest Montana).

My DD goes to the University in Bozeman, it's beautiful there! And you are NEVER to old to learn to ski.


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Posted: 1/22/2013 1:42:05 PM
My kids just got back from Billings and Big Sky.
They'd never even seen snow and we don't really own winter type clothes since we're in so cal.
They took jeans, long sleeved teeshirts, flannel shirts, dri fit type long underwear, a jacket, a beanie, knit gloves, ski gloves, Ugg boots treated with water repellant, a pullover fleece shirt thing with a short zipper and a jacket.
They did get kind of cold in Big Sky on New Years morning because it was below zero but once they started skiing they were fine and needed to remove layers

They told me the cold is different than here and even though its 50-60 degrees colder there it doesn't feel like it.



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Posted: 1/22/2013 3:20:32 PM
If you can find a local who will take you and if you have the time. Go find the ringing rocks.

It is one of the only things I haven't seen yet.
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