Outdoor Recreation Program Spring 2020 Trips: 
(All prices include instruction, gear and transportation)
*Fee-paying students pay a discounted rate, faculty, staff, alumni, and family members are also welcome to join at the higher rate.*

Backcountry Skiing and Riding:

Intro to Backcountry Skiing and Boarding: 

This full-day course is designed to be an introduction to backcountry skiing and snowboarding utilizing the area surrounding Bozeman. No backcountry experience necessary, but partipants should have solid intermediate skiing/riding skills (confidence on blue square ski runs). The day will include formalized instruction in using skins, setting a skin track, and utilizing maps or a smartphone to navigate in the backcountry, as well as provide lots of opportunites for informal mentorship and fun! Great opportunity to meet new ski partners as well. Course Cost includes all transportation, lodging and instruction.

February 2: $40, 8am-5pm

Queer Frontier Programs:

These programs are offered in collaboration with the Diversity and Inclusion Student Commons (DISC) and are specifically catered towards members of the LGBTQ+ community and allies.  The cost for these programs is being covered by the DISC office so these trips are 100% free!  For more information and to register, visit the event pages below:

Cross-Country Skiing Weekend Retreat, Friday to Sunday, February 28-March 1

Queer Frontier provides a space for LGBTQ+ and allied students to get outdoors with one another in the greater Bozeman Community. This weekend will feature cross-country skiing outings for varied ability levels (including an instructional lesson!), games, food, and team building games and modules.

Ice Climbing:

Intro to Ice Climbing:

Interested in climbing ice? Never tried anything like that before? Come out with MSU Outdoor Recreation to give it a try. Hyalite canyon is a world-famous ice climbing destination, right here in our own backyard. This course is designed to emphasize building an outdoor community through ice climbing. Come ready to learn, laugh, and enjoy the challenge of learning a new sport. No experience necessary! Please see the packing list for this trip at Trips Packing List.

Sunday, March 8: $75, 8am-5pm

Women and Queer Intro to Ice Climbing:

This program isspecifically catered towards women and members of the LGBTQ+ community.  Come learn an incredible new sport in a supportive, inclusive environment.

Sunday, February 23: $75, 8am-5pm

Saturday, March 7: $75, 8am-5pm



Sunset Snowshoe Tour:

Friday, January 31, $20, 3-7pm


Friday, February 21, $20, 3-7pm


 Rock Climbing:

Intro to Rock Climbing:

Saturday, April 18, $40, 8am-5pm


Sunday, April 26, $40, 8am-5pm



Click here to Sign-Up for a Trip!

Click here to see the Trip Packing Lists!


Trip Policies:

  • Eligibility and Pricing

    • MSU Student, faculty/staff and university affiliates are eligible to participate in Outdoor Recreation Program trips, classes, and clinics. An MSU ID is required for verification.  
      • No affiliation with MSU: Cannot access our programs.
    • Student Pricing is available to those who have paid the ASMSU activity fee for the current semester. This includes students taking at least 7 credits or those taking fewer credits that have opted to pay these fees separately (at the cashier's windows in Montana Hall). 

    • Faculty, Staff, and Members of the Alumni Association are eligible to participate at the non-student rate.

  • Signing Up

    • Payment is due in full at the time of registration to secure your spot.
    • You may sign up through our online portal or by coming by or calling the Outdoor Recreation Center during open hours. 
  • Cancellations/refunds

    • Cancellations made 7 days or more prior to course start date will receive a 100% refund.
    • Cancellations made between six and two days of course start date will receive a 75% refund.
    • A direct transfer from one program to another during the same semester will receive no penalty.  
    • No refunds for cancellation less than 48 hours before course start date.
    • If a trip is cancelled due to unsafe weather conditions or lack of enrollment, participants will receive a full refund.
    • Long-term programs (Spring Break trips, Expeditions MSU programming) will have their own cancellation policy.  Details available on the registration page for these programs.  
  • Refund Options

    • Refunds will be given in the form of payment you initially paid in. If you paid in cash, you are eligible for a cash refund, etc. 
    • Participants also have the option to take a refund in the form of “shop credit,” which can be used to pay for any Outdoor Recreation Program rental, class, or clinic.   
    • Refunds via check take between 4-8 weeks to process.


 Montana State University is an equal opportunity service provider that conducts certain activities under special permit with the US Forest Service, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks and the Bureau of Land Management. Montana State University Outdoor Recreation trips are permitted on the Gallatin National Forest and Custer National Forest. The Outdoor Program is a partner with Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics and a member of the American Canoe Association.