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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.

Winter Getaway in a Lodge Room at Historic Tamarack Lodge

December 8th, 2015 by julia

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Built in 1907 in the town of Belton (now known as West Glacier), the lodge now sits at its present site in Bad Rocks Canyon, bookended by the Bob Marshall Wilderness  at the back of the property and the Teakettle and Columbia Mountains stretching their legs for sparkling sunset views to the west.

 

Montana Sunset at Historic Tamarack Lodge

 

In the updated eco-friendly lodge, find a feel of old-time serenity with the addition of modern amenities, whether downstairs in the common areas, or up above in the snug log cabin accommodations.

Upstairs in second-floor lodge rooms, lofted ceilings show off the original rough-hewn log beams, maintaining the charm of the building’s historic heritage while bringing guests modern updates, including ensuite baths and complimentary wifi. Satellite TV, coffee makers, and iPod docking station come standard in the rooms.

 

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If you’re looking to unplug and unwind, the cozy lodge Great Room provides a fireside retreat ideal for curling up with a book while the snow drifts down outside. Select from our library of books and board games, or sip a latte or hot chocolate from the Saloon. If you crave something stronger, sample the array of local micro brews and locally-distilled whiskies, crafted in surrounding towns for that unbeatable Big Sky flavor.

 

Great Room Historic Tamarack Lodge

 

In a fusion of rustic history and modern updates, the lodge at Historic Tamarack Lodge & Cabins provides a winter wonderland retreat, best enjoyed after an invigorating day of snowshoeing in
Glacier National Park, skiing in Whitefish, or exploring local shops.

Give us a call or reserve online to explore the Crown of the Continent when it’s dressed in white, a frosty wilderness of winter sports and relaxation.

 

Snow-covered mountains

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

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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!

Glacier National Park Lodge Rooms

June 18th, 2013 by teresa

Our Lodge began its life of service to the community as one of the original visitor centers for guests to Glacier National Park arriving by train at West Glacier until 1949 when, with the formation of West Glacier and the decision to build a school in the area, the lodge was sold. Purchased by the Rowles family, it was dismantled log by log and moved via logging trucks to its present location.

Today, the lodge continues to provide guests a truly wonderful experience in keeping with the spirit of the Montana Mountains in which it resides.

Sympathetically refurbished in 2013, the lodge now boasts four Glacier National Park themed lodge rooms for our guests to experience a taste of traditional mountain living.

Lodge Room guests enjoy a private entrance located at the side of the lodge. Parking spaces are allocated close to the entrance which leads into the lodge Great Room.  Lodge Room guests enjoy 24 hour access to the Great Room.  Relax on the over-stuffed furniture and soak up the history of the 100 year old lodgepole pine beams.  Enjoy a book from the library in front of the original stone fireplace.  A large flat screen tv brings you up to date with free satellite service.

All of our lodge rooms have lofted ceilings, exposed beams and hardwood floors.  Choose from: the Deer Lodge Room, sleeping up to two with one queen bed and an attached bath; the Bison Lodge Room (sleeping up to four with two queen beds and attached bath); the Moose Lodge Room (sleeping up to four with two queen beds and attached bath) or the Grizzly Lodge Room (sleeping up to five with two queen beds and a daybed).  The Moose and Grizzly Rooms share a covered balcony making them a great option for groups of up to nine guests travelling together.

Lodge Room guests enjoy a complimentary continental breakfast in the lodge which also houses an Espresso Bar, Gift Shop and restaurant (serving The Shak BBQ from 3pm).

With daily housekeeping as standard and attention to detail such as ceiling fans, handcrafted furniture and adjustable lighting, you can enjoy the ambiance of a traditional Glacier National Park lodge with all the modern amenities you need for your comfort.

We look forward to welcoming you to your home away from home!

