Winter Fun

The cure for cabin fever is getting out of the cabin. Around here that means schussing the best-groomed cross-country ski trails in the state, snowshoeing to Avalanche Lake in Glacier National Park or piercing the deep backcountry on snowmobile. And at day’s end, you’ll have much to come “home” to in Kalispell — a roaring fire, lively night spots, fine restaurants, even figure skating at the Woodland Park Ice Center.

Get going!

Glacier National Park gets buried in snow each winter, and it defines quiet solitude. A pair of snowshoes or backcountry skis can take you to sights few ever see this time of year. You might even catch a glimpse of a wolf or mountain lion. Favorite areas include MacDonald Lake and Going to the Sun Road.

Snowshoeing is available on the unlimited backcountry wilderness trails in NW Montana or if you are interested in a guided hike, there are options in town or up at the Park. Join a Ranger at Lone Pine State Park, just outside of downtown Kalispell, for Snowshoe Discovery Hikes every Saturday from 1 – 2 p.m. Bring your own snowshoes or rent a pair for $5. Glacier National Park offers guided hikes every Saturday, beginning at the Apgar Visitor Center at 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Equipment is available for a small donation.

Cross-Country Skiers can choose from miles of groomed trails around the Flathead Valley. Jump onto eight kilometers of groomed skate and Nordic trails right in town behind Flathead Valley Community College — the perfect mid-day escape — or head for nearby Foy’s to Blacktail Trails, Whitefish Lake Golf Course, Round Meadows, Bigfork Nordic Center or the Blacktail Nordic ski trails. Find more info with the Glacier Nordic Club and North Shore Nordic Club.

Snowmobiling is popular here for a reason. Northwest Montana boasts more than 200 miles of groomed snowmobile trails. Another 2,000 miles of Forest Service roads lead to spectacular ridgetop views. Find more info with the Flathead Snowmobile Association. You can get rentals and good tips on local trails at Winter Wonderland Sports  and Swan Mountain Snowmobiling.

Dog Sledding is an old-school thrill. If you love dogs and the great outdoors, it’s the perfect blend of adventure and fun. Dog Sled Adventures is locally owned and operated.

Ice Skating and hockey are favorite winter pastimes in Kalispell. Woodland Park, right in downtown Kalispell, offers a hockey rink as well as skating on a large pond that is maintained and open from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. An affordable activity for the entire family.

Ice Fishing — Kalispell has 500 fishable lakes out our backdoor. Pick one and start drilling. Also check out our general Fishing page.