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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. Or explore the heart of Montana’s backcountry—the Swan Mountains.

For the backcountry trip of a lifetime, pair your off-the-beaten-path ski adventure with a backcountry yurt stay, or take a guided snowcat to awe-inspiring elevations. A yurt rental takes your backcountry journey to the next level, whether you’re taking a self-guided ski tour or hiring a guide to show you the way.

Another way to slay the backcountry is to access higher elevations by snowcat on a guided backcountry ski trip with Great Northern Powder Guides. Their custom snowcats access terrain as high as 7,500 feet in the Stillwater State Forest. This powder playground boasts diverse terrain for cat skiers and boarders, steep and deep seekers, and even first-timers.

Please remember: 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. Avalanche safety should always be top of mind when you’re headed into the deep stuff. Carry avalanche safety gear, know the red flags of an unstable snowpack, check the avalanche forecast, and get educated in avalanche safety.

A Different Kind of Zoom

Escape to the rugged beauty of Montana’s Yellowstone Country and find your way back to adventure.

Ski the Park

While winter in Glacier National Park means fewer lodging options and limited road access, it also means epic backcountry skiing. 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.

Recreate Responsibly Plan Ahead, Play it Safe, and Leave No Trace.

Featured Listings

Glacier Adventure Guides in Western Montana.

Glacier Adventure Guides

24 Seventh St. W.
Columbia Falls, MT 59912

406.892.2173

Glacier Bear Retreat in Western Montana.

Glacier Bear Retreat

348 Grist Road
West Glacier, MT 59936

406.848.1771

Kandahar Lodge in Western Montana.

Kandahar Lodge

3824 Big Mountain Road
Whitefish, MT 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

Ninepipes Lodge and Allentown Restaurant in Western Montana.

Ninepipes Lodge and Allentown Restaurant

69286 U.S. Highway 93
Charlo, MT 59824

406.644.2588

Travel Montana in Western Montana.

Travel Montana

PO Box 16
Red Lodge, MT 59068

888.758.8687

Whitefish Mountain Resort in Western Montana.

Whitefish Mountain Resort

3889 Big Mountain Road
Whitefish, MT 59937

877.SKI.FISH

Other Listings

Izaak Walton Inn

  • 290 Izaak Walton Inn Road Essex, MT 59916
  • 406.888.5700
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The Cliff Ranch

  • 1684 Knob and Kettle Lane Ovando, MT 59854
  • 406.531.6969
  • Visit Website
News from Glacier National Park Currently, 21.7 miles of the Going-to-the-Sun Road are open for travel.

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