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Winter attractions

The snowy but not so cold climate of Northwestern Montana makes it a snowy paradise!

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This is a Winter Destination full of snowy possibilities

Come enjoy skiing, snowmobiling, snowshoeing, ice skating and more!

1. Glacier National Park Winter

In the winter, Glacier National Park becomes a skiing and snowshoeing paradise with unlimited front and backcountry opportunities. Going-To-The-Sun Road is plowed from the West Glacier entrance to the Lake McDonald Lodge area. Groomed cross country ski trails are available from the Lake McDonald area. Backcountry skiing and snowshoeing challenges include the Sperry Chalet and Mount Brown Lookout trails as well as the Apgar Lookout Trail. Less challenging trails around West Glacier include Camas Road and the Inner North Fork Road. In the Northwest of the Park a number of backcountry ski trials run from the Polebridge Ranger Station.

2. Columbia Falls or The Gateway to Glacier (10 miles)

A gateway to Glacier National Park, Columbia Falls is just 15 minutes from the park's west entrance. This lively Montana town—home to locally owned shops, restaurants, a brewery and a popular summer farmers market—is an ideal launching point for recreating in Glacier National Park, floating the Flathead River, playing on Flathead Lake and exploring 2 million acres in the Flathead National Forest.

2. Winter at Whitefish Mountain Resort

Whitefish Mountain Resort is a large 3,000 acre resort just north of Whitefish Montana.  The ski area uses three faces of Big Mountain, for a wide variety of terrain, from well groomed slopes on the front of the mountain to advanced skiing areas with cliffs and chutes in Hell Roaring Basin on the west face.  Annual snowfall averages 300 inches. Although only about 10 miles from Moss Mountain Inn as the crow flies, there are no roads directly across the mountains.  The drive to Whitefish Mountain Resort through Columbia Falls and Whitefish is about 27 miles and  takes about 40 minutes from Moss Mountain Inn.

3. Blacktail Mountain Ski Area

Located above the western shore of Flathead Lake, Blacktail Mountain is the place locals flock to for reasonably priced lift tickets and outstanding views of the Flathead Valley.  The lodge and parking areas are at the top of the mountain and the lifts bring you back up.  From Moss Mountain, the drive is about 42 miles, taking just short of an hour.

4. Snowmobile Tours - Swan Mountain Snomobiling

Swan Mountain Snowmobiling, located in the heart of Glacier Country, provides the best in Montana snowmobiling. Whether you want to be personally taken care of on one of our guided snowmobile tours or brave the backcountry on your own with our snowmobile rentals, we have what you need for the ideal Montana snowmobiling experience!

5. Cross Country Skiing

Few places have more Nordic skiing opportunities than the Glacier area. Choose from groomed or backcountry trails in Glacier National Park and Flathead National Forest, or groomed trails of the Glacier Nordic Club at multiple locations in the area. Here at Moss Mountain Inn, we usually just go out the back door! Altai Hok backcountry skis with universal bindings are available at the Inn for guest use.

6. Snowshoeing

Our deep winter snow makes snowshoeing a very popular winter activity. Choose a guided tour with Glacier Adventure Guides in Glacier National Park or set off on your own in the park or in Flathead National Forest. We have snowshoes available for use at the Inn, whether you want to tool around on trails near the inn or head into the park.

6. Kalispell (25 miles)

Kalispell and the Flathead Valley are home to Glacier National Park, Flathead Lake, championship golf courses, two ski resorts, unlimited trails for hiking and lakes and streams for fishing, outstanding arts and culture, charming small towns and warm western hospitality.

7. Whitefish Winter Carnival

Taking place on weekends from mid-January into February, the Whitefish Winter carnival events include a grand parade, art expo, snow sculpting contest, a gala, a pie social, skijoring (see below) and more!

8. Stumptown Art Studio

Connect with your inner artist at Stumptown Art Studio, a nonprofit community art center in Whitefish. Make pottery at their walk-in ceramics studio or check their schedule for special events for kids and adults.

8. World Skijoring Championship

Skijoring is a sport that combines an interesting mix of two of Montana’s favorites: horses and skiing. The public is invited to check out the continued revival of skijoring at the Whitefish Winter Carnival. For over ten years, the weekend in January features exciting combination of horses, riders, and skiers mixed with speed, jumps, and of course, snow!

Dog Sled Tours

The most doggone fun in Montana! Dogsled adventures offers multiple tours seven days a week all winter from their location in Olney Montana, northwest of Whitefish. Dog Sled Adventures has over 120 dogs, many of them rescue dogs.

Ice Skating

Skate indoors and rent skates at the Stumptown Ice Den in Whitefish, see stumptowniceden.org for public skiing schedule. Skate outdoors and rent skates at the Woodland Ice Center in Kalispell, see flatheadflames.org for public skating schedule. If you have your own skates, Spoon Lake, a few miles from Moss Mountain Inn usually has a skating area plowed by local residents.
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