Glacier Outdoor Center Blog

Posted: June 7th, 2013 by kali

fathers day special

Treat your dad to an adventure this Father’s Day!

Book a half day whitewater June 15th or 16th and Dad goes FREE! Trips depart at 10am and 1:30pm.

Call for more details or use promo code DAD when booking online.
Valid Saturday June 15 and Sunday June 16 Only.
Reservations Required.

 

Posted: May 28th, 2013 by kali

Since 1976, when we began guiding people down the rivers of Montana with two rafts and one van, we’ve focused year after year on providing exceptional river experiences in every way. Today Glacier Outdoor Center provides rafting and fishing on some of Montana’s most acclaimed rivers, plus access to the legendary Glacier National Park and Great Bear Wilderness. We’re the longest running river outfitter in Montana and the only one in the village of West Glacier. Thousands of visitors have enjoyed our whitewaterfly fishing, and horseback riding trips, our restful log cabins, and our 100% natural Montana hospitality. In short, this is one terrific vacation spot – even if you do get wet!

After 37 years, we still get excited about gearing up for the summer season. Every winter, we anxiously track snowpack in the mountains that feed our rivers, knowing that the accumulated snow will soon transform into the crystal clear rivers that we enjoy during the summer season. We’re eager to welcome back our Glacier Raft Co. crew, and especially our guests! Here’s to 2013!

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2013 trip advisor excellence badgeWe’re so excited to receive a TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence award! The accolade, which honors hospitality excellence, is given only to establishments that consistently achieve outstanding traveler reviews on TripAdvisor,and is extended to qualifying businesses worldwide. Approximately 10 percent of accommodations listed on TripAdvisor receive this prestigious award.

To qualify for the Certificate of Excellence, businesses must maintain an overall rating of four or higher, out of a possible five, as reviewed by travelers on TripAdvisor. Additional criteria include the volume of reviews received within the last 12 months.

“Glacier Raft Company is pleased to receive a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence,” said Darwon Stoneman, Co-Owner of Glacier Raft Company. “We strive to offer our customers a memorable experience, and this accolade is evidence that our hard work is translating into positive traveler reviews on TripAdvisor.”

“TripAdvisor is pleased to honor exceptional businesses for consistent excellence, as reviewed by travelers on the site,” said Christine Petersen, president of TripAdvisor for Business. “The Certificate of Excellence award gives highly rated establishments around the world the recognition they deserve. From exceptional accommodations in Beijing to remarkable restaurants in Boston, we want to applaud these businesses for offering TripAdvisor travelers a great customer experience.”

Posted: May 21st, 2013 by kali

bigfork whitewater fest

Looking for something to do Memorial Day Weekend?  Look no further!

Head down to Bigfork for the 38th Annual Bigfork Whitewater Festival.  The event kicks off on Saturday at 10am with the lower slalom!

Glacier Raft Co. will be participating in the kayak and rafting events.  This year, the Bigfork Whitewater Festival will host its first ever rafting division as part of Sunday’s Downriver and Giant Slalom competitions. Glacier Raft Co. will have at least one boat participating in this race so come by and cheer us on!

Be sure to stop by our booth in Sliter’s Park to check out great deals on AIRE and NRS rafts, frames and accessories! We will have a big tent with lots of goodies inside!

Posted: May 18th, 2013 by kali

Glacier Raft Company had its first week of whitewater rafting last week.  We are now running whitewater trips almost daily.  With this great weather and no crowds, now is the time to get out and raft!

Our first whitewater rafting trip of the season was May 6th.  We had a great crew from Shelby High School.  The weather could not have been any better for our first trip.  It was warm and the sun was shinning bright.

Here are a few photos from our first week of trips!

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Posted: May 3rd, 2013 by kali

Ready to hit the river?  Want one of these strapping young men as your guide?  Glacier Raft Co. is kicking off its season May 6!

