Five Questions for Colin Bonnicksen

This month, former Montana State University Bobcat, Ginny Prior, tracked down BATW’s newest corporate member from the Windfall Agency in Missoula. She asked Colin Bonnicksen five questions.
What’s your job title, and what does that job entail (i.e. flying, parties, mundane meetings)?
I am an account manager with Windfall, and we are the agency of record with Yellowstone Country Montana. My job entails a number of things: setting up influencer visits to the area, setting up media outreach events in cities across the United States, working with our media buyer on media plans, picking out promotional items — you name it, I have a little bit of a hand in it for YC.
Where are you from, and how did your youth shape your career path?
I’m originally from a small town in north central Iowa called Ringsted, but the first decade of my professional career was in collegiate athletics. I started in the marketing & communications realm, and eventually worked my way into a Director of Operations role in NCAA Division I Football. I decided it was time for something different, and I’ve been happy to move into the tourism marketing realm with Windfall and specifically, Yellowstone Country Montana.
What are some Yellowstone Country Montana experiences that should be on every traveler’s bucket list?
Travel the Beartooth Highway between Red Lodge, MT and Cooke City, MT. It’s one of the most beautiful drives that can be found in the United States. Skiing at Big Sky Resort is a tremendous draw for our area as well, as is our world-class fly fishing. It just depends on the adventurer, and the adventure they’d like to take part in. Yellowstone Country has remarkable offerings for anyone in any season whether you’re traveling alone, with family, in luxury or on a budget!
When I visit Yellowstone National Park, I fly non-stop from SFO to Bozeman on United Airlines. What is your impression of the Bozeman airport?
If you’re planning a visit to Yellowstone National Park (or the surrounding areas), the Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport is one of the easiest airports to navigate that I’ve ever been to. It’s beautiful and the perfect size, which helps because you don’t have to be there as early for departing flights.
And finally, the question you most want to be asked?
Why should I visit Yellowstone Country Montana? Well, as I stated before, there’s something truly magical for every single person. We are a top-tier winter destination with three awesome alpine ski hills, a plethora of nordic ski trails, dog sledding and some of the best snowmobile terrain that can be found anywhere. During the summer months, we’re just north of Yellowstone National Park, we have some of the best fly fishing anywhere in the world, beautiful mountain towns and an emerging gastronomy scene. We have a ton of lakes and rivers for the water adventurers, and some of the most beautiful scenery anywhere in the world that can be accessed through different hikes for all levels of hikers.


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