Posts Tagged ‘snowsports’

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?!


Winter at the Historic Tamarack Lodge!

November 26th, 2010 by HTL

Each season brings its own rewards in our corner of northwest Montana.  Winter brings the snow and holiday landscapes like no other.  Our facility is plowed on a daily basis to ensure your safety and, as we are right on Highway 2 which is also regularly plowed, we are also safely accessible.  Taking the train?  Ask us about transportation.

Once you are here there is plenty to do.  Snowshoes are available from front desk staff – take a trip to the beaver pond behind our property, or venture into Glacier National Park or the Flathead National Forest Trails.

For cross-country skiers there is also an abundance of possibilities with groomed trails all around us. That’s 1,000,000 acres of Glacier National Park and 3,000,000 acres of National Forest and Wilderness area…we dare you to get bored with that!

Nearby Whitefish caters to every level of downhill skier or snowboarder as well as offering apres ski at the top of the mountain or in the picturesque town below whereas Blacktail Mountain offers uncrowded slopes and a family atmosphere at reduced rates.  Ski them both and tell us your preference!

We have snowmobiles!  We work closely with local rental firms to ensure you are provided the levels of service we pride ourselves on at the lodge.  New for this year is the opening of the Desert Mountain trailhead to guided snowmobiling.  Treat yourself to panoramic views of Glacier National Park from the summit, then wind your way back down the trail to the frozen reservoir at Emory Bay.  A great family trip, even better taken by moonlight.

Too much activity?  Not a problem!  Stay with us and enjoy the tranquility and relaxation that is unique to Winter in our area of the world.  Enjoy a hot chocolate while sinking into the armchair at the lodge with a good book.  Read about our history or enjoy a Western romance novel, whatever you choose.

Its your vacation … let us help you plan your dream getwaway, whether its a retreat from the stresses and strains of everyday life, a romantic winter weekend away from the kids, or a family snow sports vacation, we can help.

Don’t leave all the fun til Summer!

Whitefish, Montana

February 11th, 2010 by HTL

Less than 30 minutes drive from your accommodation at The Historic Tamarack Lodge and Cabins is the picturesque town of Whitefish.

A 30min drive from The Historic Tamarack Lodge and Cabins.

Originally a railroad town, Whitefish is now probably better known for its ski resort on Whitefish Mountain.  In the Winter months there is plenty of winter sports activity whether on the downhill ski slopes or snowmobiling the mountains beyond. Down from the mountain the town is served by the historic Amtrak station and a number of boutique shops, restaurants and bars for apres ski.

In the Summer months, Whitefish Mountain turns into an adventure playground of a different kind with zip line tours, an alpine slide and a boardwalk high in the treetops. There are many opportunities for water sports on Whitefish Lake, and to bask in the beauty of the surroundings on the City Beach.  An abundance of local produce is available at the weekly Farmer’s Market, and, as an artist’s town, there are numerous opportunities for Art Walks of the many galleries. Let your own creativity flow at the Stumptown Art Studio and paint your own pottery to take home as a unique souvenir of your stay, then round off your day by returning home to an evening of hospitality at the lodge.

Relax by the fireplace in the Main Lodge