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Glacier Raft Co. will kick off its 37th rafting season Monday May 6!  The weather forecast shows a high of 77 degrees and sunny!  The forecast for the river level in West Glacier is set to rise a little but will be at a very fun level for awhile!  It’s not too late to hop on a trip; we have wetsuits and booties to keep you comfortable and ready to raft!  We are currently taking Half Day Whitewater Trips at 1:30.

Book your spring adventure today!
406-888-5454
www.glacierraftco.com 

Posted: April 24th, 2013 by kali

FLY HERE ON ALASKA AIR AND GET 2-FOR-1 RAFTING!

Just to sweeten the deal, we are offering 2-for-1 rafting!  Mention that you’re traveling with Alaska Air when you book a raft trip with us. Then, present your boarding pass at check-in and you’ll get two half-day whitewater raft trips for the price of one!

For further details on this great offer please visit our Specials and Promotions page.

We look forward to you joining us on the river!

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Posted: April 17th, 2013 by kali

Fly into Savings!

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Receive 20% Off Flights to Kalispell!

Glacier Raft Company is pleased to announce a special offer for travelers using Alaska Airlines on their next summer trip to Montana.

Fly Alaska Airlines to Kalispell, the gateway to Glacier National Park, and save 20% off any available fare. Simply enter EC6086 in the discount code at AlaskaAir.com.

Travel is valid May 1 – June 20, 2013 on Monday-Thursday and Saturday. Hurry, travel must be booked by May 6, 2013! Other terms and restrictions apply. See site for details.

Visit Glacier on Alaska Air and Receive Two for One Rafting!

Mention that you’re traveling with Alaska when you book a trip with us, present your boarding pass upon check-in, and you’ll receive Two Half-Day Whitewater Raft Trips for the Price of One!

For further details on this great offer please visit our Specials and Promotions page.

Posted: April 16th, 2013 by kali

Spring can be a magical time of year in Glacier National Park.  There are no crowds and the scenery is amazing.  Check out our list of things to do in and around Glacier during the spring.

Bike Camas Road.

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Plow crews cleared Camas Road which runs parallel to the Inside North Fork Road and is fully paved.  This time of year the traffic is minimal which makes biking the road a great option.  You will pass Huckleberry Mountain and see great views of the park’s mountains through the Roberts Fire burn.  Camas road eventually leads to the North Fork Road where your journey can lead you either south to Columbia Falls or north to Polebridge.

Check out Polebridge.

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Polebridge is the only little town that can be found anywhere up the North Fork Road.  On your way up there look off to your right every once and a while and see some amazing views of the most northern mountains in the park and the beautiful waters of the North Fork of the Flathead River.  Once you make it to Polebridge, be sure to check out some of the delicious baked goods of the Mercantile which opens April 26th this year and can be visited 7 days a week from 8am – 6pm.

Drive to Lake McDonald Lodge and Bike Going-to-the-Sun Road.

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The park has cleared the road from Lake McDonald for hiker and biker access.  During the week, Going-to-the-Sun Road is open for hiker/biker access to the Avalanche parking lot.  During the weekend there are no hiker/biker restrictions on the Road.  Get out there and experience Glacier on your bike with no view restrictions and no traffic!

Drive to the St. Mary entrance of Going-to-the-Sun Road.

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Going-to-the-Sun Road is open to Rising Sun Motor Inn on the East side of the park, about 5.5 miles.  Take Highway 2 to Browning and head north on 89 which will take you all the way to St. Mary.  From West Glacier this drive should take about 2 hours and offers plenty of sightseeing on a  sunny day!  Once you reach Rising Sun you can park your car and walk Going-to-the-Sun Road to Wild Goose Island.  It is a quick half mile walk on the road but still has a little snow cover so be sure to wear your boots and bring your bear spray.  Here is driving directions on Google -  http://goo.gl/maps/Y6YfH 

Take a Fly Fishing Clinic.

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Need to spruce up your cast or just want to learn?  Come join us at the Glacier Outdoor Center for a casting clinic.  We have fully stocked ponds that are ready to fish.  This time of year we are all thinking about fly fishing and can’t wait to get back into it.  Currently the rivers are blown out, but our ponds are ready to rock.  A one hour clinic, for 2 people is just $45.

