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Nordic Skiing in Glacier National Park

February 10th, 2012 by teresa

Nordic skiing is a fantastic way to keep fit and enjoy the mountain air here at Glacier National Park.  Just five miles from the West Entrance, and open all year round, your accommodation at the Historic Tamarack Lodge and Cabins offers you some great nordic skiing opportunities.

Groomed trails on our doorstep take you right to the summit of nearby Desert Mountain.  It offers quite the workout, but the panoramic view at the top is more than worth it.

Glacier National Park itself has numerous trails to explore.  Ranger-led guided activities enable you to gain an insider’s view of life inside the Park at winter time.

XC ski outings are also available with the Glacier Institute on 9 and 23 March 2012.

For total solitude, explore the 33km trail system at the Izaak Walton in Essex.  Here you can book your own personal guide and/or xc ski lessons.

Whether your first taste of nordic skiing, or an old pro exploring tried and tested territory we know you will have a fantastic time.  Our backyard offers so many different options for exploring, each providing a unique and individual experience.  You’ll never have the same trip twice!

With great offers, you can afford to come back time and time again…welcome to your home away from home at the Historic Tamarack Lodge and Cabins.

Valentines proposal at the Historic Tamarack Lodge and Cabins

February 2nd, 2012 by teresa

Enjoy 50% off accommodation at the Historic Tamarack Lodge and Cabins and join us for a Valentine’s to remember – a Glacier National Park staycation.

Fly in to Glacier International Airport with bargain airfare from Allegiant Air with direct flights available from Las Vegas and San Francisco getting here has never been easier.

Truly a four-season destination, there are many activities available in our area during February. Hit the slopes at Whitefish Mountain or Blacktail Resort, both have great facilities for skiing, snowboarding and apres ski!

We work closely with local outfitters to ensure the best snowmobiling deals are available to you. Ask us about the view from Desert Mountain. We guarantee its a memory of a lifetime.

Want to slow down the pace? All our cabins are fully insulated and well heated. Cosy up in the privacy of your accommodation or join us in the Lodge to soak up the history of its 100 year old lodgepole pine architecture.

Snowshoeing is available right outside your door. Take a gentle stroll out to the nearby Beaver Ponds. Don’t forget to look for tracks in the snow. Our backyard is home to a wide range of wildlife all year round. Snowshoe rental is available from Front Desk. Its a great way to experience the peace and quiet of Winter.

Evening entertainment is also in abundance. Great dining is available at the nearby Belton Chalet, steeped in the history of Glacier National Park. We also have the Three Forks Grill in Columbia Falls who have a fantastic menu. A little further afield is the resort town of Whitefish. Take in some night skiing for a unique experience or, for that little bit of culture we have the Glacier Symphony and Chorale with regular outstanding performances.

Glacier National Park is not to be missed. Breathtaking views and plenty of opportunity for hiking and snowshoeing. Ask us about ranger-led snowshoe tours, or take a midnight trip for that out of this world experience.

Something for everything? You bet!

Let us help you put together the perfect Valentine’s weekend for your honey. With accommodation from $27.50 per cabin per night how can you turn us down?

Sweet as candy!

January 25th, 2012 by HTL

Treat your loved one to a romantic retreat in the heart of the Montana Rockies. Stay in one of our cabins the weekend 17-18th February and enjoy 50% off. That’s cabin rental from $27.50 per night!

Winter Birds of Prey

January 23rd, 2012 by HTL

A wildlife course titled “Winter Birds of Prey” is offered by the Glacier Institute on Saturday, January 28th. This is a day-long program.

Join Denny Olson (a.k.a. Critterman) on this birder’s winter adventure. After a short introductory session at Flathead Valley Community Collage the group will head out in the Glacier Institute vehicle along the back roads of the Flathead Valley searching for raptors. Spend the day learning to differentiate ages and plumages of Bald and Golden Eagles, the color morphs of Red-tailed Hawks (Western, rufous, dark, and Harlan’s) and Rough-legged Hawks. We will also be looking for Snowy Owls, Great-horned, Long-eared, Short-eared, and Pygmy Owls. An occasional short hike is likely during this day of touring.

The Glacier Institute serves adults and children as an educational leader in the Crown of the Continent ecosystem with Glacier National Park at its center. Emphasizing outreach and field based learning experiences; the non-profit Institute provides an objective and science-based understanding of the area’s ecology and its interaction with people. Marking its 29th year of educational programs, The Glacier Institute is a long-time partner with Glacier National Park, the 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.

To register and gain more information on the Winter Birds of Prey course call  (406) 755-1211. The course fee is $65.

Winter Events – Cabin Fever Days

January 19th, 2012 by HTL

Martin City’s Cabin Fever Days – home of the world famous Bar Stool Races and fabulous fun times right on our doorstep.  The Historic Tamarack Lodge and Cabins is proud to support the Cabin Fever Days weekend, the proceeds of which go to local charities.  Events are held a short walk from your accommodation with us and include: turtle races; snowshoe softball and arm-wrestling(sponsored by the American Armsports Association).  The emphasis here is on fun!  Troublemakers will be thrown in ‘jail’ , so be sure to purchase your ‘get out of jail’ buttons for any likely members of your party!

Plenty of vendors will ensure you get a taste of local flavors and, with a jam-packed schedule of events, you are sure to find something to entertain all the family.

Make great memories of your stay with us – don’t forget to share the photos with us!

