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5 things to remember when you snowshoe Glacier National Park

November 27th, 2015 by teresa

Have you tried Snowshoeing yet?  Fun for all the family, and easy to do,it is also an amazing way to get in some snow-covered mountain time while accessing pristine spots in Glacier National Park, even when areas are closed to vehicle traffic. Food coma from too much festive fun? You can’t beat a workout with views like this:stnick

As we’re gearing up for the winter season to start we are busy getting ready for snow.  Thoughts begin to turn to fun activities and great ways to get out into our backyard, and snowshoeing is one of our favorite ways to explore. These tips and tricks help make the snowy path to winter recreation a little easier:

1. Keep a slightly wider stance

Try not to exaggerate this too much, but keeping your legs slightly farther apart than normal gives you more balance as you walk.

2. Kick-step going uphill

This technique helps you get the most traction going uphill in fluffy powder, without sliding back down. Lift up your foot and kick into the slope with your toe so the crampons dig into the hill right under the ball of your foot.

3. Bend your knees

Going downhill can make you feel like leaning back and tensing up, but don’t lock your knees! Keeping them gently bent helps you maintain balance and stay stable.

4. Stay to the side of ski tracks

Showing respect for others using the trail is key when snowshoeing on shared trails with cross country skiers. Since snowshoes have an easier and safer time moving to the side, skis have the right of way on joint trails, so step aside and wave hello when others pass.  

5. Remember to walk naturally!

You’ve read all these tips, you’ve strapped some snowshoes on, but don’t forget, snowshoeing is really just walking. Put one foot in front of the other and try to be as natural as possible.

Rent snowshoes at the lodge and explore the Beaver Pond area behind our property.  Find your groove and then head out into Glacier National Park, or onto the many trails of the Flathead National Forest.  Ask our staff about the best trails for your ability, we’ll be happy to help!

Here’s some helpful links to get you started:

Winter Activities in Glacier National Park

January 13th, 2015 by teresa

Nordic skiing in Glacier National ParkThe quiet and serenity of Winter in Glacier National Park makes it the ultimate vacation destination for all those in need of respite from the crowds and constant consumerism of the holiday season.  Bring yourself back to all that is really important by getting out in the snow-covered vistas and breathing in the envigorating mountain air.

Nordic skiing is a great way to burn off the calories of over-indulgence and encourage an appetite for life and adventure, and there’s no better place to get on your skis than Glacier National Park.

Glacier offers a variety of routes for skiers of all abilities.  Spend a day exploring the easier routes here, or travel to nearby Izaak Walton Inn, the North Shore trail network, or Stillwater Nordic Lodge.

Ask us about local ski rental or, if you’re sold on nordic skiing as a Winter activity, purchase a great value package from local Sportsman Skihaus stores.

Reflect on your day’s adventure with a Moscow Mule or a Hot Buttered Rum by a crackling fire and start your year off the right way when you book a stay with us.

Winter Ecology in Glacier National Park

November 30th, 2014 by teresa


side-activities7Experience the beauty and stillness of Glacier National Park in Winter.  Stay at the Historic Tamarack Lodge and Cabins, the closest lodging to the park that stays open year round.  Our facility is fully prepared to handle all four seasons in Montana.  Enjoy an espresso in front of our original stone fireplace and warm your toes after spending a day snowshoeing with the Glacier Institute on their Winter Ecology course as described below:

 ‘Winter in Glacier is a special time that is free of crowds, exceptionally quiet, and beautiful beyond belief.  In this course, we will explore the Lower McDonald Creek area to learn how plants and animals adapt to survive winter in Glacier National Park.   This course focuses on the adaptations of evergreen trees, shrubs, and forbs that allow them so survive Glacier’s harsh winter challenges.  We will also focus on the adaptations of a few selected animals and birds that Field Ecologist Brian Baxter has studied in winter.  

These animals include:  Snowshoe hare; Canadian lynx; White tailed Ptarmigan; Rocky Mountain Elk; Long tailed weasel; Boreal owl; and Wolverine.  Additional concentration will focus on specialized predator/prey relationships; hunting and escape strategies; camouflages; habits and habitats.