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Glacier National Park Lodge

May 3rd, 2013 by teresa

5182026670_a5363cd092_bIn 1862, a group of men from a Minnesota Masonic Lodge met in the breathtaking Montana Rockies.  In the early 1900’s they built and used the “Belton Masonic Lodge” to stay in while they played in and explored Glacier Park. Originally located on the site of West Glacier Elementary School, behind the train station at West Glacier (or Belton, as it was then known), the lodge was not open to the public during this time.

In the 1940’s the lodge was moved log by massive log to its current home in Martin City.  Since its reconstruction the lodge has served in many forms, from a simple shelter from the elements to a playground for school children, a restaurant, a dance hall and even a roller skating rink.

Today, the lodge continues to provide guests a truly wonderful experience in keeping with the spirit of the Montana Mountains in which it resides.

Four Glacier National Park themed lodge rooms provide accommodation within the lodge itself for our guests to experience a taste of traditional mountain living.  Each lodge room has attached private bath and shared access to the lodge great room and amenities.  Rates include a continental breakfast in the lodge (May-October).

Check availability and book your Glacier National Park vacation steeped in the history of the area.

  • Black and white postcard of Masonic Hall in Belton, MT. Log structure relocated to Martin City, now Tamarack Lodge. Date: circa 1920. Photographer: Ted Marble.

Glacier National Park Fund Special

March 9th, 2011 by HTL

Room with a view!
Hello Glacier Fund Friends! 

We have some GREAT news to share with you!  Thanks to our friends, Kathie

Larson Phillips and Kevin Warrington of Belton Chalets, Inc. (Sperry and Granite Park), GNPF will be the beneficiary of the 2011 Sperry Chalet Fundraiser!!!  We are so excited to be able to offer this opportunity to you!  Here’s the scoop:

What: Sperry Chalet Fundraiser – the night before the chalet is opened to the public for the regular season, 25 lucky people will get to experience the magic of Sperry as a small group…..it’s just you, the staff and the goats.

When: Thursday, July 7, 2011

How Much: $250 per person includes your room and dinner Thursday night as well as breakfast Friday morning with all of the proceeds coming to GNPF.

To register there are 2 easy ways:

  • Call Kevin on the Sperry Chalet reservation line at 1-888-345-2649 or
  • Click here http://www.sperrychalet.com/reservation_request.php and fill out the reservation request form.  In the comments section at the bottom you MUST reference GNPF Sperry Chalet Fundraiser or your request will be denied/discarded.  This is a private night so is not on the regular “books”.

Whether you call Kevin or go online,

you MUST mention GNPF and the Sperry Chalet Fundraiser!

There is only room for 25 people……….

Ready, Set, Make Your Reservation NOW!

 

It is going to be a great event and we hope to see you there!!

 

 

The Glacier National Park Fund supports the preservation of the outstanding natural beauty and cultural heritage of Glacier National Park for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations by fostering public awareness and encouraging private philanthropy.

Glacier National Park Snowshoeing

March 4th, 2011 by HTL

Snowshoeing

in Glacier National Park!

 

The Glacier National Park Fund  

invites you to come snowshoeing with us and Billy.

 

The purpose of each outing is to get some exercise, talk

about GNPF accomplishments and most importantly have fun in Glacier together.  There will be no formal interpretation

program – just having fun snowshoeing together.

 

All outings will last about 3 hours and are open to the public at no charge.  Meet at the GNPF office in Columbia Falls. Please note that park entrance fees are required for all participants.

 

Dates are February 25th,

March 11th and March 25th

For more details……

http://www.glacierfund.org/EVENTS/event.php?id=6

To sign up, please contact Kelly at

892-3250 or kelly@glacierfund.org

 

Swan Mountain Snowmobiling

February 19th, 2011 by HTL

Swan Mountain Snowmobiling and Abbott Valley Homestead invite you to an Open House.
What – A full day open house/chamber event filled with good company, food, drinks and fun!
Swan Mountain Snowmobiling will run short trips up to the top of Desert Mountain and request a $10 donation for grooming. Abbott Valley will open up the homestead to guests in between
trips so that they can warm up and get information about other businesses in the canyon.
When – Sunday February 20, 2011
Where – Desert Mountain Trailhead! Abbott Valley Homestead
Why – To introduce Swan Mountain Snowmobiling to the public and continue to promote the canyon as a four season destination.

