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?!




 

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