Winter Experiences

The cure for cabin fever is getting out of the cabin. Around here that means skiing at Whitefish Mountain Resort - #3 Ski Area in North America according to SKI Magazine Reader's Poll - or family-friendly Blacktail Mountain Ski Area.  Winter around Kalispell also offers schussing the best-groomed cross-country ski trails in the state, snowshoeing to Avalanche Lake in Glacier National Park or piercing the deep backcountry on snowmobile. And at day’s end, you’ll have much to come “home” to in Kalispell — a roaring fire, lively night spots, fine restaurants, even skating or hockey at the Woodland Park Ice Center.

Glacier National Park gets buried in snow each winter, and it defines quiet solitude. A pair of snowshoes or cross-country skis can take you to sights few ever see this time of year. You might even catch a glimpse of a wolf or mountain lion. Favorite areas include MacDonald Lake and Going to the Sun Road.  Glacier's Winter Glory

Snowshoeing is available on the unlimited backcountry wilderness trails in NW Montana or take a guided hike.  Glacier National Park offers guided hikes on weekends mid-January through mid-March, beginning at the Apgar Visitor Center at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Equipment is available for a small donation.  Or take a guided trip with Glacier Treks offering adventures for all ages and abilities.  Close to town, Lone Pine State Park offers snow shoe rentals with great family rates to use on the six miles of trails in the park.

Cross-Country Skiers can choose from miles of groomed trails around the Flathead Valley - Jewel Basin Nordic Center, the Blacktail Nordic Ski Trails, Whitefish Lake Golf Course, Big Mountain Nordic Trails and Round Meadows.  Find more info with the Glacier Nordic Club and North Shore Nordic Club.

Snowmobiling is popular here for a reason. Northwest Montana boasts more than 200 miles of groomed snowmobile trails. Another 2,000 miles of Forest Service roads lead to spectacular ridgetop views. Find more info with the Flathead Snowmobilinter Wone Association. You can get rentals and good tips on local trails at  Northwest Montana Adventure and Swan Mountain Snowmobiling.

Dog Sledding is an old-school thrill. If you love dogs and the great outdoors, it’s the perfect blend of adventure and fun. Dog Sled Adventures and Base Camp Bigfork are locally owned and operated.

Ice Skating and hockey are favorite winter pastimes in Kalispell. Woodland Park, right in downtown Kalispell, offers a hockey rink as well as skating on a large pond that is maintained and open from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. An affordable activity for the entire family.

Ice Fishing — Kalispell has 500 fishable lakes out our backdoor. Pick one and start drilling. Also check out our general Fishing page.

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