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Glide through miles of pristine snow in the serene Montana wilderness. Cross-country and skate-skiing allow you to tour the terrain in a more intimate way than downhill skiing does. With groomed trails offering views of Glacier National Park peaks, the Cabinet Mountains and the Swan Mountains, Nordic skiing in Western Montana is one of the most popular ways to really witness the wonder of winter around here.
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The North Shore Nordic Club provides high-quality Nordic skiing and snowshoeing opportunities in the Flathead Valley
Located just below the Base Lodge Ski Shop (base of Chair 6) the trails wind through pristine forest and offer a variety of terrain for all skill levels. The more than 14 kilometers of cross-country ski trails offer beautiful views. Rental equipment and cross-country ski instructions are available, while a fee is required to use the trails.
Double Arrow Resort can show you 15 miles of groomed trails that fit a variety of experience levels. If you like, you can also snowshoe or skin your way to some of the finest off-site skiing in the world.
Located on the gently rolling terrain at the Whitefish Lake Golf Course, the 12 kilometers of trails at the Glacier Nordic Center for skate and classic skiing are maintained by the Glacier Nordic Club. The trails are groomed daily and offer great views of the surrounding mountains and lakes. Plus, 3 kilometers of trails are lit for night skiing until 11 p.m.
Located in the heart of the Swan Valley between the Mission and Swan mountains, Holland Lake Lodge offers 25 kilometers of groomed trails. Rentals are available at the lodge and trails are groomed weekly.
Named as one of the top 10 cross-country ski resorts in the Rockies by Snow Country magazine, the Izaak Walton Inn offers 33 kilometers of sheltered trails. The trails wind gently through forested terrain with views of Glacier National Park. Trails are groomed daily for skate and classic skiing, while a 1 kilometer loop is lit for night skiing.
Located 8 miles northwest of Whitefish, Stillwater Nordic offers 20 kilometers of groomed cross-country ski trails that wind over ridge tops, along lake shores and through forests. Trails are groomed for skate-skiing, with tracks for classic. They also have a 3.5 kilometer trail that is dog-friendly.
Offering a unique cross-country ski experience, Swan Mountain Guest Ranch has more than 30 kilometers of groomed trails that make their way through the Swan River State Forest. Daily trail passes are available.
Lost Trail Pass Ski Trail is not groomed. The trail begins at the Lost Trail Ski Area and follows the road up to Saddle Mountain.
Lost Trail Pass Ski Trail is a mountain touring trail that begins in Lost Trail Pass Ski Area parking lot and ends on Highway 93 at the East Camp Creek Road. This trail is not groomed.
Lost Trail Pass Ski Trail takes off from Saddle Mountain Trail, follows the ridge out into the Saddle Mountain Burn and provides three separate routes through the burn; one most difficult and two more difficult. Trails are marked, signed and maintained. This trail is not groomed.
The trail is intermittently groomed. No skiing on plowed Blacktail Mountain Road. Spectacular views of Flathead Lake, valley and four surrounding mountain ranges.
Essex is a trail system that consists of seven trails. To access the complex, park at Izaak Walton Inn. The trails are maintained and groomed by Izaak Walton Inn. There is a required trail fee of $5.00 per person.
Round Meadows is intermittently groomed December 20 to March 15. Trailhead parking for 50 vehicles, plus accessible restroom. Trail maps available at entrance sign. Snowmobiles prohibited. Dogs are allowed but need to be under control of owners.
This trail is an easy hike with very few steep pitches. It follows McGuire Creek for the entire length and is close to the creek the last 2 miles. Trail length depends on snow plowing of access road. Limited parking.
The trail is intermittently groomed and provides an opportunity for the cross-country skier to easily access the foothills of the Ten Lakes Scenic Area. There are several marked trails varying in skill levels.
This trail, which leads to Martin Lake, is an ideal tour for beginners and offers a good view of the Tobacco Valley and Salish Mountains. There is also a good view of the Whitefish Range. There are a number of connecting trails available if snow conditions are favorable; up to an additional 11 miles.
This area offers groomed trails for skating. Parking capacity for 40 cars. Closed to motorized vehicles. Dogs prohibited on groomed trails. Ski trails are groomed by the Missoula Nordic Ski Club.
The trails are a series of linked ski trails. You can select a short, medium or long route. These trails are groomed for skating. No dogs are allowed on groomed trails. Snowmobiles prohibited. Parking available for 12 vehicles. Maps available at the District Office. These trails are groomed intermittently.
These trails are next to and part of the snowmobile trail system. There are nine ungroomed trails that make a total of more than 7 miles down into the basin. The Lookout Pass Alpine Skiing Area is right next to the cross-country ski trails and offers snowmobiling opportunities. These trails are not groomed.
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