Winter Events – Whitefish Winter Carnival

January 16th, 2012 by HTL

February 3rd-5th, 2012 sees the town of Whitefish celebrating the legendary God of Snow, King Ullr.  A thirty minute drive from your accommodation at the Historic Tamarack Lodge and Cabins, this weekend of merry-making includes a Kiddie Carnival, Penguin Plunge and spectacular firework display. One of the highlights of the Winter season, Whitefish Winter Carnival has a different theme each year.  In 2012, the theme is Fiesta Pescado Blanco.  Join the parade downtown, meet King Ullr and his Queen of the Snows and sample local fare at vendors stalls and local businesses.


Glacier National Park Winter Activities

January 8th, 2012 by HTL

The greatest visitor attraction for guests of the Historic Tamarack Lodge and Cabins is Glacier National Park.  Open year round, the Park offers an outstanding experience for our guests to get up close and personal with the mountains we call home.

Cross-country skiing and snowshoeing are popular winter activities in the park.  For easy access,  the National Park Service plows and maintains the Going-to-the-Sun Road from West Glacier to the Lake McDonald Lodge, a distance of 10 miles, and from the St. Mary entrance to the gate near the St. Mary campground on the east side.  However, most park roads will not be plowed and snow will be allowed to accumulate for non-mechanized recreational use.  This means miles and miles of solitude – the perfect remedy to the over-indulgence of the holiday season!

Park ranger-led snowshoe walks are free and begin at the Apgar Visitor Center beginning at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. each Saturday and Sunday, January 7 through March 18.

Winter camping is available in the park at Apgar Picnic Area and St. Mary Campground.  There is no cost for winter camping but a valid park entrance pass is required.  Backcountry permits are required for winter backcountry travelers for all overnight backcountry trips.  Winter permits are available, at no charge, from park headquarters during the week, and on weekends at the Apgar Visitor Center.

Reduced winter season entrance fees, in effect through April, mean a day at the Park provides even greater value for money.  Winter rates are $15 for vehicles and $10 for single entrants for a seven-day pass.

Winter hours for the Apgar Visitor Center are weekends, 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.  During the week, visitors may obtain information and assistance at park headquarters in West Glacier.

For additional park information about winter activities at Glacier National Park, visit or call 406-888-7800.

We say…let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!

Ski Whitefish

January 4th, 2012 by HTL

A 20-30 minute drive from your accommodation at the Historic Tamarack Lodge and Cabins, Whitefish Mountain Resort offers over 3000 acres of pure ski heaven.

Begin your day by joining a Mountain Ambassador for a tour of the facilities. Ambassadors meet twice daily, at 10:30am and 1:30pm.  Let them introduce you to the secrets of the Mountain and help you get the most from your time on the slopes.

If you haven’t tried downhill before now is the time to begin! Book a ‘Learn to Ski’ package (two days of lessons, rentals and tickets for $72), or head on over to the Ski and Snowboard School and brush up on existing skills with a private lesson.

Encourage the smallest member of your party to feel the love!  Its easy to do when children 6 and under go FREE.  Then keep them busy at the Kids Center with a range of activities and childcare opportunities for off-piste fun.

Apres ski?  There’s plenty of opportunity on the mountain.  Take the shuttle bus down to Whitefish and explore the shops and restaurants or indulge in some massage therapy at the Remedies Spa before returning home to the lodge.

We will be sure to have hot toddies awaiting your stories of life on the slopes!


Snowshoe Glacier National Park

November 22nd, 2011 by HTL

Snowshoeing is part of Glacier’s history and is a great way to explore parts of the park closed to motorized vehicles through the winter months.

Follow in the footsteps of legendary characters like Joe Cosley, a one-time Park ranger who was nicknamed Panther-on-snowshoes by natives for his legendary ability to snowshoe up to seventy miles in one day through Glacier’s backcountry. Traditional snowshoes, such as those used by Joe and locals,  would have been made from rawhide bindings and wood.  They were designed to enable the wearer to walk across the top of deep snow and so made otherwise inaccessible areas easier to travel through in snow season. Today, snowshoes are made from modern, lightweight material such as aluminum and come in a range of sizes making snowshoeing a great way to get out and get fit!

Choose to explore our area on snowshoe by choosing one of these great trails, join in on guided snowshoe hikes with Glacier National Park Ranger-led activities, or try it out by heading out to the Beaver Ponds behind your accommodation at the Historic Tamarack Lodge and Cabins.

Snowshoes can be rented at various locations but generally you can expect to pay between $100 – $300 for a new pair.  Specialist shoes are available for backcountry hikers looking for undiscovered powder for snowboarding and for those specifically looking to increase their fitness levels.

For great snowshoeing a base of 8 inches is recommended so while the snow falls and works on that for us, why not read more about it and get working on finding the right pair of snowshoes to fit in your Christmas stocking?!


The Conrad Mansion Museum, Kalispell

November 2nd, 2011 by HTL

Open May-October for our summer guests to experience a taste of local history, The Conrad Mansion is also open through November and December for Christmas tours.

Built in 1895, just a few years before the lodge, the Conrad Mansion has been beautifully preserved to show you what life was like for its occupants.  Charles E. Conrad was a prominent and respected local figure.  Instrumental in the founding of Kalispell, he helped shape the area as we know it today, building his family home in what was then simply wilderness.

A great opportunity for our Winter guests wanting to take a break from snowsports, the Mansion offers a welcome escape from seasonal shopping mayhem and guarantees a taste of Christmas past.

Original handmade items are available in the Gift Shop for that unique stocking filler and Winter items belonging to the family are on display throughout the holiday season.

Take the kids to visit Santa, or take a ‘Tea and Tour’ and lap up the warmth and celebration of the holiday season in the heart of the Montana Rockies.