BOZEMAN, Mont. — There's an upside to the frigid weather in Montana. The colder it gets, the better the ice for the Bozeman Ice Festival at Hyalite Canyon.
Skiing and snowboarding may get most of the attention in Big Sky Country, but they are far from the only thing to do when it gets cold.
This year, the festival features a women's clinic.
"I think the women feel a lot more comfortable coming out with another group of women," instructor Nina Hance said. "I think it's empowering for them, there's a lot more learning and questions going on than if it were a group of mixed people."
The winter sports are why Spokane native and Montana State University junior Ashley Meyer moved to Bozeman. She was introduced to ice climbing last year at the festival.
"I'm just really glad I can be here. It's been such a blast so far," Meyer said. "The group of girls I've been with, like we've just been really supportive of each other."
The Bozeman Ice Festival continues through Sunday.