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Winter Home Away in a Family Cabin!

January 20th, 2016 by julia


There are very few times that the “home away from home” cliché applies with any accuracy, but a stay in one of our Family Cabins fits the bill completely. The cabins are a place to kick your feet up, to feel immediately at home as soon as you cross the threshold, to relish the freedom to live how you want and fill your days with fun.

With a stay in a Family Cabin at the Historic Tamarack Lodge, enjoy the experience of authentic Montana living, with no change of address required. These two-bedroom cabins come with fully-equipped kitchens and a full bath, plus comfy futons in the living room for extra sleeping capacity.


The cabins look out over private decks to the Columbia and Teakettle Mountains to the west, regularly backlit by blazing sunsets that send light streaming through the snow-covered trees. Every detail creates the ultimate mountain experience, from the pine slatted exterior to the names of the cabins that bring out the best of glacier country, from Avalanche and Glacier to Summit and Grinnell.

Stock your fridge from the Canyon Foods market right down the road in Hungry Horse, or treat yourself to a tasty meal from Oso’s Smokin’ BBQ, open weekends for dinner through the winter. With other dining options just a 5 minute drive away, delicious meals bookend your trip with that good ol’ Montana gourmet!

There’s no better way to end a day of cross country skiing, snowshoeing, or exploring than by snuggling up in your own little cabin in the woods.

Book your stay in a Family Cabin at the Historic Tamarack Lodge and Cabins and soak in the quiet winter calm from a home away from home of your own!

Guide to Flathead Valley Downhill Ski Deals

January 9th, 2016 by julia


With runs upon runs of fresh snow, the powder hound should feel perfectly at home on the slopes here in northwestern Montana. Skiers and snowboarders have their pick of world class Whitefish Mountain Resort to the north and budget-friendly Blacktail Mountain to the south, without even getting into the boundless backcountry all around.

While lift ticket prices soar and the snow levels drop in recent years, it can seem difficult to find good snow on a budget. Not to worry: this handy guide can help you put down some fresh tracks without stretching your wallet. Pair it with a budget stay in one of our cozy Unit Cabins and you’re golden.

Tips for great deals

Whitefish Mountain Resort

Just 25 miles away from the lodge, Whitefish Mountain Resort offers 105 marked trails over 3000 acres that stretch across three faces, enough to keep everyone from the most avid skiers to the greenest of green beginners occupied.

Costco members rejoice! The Kalispell Costco sells lift ticket specials for the mountain, with Whitefish Mountain Resort day passes going for 2 for $107, a savings of $20 per ticket.

Another perk: there’s no age cap on great skiing. If you’re still riding at 70+, ski for free. Armed forces, including active duty, retired, and dependents/spouses, enjoy half price lift tickets.

This mountain is a great place to learn, with day passes for the four-lift beginner area going for $21.


Blacktail Mountain

via Flickr user Kate Brady

via Flickr user Kate Brady

Blacktail may be smaller (it’s a 3-lift operation), but you can’t beat the laid back atmosphere and great lift ticket deals if you’re looking to save a bit. And fresh powder days are not to be missed! A 75 mile drive around scenic Flathead Lake makes the journey more than worth it, on top of the deals to be had.

Thrifty Thursdays let you ski for $25 all day. Winter birthdays seem even sweeter when you get to ski free (with proof!) on your birthday.

For families traveling with kids, bring proof of your child’s fifth-grade status (report card, student ID, or letter from a teacher) and they ski free, while 7 and under rides free as well.


Reserve your stay at the Historic Tamarack Lodge and Cabins and take advantage of unbeatable downhill ski deals!

A Winter Drive to Hungry Horse Dam

January 6th, 2016 by julia


The most beautiful part of a snow-covered winter is that the mundane and everyday become transformed in a wash of white that alters reality, turning simple trees and houses into fantastical postcard scenes. When you combine that with already stunning panoramas, you have winter in Montana.

A snowfall highlights mountain ranges and sweeping vistas in a broad brushstroke of sparkling light, which comes out even stronger when the sun peeks around the clouds.