Contact Aubrie Lorofia at 387-4405 or via email
aubrie@swanmountainoutfitters.com

Whitefish Winter Carnival

January 31st, 2011 by HTL

52nd Whitefish Winter Carnival February 4-6, 2011
Carnival Marvels at the Comics
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
January 8 Merry Maker


6:00-9:00 PM
Great Northern Bar and Grill Dinner and a roast of Whitefish and the world. Duchess of Lark & Prime Minister announced!!
Adults Only.
Button required.
$15 tickets at Chamber of Commerce, Whitefish Credit Union, Great Northern Bar

January 15 Coronation of Prince Frey and Princess Freya & Introduction of Herald the Hark

Whitefish High School Gym at approx 5:30 PM
Meet the 2011 Herald the Hark, Prince and Princess and cheer on the Bulldogs!

January 22 Coronation of King Ullr LII and Queen of the Snows

7:00 PM – A torchlight parade will proceed up Central Avenue to present the new King and Queen on the ice throne at 1st Street and Central Ave. Buttons for sale

January 22 Disco Party

The Great Northern Bar and Grill 9:00 PM. $5.00 Great Prizes!! for the best disco costumes!

Jan 28-30 Skijoring Competition

Ski Joring is a sport that combines an interesting mix of two of Montana’s favorites: horses and skiing. A skier is pulled over jumps and around gates at a full gallop.
Registration & Welcome Friday, January 28 6 – 9 PM – Great Northern Brewery, Black Star Draught House
Competition Saturday, January 29 12 – 4 PM
Spectator Parking $5.00 per car Whitefish Airport

Calcutta Saturday, January 29 6 PM – Great Northern Bar

Competition Sunday, January 30 12 – 4 PM

Spectator Parking $5.00 per car Whitefish Airport

Awards Sunday, January 30, 6 -9 at the Craggy Range. Music by John Dunnigan

Craggy Range Info www.whitefishskijoring.com

Jan 28-Feb 11 Art Walk

Artist’s works displayed at more than 30 merchants throughout Whitefish Reception
Jan 28 5-8 with guided tours 5-6 and 7-8 at Stumptown Art Studio.
Maps guide strollers around town to check out the displays. For information call 862-5929

February 4 The Ball

6:30 Cocktails and Silent Auction, Dinner 7:30 at Grouse Mountain Lodge $45
Tickets available at Whitefish Chamber. Live Music

February 4-6 Whitefish International Hockey Tournament

Stumptown Ice Den Friday evening, Saturday all day, Sunday morning. Info 863-2477

February 5 Kiddie Carnival

10:00 AM-2:00 PM Central School Gym. Games galore for the little ones!

February 5 Penguin Plunge

12:30 PM City Beach on Whitefish Lake

Fundraiser for Special Olympics- Registration 10:00 AM.
To register and information call Judy Gephart 863-8888 http://www.somt.org 1-800-242-6876

February 5 St Charles Pie Social

1:00 PM St Charles Catholic Church.

February 5 Black Star Beer Barter

1:00 PM in front of the Great Northern Brewery located at 2 Central Avenue in Whitefish, Montana. Bring or do something that’s worth a year’s supply of beer to you. Remember, there can only be one winner. Enter the barter or be a spectator. Food, beer, raffle prizes and more surprises are in store.
Participation, barter rules & regulations, and event information can be found at www.blackstarbeer.com/barter and by emailing barter@blackstarbeer.com

February 5 Grand Parade

3:00 PM Downtown Whitefish the Grand Marshal leads floats, animal groups, dancers, drill teams, royalty, and many more entries to delight the crowd.
To register and information pick up an application at Chamber office

