things to do in the winter
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.
The Crown Jewel of America's Rails to Trails, enjoy 15 downhill miles through 10 tunnels and over 7 high trestles. Shuttle and rental bikes available.
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.
348 Grist Road
3824 Big Mountain Road
38500 U.S. Highway 12 W.
I-90, Exit 0
1880 U.S. Highway 93 S.
69286 U.S. Highway 93
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