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3 Glacier Guided Winter Adventures

January 16th, 2016 by julia

Glacier National Park Winter

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There’s no such thing as a bad season to visit Northwestern Montana’s Glacier Country: summer brings miles of hiking, swimming, and boating; fall larches bring fiery color changes to the hills; spring melts bring white water and clear roads for cyclists with cool weather. But winter is the crowning glory, with snow sports making for an outdoor culture as lively as in summer, just minus the crowds.

Winter may give pause to summer-weather sports enthusiasts not used to the colder conditions, but never fear: you don’t have to be an expert cross country skier, snowshoer, or snowmobiler to enjoy the utopia that the Crown of the Continent offers in winter.

Guided excursions let the novice winter explorer delve into backcountry goodies without having to spend years studying the nuances of a particular sport.

Make a reservation and grab your gloves, because that’s all you’ll need to bring along on these guided getaways to the wilderness.

Swan Mountain Snowmobile Rentals & Tours

The guides at Swan Mountain will take you out on a tour of Canyon Creek, Desert Mountain or Crane Mountain. With family friendly options, hotel pickup, and tours as short as two hours on top of professional instruction, you’ll be ready to sled in no time.

Dog Sled Adventures

Speaking of sleds, Dog Sled Adventures will bring you closer to nature, nestled under cozy elk furs on a 12-mile loop through the Stillwater State Forest. Take in the view pulled by a team of sled dogs, exploring winter without the sounds of modern day before finishing up snuggled by the fire with cookies and hot chocolate.

Glacier Adventure Guides

Can’t pick which sport to try? Head to the hills with Glacier Adventure Guides, offering snowshoeing, backcountry skiing, cross country skiing, and winter overnight trips in Glacier and the surrounding area. And with full gear rental options with lunch and transportation included, really all you have to do is show up.

 

Pair a winter adventure with a cozy lodge room stay at the Historic Tamarack Lodge & Cabins and return to an intimate fireside retreat after a long day exploring! 

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!

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

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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

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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!

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

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

 

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