February 5 Yeti Snowskate Jam

Button Required
Kiddie Park at 5th Street and Central Avenue
10:30-12:45 Warm up/practice for all competitors
11:00 Deadline for registration and competitor check in
1:00-3:00 Competition for Under 10 and Beginner Category
3:00-4:00 Park closed for Grooming and Testing (Parade)
4:00-4:30 Warm Up for Intermediate, Advanced and Expert competitors
4:30-7:15 Competition for Intermediate, Advanced and Expert categories
7:15-8:00 Open Snowskate Jam for all competitors For info Willie Hobbs 862-3303

February 5 Winter Carnival Torchlight Parade & Fireworks Display

7:00 PM Whitefish Mountain Resort. Ski instructors and patrol ski down Ed’s Run. Fireworks too!

February 6 Rotary Pancake Breakfast

8:00AM- 1:00PM Moose Lodge. A Royal Feast for all. Includes eggs, bacon, sausage, biscuits, gravy, pancakes, juice & coffee.$8.00

Your four season destination..

January 9th, 2011 by HTL

Whatever the season, full services are always available in the Gateway to Glacier communities giving visitors to the area the chance to experience the beauty of every season.

Summer brings clear blue skies, warm days and cool nights. There is nothing like stargazing while toasting smores around a Montana campfire…they don’t call it Big Sky country for nothing! Camp, fish, hike, explore to your heart’s content or simply laze the day away floating down the river. There are recreation opportunities to suit all tastes, age and ability. Accommodation varies from the campsites and railway lodges in Glacier National Park to RV parks, motel accommodation, cosy bed and breakfasts and individual cabins in the Gateway communities. Take your pic for a vacation tailored to your own needs!

Events in the Gateway area include the Heritage Days festival in Columbia Falls, weekly bullriding displays and 4th July celebrations throughout. Glacier National Park is alive with activity at this time of the year and offers a multitude of Ranger-led activities, demonstrations and exhibits throughout the Park.

The Flathead National Forest offers more trails on which to hike and explore. View the peaks of Glacier National Park from the summit of Desert Mountain, test your mountain biking skills, swim in the local Lion Lake, a great place for families, or fish in the many locations our area has to offer. Do not forget huckleberry picking!

Fall brings a more gentle pace and is a great time for couples to enjoy hiking amongst Fall colors and cozy up during cooler nights. The lakes are glassy and still, reflecting the red, gold and ochre of the changing foliage and snow-capped mountain peaks. This time of year offers great photo opportunities.

Events in the area consist of the La Grizz Ultramarathon, run around the periphery of the Hungry Horse Reservoir.. If you are not brave enough to compete, cheer on those who are or dance beneath the stars at Oktoberfest.

Hunting season follows the falling leaves and nowhere better to find deer, elk, mountain lions or bear than the 3 million acres of wilderness that surround Glacier National Park.

Winter in the Glacier National Park area is an experience not to be missed. A true Winter Wonderland, sparkle on the slopes of nearby ski resorts at Whitefish Mountain or Blacktail, appreciate the peace and tranquility of the snow-covered landscape, especially beautiful beneath the light of the moon.

There are ranger-led activities within Glacier National Park and opportunities for snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. At this time of year the Gateway communities really come into their own offering accommodation, dining, entertainment and recreational activities when the Park campgrounds and summer-season lodges are closed.

Experience the Christmas ‘Night of Lights’ in Columbia Falls, join in the fun at February’s Cabin Fever Days, and sip hot chocolate whilst watching the Race at Glacier or Doggie Skijoring.

Snowmobiles are available to rent for that high-speed adventure…experience the peaks of Glacier as viewed from the summit of Desert Mountain or the nearby Whitefish Mountain Ski Resort. Or simply curl up in front of a log fire and watch the snowfall.

Spring soon comes around again and the snowmelt affords rafters the high-water adventure of a lifetime. The whole area comes back to life as the snowline recedes up the mountains revealing spring buds. Wildlife emerges from Winter hibernation and the cycle begins again.

Make us your four season destination … book today!

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