Winter Wisely in Western Montana
Welcome to winter in Western Montana, where snowflakes and snowsports transform this year-round vacation destination into a wintry wonderland.
Glacier Country boasts 300 inches of annual snowfall plus seven downhill ski areas, untouched backcountry terrain and thousands of miles of snowshoeing, Nordic skiing and snowmobiling trails. Cozy up to snow season in one of our enchanting small towns, where warm western hospitality and friendly accommodations—from rustic to luxury—are part of the adventure.
Just remember to plan ahead and play it safe. You can shred the slopes and have a ball in the snowfall, but stick to activities that match your skill level, tread lightly, and be kind and respectful in our communities. Go wisely, recreate responsibly, and leave nothing but tracks in the snow.
Enter here for a chance to win. And then get ready to enjoy your season ticket to winter in Western Montana's Glacier Country.
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It’s time to zoom out, just north of Yellowstone National Park where winter is wide open. Choose your own snow venture in an enchanting winter landscape and explore the friendliest mountain towns you'll ever meet. Yellowstone Country's basecamp communities bustle with extraordinary lodging options, restaurants, shops, galleries, breweries, distilleries, four-season fun and genuine mountain-town vibes.
Find prime adventure with same-day delivery at three of Montana’s four largest downhill ski areas all offering a big mountain experience without big mountain prices and lift lines. Or take to the trails and boundless backcountry for Nordic skiing, sleigh rides, dog sledding, snowmobiling and snowshoeing in Yellowstone’s woodland wonderland.
With multiple entrances to Yellowstone National Park and a scenic, comfortable drive from Western Montana’s Glacier Country and Glacier National Park, the connection is better in Montana. Just remember to travel and recreate responsibly. Plan ahead, know before you go, be flexible, and play it safe.
A four-season destination inspired by the people, culture and landscapes of Montana, the new Cedar Creek Lodge and Conference Center blends the comfort of a mountain lodge with modern style at the gateway to Glacier National Park in Columbia Falls. A rich sense of exhilaration infuses every experience, from fly fishing on Whitefish Lake and backcountry adventures in Glacier National Park to championship golf and more. Looking for more information? Call us toll-free within the U.S. at 855-SEEGLACIER (855-733-4522).
Unique, cool, hip...serene, welcoming and replete with natural beauty - what are you looking for in your next vacation? Missoula, Montana has the unparalleled natural beauty and cultural vibrancy to make your experience unforgettable.
Nestled in the Northern Rockies of Montana, surrounded by seven wilderness areas and at the confluence of three rivers, Missoula is an outdoor enthusiast's dream. You can kayak, raft or tube through downtown or take a relaxing hike in 60,000 acres of wilderness minutes from your hotel. Missoula is known for its blue-ribbon trout fishing (made famous by A River Runs Through It) and spectacular natural beauty. The opportunities are limitless.
Missoula is also a regional destination for shopping and dining, with an abundance of shops, restaurants, cafes, and breweries to fit all budgets and palates. Known for its eclectic culture, visitors will find this arts and cultural hub filled with an endless array of entertainment.
Order your free Missoula Visitor Guide online at destinationmissoula.org or stop by our walk-in visitor center located at 101 E Main Street in Downtown Missoula.
The Holiday Inn Missoula Downtown is the ideal choice to experience all Missoula has to offer. Located in the heart of downtown in a gracious park-like setting along the Clark Fork River, this hotel is just steps from vibrant shopping, dining, live-music, outdoor recreation, festivals, farmers markets and more!
Missoula's largest full-service hotel has 198 newly refreshed guest rooms, including a 4th floor Executive Level, 20,000 square feet of flexible meeting space, a park-like outdoor venue, a full-service restaurant and bar, a lobby bar, and a grab-and-go market featuring local favorites and espresso. With the best location and superior conference service, groups are guaranteed a distinctive Missoula experience. Complimentary features include an indoor swimming pool, state-of-the-art fitness center, 24-hour business center, Wi-Fi, on-site guest parking (a rarity in downtown), airport and area-wide transportation. This a nonsmoking hotel with pet-friendly rooms.
Kandahar Lodge is a cozy, ski-in, ski-out mountain lodge located on Whitefish Mountain Resort. Enjoy Kandahar’s charming lobby complete with a crackling fireplace and vintage snug bar—the perfect spot to relax after a day on the slopes. Unwind in our Wellness Center featuring therapeutic massage and a fitness center with views of the mountain, plus a large outdoor Jacuzzi and steam room that allow guests to recharge for another day on the slopes.
Café Kandahar is a recipient of multiple James Beard Foundation Best Chef of the Northwest nominations and offers a memorable culinary experience. Paired with an award-winning wine list, the eclectic menu features elk, bison, lamb, mushrooms and salmon. A European-style continental breakfast is included with lodging.
