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Guide to Glacier National Park Ranger-Led Snowshoe Walks

December 29th, 2015 by julia

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West Glacier National Park Snowshoeing

Good news for outdoorsy folks who love to float over some fresh powder: the schedule for this winter’s ranger-led snowshoe walks in Glacier National Park is up, with weekend walks from January 6 through March 20!

These group strolls through the park make for an invigorating and fresh way to see the scenery. To get an idea of what to expect on the walks (free with park admission!) check out the nuts and bolts below.

The Basics
Walks start at the Apgar Visitor Center every Saturday and Sunday, January 6 through March 20. They begin at 10:30 am and 2:00 pm, and run for about two hours. Participants should come prepared with warm layers, good shoes, snacks, and water, and the Park Service recommends the walks for ages 6 and up.

Snowshoes
Participants can rent snowshoes from the Apgar Visitor Center for $2, pick up rentals from outfitters in the area, or bring their own. The lodge also rents snowshoes to guests who want to hit the trails!

The Experience
Park rangers lead walks on gentle terrain, giving interpretive talks along the way to immerse participants in the ecology and animals of the park while savoring the remote calm of the mountains in winter.

Spend the time tromping through one of the country’s most scenic areas, and relish the freedom from summer crowds while still getting to enjoy the arresting panoramas and snow-topped mountain peaks.

 

Only 8 miles from the park’s west entrance, the Historic Tamarack Lodge and Cabins offers some of the closest year-round lodging to Glacier National Park. Reserve your room to enjoy the beauty of the Rocky Mountains in winter!

Cross Country Skiing in Glacier National Park

December 17th, 2015 by julia

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One of the highlights of visiting Glacier National Park in winter is getting to take advantage of the snowy trails, open to snowshoers, cross country skiers, and outdoor-lovers of all sorts. Work up a sweat and check out this sampling of routes on the west side of the park, ranging from beginning to advanced.

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Layer up and hit the trails to enjoy a day sliding through a quiet wilderness winter scene. To check on trail conditions and road closures, call the park service at 406-888-7800 or check the website before heading out.

Beginner: Covey Meadow Loop

A great option for young children, this 3-mile loop heads around a natural meadow in the Polebridge area, an outing with level terrain and a taste of the North Fork area of the park. Trails start from the Polebridge Ranger Station (closed in winter), and skiers should check road conditions before driving the unpaved road.

Intermediate: Sacred Dancing Cascades

From parking in the Lake McDonald Lodge parking lot, ski 1.8 miles up the unplowed road to Lake McDonald Creek, turning left to ski to the bridge over the creek to take in the view of McDonald Falls. Cross the bridge and ski right, continuing on to Sacred Dancing Cascades and back to the road, in a 5.3-mile round trip.

Advanced: Apgar Lookout

For an ascent that offers a challenge, this 10.6-mile round trip trail to Apgar Lookout offers a hearty workout that pays off big in amazing views of Lake McDonald. Park in the lot across from the barn and continue up beyond the end of the plowed section across Quarter Circle Bridge and up the hill. Take the right fork and continue half a mile until the marked trailhead, then head up the slope for the Lookout views!

Our front desk staff would be excited to recommend outfitters for gear rentals, as well as other ski trails in the park. Reserve your room at the Historic Tamarack Lodge & Cabins for the winter mountain getaway of a lifetime!

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:

http://www.rei.com/learn/expert-advice/snowshoeing-first-steps.html

http://www.redfeather.com/techniques.html

http://snowshoes.com/learn/article/going-downhill

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.

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 greg@glacieradventureguides.com 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!

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

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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 www.glacierinstitute.org.

 

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.

Glacier National Park Adventure

November 26th, 2013 by teresa

 

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Glacier National Park adventures

The Historic Tamarack Lodge and Cabins is proud to support The Glacier Institute!

The Glacier Institute is a private 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded in 1983 by passionate scientists who wanted to share their love of the Crown of the Continent ecosystem and Glacier National Park.  The Glacier Institute provides outdoor education for elementary school children and custom Adventure Camps and Outdoor Education courses for youth and adults by instructors who are recognized experts in their fields. The Institute also provides scholarships to underserved youth.

Purchase a gift certificate or bid on their on-line auction for a fantastic Christmas gift for a loved one that comes with the guarantee of supporting the next generation of teachers, river ecologists, naturalists, wildlife biologists and innovators.

Watch out for our donation to the auction – a night in a cozy couple’s cabin with hot cocoa and FREE snowshoe rental!

Winter in Glacier National Park

November 2nd, 2013 by teresa

 

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Snowshoeing and xc skiing in Northwest Montana

Book a stay with us during Winter 2013/14 and enjoy great seasonal rates, outfitter discounts and all the facilities of our four season Glacier National Park Lodge and Cabins.

All our accommodations are fully equipped to handle all season weather and our facility is plowed and maintained on a daily basis throughout the season.

Come in and enjoy a latte from our Espresso Bar in front of the Lodge fire, plan your day’s adventure with our collection of guide books and maps, and grab a high energy snack from our Gift Shop to keep you active on the trail.

Our staff are always on hand to help you plan your trip with local knowledge and first hand experience of the area.

All four seasons in Glacier National Park bring their own form of splendour, but there is nothing quite like the stillness of a snow-covered landscape.  Glacier National Park remains open throughout the Winter months for skiing and snowshoeing and provides many opportunities for experiencing outstanding scenery and fresh mountain air.

Ready to hit the trails?  Apgar Village and 11 miles of the Going-to-the-Sun Road are plowed throughout the season.  As always when planning an excursion into the Park, be prepared for changes in weather conditions and be sure you are fully equipped. For latest trail closures and conditions click here.

Bringing the kids along? Why not rent snowshoes from the lodge and join in on a Park Ranger-Led Snowshoe Walk?  These two hour walks are a great way to discover all about Park flora and fauna during the Winter months and are usually held on Saturdays and Sundays from January through March.

(Snowshoe rental is also available at the Apgar Visitor Center)

Be sure to tell us all about it when you return at the end of the day and ask us for advice on planning your next Glacier National Park adventure!  Want to make it an extended stay?  Our cabins are available for long-term rental Oct-April.

 

 

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