Archive for the ‘Winter Events’ Category

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:

Events at the Historic Tamarack Lodge and Cabins

October 16th, 2015 by teresa

The lodge has always been a popular location for family reunions, weddings and other group events.  22 cabins on-site and two large recreation spaces, plus all weather capacity in the lodge itself or in our outdoor Pavilion means large groups are able to meet, greet and entertain in one place.  Our host of outdoor games, such as badminton, tetherball, volleyball, football, horseshoes and more makes friendly competition between groups a fun activity and Glacier National Park a short drive away ensures breathtaking hikes, cycling and water sports.

Our venues are now available to be booked on-line and include the lodge (please note that lodge rental is not possible during restaurant opening hours unless you have made catering arrangements with the chef), the Pavilion, the lower recreation area and the upper recreation area.

Space for large event tents is available on the upper recreation area.  This is located at the rear of our property and offers privacy in close proximity to the Flathead National Forest and our family cabins.

Use of all our event facilities is available free of charge to our guests, but exclusive use of these areas do need to be reserved.

Book on-line, or call our Receptionists on 406-387-4420 for further information, for catering info and to ask us about discounted rates for large groups.


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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.


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 Events | Cabin Fever Days 2014

January 25th, 2014 by teresa

Historic Tamarack Lodge West Glacier National Park CabinsIts getting to that time of year again when both locals and visitors can enjoy a weekend of fun at our local Cabin Fever Days event.  Run by the Trapline association to benefit local charities such as Headstart, the food bank and Quick Response Unit, its a great way to support our community whilst kicking back and enjoying canyon hospitality.  From the famous barstool racing to hog roasts and live music there’s something for everyone to enjoy, and with family-friendly activities such as cupcake walks and magic shows the kids can join in too!

Choose to stay at the Historic Tamarack Lodge and Cabins and enjoy the classic ambiance of Glacier National Park lodging with modern amenities such as daily housekeeping and satellite tv.  You’ll already be at the centre of the action with all the activity venues within easy reach, but why not take advantage of our spectacular location and explore a bit further afield? Entry to Glacier National Park will be FREE for President’s Day weekend and guests of the Historic Tamarack Lodge get a great discount on local activities including guided snowshoeing and snowmobiling and you can also rent snowshoes right at the lodge itself.

Our espresso bar will be open and serving our special Montana Coffee Traders Tamarack Blend and we will be serving breakfasts, hot burritos and a selection of pastries.  We are on the free shuttle route between parking spots and activity venues!!  So why not come in and enjoy the ambiance of our 100 yr old lodge, surf the internet with our free wifi, and take a break from the hustle and bustle in front of our cozy log fire?  Our gift shop will be offering locally made souvenirs at discounted prices.  Pick up a bargain to remind you of your stay, or send something home to a loved one to entice them to come enjoy the fun!

Our staff are on hand to ensure your stay exceeds your expectations and to welcome you to Cabin Fever Days 2014.  See you on the hill!

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.

Ski Montana

February 1st, 2013 by teresa

Downhill skiing is one of the top winter activities in our area and with good reason!  With pristine, crowd-free slopes and family-friendly resorts, our corner of northwest Montana offers a unique opportunity for a low cost, high quality winter holiday.

Whitefish Mountain Resort – 30 mins drive

Take a tour with one of Whitefish Mountain’s Mountain Ambassadors and discover which trails and amenities fit your needs.  With 3,000 acres of terrain to choose from, you might need their expert advice, hints and tips!

Book a Learn to Ski package for $72 (includes two half-day lessons, two days lift tickets, and two days of equipment rentals) or improve your skills on the slopes with a private lesson.

Don’t forget the kids!  Whitefish Mountain offers daycare at their Kids Center in the Base Lodge including Ski and Play Sessions for ages 3-6.

Click here for further info.

Blacktail Resort – 40 mins drive

A smaller, family-friendy resort set in 1000 acres of National Forest, Blacktail has an average annual snowfall of 250″ and offers 15% Beginner slopes, 70% Intermediate and 15% Expert.

Click here for further info.

Backcountry skiing at Glacier National Park

For the really adventurous!  Be sure to check your route with the Park Rangers for up to the minute safety information and consider hiring a guide.


Click here for further info.

Family ski vacations at the Historic Tamarack Lodge and Cabins

Family ski vacations at the Historic Tamarack Lodge and Cabins


Dashing through the snow..

December 24th, 2012 by teresa



Do you feel the need for speed?  Stay with us during snow season and grab a great 10% discount with Swan Mountain Snowmobiling. Take a quickie to Desert Mountain or spend a day exploring the back country around Glacier National Park.  Whatever your choice, we’ll be sure to keep the homefires burning and keep your cabin cozy and comfortable.

With great, low winter rates, the Historic Tamarack Lodge and Cabins stays open year round so you can stay and play in our winter wonderland.

Glacier National Park guided snowshoe trips.

December 15th, 2012 by teresa

The Historic Tamarack Lodge and Cabins are excited to announce a new partnership.  Working with Glacier Adventure Guides to bring you a discounted range of activities and quality guided winter activities, there’s never been a better time to book a winter vacation with us!

Glacier Adventure guides offer a Glacier National Park snowshoe experience for all ages and ranges of ability.  Treat the family to a beginner snowshoeing trip, with little elevation gain for families, older adventurers or those wanting a more leisurely experience.

Or, for the intermediate or advanced snowshoe enthusiasts, go winter hiking in Glacier National Park.  With 1,000+ vertical gain and a 6-8 miles round trip, this trip includes Snyder Basin, Mount Brown and Elk Mountain in the Marias Pass area.

Want to go a-l-l-l-l-l the way?!   Join Glacier Adventures with an over night advanced trip? Custom experiences area available on request.



Night of Lights

December 7th, 2012 by teresa

Night of Lights – December 7th

Get in the Christmas spirit with Columbia Falls ‘Night of Lights’ Christmas event.  For full details visit the Chamber website at:

Downtown Columbia Falls – Parade at 6:30 p.m.
Judging for floats begins at 5:30 p.m.

Santa will be at North Valley Avalanche Room – 235 Nucleus Ave following the parade.

Craft Vendors – NVH Teakettle Community Room – Starting at 5:00 p.m.

Children’s Holiday Village – Marantette Park – will be lighted through the holiday season! New displays this year!

Senior Citizen’s Center Craft Fair with Soup Supper – 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.


Happy Holidays!