Glacier Outdoor Center Blog

Posted: December 21st, 2011 by OM

The big day is just around the corner. Everyone is scattering to the far corners of the world, or welcoming those who scattered from elsewhere to come here.

For us, Glacier Outdoor Center is buttoned up warm and cozy for the season, all of our employee family are part of the scattering – visiting family and friends in New York, Idaho, Utah, or hosting friends and relatives here at home.

We extend to all of you our most sincere wishes for a happy holiday. We hope that you too are gathering with those you love and sharing the special connection of the Christmas season.

Merry Christmas!!

To keep you thinking of Glacier over your holiday break, we offer you some images here from our friend Chris Peterson’s website. Chris is a stunningly talented photographer, and he is one more thing we are thankful for this season!

Posted: December 7th, 2011 by OM

We never get tired of the eye candy from the Glacier National Park webcams. Winter views add an entirely different perspective to the gorgeous vistas of the Park.

Take a look at the Lake McDonald cam – this shot in the pre-sunrise is just getting going. Keep watching, and your eyes will thank you.

GNP has eight awesome webcams. Check out all of them here.

Posted: December 2nd, 2011 by OM

It’s time for one of coolest parades in the Valley (and not because it’s COLD!)

This Friday in Columbia Falls is the beginning of the Night of Lights Weekend! At 5pm the town center comes alive with craft show, music, snacks and beverages, and special deals at local businesses. Details are here.

At 6:30 is the big parade, which really is truly beautiful. Santa and Mrs. Claus join the parade!

Then, Saturday morning from 9am to noon, Santa will be on hand at Glacier Discovery Square for Rotary’s Brunch with Santa – yummy food from local restaurants and caterers, HUGE silent auction, photo of Santa with the kids, music, and more!

Get the full details here.

Don’t miss it!

Posted: November 10th, 2011 by OM

Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered

image from GoogleImages

Even though Glacier Outdoor Center is buttoned down for the winter, we’re still out there in cyberspace. Our online reservation system is waiting patiently (computers are like that) for you to book your spring and summer rafting, fishing excursions, and guided wilderness trips.

Set up the relatives, the friends who are planning a visit next year, the local friends, with a gift of some serious time on the river or in the wilderness.

So, head to our website and pick an activity. Click BOOK NOW, and you are in.

If you are not on the world wide web, you can call 800-235-6781 Monday-Friday 9am-5pm.

Wanna know what others think? Click that link.

Posted: November 7th, 2011 by OM

Glacier Anglers is pretty excited about partnering up again with Trout TV for a new season. All Trout TV episodes will be hosted out of the Glacier Anglers shop next year.

Take a look at some of the productions from Trout TV. Former Glacier Anglers guides Rich Birdsell and Hilary Hutcheson take viewers to some incredible locations for big, small, strange and beautiful fishing. See some gorgeous backdrops and learn a thing or two about luring the lunkers!

And spread the word about Trout TV – the website is easy to remember:

Posted: November 2nd, 2011 by OM

We are knocking the doors down with a huge sale on all our winter equipment. Time to suit up and get ready for the snoooooowwwwww!

Skis. Boots. Poles. Snowshoes. Apparel. Gear.

Rossignol Nordic. North Face.  Outdoor Research.  Salomon.  Talus.  More!

Friday, November 11 9am to 4pm

Saturday, November 12 9am to Noon

Glacier Outdoor Center

12400 HWY 2 EAST
P.O. BOX 210

TOLLFREE: 1-800-235-6781


Posted: October 27th, 2011 by OM

Those  folks over at National Geographic Kids are sending kids to Montana! Right on!

NGK are having an essay contest for 9-14 year olds, and the grand prize is an adventure trip to Montana!

Go over and check out the contest rules and details and make sure your literary little ‘un gets to work on an essay about adventure.

Click image for deets

When you get here, we’ll be ready to take you on the river!

Posted: October 27th, 2011 by OM

We recently spent an incredibly beautiful Montana fall day at the Whitefish Legacy Race.  Our gal, Kali – reservation master and all around does-just-about-everything GOC superstar – hit the trail with our public relations guru Sammi Johnson, and showed folks how Canyon Critters can run.

GOC was a proud sponsor of the race, which raises money and awareness for Whitefish Legacy Partners – they’re working to preserve open space and bring more trails to the area.

Sammi and Kali proved their mettle. They light-stepped 10k and came in 2nd and 4th, respectively, in their age group! AWESOME!

Check out all the race results here.

We’re proud to help our community connect with the outdoors!

Posted: October 13th, 2011 by OM

Somebody once said that you can get a long way by going one mile at time. Seems like pretty sage advice. Turns out you can go quite a distance if you do it in short trips.

Cruising on Highway 2 from West Glacier up the Middle Fork to the river put in, our legendary Red and Yellow Vans added up to more than 234,000 miles on the odometers. Our epic workhorse vans witnessed the real lives of raft guides on the river in NW Montana for decades.  The vans may be just machines, but they were part of the family, and they have provided us with a lot of memories.  We’re talking about 30 years of hard working, hard driving, and crazy living.

Red and Yellow

“Those vans have seen everything. There’s not a guide that doesn’t have some story of an adventure in the Red or the Yellow,” says former whitewater and fishing guide Shane Hutcheson. When pressed for deets, all we got was “Uh, no comment…”

Sadly, the Red and Yellow have made their last adventure. This week they made their final journey, leaving the river behind and offering up the ultimate sacrifice at the recycling center.

We wish good rides to our friends. Your next journey is more than the infinite loop you ran for us for 30+ years. You have taken so many people a very long ways, and we will miss you, you big ol’ hunks of steel and junk.

Goodbye old friends

Posted: October 6th, 2011 by OM

Unlike the previous six years, Glacier Outdoor Center will not remain open for the upcoming snowbound  months of winter. We will be closing Glacier Outdoor Center’s gear shop doors on October 15th, 2011 until April 1st, 1012.
Our attention to fishing and rafting during the spring, summer, and fall months has finally outweighed our need to keep our shop and Nordic ski area open during the winter.  The cabins will remain open until October 31st. Thank you to everyone who has supported our Nordic program and joined us in discovering Glacier National Park while it rested beneath copious amounts of Montana snow. Keep the spirit alive and continue on your own adventures.
There is still time, however, to snag some great deals on winter adventure gear at our shop. This includes clothing and equipment.
If you have any questions you can contact Glacier Outdoor Center (406)888-5454 or 800-235-6781. The reservations number and staff will still be open through the winter Monday through Friday from 9am-4pm.