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Backcountry Skiing Go Off Trail in Our Wild Terrain

Go Off Trail in Our Wild Terrain

Our backcountry is brag worthy. Glacier Country is home to thousands of acres of untouched off-trail powder, whether you’re looking for an easy escape or technical terrain. Glacier National Park itself is open year-round and offers a sublimely beautiful and surreal location for an alpine tour. Explore the heart of Montana’s backcountry—the Swan Mountains.

Backcountry terrain can be wild and rugged, making backcountry skiing and avalanche safety of the utmost importance. It’s always necessary to have proper backcountry ski gear and knowhow. Your best bet is a Guided Backcountry Ski Tour, but for self starters…know your snow.

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Ski the Park

While winter in Glacier National Park means fewer lodging options and limited road access, it also means epic backcountry skiing. The National Park Service is our go-to resource for all Glacier National Park safety help. See Glacier Country’s Going-to-the-Sun Road status feed here. After gathering your safety gear, pick up your backcountry pass and a skiing brochure from the park headquarters at the Apgar Visitor Center on your way into the park’s backcountry winter wonderland.

Many backcountry skiers wisely plan their trips to include both of our national parks: Glacier and Yellowstone. To help make the most of your time, we’ve put together several road-trip itineraries that offer adrenaline-fueled, authentic park-to-park experiences. For inspiration, visit Glaciers to Geysers.

For updated avalanche conditions in the region, visit:
missoulaavalanche.org
The Flathead Avalanche Center

Featured Listings

Glacier Adventure Guides in Western Montana.

Glacier Adventure Guides

729 Nucleus Ave., Suite G
Columbia Falls, Montana 59912

406.892.2173

Glacier Bear Retreat in Western Montana.

Glacier Bear Retreat

348 Grist Road
West Glacier, Montana 59936

406.848.1771

Glacier Treks in Western Montana.

Glacier Treks

7220 U.S. Highway 93 S., Suite 3
Lakeside, Montana 59922

406.249.1153

Izaak Walton Inn in Western Montana.

Izaak Walton Inn

290 Izaak Walton Inn Road
Essex, Montana 59916

406.888.5700

Kandahar Lodge in Western Montana.

Kandahar Lodge

3824 Big Mountain Road
Whitefish, Montana 59937

406.862.6098

Lolo Hot Springs in Western Montana.

Lolo Hot Springs

38500 U.S. Highway 12 W.
Lolo, MT 59847

406.273.2290

Lookout Pass Ski & Recreation Area in Western Montana.

Lookout Pass Ski & Recreation Area

I-90, Exit 0
St Regis, Montana 59866

208.744.1301

Montana Air Adventures in Western Montana.

Montana Air Adventures

1880 U.S. Highway 93 S.
Kalispell, Montana 59901

406.755.2376

Ninepipes Lodge and Allentown Restaurant in Western Montana.

Ninepipes Lodge and Allentown Restaurant

69286 U.S. Highway 93
Charlo, Montana 59824

406.644.2588

Whitefish Mountain Resort in Western Montana.

Whitefish Mountain Resort

3889 Big Mountain Road
Whitefish, Montana 59937

877-SKI-FISH

Other Listings

Great Northern Powder Guides

Linehan Outfitting Company

  • 35309 Yaak River Road Troy, Montana 59935
  • 406.295.4872
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Montana Adventure Shuttle, LLC

  • 2819 S. 3rd St. W. Missoula, Montana 59804
  • 406.493.2345
  • Visit Website

Selway Adventures

Turner Mountain

Wapiti Waters

  • 516 Chickadee Lane Victor, Montana 59875
  • 406.642.6548
  • Visit Website
News from Glacier National Park Currently, 43.0 miles of the Going-to-the-Sun Road are open for travel.

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