The drive from the Historic Tamarack Lodge to the Hungry Horse Dam traces five miles of some of the most scenic views outside Glacier National Park.

Turn off of Highway 2 onto West Side Road, right before the town of Hungry Horse. Take the curves slowly to better enjoy the views that stretch out on the right as the road winds past North Lion Lake and South Lion Lake, a scenic route that holds the promise of wide-reaching mountain views on a clear day.IMG_3725The miles pass by, building anticipation in the deepening valley until you wind your way around the last corner. In front of you, the dam stretches down to impossible depths, the mountains reaching up to wild heights above.


Constructed between 1948 and 1953, the dam climbs 564 feet high, built from concrete on a foundation of Siyeh Limestone. But facts alone don’t suffice to impress upon us the force of seeing the dam from a distance.

A feat of engineering and of nature in the same view finder, an experience of appreciation designed to be shared, in a level of awe that can only be described as jaw-dropping.

With a winter stay at the Historic Tamarack Lodge and Cabins, explore the much-loved sights of the Crown of the Continent in a whole new way, nestled in a snowy paradise that makes every view original.

A Budget Winter Getaway in Cozy Unit Cabins!

January 2nd, 2016 by julia

Montana Sunset at Historic Tamarack Lodge


You don’t need to have deep pockets to enjoy a snow-covered mountain retreat in stunning Glacier Country! Just 8 miles from Glacier National Park and 35 miles from the world-renowned Whitefish ski area, you can’t go wrong with a cozy Unit Cabin for affordable accommodation in the heart of this winter playground.

Our Unit Cabins adjoin in single story fourplexes, lined up motel style with a private exterior entrance for each room, while offering parking right in front. The buildings’ westward orientation shows off spectacular Montana sunsets, setting off the sparkling white snow that rests in tree boughs.


The two rows of Unit Cabins adjacent to the Lodge provide the most economical lodging option for anyone looking to explore the scenic winter landscape of northwestern Montana and Glacier National Park. During winter months, rates start at just $63 for a single room, with doubles at $73 a night.

Originally used as housing for workers involved with the Hungry Horse Dam construction in the 1940s, the historic buildings were transported to their current location on our property before the end of that decade.

The classic knotty pine interior warms the space with rustic history and woodsy charm, while the vertical pine log exterior lends a log cabin feel. On top of the appeal of times gone by, modern amenities and plenty of updates smooth your stay for ultimate comfort. Private bathrooms, refrigerators and coffee makers come standard, along with complimentary Wi-Fi and satellite TV on flatscreens.


Sitting closest to the lodge, the Unit Cabins are just steps away from coffee or a cocktail in the Saloon, with the snug lodge Great Room perfect for curling up by the fire before a hearty meal at Oso’s Smokin’ BBQ, open on Friday and Saturday nights for dinner and Sunday mornings for brunch all winter long.

As a guest in a Unit Cabin, you enjoy all the great amenities offered at the lodge, like snowshoe rentals and a cozy fireside retreat to come back to after exploring the snow-cloaked Montana wilderness. Reserve your comfortable budget stay for a rustic winter getaway!


Romantic Winter Retreat in Glacier National Park

December 22nd, 2015 by julia


Modern buildings constructed with historic flair, the Couple Cabins back up against the Flathead National Forest in a secluded wooded haven perfect for contemplative solitude or a romantic retreat.



While the snow falls outside, snuggle up inside with a cup of hot chocolate, or head to the slopes in nearby Whitefish Mountain Resort, with a cozy cabin to return to after a day at the mountain. With our property just a short drive from the west entrance of Glacier National Park, it’s a quick jaunt to cross country ski trails and snowshoeing galore. Ask our friendly front desk staff for information on in-house snowshoe rentals and trail recommendations!

Glacier National Park Snowshoeing

A short stroll beyond our back fence, the beaver pond in the Bob Marshall Wilderness gives guests a taste of winter wonderland when the the water freezes over and snow dusts the treetops, with the hills rising up behind in a vista of snow-sprinkled wilderness.