Come ski, unwind and indulge in luxury at Kandahar Lodge at Whitefish Mountain Resort. Ranked the No. 3 best ski resort in North America, Whitefish Mountain boasts more than 3,000 acres of skiable terrain with 300 inches of annual snowfall.
Makers of Montana's iconic Cold Smoke® Scotch Ale, KettleHouse Brewing Co. has two brewery and taproom locations in and around Missoula. The newest location in Bonner is nestled on the banks of the Blackfoot River, offers stunning mountain views where wildlife sightings are not unusual, and is home to the KettleHouse Amphitheater, Montana’s premier music venue. The original KettleHouse location is a favorite hangout among locals and has been a Missoula staple for 25 years. Both KettleHouse taprooms host events and private parties and offer a variety of beers on tap, so there is always something for everyone.
KettleHouse’s mission is to match the quality of their beers to the quality of the Montana outdoor experience. Independently owned and innovating since 1995.
A visit to one of the KettleHouse taprooms is the perfect stop for those In Search of Cooler Times®
602 Myrtle St. Missoula, MT 59801
605 Cold Smoke Ave. Bonner, MT 59823
At Missoula Montana Airport (MSO), fly direct to Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth, Denver, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Oakland, Orange County, Phoenix/Mesa, Portland, Salt Lake City, San Diego, San Francisco, San Jose and Seattle/Tacoma or connect with thousands of destinations worldwide. Alaska Airlines, Allegiant Air, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Frontier Airlines and United Airlines all offer flights into and out of Missoula. Airfares continue to drop as the airport expands services.
Seven rental car company courtesy counters—Alamo, Avis, Budget, Enterprise, Hertz and Thrifty—are located in the main passenger terminal directly across from baggage claim, making it easy for arriving passengers to grab their luggage and go.
Food and beverage options at MSO include the Liquid Planet Drive Thru (pre-security) and the Liquid Planet Grille (post-security). You’ll also fine local art on display, shopping, conference rooms, free Wi-Fi, and places to unwind—like massage chairs—and charge your devices. Whether heading out to explore the world or visiting Montana for the first time, the Missoula Airport is your starting point for adventure.
Located in the charming town of Whitefish, The Pine Lodge knows winter inside-out. This is the ideal setting for your snow escape.
Featuring 76 hotel rooms ranging from standard rooms to executive suites, The Pine Lodge is known for its family-friendly nature and easy access to Glacier National Park and Whitefish Mountain Resort.
Their ski package—the White Glove Experience—is included with every reservation. It offers perks, like a complimentary ski van to and from Whitefish Mountain Resort and the use of boot dryers. Plus, you can beat the lines and purchase lift tickets at the Front Desk.
The Pine Lodge also provides numerous ways to relax and have fun right on the property. Roast s'mores over the firepits. Explore with their snowshoe rentals. Soak in their indoor/outdoor heated pool and hot tub. It's all there.
At The Pine Lodge, you can go all out, then come on in. It's the perfect winter getaway.
Open year-round, Quinn's Hot Springs Resort is nestled in a majestic canyon on the Clark Fork River in Sanders County on State Highway 135. We have a full-service restaurant, tavern, gift and coffee shop, seven natural hot springs pools, massage and 83 rentals. All lodging is new since 2001 forward and includes standard and luxury accommodations with options for both couples and families or groups. Our Luxury River-View Cabins are the ultimate experience in relaxation and comfort with stunning river and mountain views. Quinn's Paradise Hall Event Center opened in 2015 and is a great location for weddings, business events, celebrations and more. Quinn's River Lodge opened in November of 2017 and offers luxury rooms with views of Quinn's Canyon and the Clark Fork River.
Southgate Mall is your most convenient and best Missoula shopping destination. With more than 100 stores and 10,000 brands, you'll find something for everyone in the family and for every occasion. The largest mall in Western Montana, Southgate Mall stores offer women's apparel, shoes, children's and teens' clothing, jewelry, sporting goods, home decor, electronics and more. Browse department stores, specialty shops and boutiques. When you're ready for a break, pick from some of the most popular Missoula dining options, all under the same roof.
With tax-free shopping, Southgate Mall is home to: AMC-9 Dine-In Theater, Athleta, Bed Bath & Beyond, Cost Plus World Market, Dillard's, Gap, H&M, JCPenney, Lucky's Market and many more.
Guest Services Center: Wheelchair, Motorized Scooter and Stroller Rentals, Griz Tix Outlet, Lost and Found, 24-hour Mall Security, Employment Opportunities, Visitor and Tourism Information, City Bus and Taxi Cab Information, Mountain Line Bus Passes, Tour Operator 'Check-in'
Activities: Shopping, Dining, Kids' Play Area, KidX Klub, Community Events