Hike.

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Keep an eye on Glacier’s Trail Status Report for openings.  Clearing of trails will start around the 1st of May so stay tuned to http://www.nps.gov/glac/planyourvisit/trailstatusreports.htm  for updates.

Raft.

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Spring is a great time to catch the spring snow runoff on the Middle Fork of the Flathead River.  Some of the rapids may be a little washed out but others are class III+.  Our half day whitewater trip is only $55.64 per person and lasts about 2 hours in the spring.  We have wetsuits and neoprene booties to keep you warm on the river.

Posted: April 8th, 2013 by kali

We’re getting pretty excited about the upcoming summer and want to share our excitement with you. Every week until our season starts, we’ll share one of our river trips with you. So be sure to tune into our blog each week to find out about each of our trips and find the perfect one for you and your friends or family!

Our seventh trip is our Thrillseekers:

Want to raise your pulse rate? Venture out on one of our Thrillseeker whitewater trips. We have sport rafts (4-6 people) and inflatable kayaks (1-2 people) that make the rapids a heart-pounding experience. These high adrenaline half and full-day trips are for ages 13 and up and offered in July and August only. Have no fear, get in gear!

Half and Full Day Inflatable Kayaks

Whether as a solo adventurer or with the expedition partner of your choice, individual or tandem Inflatable Kayaks are a great way to get up close and personal with some Montana whitewater. These intrepid craft can be added to any of our whitewater trips on which you’ll be assigned a raft and experienced guide to follow. Helmets, wetsuits, and neoprene booties are included.

Inflatable Kayaks are available for 1 or 2 people.

Inflatable Kayaks depart at 10:00(full day and half day), 11:00, noon, 1:30, 2:30, and 4:00. Reservations are required and subject to availability.

Check-in at Glacier Raft Company in the Village of West Glacier ½ hour prior to trip departure. The trip ends at the bridge in West Glacier where you will regain your land legs during a short walk back to our office, your car, dry clothes, and a chance to purchase trip photos and souvenirs!

Trip Length: Half Day – 2 ½ hours in early July to…4 hours by late August
Full Day –  5 hours in early June to…6 hours by late August
Departure Dates: Daily, July & August
River Rating: II-III (Class II-III in early July, when the whitewater is at its peak; by August the rapids have moderated to fun-filled Class II).
River Miles: Half Day – 8 miles
Full Day – 15 miles
Recognized Rapids: 9 rapids
Age Limit: 16, or 12 if accompanied by an adult in a double IK (dependent on weather and water conditions)
Rates: Half Day – $63/person*
Full Day – $95/person**prices do not include 7% service fee

Full and Half Day Sport Rafts

If your goal is to go bigger, go smaller! Our 14’ Sport Rafts are the perfect option for adventurers in search of a little extra excitement. These smaller boats are built for sportier lines and more technical paddling maneuvers, allowing you to make the most of every rapid.

Sport Rafts depart at 10:00(Full Day and Half Day), 11:00, noon, 1:30, 2:30, and 4:00. Minimum of 4, Max 6. Reservations are required and subject to availability.

Check-in at Glacier Raft Company in the Village of West Glacier 1/2 hour prior to trip departure. The trip ends at the bridge in West Glacier where you will regain your land legs during a short walk back to our office, your car, dry clothes, and a chance to purchase trip photos and souvenirs!

Trip Length: Half Day – 2 ½ hours in early July to…4 hours by late August
Full Day –  5 hours in early June to…6 hours by late August
Departure Dates: Daily, July & August
River Rating: II-III (Class III-IV in June and early July, when the whitewater is at its peak; by August the rapids have moderated to fun-filled Class II).
River Miles: Half Day – 8 miles
Full Day – 15 miles
Recognized Rapids: 9 rapids
Age Limit: 13 and above
(dependent on weather and water conditions)
Rates: Half Day – $75/person*
Full Day – $120**prices do not include 7% service fee