Beaver Pond Bob Marshall Wilderness

For guests with reduced mobility, the Merritt Cabin offers ADA-approved bath design with full roll-in wheelchair access, and both cabins feature parking directly in front with no steps or stairs.

The intimate interior offers hardwood floors and lofted ceilings, alongside a full kitchen and bath in the studio-style cabin that lends an intimate feel.

Just down the path in the main lodge building, guests can enjoy the warmth and cozy of the common room, with overstuffed leather couches to curl up on in front of the fireplace.

Great Room Historic Tamarack Lodge

Reserve a Couple Cabin at the Historic Tamarack Lodge & Cabins for an intimate mountain getaway this winter!

Great Glacier Institute Gift Ideas for the Outdoor Lover

December 15th, 2015 by julia

Glacier National Park Winter

Glacier National Park Winter

With the upcoming winter holidays, shopping for the adventurers in your life can be a challenge. Winter Ecology adult field camps from the Glacier Institute make great gifts, with this exciting roster of upcoming dates to pick from. The adult winter camps give a unique perspective on Glacier National Park for a new kind of exploration.

Register the outdoor enthusiast in your life for a class and tag along for some quality time enjoying the fresh air together. Pair it with a stay in a cozy lodge room at Historic Tamarack Lodge for the outdoor getaway of a lifetime!

North Fork Animal Tracking and Sign Interpretation: January 9, 2016
Learn to experience the great outdoors in a whole new way, with an in-depth tour of the prints and scat of all the park’s residents. Get acquainted with the sights and sounds of wildlife, with plenty of opportunities for photos and sightseeing over the moderate four-mile guided hike.

Cattail, Pine Needle, and Willow Basket Weaving: January 22-24, 2016
This three-day study of ancient crafting traditions includes the experience of harvesting your own supplies and learning the varied techniques of plaiting and weaving to create one-of-a-kind baskets and mats in the custom of the region’s native peoples.

Winter Nature Photography: February 27, 2016
You bring your gear, Glacier National Park brings the views, and the Glacier Institute brings the guides to lead you through a lesson in nature photography. The course builds plenty of memories to go along with the photographs during this day excursion.

Winter Birds of Prey: March 19, 2016
Along the stunning banks of McDonald Creek, wander through the winter ecosystem and explore the park’s feathered predators. With camera in hand, learn about winter birds of prey and investigate the park while the season still shows off a winter wonderland.

Owls of the Mission Valley: April 9, 2016
Take short hikes under the guidance of Matt Larson from the Owl Research Institute, seeking habitats and telltale signs of the many species of owl in the area. With nine species in the valley alone, the area is one of the best areas in the nation to spot the impressive birds.

5 Hidden Benefits of Visiting Glacier National Park in Winter

December 5th, 2015 by julia

Snow-covered mountains

The secret is out: Glacier National Park in the winter is a sight to be seen and an epic outdoor playground to enjoy when the snow falls.

Winter Wonderland

Northwestern Montana and Glacier National Park remain picture-perfect and a beautiful place at any time of year, but the winter holds a few special benefits. Enjoy a glittering winter wonderland and take advantage of all the hidden perks the season has to offer.

Reduced Winter Rates
From reduced park admission to unbeatable winter season room rates, deals abound for the budget-conscious traveler throughout scenic northwestern Montana during the snowy months. Although it’s impossible to put a price on blissful vacation memories, the days are all the sweeter with a little extra kindness to your wallet.

Fewer Crowds

West Glacier National Park Snowshoeing
The serene ski trails and powder-covered mountaintops might seem like a no-brainer, but as the summer crowds subside, the space stretches out into a peaceful retreat nestled in the crown of the continent. Only the savviest travelers remain around Glacier as days spin on into winter, letting you savor a calm and relaxing mountain stay.