 Brian Baxter, B.S. is a wildlife researcher and forester who spent numerous winters studying animals such as the wolverine, lynx, fisher, and marten.  Brian is an experienced instructor in Glacier National Park that will help you greatly improve your ability to ‘read’ the landscape. So beat the winter blues, bring your camera and sense of humor, and come enjoy winter with a few like-minded folks!

 This trip takes place on December 6th, 2014 for a rate of $65.

 9:00 AM start. Depending on the interests of the group, the course will wrap up between 3:00pm and 5:00pm.

 Meeting Place:  The old Apgar visitor center in Glacier National Park, located across the street from Eddie’s Cafe.  This should not be confused with the new Apgar visitor center that is connected to the Apgar transit center. 

Food:  Please bring a sack lunch; trail snacks, and plenty of water.

Equipment:  Please dress appropriately in layers; bring lunch, snacks, water, hot drinks; and provide your own snowshoes (or contact the Institute in advance if you need to borrow a pair).  If we’ve had a light snow year in West Glacier, a good pair of boots will suffice.

Physical Requirements:  Moderate. Hiking distance covers less than four miles with less than 500 feet elevation gain.

 Transportation during course:  After meeting at the old visitor center, participants may need to  drive their own vehicles to the nearby trailhead.

 Weather: This course will not be canceled due to weather.’

Visit the Glacier Institute website for details and to book.


Plan your stay

May 10th, 2014 by teresa

Book your activities at the Historic Tamarack Lodge and CabinsAre you stuck for ideas for activities during your stay?  Spoilt for choice and no idea how to select the best activity for you? Just don’t have the time to coordinate booking your adventures in Glacier National Park?

We can help!

Here at the Historic Tamarack Lodge and Cabins we do our best to make your stay as comfortable as possible and strive to take care of the details so that you can relax and make memories.

Let our in-house guides and activity co-ordinators take the stress off by planning your itinerary for you.  Even better, let them be your guides for the day and ensure you are transported to your chosen activity, guided through the experience, and returned back to your lodging at the Historic Tamarack Lodge and Cabins to tell us all about it!

Simply visit with the guides in the lodge on Monday and Wednesday mornings, or join them for interpretive talks and stories from the backcountry around the campfire on Tuesday and Friday evenings.

If they are out on adventures with other guests, you can drop them a line via email to or leave a voicemail at (406)871-2162.  They’ll be sure to contact you as soon as they are able.

You can also ask our Front Desk staff for suggestions for suitable hikes, places of interest, and for discounted opportunities with local outfitters.  They will be happy to help!

Things to do in the Glacier National Park area..

May 6th, 2014 by teresa

We highly recommend the nearby Lion Lake as a great picnic spot.  Swim, sunbathe or take a short hike around the perimeter.  Its close enough to bike ride, so why not hire a fishing pole and bike from our Front Desk and make a day of it?

Things to Do in the Glacier National Park Area

Things to do in Glacier National Park

April 9th, 2014 by teresa

Glacier National Park Family VacationThe Glacier Institute is proud to receive the Flathead Conservation District’s recent grant which has been designated for new aquatics gear for the Big Creek Discovery School. The Institute has utilized the grant funds to purchase hip waders, life jackets, microscopes, pH/temperature testers, dissolved oxygen meters and new aquatic nets, all of which will enhance the aquatics program. 

 “We are excited to take our Aquatics Program to the next level with the addition of this new equipment,” states Tyler McRae, Big Creek’s Program Director. “Thanks to the Flathead Conservation District, boxes of great new resources have arrived to enhance outdoor learning experiences for our youth! This would not have been possible without the receipt of this generous grant.”

