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Snowmobiling A Sledder’s Paradise
Tia Troy

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.

For a detailed map of trails, see mtfwp.maps.arcgis.com

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Groomed Trail System Information

Cut Bank

Flathead Valley

Haugan

Kootenai Country


Lolo Pass

Mission Mountains

Seeley Lake

Hamilton/Skalkaho


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 this winter must purchase a non-resident temporary snowmobile use permit for $25 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 and Parks at 406.444.2950.

Avalanche Safety Tips

Avalanche is a real and present danger. Carry and know how to use avalanche equipment, including transceivers, probe poles and shovels. A wall of moving, suffocating snow leaves few survivors in its wake. The best way to avoid an avalanche is to understand avalanche conditions and reroute your trip to avoid them.

Avalanches occur when loose snow or a slab of snow starts moving down a slope. They are triggered by a variety of slope, snow and weather conditions; many times they are triggered by human impact. Slope conditions to watch out for are steep slopes or smooth, open slopes. Short slopes can be as dangerous as long ones. Leeward slopes are dangerous because wind-deposited snow adds depth and may create unstable slabs of snow.

Avoid avalanches by staying away from mountainous terrain after heavy snowfall or prolonged periods of high wind. Avoid crossing steep side hills or entering narrow, steeply sided canyons. The safest routes are on ridge tops and on the windward side, away from cornices. The next safest route is out in the valley, far from the bottom of a slope.

If you are caught in an avalanche...

  • Call out so other members of your party can track your location.
  • If snowmobiling, discard all equipment and get away from your snowmobile.
  • Make swimming motions and try to stay on top; work your way to the side of the avalanche.
  • As you feel the avalanche slow, try to thrust your hand, other part of your body or ski pole, above the surface.
  • Before the snow settles, slip your arm in front of your face to clear an air space.
  • Try not to panic; you need to conserve oxygen.
  • If you are a survivor, you are a victim's best hope of survival:
    • Mark the place where you last saw the victim and keep your eyes fixed on the moving mass of snow in which he or she is trapped.
    • Search for the victim directly down slope from the last sighted area when the snow stops moving.
    • Use a ski pole or stick to probe the snow.
    • Stay with the victim unless help is only a few minutes away; after 30 minutes, the victim has only a 50 percent chance of survival.
    • If the victim is found, treat for hypothermia, suffocation and shock.

Additional Information

Featured Listings

ABC acres

ABC acres

City: Hamilton
Phone: 406.210.5710

1075 Sleeping Child Road
Hamilton, MT 59840

Artemis Acres Paint Horse Ranch

Artemis Acres Paint Horse Ranch

City: Kalispell
Phone: 406.755.3723

610 Patrick Creek Rd
Kalispell, Montana 59901

Enjoy Montana Vacation Rentals

Enjoy Montana Vacation Rentals

City: Kalispell
Phone: 406.203.5055

17 2nd Street E Suite 210
Kalispell, Montana 59901

Kandahar Lodge

Kandahar Lodge

City: Whitefish
Phone: 406.862.6098

3824 Big Mountain Road
Whitefish, Montana 59937

Lookout Pass Ski & Recreation Area

Lookout Pass Ski & Recreation Area

City: St Regis
Phone: 208.744.1301

I-90, Exit 0
St Regis, Montana 59866

Marina Cay Resort

Marina Cay Resort

City: Bigfork
Phone: 800.433.6516

180 Vista Lane
Bigfork, Montana 59911

Ravenwood Outdoor Center

Ravenwood Outdoor Center

City: Columbia Falls
Phone: 406.260.8620

Trumble Canyon Road
Columbia Falls, MT 59912

Rich Ranch

Rich Ranch

City: Seeley Lake
Phone: 800.532.4350

939 Cottonwood Lakes Road
Seeley Lake, Montana 59868

Rocky Mountain Adventure Gear

Rocky Mountain Adventure Gear

City: Seeley Lake
Phone: 406.677.8300

3192 State Highway 83 North
Seeley Lake, Montana 59868

Rye Creek Lodge

Rye Creek Lodge

City: Darby
Phone: 406.821.3366

345 Rye Creek Road
Darby, Montana 59829

Snow Bear Chalets

Snow Bear Chalets

City: Whitefish
Phone: 888.868.2327

3872 Winter Lane
Whitefish, Montana 59936

Snowbowl Ski & Summer Resort

Snowbowl Ski & Summer Resort

City: Missoula
Phone: 406.549.9777

1700 Snowbowl Rd.
Missoula, Montana 59808

Swan Mountain Snowmobiling

Swan Mountain Snowmobiling

City: Hungry Horse
Phone: 406.387.4405

135 Hungry Horse Blvd
Hungry Horse, Montana 59919

Whitefish Mountain Resort

Whitefish Mountain Resort

City: Whitefish
Phone: 877-SKI-FISH

3889 Big Mountain Road
Whitefish, Montana 59937

Other Listings

ATV & Snowmobile Tours: Bitterroot Adventures

  • City: Darby
  • Address: 345 Rye Creek Road
  • Phone: 406.821.4844
  • Website: bitterrootadventures.com

Silver Bow Wilderness Snowmobile Adventures

  • City: Libby
  • Address: 500 East Fisher Road
  • Phone: 406.293.4868
  • Website: silverbowoutfitters.com

Storm Creek Outfitters

  • City: Darby
  • Address: 241 Orr Loop
  • Phone: 406.821.3115
  • Website: stormcreekoutfitters.com

Swan Mountain Snowmobiling

  • City: Hungry Horse
  • Address: 135 Hungry Horse Boulevard
  • Phone: 406.387.4405
  • Website: glaciersnowmobile.com

Winter Wonderland Sports

  • City: Olney
  • Address: 16 Bell Street
  • Phone: 406.257.2627
  • Website: winterwonderlandsports.com

Glacier Country Tourism is not responsible for the accuracy of the following business listings provided by the Montana Office of Tourism and Business Development.

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