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Old 12-19-2011, 09:36 PM
 
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Hi ya'll.

We are moving to Bozeman in less than 2 weeks- right at the start of Winter (hubs will be attending MSU). We have lived in many places- CA, TX, LA and ND, but the stint in ND was only March-November, so we have never lived in a mountain climate for Winter.

What are the essentials for a warm and happy Winter? Give me a basic list for a solid but cost effective wardrobe. I need to be able to chase our preschooler around the park and grocery shop, and we want to check out the outdoor activities like snowboarding/skiing/hiking, etc.

Do I need snowboots (the thinsulate kind just to drive across town)?
How do you fit your bundled up kiddo in his carseat?
Do you wear a puffer jacket outside or do you need something weather resistant? How much does it rain/snow during winter?

What do you wear to get in your car, drive to the grocery store and back?
What about if you are going to the park/playground for an hour?
And finally, what about for the outdoor sports?

If you have any link recommendations that would be helpful, that would be great too. Mostly, I want advice from locals since they always know best for their town.

Oh, and if you have a favorite restaurant/coffee shop/family friendly activities to check out, etc, please share!

Thanks for your help! I'm bracing myself for impact in T-minus 13 days.
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Old 12-19-2011, 09:40 PM
 
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Car seats!!!
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Old 12-19-2011, 10:14 PM
 
Location: Spots Wyoming
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For everyday running around and chasing the youngun's, dress in layers. Think hoodie, over top a good pull over sweater, over light sweater, over blouse. Keep your hands warm and your feet warm at all costs. Cover your head, a person looses 40% of their body heat out throught their head. Wear a scarf to keep wind and snow out.

By dressing in layers, as it warms up during the day you can shed a layer or two and as it cools down in the evening you can add those layers back.

Under extreme conditions, I'll feed horses with carhart bibs and a carhart parka over top of several layers. But that's being outside when it's -20 or so. If it's above zero, I simply wear layers of hoodies while outside feeding.

As far as winter conditions and amount of snow, here are the totals from 1981 through 2010. You can simply click on what averages you want to see and for where. UNITED STATES CLIMATE NORMALS 1981-2010
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Old 12-19-2011, 10:27 PM
 
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Thank you ElkHunter. That site is fantastic- the weather sounds beautiful and bearable.
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Old 12-20-2011, 07:08 AM
 
Location: Bozeman, Montana
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I wear a 42"x42" scarf that is silk tied around my neck in winter, which is light weight and is warmer than other scarfs I own. You can pull the scarf up over your mouth if the temps are below zero.

Overstock.com has handmade silk scarves on sale right now that are that size.

You will need good winter gloves. Keep a hat and mittens on your kids along with their winter jacket or snowsuit. A full body snowsuit keeps little kids dry and warm when they are out playing in the snow.
Snowsuits
Montakid is located in Bozeman and has that online shop.

Bozeman has not had our deepest snow yet this year, but there is snow on the ground and it will continue to accumulate over the winter months (not melt off). If you are going to be hiking around in snow, get a pair of Sorel winter boots. They are waterproof and have insulated liners.
Go to Schnee's (pronounced shuh-NAYS) boots and shoes downtown on Main Street in Bozeman for a full line of good winter footwear.
Schnee's Boots, Shoes & Hunting Gear

hope that helps

H.I.
Bozeman

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Old 12-20-2011, 08:00 AM
 
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After reading Happiness is's post I have to say this.

Do you know what the true definition of a sweater is?

Sweater = A sweater is something a child puts on, when momma is cold.
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Old 12-20-2011, 09:40 AM
 
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Goodwill store in Butte and check the thrift stores.

We moved to MT over a year ago and that was what we hit first.

Great clothing, great prices and the kind of stuff you need in Montana.

It will suprise you what you find in Goodwill....I have more Cabelas REI and Lands Ends, and higher quality shoes and boots than I ever had before.

About the only thing I have gone shopping for clothing wise and paid full price for is socks, and thermos
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Old 12-20-2011, 11:14 AM
 
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morganb86 is moving to Bozeman, not Butte.

The thrift stores in Bozeman are Sacks on North Grand and Mendenhall corner (which supports the crisis call phone hotline for assault, suicide, etc.) and the Salvation Army. There is no Goodwill thrift store in Bozeman. There are also winter coat donation drives in Bozeman and free coat give-aways. There are other second hand stores that are retail businesses, not charity run.

If you are having trouble affording clothes for your kids, check with these county services, and they can connect you with the winter coat drive.
Community Resources - Search Results

Also, this freecycle exchange among residents in the county is very helpful. Sign up online and post things you need or can give away, and people locally will contact you.
The Freecycle Network - Posts on the Bozeman Group

The snow in Bozeman gets deep and stays around all winter, not melting off like it does in other locations. Believe me, having raised a boy here, kids get in the snow banks, roll around in it, make forts, have snowball fights, so get them some decent winter clothes.

H.I.
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Old 12-20-2011, 11:20 AM
 
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Thanks H.I.! I appreciate all the help.
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Old 12-20-2011, 11:34 AM
 
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Montana's turning into a very trendy place for fashion these days. I talked to some photographers at the art shows in Missoula this summer about why they aren't taking photographs of these young people in their layered clothing outfits for their portfolios. The homeless look is IN, minus the shopping cart, and they've taken it to a zesty new artistic level. So far there isn't any artist photographers doing anything with it, but I think they will. Other parts of the country would be curious of this trend, because I don't see it anywhere else but around here. I visited Notre Dame last year and the students weren't wearing anything like this. I've seen it in downtown Manhattan (Not Montana) NY, to a degree.

The days of wearing just a sweater and down jacket are OUT in Bozeman and Missoula. Wool is back like it was in the 1950's. I even see people wearing the old wool knickerbockers cross-country skiing near Discovery. The second hand clothing stores must be making a fortune on this current look and I even see kids dressed in it, too.

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