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Ways to Travel Responsibly and Safely in Montana

By Discover Kalispell on Nov. 10, 2020

Each winter, Kalispell, Montana welcomes epic amounts of snowfall that transform our mountains and valleys into an epic winter wonderland. Around here, no matter the season, we’re big believers in safety first and adventure second, whether that means making responsible winter recreation choices like checking road conditions or staying home when you’re sick. At the end of the day, our biggest priority is always keeping our mountain town, residents and visitors safe.

Since early June, Montana has been in Phase 2 of the state’s reopening plan. From a visitor perspective, this means you are very welcome to come and visit, explore Montana’s winter wonderland, soak up all sorts of snow-fueled recreation and make memories to last a lifetime under our big blue sky. Keeping Kalispell safe means we all have to work together to keep our destination healthy. Whether you’re a resident who calls Montana home or a visitor coming to play in the region’s deep light powder, we all have a responsibility to care for each other, look out for one another and be kind. In a place as tight knit as Montana, our businesses depend on both locals and visitors for support. Whether you’re here for a weekend getaway or coming for a weeklong vacation, the efforts you’re making to travel responsibly and keep Montana safe are appreciated.

No matter what, we can all do our part to keep America moving, support local businesses, explore this land we love and travel responsibly.

Here are ways you can help keep Kalispell, Montana a safe place to visit this winter:

  1. Plan ahead. Before you book your tickets (we recommend flying into Glacier Park International Airport) or map out your road trip route, be sure to familiarize yourself with local and state health guidelines. This will help you be as prepared as possible prior to arriving in Montana. Keep in mind that some services and destinations (like Glacier National Park) may be limited.
  2. Explore Montana’s natural social distancing opportunities. In northwest Montana, there is lots of room to roam, explore and play, which makes it easy to practice social distancing. When it comes to winter, our mountain town offers both indoor and outdoor activities to suit your vacation style. Ski down runs at nearby Whitefish Mountain Resort or Blacktail Ski Area, book a snowmobiling tour to explore stashes of untouched power, try your hand at wildlife photography, glide along snow on a dog sled or see Glacier National Park awash in snow.
  3. Wear a face covering/mask. Montana currently has a directive that requires face coverings in businesses, government offices and other indoor spaces for individuals over 5 years old. Please be sure to bring face masks with you, follow the signage and mask up for Montana. In addition, face coverings are required outdoors when social distancing is not possible. While they are not required when eating or drinking at businesses that sell food and drinks, they should be worn when entering these businesses, ordering and in public areas like restrooms.
  4. Be kind. Local Montana businesses are working hard to stay open, while maintaining clean, safe and healthy places for you to stay, shop, dine and visit. You’ll also notice that many have signs and posters with guidelines, like wearing a mask, washing your hands and/or using hand sanitizer. Please follow posted guidelines and be respectful of the efforts they are taking to keep you and their employees safe, and remember that they’re doing the best they can. Kalispell’s lodging properties have cleaning policies in place to ensure that you feel comfortable staying in their rooms, cabins and accommodations. For more information, inquire with individual properties.
  5. Wash up and stay home if you’re sick. While you’ve heard this thousands of times, if you or anyone in your traveling party does not feel well (or if you have been exposed to COVID-19 within the last two weeks), please don’t come to Montana and Kalispell. Instead, stay home and plan a visit for when you’re feeling well. Stay healthy by washing your hands often with soap and water and using hand sanitizer (plan to have travel-size bottles with you for easy use). If you are in Kalispell and feel ill, call Kalispell Regional Healthcare 24-hour phone line 406-890-7272.

As we continue to navigate through this pandemic together, please remember that it takes each of us working beside each other, being considerate of one another and treating those we meet with respect and kindness to make sure that Kalispell and the world remains a safe, wonderful and beautiful place.

From Discover Kalispell to you, thank you for doing your part to #TravelResponsibly as we soak up winter.

Love, Discover Kalispell

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