Winter Recreation Northwest Montana

Winter snow lends a special beauty to Montana’s peaks and valleys, while delighting outdoor recreation fans! Snow makes the perfect surface for skiing, snowshoeing, sledding, snowmobiling, or just romping with children and pets.

Featured Winter Recreation in Northwest Montana:

Downhill Skiing

Speed down deep-powder slopes or glide along miles of groomed trails at the Whitefish Mountain Resort and Blacktail Mountain Ski Area.  Fantastic views, reasonable rates, and no waits! 

View current snow reports and trail maps, find out how to take the ski bus to the top, and plan to catch special events at the Whitefish Mountain Resort and Blacktail Mountain Ski Area web sites.

Cross-Country Skiing and Snowshoeing

Touring the countryside on cross-country skis or snowshoes lets you appreciate this spectacular area at a leisurely pace.  Explore hundreds of miles of trails in Glacier National Park, the Flathead National Forest, and throughout the valley.

Learn more about outdoor recreational opportunities in Glacier National Park:

Click to view the brochure “Cross Country Skiing Montana’s Flathead Valley.”

Play safely! Snow avalanches can be dangerous. Learn more about avalanche safety from the Glacier Country Avalanche Center.  Hear recorded avalanche advisories at 406-257-8204.


For a peak experience, tour the valley on a snowmobile.  You can ride up high among the “snow ghosts” or travel the Flathead Valley’s 200 miles of groomed snowmobile trails.  Want to roam farther?  Another 2,000 miles of National Forest roads are open to motorized “sledding.” 

Click to view the brochure “Snowmobiling Montana’s Flathead Valley.”

Hidden Lake Overlook
Gateway to Glacier National Park
Flathead Lake
About the Flathead Valley

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