Winter Sports Galore

Glacier National Park Snowshoeing

Snowshoeing and xc skiing in Northwest Montana

Between snowshoeing, cross country skiing, sledding, snowmobiling, and snowball fights, all steps away from your cabin’s porch and only a short drive to world-class ski resorts in Whitefish, the only problem you’ll have will be figuring out how to fit it all into a single stay.

Going-to-the-Sun Road Open to Skiers and Snowshoers

Snow-covered mountains

Take those winter sports and head into the park, where the Going-to-the-Sun Road is closed only to four wheels. Skis and snowshoes can head up the road beyond closures, leading to walks tread in serenity, with views enjoyed by only sliding skiers and the park wildlife.

Wildlife to Spot


Speaking of wildlife, when winter weather brings colder temperatures, the park’s animals descend from their alpine summer homes to winter in the lowlands, making it possible to observe them in their natural habitat. Just make sure to give them plenty of space! Check out these tips for spotting the park’s furry residents.

Reserve a stay at Historic Tamarack Lodge & Cabins and enjoy a relaxing apres-ski at the onsite Saloon, where we offer a selection of cocktails and local craft brews to help you unwind!

5 things to do in Glacier National Park when the snow flies

November 6th, 2015 by teresa

Lake McDonald in the Winter

Glacier National Park in the Wintertime

Winter is a fabulous season to experience Glacier National Park.  The snow caps dazzle on the mountains, everything is still and peaceful and the busy sounds of civilization are muffled by a blanket of snow.  There’s no better time to relax, reflect on the past year and make plans for times still to come.

Glacier National Park is open ALL year round and offers an abundance of activities regardless of the season.  Here’s just five things to get you out there and experiencing the beauty of snow season:

  • Snowshoeing – a traditional way to cross snow covered terrain, snowshoeing is suitable for all the family and allows you to experience the extraordinary silence of the Park in Wintertime.  Take a ranger-led snowshoe for the skinny on all the behind the scenes activity during snow season.
  • Nordic Skiing – A great way to get a full-body workout whilst getting a lungful of that clear mountain air!  A popular place to ski in the Park is the Camas Road, but dependent on your level of experience and yearning for adventure, there are unlimited options for you to choose from.
  • Photography – Winter brings the contrast that makes for perfect shots for aspiring Ansel Adams’.  The added bonus is that you get to experience the landscapes in 3D for new inspiration and perspective.
  • Sightseeing – the Going-to-the-Sun Road is typically plowed up to the Avalanche Creek pullout, enabling visitors of all ages and physical conditions to travel through breathtaking scenery including the shores of Lake McDonald and the glittering peaks that lie beyond. Beachcombers can explore the shoreline at Apgar and at Lake McDonald Lodge and there are plenty of places for visitors to bundle up and reflect on the views.
  • Wildlife spotting – while the bears may hibernate, there are plenty of Winter residents to be found such as snowshoe hares, deer, chipmunks and eagles.

When you are all done adventuring, choose your favorite toddy from the bar and curl up beside a roaring fire in the lodge.  We have all you might need for a relaxing break far from the madding crowd.

Trapper’s Cabin

October 4th, 2015 by teresa

The 1800’s saw English, French and Spanish trappers to the area, known for its abundance of beavers.  As a tribute to these lone individuals and the history of our Glacier National Park area, we have styled part of the lodge as a Trapper’s Cabin.  Although controversial, fur trading was once big business and enabled Montana to be mapped and more well known.

The life of a trapper was a lonely one, requiring miles of snowshoeing over many layers of snow to check the traps on their trapline.

Our Trapper’s Cabin reflects the simplicity of this life with a small stove, coffee pot and furs and traps hung on available nails in the log walls.  A single oil painting points to the creativity often inspired by the beauty of the state, creativity that led to larger than life characters such as Charlie Russell and Joe Cosley.

Sit back and enjoy a whisky and a game of checkers amongst the memorabilia and old lodgepole pine beams of our lodge.  We welcome you to your home away from home!



Eat, drink and be merry!

September 25th, 2015 by teresa

Glacier National Park Coffee

Espresso, beer, wine and spirits at Off The Beaten Path