Solely dedicated to education, the Glacier Institute serves adults and children as an educational leader in the Crown of the Continent ecosystem, emphasizing outreach and field-based learning experiences; the non-profit Institute provides an objective and science-based understanding of the area’s ecosystem and it interactions with people. Marking its 31st year of educational programs, the Glacier Institute is a long-time educational partner with Glacier National Park, Flathead National Forest, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks, and Flathead Valley Community College. The Institute offers family programs, youth science adventure camps, Discovery School at the Big Creek Outdoor Education Center and adult educational programs. The Institute has never turned away a child who has requested an educational scholarship and has welcomed over 28,000 Flathead Valley elementary school children to its Discovery School three-day immersion learning program at the Big Creek Outdoor Education Center.

To register and gain more information on course, other courses, projects and activities of the Glacier Institute please call (406) 755-1211 or visit online at


Glacier National Park | Winter Activities

February 28th, 2014 by teresa

Glacier Adventure Guides at the Historic Tamarack Lodge and Cabins

Glacier Adventure Guides at the Historic Tamarack Lodge and Cabins

Here at the Historic Tamarack Lodge and Cabins we all appreciate that the Glacier National Park area provides a full four-season experience to visitors from around the world.

Our facility is fully insulated and equipped to provide you with comfortable Glacier National Park lodging year round.  Choose from traditional mountain living in our recently refurbished lodge or cozy up in one of our private cabins.  All our guests can enjoy specialty coffee from our espresso bar and have access to the great room in the lodge to relax, warm up by the fireplace or browse our selection of gifts and guidebooks.

The Winter months in the gateway to glacier provide a range of ways to experience a true winter wonderland, and at the lodge our staff are trained to ensure you make the most of your vacation here with us.

For those new to winter sports, or seeking a quiet retreat to fully appreciate the stillness and beauty of Winter in Glacier, you can hire snowshoes from our front desk, hike out to the Beaver Ponds behind our property, or take a free ranger-led snowshoe excursion into Glacier National Park.

Got your own equipment?  There are many miles of groomed trails in the area, including the Flathead National Forest right outside our back door!  Ask our staff for the most up-to-date information on weather conditions and trails suitable for your needs.

Somewhere in between starting out and Winter Olympic standard?!  Why not visit with Glacier Adventure Guides for an expert guided tour tailored specifically to your needs, desires and abilities?  Guests of the Historic Tamarack Lodge and Cabins receive discounted rates on all their packages and we can guarantee you will make memories that will last a lifetime.

With changing weather patterns throughout the USA and beyond bringing chaos to many, we can provide a safe haven fully equipped for any weather conditions.  Enjoy what this winter throws at us and book your winter vacation in Northwest Montana today!

Glacier National Park | Events 2014

February 24th, 2014 by teresa

The Glacier Institute is a non-profit organisation with an objective of increasing through education a science-based understanding of Glacier National Park‘s ecosystem. Now entering its 31st year of educational programs, the Glacier Institute partners with Glacier National Park, Flathead National Forest, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks, and Flathead Valley Community College to offer family programs, youth science adventure camps, Discovery School at the Big Creek Outdoor Education Center and adult educational programs.

‘Join The Glacier Institute, and instructor Beau Servo, for a day of adventure in the snow-cloaked forest to study ecological concepts from a winter perspective. We will start with a short classroom session focusing on predator/prey relationships, evergreen plant species, and animals’ adaptations to winter. Our field session will follow and we will concentrate on hunting behaviors, prey escape strategy, specialized adaptations, tracks and trails, and wintering birds of prey. We will be traveling on snowshoes and students may use their own.  Students may request in advance to borrow a pair of snowshoes from the Institute.’

Saturday, March 1, 2014

9 am – 5pm

$65 per person

Glacier Park Community Building, located behind Park Headquarters in West Glacier

To register and gain more information on the Winter Ecology and Animal Tracking course, other courses, projects and activities of the Glacier Institute please call (406) 755-1211 or visit us online at


Glacier National Park – Winter Snowshoe Walks

January 10th, 2014 by teresa

Glacier National Park Snowshoeing

Snowshoe Glacier National Park

Enjoy free, two-hour, ranger-led snowshoe excursions into the park’s winter environment every Saturday and Sunday at 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday, January 11  through Saturday, March 22 2014

Where: Apgar Visitor Center
Who:  suitable for varying ages and abilities, but not recommended for children under age 6.
How: bring snowshoes (or rent at the Apgar Visitor Center),wear sturdy winter boots, dress in layers, and bring water and snacks.

