Glacier Outdoor Center Blog

Posted: March 21st, 2014 by Jeff

Flathead Valley Sportsman's Expo

The Montana Sportsman’s Expo proved to be another successful event for Glacier Raft Company, Glacier Anglers and Glacier Outdoor Center.  This year we had our largest booth yet, showcasing our new AIRE rafts, paddle boards and the latest and greatest in camping and fly fishing gear.  We also got a chance to present some of our 2014 specials for spring fishing, summer rafting and our premiere Great Bear Wilderness trips. Best of all, we got to visit with our friends, mingle with the Flathead Valley community and share some of our knowledge about rafting and fishing the Flathead Rivers.

This year we came fully loaded with door prizes, half priced fishing and camping gear and loads of raffles, all supporting scholarships for our third annual “Fun on the Fly” youth fishing camp. Each year, Glacier Anglers gives out 10 scholarships to children aged 10-16 for a one day fly fishing camp where aspiring anglers have a chance to learn how to tie knots, cast fly rods, learn the different types of flies and of course, catch fish. The camp is being held at the ponds behind the Glacier Outdoor Center on June 8th and June 21st. The prizes and raffles consisted of a full day fly fishing trip, an Orvis Clearwater Rod and Access Reel, an Orvis fly fishing pack loaded with flies, tippet, leader, floatant, nippers and forceps.  A big congratulation goes out to our winners: Melissa K, Gerry B, Bruce C, Kevin G and all of our youth camp scholarship winners. Thank you to everyone who participated!

Another one of our show stoppers was a brand new AIRE raft and NRS full fishing frame that we priced specially for the Sportsman’s Expo. This year the raft and frame package sold in a record twenty minutes. If you didn’t get a chance at it this year, we will be doing it next year as well. If you can’t wait for next year, we have great AIRE raft specials going on right now and a huge selection of NRS frames to go with them. AIRE rafts are the best in the industry and are the only type of raft that Glacier Raft Company uses. They are incredibly durable, self-bailing and best of all, made in the USA. Stop in the Glacier Outdoor Center’s AIRE showroom to see different models and colors.

If you haven’t had the opportunity to visit the Montana Sportsman’s Expo, put it on the list for next year. It’s a wonderful event held at the Kalispell Fairgrounds and it gives the whole family a chance to get out of the cold and start thinking about all the fun activities to do in the Flathead Valley once the snow thaws.

Posted: September 7th, 2013 by kali

No, we aren’t selling fish…just great deals on gear in the shop!

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Posted: September 6th, 2013 by kali

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Glacier Outdoor Center and Glacier Anglers are proud to host the 2013 Casting for Recovery Retreat in West Glacier.  This is the 3rd year Glacier Outdoor Center has hosted this retreat.  We are ecstatic that these women get to have this experience here in Glacier National Park.

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Posted: July 7th, 2013 by kali

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We all love our own gear, but sometimes theres a reason to get out and explore when you’re away from home.  Or maybe you live in Glacier Country but forgot a much needed piece of equipment.  No matter the reason, we have it right here at the Glacier Outdoor Center.  Located just outside West Glacier, this is your headquarters for gear, gear gear!  Don’t miss out on all the adventures Glacier has to offer!

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There’s no need to pack an extra suitcase full of camping equipment when you come to Glacier.  Just head to Glacier Outdoor Center for all your Glacier National Park hikingbackpacking and camping needs. Whether you’re doing a one day or multi day trek, we have the tools to suit your needs. Renting here means more room for souvenirs to take back home. Check out all the rental gear we offer and give us a call to reserve it so you have no worries during your visit.

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Posted: May 27th, 2013 by kali

You know summer is officially here when the speed limit on Highway 2 in West Glacier goes from 60mph to 45mph.  Every summer the speed limit drops by 15mph so visitors have the chance to see the beautiful view and check out all the shops along Highway 2.  Also, to allow big busses hauling rafts to get out on the road without causing any danger.

West Glacier Speed Limit

As you are slowing down, make sure you check out the amazing view of Glacier National Park to your north.  Once you have taken in the view, stop by Glacier Outdoor Center located under the log arch on the south side of the highway.  Glacier Outdoor Center is your full service gearshuttle and rental stop.  Weather you are looking for a rain jacket or a tent, we have you covered.  All our new North Face gear will be sure to suit your fancy.

If you’re heading into Glacier National Park we can also outfit you with a car camping kit or individual items.  No need to pay that extra money for another suitcase on the airlines or pack your car so full someone has to sit on the roof.  We have fishingrafting and camping rental gear.

We also provide full service river shuttles.  Don’t want to shuttle two vehicles? No problem– we have got you covered with our full service river shuttles.

Posted: May 2nd, 2013 by kali

Fun on the Fly 2013

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GLACIER CHALLENGE

May 25, 26 2013

Two-day shoot in West Glacier at Glacier Raft Company (12400 US Hwy 2 West, West Glacier, MT). Guaranteed to be a shoot you will not want to miss!

