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Snowmobiling A Sledder’s Paradise
Noah Couser

A Sledder’s Paradise

There's something remarkably thrilling about whipping past snow-dusted trees and frozen lakes at high speeds. Powering through winter in Montana is easy, with miles of steep climbs and flat trails, and acres of backcountry playgrounds, as well as logging and forest service roads (closed by winter's snowfall)—a paradise for sledders.

Our endless—and stunning—winter terrain can be explored by sled with or without a guide. See below for more information on where and how to sled Western Montana, and consider a snowmobile tour with Acton Rentals, Rich Ranch, Swan Mountain Outfitters or Whitefish Marine.

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.

For inspiration, visit Glaciers to Geysers.

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Groomed Trail System Information

Cut Bank

Flathead Valley

Haugan

Kootenai Country


Lolo Pass

Mission Mountains

Seeley Lake

Hamilton/Skalkaho


Resident Snowmobile Permit Program

There are two permit requirements for residents of Montana: Snowmobiles must be registered with the state of Montana, and a $20 Snowmobile Trail Pass—valid for two seasons (July 1 through June 30)—must be displayed on all machines. Trail passes are available seasonally from October to April online.

Non-resident Snowmobile Permit Program

The Montana legislature passed a law that requires snowmobilers visiting Montana to pay a fee to support the grooming of snowmobile trails. A visitor who plans to ride his/her snowmobile in Montana must purchase a non-resident temporary snowmobile use permit for $35 per machine. Permits will be available December 1 from FWP license agents, some snowmobile equipment retail businesses, hotels and motels and other business serving snowmobilers. The best advice to snowmobilers planning a snowmobile vacation is to complete the application online at the Montana State Parks website. For more information, visit the Montana State Parks web page or call Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks at 406.444.3753.

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

Featured Listings

Action Rentals in Western Montana.

Action Rentals

6235 U.S. Highway 93
Whitefish, MT 59937

406.881.3510

Enjoy Montana Vacation Rentals in Western Montana.

Enjoy Montana Vacation Rentals

20 Summit Ave.
Somers, MT 59932

406.203.5055

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

Rich Ranch in Western Montana.

Rich Ranch

939 Cottonwood Lakes Road
Seeley Lake, Montana 59868

800.532.4350

Rye Creek Lodge in Western Montana.

Rye Creek Lodge

345 Rye Creek Road
Darby, MT 59829

406.821.3366

Snow Bear Chalets in Western Montana.

Snow Bear Chalets

3872 Winter Lane
Whitefish, MT 59937

888.868.2327

Snowbowl Ski & Summer Resort in Western Montana.

Snowbowl Ski & Summer Resort

1700 Snowbowl Road
Missoula, MT 59808

406.549.9777

Swan Mountain Outfitters in Western Montana.

Swan Mountain Outfitters

12000 U.S. Highway 2 E.
West Glacier, MT 59936

406.387.4405

Whitefish Marine in Western Montana.

Whitefish Marine

5960 U.S. Highway 93 S.
Whitefish, MT 59937

406.862.8594

Whitefish Mountain Resort in Western Montana.

Whitefish Mountain Resort

3889 Big Mountain Road
Whitefish, MT 59937

877.SKI.FISH

Other Listings

FLUX Adventure Designs

Flathead Outdoors

  • 1034 Whitefish Stage Road, Suite 5 Kalispell, MT 59901
  • 406.209.8459
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Northwest Montana Adventures/Winter Wonderland Sports

  • 1071 Upper Whitefish Road Olney, MT 59927
  • 406.881.2525
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Seeley Adventures

  • 3181 State Highway 83 Seeley Lake, MT 59868
  • 406.499.2415
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Silver Bow Outfitters

SnowBike Nation

  • 121 Cardiff Ave. Kalispell, MT 59901
  • 406.206.8459
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Tamaracks Resort

  • 3481 State Highway 83 N., Mile Marker 17 Seeley Lake, MT 59868
  • 406.677.2433
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