According to Outside, Bozeman has it all: "Cradled by 10,000-foot peaks, hyaline streams, and ragged wilderness, the fastest-growing town in the state has a bustling college campus and brains to match."
With 350 inches of annual snowfall in the nearby mountains, plenty of cross country and backcountry options, and the trifecta of Bridger Bowl, Big Sky Resort and Moonlight Basin for downhill skiing, Bozeman was the natural pick for the top ski town in the West. Bridger Bowl, just a 20-minute drive, was described as featuring "backcountry-style big-mountain runs" and Big Sky Resort and Moonlight Basin, 45 minutes drive, offer "a combined 5,512 acres of glades and bowls."
Branded as "The Bozone," Outside lauded Bozeman as a forward-thinking community where no neighborhood is too far from anything, and the number of residents with a Ph.D. is twice the national average. Outside also highlighted Bozeman's commitment to preserve its spectacular setting and referenced the community's decision to raise local taxes and use the money to purchase and preserve ranches that would otherwise be developed.
The Best Towns 2010 list, published in Outside's August issue, was developed by soliciting nominations and evaluating key statistics such as percentage of residents with a bachelor's degree, cost of living, and sport-specific claims like proximity to outdoor activities and frequency of opportunities to recreate with groups. In addition, factors like quality of sporting life, vibrant culture, resilient economy and housing market were considered.
Bozeman has accrued a number of press accolades for its beautiful surroundings:
2010 Powder - Bozeman was No. 1 on Powder magazine's "Top 20 places to live to ski" list because it is near three "distinctly different" ski resorts and the community is "young, active and open-minded" with rich culture. Related information
2009 National Geographic Adventure - Bozeman was listed among the best places to raise a family because of the outdoor recreation opportunities, university and culture. Related information
2008 Transworld Snowboarding - MSU was listed in the magazine for its close proximity to world-class snowboarding.
2007 Outdoor Life - Nearby access to national forests landed MSU in the top 10 hunting and fishing universities.
2005 Fly Rod & Reel - MSU was dubbed "the number one college in the country for undergrads angling for an education near trout streams." Related information
2004 Skiing - MSU was named a "Top Ski Town" by Skiing magazine because of skiing access and job opportunities in the area. Related information
In addition, the press has also featured MSU's academic opportunities, many of which result from the spectacular location.
2010 Popular Science - MSU's Cold Regions Lab was dubbed " one of the coolest schools in the United States with a laboratory that will blow your mind."
2009 Discover magazine - MSU paleontologist Jack Horner was featured for his dinosaur field digs and research which is on display at the Museum of the Rockies. Related information
2009 Entrepreneur - The Center for Entrepreneurship for the New West in MSU's College of Business was highlighted as an exemplary community/university partnership. Through the program students work for start-up or growth technology companies, gaining valuable work experience while benefiting local companies. Related information
2009 Treehugger.com - The Sustainable Food and Bioenergy systems program earned MSU a spot among the top 10 "Best College Environmental Programs in the US." Related information
2008 Popular Science - MSU's Cold Science program in the College of Engineering was highlighted for its study of avalanches, winter road safety and organisms surviving in Antarctic ice. Related information
2005 Forbes - "Colleges that are big on research and engineering will be the stars of tomorrow" according to Forbes, and MSU was listed first on the list of college towns offering affordability and an educated workforce. Related information