  • 2 – 25 target courses each day (100 total targets!)
  • Money division ($20 buy in – 75% payout)
  • Saturday contests, games, raffles and prizes (and some for the big kids too!)
  • Great food from a variety of vendors
  • Live music
  • Great camping experience
  • Divisions: Adult, Senior, Young Adult, Youth, Cubs (gender divisions in each)
  • Styles: Freestyle, bowhunter, bowhunter limited, traditional
  • Awards for placers in each classification

Click HERE to download an informational flier for the shoot.

Adults: $50 for weekend, $35 for single day

Kids: Age 7-12 – $25($15), Under 7 FREE

Family: $100 for the weekend

* Pre-Register by April 30 and receive 10% off entry fees. Registration form available HERE.

CAMPING: Click HERE to see a road map to the shoot.

For Cabin Rentals @ Glacier Outdoor Center call: 406-888-5454 or 800-235-6781 check them out at  www.glacierraftco.com or contact them by email atinfo@glacierraftco.com There will also be raft trips available with wetsuit rentals to top off your Memorial Day weekend.

Posted: April 19th, 2013 by kali

Glacier National Park will celebrate  National Park Week  starting April 20 through April 28! Glacier Park will be offering  free admission April 22-26, there is no better time to check out your local park!  Check out the Glacier National Park Webcams to see what you are missing and hopefully motivate you to come join us in Glacier Park. On your way, be sure to stop by the Glacier Outdoor Center to stock up on sunscreen, outdoor gear and get information on what to do this week in Glacier Park! This is a great time to get the family outdoors and enjoy our crown jewel. Here are a few photos to get you excited about next week -

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Posted: March 7th, 2013 by kali

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That’s right!  Glacier Outdoor Center has opened its doors for the season.

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Come in and check out our deals on last year’s apparel and fishing supplies!  New gear is arriving daily starting April 1 so be sure to come in for the latest gear and apparel. Stop in to get the latest area fishing updates and check out our large selection of flies.

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Open 7 days a week from 9am – 4pm.

Posted: January 21st, 2013 by kali

With the New Year, brings a few changes around here! Check out our official press release for details:

Montana’s most experienced raft company announces historic ownership change

After decades of partnership, two of the three Glacier Raft Company owners sell their shares

As Glacier Raft Company enters its 37 years of operation, long-time managing partners and industry pillars Sally Thompson, Onno Wieringa and Darwon Stoneman are announcing a change in the company’s ownership and leadership.  Thompson and Wieringa have sold their shares of the company to Darwon and Terri Stoneman along with Cassie Baldelli and Jeff Baldelli.

Onno and Darwon founded the company in 1976 and Sally has been a managing co-owner since 1983.  Together the team worked to build Glacier Raft Company into the state’s most experienced and reputable river operation.  Over the last several decades, they expanded the company’s core rafting operation to include log cabin lodging, a vibrant fly-fishing guide service, full-service fly shop, an outdoor gear store and group event location.

“I have really been honored to work with so many talented young people over the years while providing a quality experience from the first phone call to the departure from the raft,” says Sally.

“Not many partnerships last for 30 years, but working with Onno and Sally has been a great part of my life. We have been fortunate to be supported by an outstanding community,” says Darwon.  “We’ve raised our families up here together, and I am very proud of all we have accomplished.  Although it is the end of an era, we still have our core management team, our reputation we built on customer service, well trained employees and a sense of family with in our company.  I am looking forward to working with my family, great staff and our long term management team.”

Onno says, “Having a work life in West Glacier and Glacier National Park and the Flathead Valley has been as good as it gets.  Glacier Raft and Outdoor Center visitors will be well taken care of by our experienced staff bolstered by young energy from Cassie and Jeff.”

Cassie and Jeff Baldelli are no strangers to the Glacier Raft Company brand. Cassie is Darwon Stoneman’s daughter and has been close to the company all her life.  Her husband, Jeff, has been a whitewater guide at Glacier Raft Company for four years. Jeff plans to apply skills gained through his marketing finance education and experience in the Air Force to his new role at the company. While Cassie will continue to work at her job as a medical equipment sales associate for Intuitive Surgical, she will also apply her marketing skills and knowledge of the local area as a new Glacier Raft Company partner.

“Cassie and I are grateful for the foundation of excellence Onno, Sally, and Darwon have built,” says Jeff Baldelli. “We are excited to get started and committed to carrying on the core values of Glacier Raft Company.”

The owners say there will not be any significant change to operations at Glacier Raft Company, Glacier Anglers and Glacier Outdoor Center.

“We will continue to offer guests the very best experience possible,” says Darwon.  “Visitors can expect to receive the highest quality service from the industry’s best guides and staff.”

To learn more about the activities and services offered at Glacier Raft and Outdoor Center, visit www.glacierraftco.com.

 

We got some great local press about this change in ownership–check out the Flathead Beacons article and the Hungry Horse news and about the change of ownership.