5-Day Winter Adventure in Glacier Country

Downhill Skiing + Nordic Skiing/Fat Biking/Sleigh Ride + Snowmobiling + Snowshoeing + Dogsledding

Glacier Country

Day 1: Downhill Skiing At Whitefish Mountain Resort + Whitefish

Fly into Glacier Park International Airport and check into Whitefish Mountain Resort the night before your first day on the slopes. Grab a hearty breakfast on the mountain before hitting the slopes. To take full advantage of the day, connect with a Ski Ambassador. Whitefish Mountain is big, and with only one day, an ambassador will orient you to the mountain, tell you the best runs, and help you plan your first day on the slopes, where you've got your pick of all four sides of the mountain. Or, take Chair 3 to multiple terrain parks , where there's something for everyone. If you're up for racing, take Chair 7 to the Goat Haunt Course. Night skiing is offered by Chairs 2, 3 and 6 and also in the terrain parks. Finally, take Chair 1 up to 7,000 feet and enjoy dinner at the Summit House serving up jaw-dropping views of the Milky Way. Ski down by moonlight or hop back on the lift. Cap off the evening with a local brew then hit the nightlife in Whitefish before an overnight downtown.

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Fuel up on breakfast and then take on the challenging nordic terrain of the Big Mountain Trails, offering 23 km of cedar forest trails groomed daily and exceptional views of Whitefish Lake, Flathead Valley and the surrounding mountains. Or, for easier terrain, head to Round Meadow Winter Trails for a quiet escape in the Flathead National Forest. Seven interconnecting, nicely wooded loop trails total 20 km and are groomed weekly. Top off the evening with a night ski just half a mile from downtown Whitefish at the Glacier Nordic Center/Whitefish Lake Golf Course from dusk until 10 p.m. on 4 km of the trail. Or, for a real winter wonderland treat, take an enchanting sleigh ride to a chuckwagon dinner through the Bar W Guest Ranch or Cripple Creek Horse Ranch. Overnight at Whitefish Mountain Resort or Kandahar Lodge.

Day 2 Option: If you can fit it into your day, a fat biking adventure at Whitefish Bike Retreat (WBR) is well worth it. Biking on snow is one Montana experience you won't forget. WBR offers small groomed loops around the property including about a mile of packed trail winding through the woods—perfect for a quick introduction to this insanely fun winter sport. Grab lunch at Great Northern Brewing Company before heading out to the Nordic trails.

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After breakfast, just 20 minutes north of town in Olney, meet up with Action Rentals for a full- or half-day guided snowmobile trip. The Olney Trailhead provides access to more than 200 miles of trails. Snowmobiling offers quite the adrenaline rush and allows you to cover plenty of terrain in one day in fresh, untouched powder and crisp mountain air. Afterwards, it's time for a mouthwatering burger at Casey's in Whitefish.

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Glacier National Park is just 30 minutes from Whitefish, and winter is the perfect time to take to the park's gorgeous trails. Strap on some snowshoes for a ranger-led tour and keep your eyes peeled for wildlife. The park's quiet season is pure winter magic. These tours are usually offered mid-January to mid-March, so keep that in mind when planning. After a peaceful and serene day in the park, shop for locally made souvenirs at Montana House in West Glacier, then make your way to Backslope Brewing in Columbia Falls for craft beer and excellent eats. Tip: Grab some fried pickles while you're waiting for your entrée. Overnight in town at Cedar Creek Lodge.

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Day 5: Dog Sledding + Bigfork

Less than an hour from Glacier National Park, hook up with Base Camp Bigfork for a once-in-a-lifetime winter excursion. Mush your own team of sled dogs (with the help of a guide) through Montana's wintry landscape, or sit back and enjoy the ride. Après sled, explore downtown Bigfork. This storybook village lays on the charm all year long. Dine on some of Montana's best at Bonfire, savor local craft beer and spirits at Flathead Lake Brewing or Whistling Andy's and overnight at Bigfork Mountain Lake Lodge.

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Trip Tips

Always check road reports and weather conditions when traveling through Montana in the wintertime.

If you’re flying in:
Glacier Country Airports

If you’re renting a car:
Glacier Country Car Rentals

Know before you go.

Check the status of your destination before arriving.

Plan ahead.

Make reservations in advance and pack essentials like water.

Play it safe.

Take it slow and choose low-risk activities.

Be wildlife wise.

Learn wildlife safety. View from a safe distance, never approach or feed, and carry bear spray.

Explore locally.

Be mindful of your impact on communities.

Leave no trace.

Take your trash, including fruit rinds, with you and clean up properly.

Build an inclusive outdoors.

Make outdoor spaces safe and welcoming for all.

Prevent aquatic invasive species.

Follow the steps Clean. Drain. Dry. and pull over for inspections.

Practice avalanche safety.

Check avalanche forecasts, carry gear and know your snow.

Prevent wildland fires.

Properly use outdoor equipment, learn campfire safety and check fire restrictions.

Recreate Responsibly