*Park entrance fees are required.  

The snowshoe walks are presented in partnership with the Glacier National Park Conservancy.  The Conservancy is a private non-profit 501(c)(3) organization and the official non-profit fundraising partner of Glacier National Park,  providing support for preservation, education, and research through philanthropy and outreach.

Please contact the park at 406-888-7800 for general information regarding the ranger-led snowshoe walks.

Montana Snowmobiling Vacations

November 28th, 2013 by teresa


Outstanding rides and great discounts on Flathead Valley snowmobiling

There are approximately 200 miles of groomed trails and nearly 2000 miles of National Forest Service roads to take you through our snowmobiling winter wonderland! Enjoy pristine alpine forests, breathtaking ridges and powder-filled bowls.

Take your snowmobile direct from the lodge or trailer up to one of the many local trailheads or lakes.  Regardless of the type of riding you’re looking for, the Flathead Valley has the right place for your pleasure.  From relaxed trail rides to extreme riding this area is surrounded with opportunities for adventure (see Flathead Snowmobile Association for more details of facilities in our area).

The Historic Tamarack Lodge  works closely with Swan Mountain Snowmobiling (406) 387 4203 to offer our guests discounted snowmobile rental and guided/unguided tours.

For some outstanding snowmobile experiences check out te following tried and tested routes:


Canyon Creek Snowmobiling

Located on the North Fork of the Flathead River Drainage, the Canyon Creek trail accesses more than 80 miles of groomed trail and abundant mountain riding. The trailhead starts five miles north of Columbia Falls on F.S. road 316. The trail leads to Whitefish Mountain Resort on Big Mountain where you can take a break at the Summit House. Another option is to continue past Big Mountain to Upper Whitefish Lake or go to Kimmerly Basin, a great place for some snow play along the route.

Desert Mountain Snowmobiling
Known as one of the most spectacular trails in Northwest Montana (and the closest to our Glacier National Park Cabin Rentals!), the Desert Mountain trail allows access to the summit of Desert Mountain overlooking Glacier National Park, Hungry Horse Reservoir and the Great Bear Wilderness. From this trailhead you may also ride an ungroomed trail along the east shore of Hungry Horse Reservoir, great for wilderness scenery and hill climbing. About 35 miles.

Olney/Red Meadow Snowmobiling
Close to Whitefish and just off Hwy. 93, the Olney trail travels through open-field play terrain. The groomed trail connects to Upper Whitefish Lake trail and Stryker trail. This is one of the largest loops you can take in one day. The route winds up from Olney over Werner Peak at 7100 ft. This trail will also lead you to Whitefish Mountain Resort and down to the Canyon Creek trailhead in Columbia Falls.

Upper Whitefish Lake Snowmobiling
This trail connects to the trails from Olney and Mount Marston. This is a 50 mile tour through the deep woods of the Whitefish Mountain Range. Upper Whitefish Lake offers groomed trails as well as unlimited mountain climbing and play in open meadows. It takes about 1 hour to get to Upper Whitefish Lake from the Upper Whitefish Lake trailhead or take the groomed trail to the East and head up to Werner Park.

Crane Mountain Snowmobiling
Just outside Bigfork, you’ll find 38 miles of groomed trail riding and unlimited play terrain in mountain meadows and old logging clear cuts. These trails offer views of Flathead Lake, the Swan Mountains and the Mission Mountains. More than 100 miles of ungroomed logging roads. Reach the Crane Mountain trail system from Hwy. 209, six miles south of Bigfork, or from Hwy. 83, two miles south of Swan Lake.

Check out our Deals and Specials page for all our Winter offers and book your stay today!