Glacier National Park Cross Country Skiing, Nordic / X-Country

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Cross Country Skiing

Whether you make your own tracks or stay on groomed trails, cross-country skiing is one of the best ways to experience and enjoy more than one million acres of Glacier National Park and surrounding areas.

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  • Cross Country Skiing is possible for skiers of all abilities in and near Glacier National Park.
  • Some areas great for Cross Country Skiing outside Glacier National Park include: Glacier Nordic Club, Bigfork Community Nordic Center, Big Mountain Nordic Center, Glacier Outdoor Center and Stillwater Nordic Center.
  • Rentals are available at centers and surrounding community retailers. A State Land Use Fee Permit may be required.

Overview

Cross country skiing is a popular winter sport, both inside Glacier National Park and the surrounding area, with a variety of terrain making a cross country ski adventure fun for both novice and experienced skiers.

Where to go Cross Country Skiing

  • Glacier Nordic Club, located on the Whitefish Lake Golf Course, offers 12 kilometers for both skate and classic cross country skiing. These groomed trails are perfect for the whole family as well as serious athletes. Generally open December through March until 11 pm, Glacier Nordic Club is popular for night skiing. Fees apply. More info.
  • Bigfork Community Nordic Center offers 12 kilometers of groomed, high-quality nordic skiing near the Swan Mountains on Jewel Basin and Foothills Road. to Big Fork and Flathead Valley residents and visitors. Fees apply. View map here.
  • Blacktail Mountain Nordic Center maintains just under 20 kilometers of groomed trails that offer a little bit of elevation gain to challenge any cross country skier. Located on the road to Blacktail Mountain Ski Area. Find a detailed map here.
  • Stillwater Nordic Center, located about 8 miles Northwest of Whitefish and Glacier National Park, offers 20 kilometers of groomed trails, including a 3.5 kilometer trail specifically for skiers and their dogs. Fees apply. More info.

Inside Glacier National Park

Cross country skiers should ask rangers about weather concerns and any closures, as well as sign in at trailhead boxes prior to skiing (most unmarked) areas including:

  • Apgar – West Glacier: About 10 miles roundtrip, Apgar Lookout is beautiful but challenging for beginners.
  • St. Mary: Parking for trailheads offering 1 to 8-mile roundtrip trails is near the 1913 Ranger Station.
  • North Fork: These ski routes start at the Polebridge Ranger Station and follow mostly unplowed gravel roads.
  • Lake McDonald – Avalanche: This popular, easy terrain area can be found off Going-To-The-Sun Road.
  • Two Medicine: Skiing starts 4 miles north of East Glacier near Two Medicine Road and Highway 49 junction with 6, 10, and 16-mile roundtrip options.
  • Marias Pass: This popular, windy skiing area features Autumn Creek Trail, a 6-mile roundtrip route that starts easy near Essex and morphs into an advanced skier trail.

Hire a Guide

Explore the expert local suppliers/outfitters listed on this page who can advise you and your ski group regarding technique, terrain, equipment as well as avalanche safety and rescue techniques.

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Other Cross Country Skiing Resources

Flathead Convention and Visitor Bureau

The Flathead Convention and Visitor Bureau is an online travel guide with an informational one-pager about nordic skiing in Flathead, Montana.