In Northern Montana, Glacier receives record breaking amounts of snow with generally mild winter temperatures. Glacier National Park’s peaks and passes are covered with snow much of the year, offering Whitefish Montana skiing opportunities galore to skiers and snowboarders, along with great backcountry skiing in the park and downhill skiing at local resorts.
Skiers and snowboarders can enjoy resorts near Glacier National Park including: Whitefish Resort, Castle Mountain Resort, Blacktail Mountain, Turner Mountain, Fernie, Kimberly, Sunshine Village and Lake Louise Ski Area.
On the Canadian side of Glacier Park, Roger's Pass is popular with backcountry skiers. Avalanche activity is always a concern so prepare accordingly. Other areas in GNP are popular for ski vacations as well, including:
Essex, Montana, located near the southwest corner of Glacier National Park, offers great backcountry skiing opportunities, as do Granite Park, Logan Pass and Many Glacier.
Those traveling into Glacier Park or surrounding backcountry areas in the winter should consider hiring a local guide listed here or go with someone who knows the area and is experienced in backcountry travel.
Put “skiing” and “vacation” in the same sentence with “Glacier National Park area” and you’ve got a great combination. Check out area specials, packages, reservations, wedding information, and other essentials on this page.
Rental ski equipment is available from several retailers in the surrounding Glacier communities.
Enjoy cross country skiing in or near Glacier National Park at nearby Nordic centers like those located at the Whitefish Lake Golf Course, the Bigfork Community Nordic Center, and Big Mountain’s Nordic Center.
Glacier National Park area communities and resorts have a fantastic variety of luxury and basic lodging options for visiting and local snow enthusiasts, including ski in/ski out options.
Snowboarders love Glacier National Park area resorts for their fun runs, terrain parks, cliffs and chutes, and great powder.
Other Skiing Resources
The Glacier Country Avalanche Center provides informational and educational tools for backcountry users in northwest Montana.
Find information on why, where, and how avalanches happen and how to stay away from them.