Glacier Outdoor Center Blog

Posted: December 19th, 2010 by OM

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Comment 17 Degrees F, right now in West Glacier, and yet another beautiful day on the Glacier Outdoor Center Ski Trails!  According to professional groomer Marc Evans, today could be one of the top 3 ski  days ever!  This good skiing is attributed  to the great coverage, cold temps. and loving care the GOC staff has been putting into maintaining the trails.

Have you ever wanted to see Glacier National Park  and cross country ski through a winter wonderland?  You can do it so easily with the Glacier Outdoor Center, for a full day or half day Guided Ski or Snowshoe adventure any time durring the winter months.    The whole family can come out to West Glacier, meet your Guide at the Glacier Outdoor Center, and have a memorable and really fun adventure in Glacier National Park!

Kim, on the Sacred Dancing Cascade Trail.

Posted: December 18th, 2010 by OM

What a beautiful day it was yesterday, a trace of fresh snow, blue-bird skies, and an awesome ski trail!  Our groomed ski trails are in great shape, with a firm well established base and new snow adding up.   

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Comment 3 Degrees F. this morning, COLD but Fast!  Classic track, as well as the corduroy for skate skiing set this morning.  Another beautiful day up here in West Glacier, come on up and enjoy this wonderful winter wonderland!


Our Rental Department is totaly ready to outfit you with any winter gear you might need, from cross country skis, skate skis, to snow shoes, Chariot child pulka sleds and dog ski joring equipment!   Let us help you get out and enjoy Glacier National Park this Winter!

Glacier Outdoor Center Ski Trail.

Posted: December 17th, 2010 by OM

Last year Glacier Outdoor Center hosted Ryan Alford, owner of Snowshoe Magazine.  We toured Glacier National Park, showing him all the unique beauty, stillness and wildlife that Glacier in the winter has to offer.

Ryan has put out a video on the basics of snowshoeing explaining the bare bones basics about snowshoeing for an article in the LA Times Travel Section.  Click here to watch the video and read the article.

Ryan Also wrote about his experience in Glacier Country in an article for Snowshoe Magazine which can be read here.

“My snowshoeing adventure allowed me to recognize the brilliance of Glacier National Park, its neighboring communities, and the people who gladly welcome others to experience it all.  Indeed, the state is one of the last American holdouts. Give Montana a try, and lock yourself out of your cabin. No regrets.” - Ryan Alford

Experience the magic of winter at the Crown of the Continent this season with a snowshoe adventure of your own.  We’ve got highly skilled and trained guides who have been with us for a long time and can fully enhance your Glacier experience with knowledge of the history and topography of the area.  For rental information from Glacier Outdoor Center click here.

Posted: December 16th, 2010 by OM

Glacier country is a great place to spend time this winter–there is always plenty to do.  Glacier Outdoor Center is open year ’round and we offer some great winter activities like snowshoeing and Nordic skiing on our 10k groomed track as well as through guided trips inside Glacier National Park.  Check out our Winter Events Calendar to see what is happening this winter  and plan your activities now.

Click here to view the Events Calendar for Glacier Outdoor Center.

Posted: December 9th, 2010 by OM

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Comment 32 Degrees this morning while we groomed the trail for both classic diagonal stride and skate skiing.   We have plenty of snow for full operation, come and get it!  NOAA is calling for 4″-8″ in the next 24 hours- sounds good to me!  We are grooming daily.  

Posted: December 9th, 2010 by OM

The snow gods have already been good to us this year, and we are excited to announce the Nordic Track at Glacier Outdoor Center is now open!  Come and enjoy our 10K trail system winding through the beautiful back country just behind Glacier Outdoor Center.  Trail passes are only $8 a day, $50 for a season pass and only $95 for a Family Season Pass.  We offer Nordic Ski and snow show rentals, and we have a full gear shop to get you outfitted for your winter adventures.  A full price list for activities and rentals is here.  Get some brilliant outdoor exercise and enjoy the brisk winter weather as you trek through scenic Glacier country.  This is going to be a great season;  we’ll see you out on the trails!  Click here to see our trail map.

Oh!  Don’t forget–we also offer guided Nordic skiing and snowshoeing tours inside Glacier National Park.  It’s an amazing way to see the Crown of the Continent without the crowds.  It’s quiet, peaceful and there are unforgettable views and wildlife sighting opportunities.   Click here for pricing.

Posted: November 29th, 2010 by OM

As of today, Nov. 29th 2010 we have plenty of snow to begin grooming our Nordic Ski trails here in West Gacier!   The trails have been rolled several times, compacted and some corduroy set, so come on up and give it a try.  We will open the Glacier Outdoor Center for winter business on Wednesday December 8th, until then- please come and ski at your own risk.   We will continue to maintain and improve the trails throughout the next week!   Pray for more snow, and see you all soon!

Posted: November 24th, 2010 by OM

Glacier National Park is famous for summer attractions like the Going to the Sun Road, Red Jammer Busses, historic lodges and gin-clear mountain lakes.  But wintertime in Glacier can be every bit as breathtaking.  While many think the park closes for the winter, it is actually open all year round.  Many roads are closed due to snow as are as visitor accommodations, but the visitor center is open on the weekends and there are reduced rates to enter the park in the winter.

There is plenty to do.  And if you need a place to stay while you enjoy the quiet serenity of the snow-white Park,  Glacier Outdoor Center has cabins to rent all winter long.  And just outside the cabins is a 15k groomed cross country ski track!  We also have cross country ski and snowshoe rentals.  We also have professionally guided ski and snowshoe tours inside the Park.

The winter months offer a unique viewing opportunity for visitors to witness some breathtaking views of snowy peaks and plenty of wildlife.  Since the tourists are few, you are often apt to see more wildlife than in the summer months.  There is also downhill skiing at Whitefish Mountain Resort at Big Mountain, just an hour away.

For a unique, serene, and beautiful outdoor experience, Glacier in the winter is the way to go.  For more information on a winter getaway at Glacier click here to visit Glacier Outdoor Center’s page for rates and availability.

The Glacier Raft & Outdoor Center website is new and improved!  For all things adventure-related in Glacier territory look no further than

We’ve updated our site to make it easier than ever to book an exciting rafting trip, stay in one of our cozy log cabins, get the latest Nordic ski snow reports or find the hottest trip deals with our E-newsletter.  You can also see live web cams from inside Glacier Park, watch a beautiful video showing what your next great adventure will look like, and learn about fly fishing trips, extended wilderness trips and family-friendly floating.  You can even purchase photos from your whitewater trip, sign up for Glacier River Schools classes, and get driving directions to our location here in West Glacier. Finally, be sure to click on our social media links at the bottom of the home page.

We hope you’ll consider our website your one-stop source for creating the best Glacier experience you can ask for.