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Skiing Anyone?

November 29th, 2008 by bsmith | No Comments | Filed in Montana Adventures, Winter Adventures

 

Looking for a white Christmas?  Guest blogger Joanne Smith gives you the lowdown on family snow adventures in Montana.

So, I’ll admit I’m not a skier, but I did have good intentions when we moved to Montana to make it a part of my life.  Unfortunately life has thrown some curve balls at me.  I’ll probably try learning to cross country ski and/or snow shoe in the future instead of snowboarding or downhill. 

As a daily reminder of my inability to ski I have a beautiful view of Whitefish Mountain Resort, better known to locals as Big Mountain, http://www.skiwhitefish.com/index.php from the front window of my home.  We even watch the snow cats groom the trails each night.  Along with top notch skiing there are also world class restaurants and lodging in the area. 

For someone looking for good skiing and a few less people, travel 30 miles to the south, overlooking Flathead Lake, is another great place to ski in Lakeside, MT on Blacktail Mountain, http://www.blacktailmountain.com/index.php .   Tickets are about ½ the cost at Blacktail Mountain in comparison to the Whitefish Mountain Resort, which is one of the biggest reasons that this is the place to find families looking to ski on a budget. 

In addition to these two full service resorts, there are several area golf courses that offer cross country skiing, as well as a couple of wonderful secluded places to cross country ski off the beaten path.  One such location is the Izaak Walton Inn, http://www.izaakwaltoninn.com/index2.htm  in Essex MT.  Located about ½ way between the West and East Entrances to Glacier National Park on HWY 2 is this beautiful getaway.  We have friends who drive up at least once a month for a weekend of cross country skiing and they are constantly raving about the well groomed trails as well as the lodging.  For more information about skiing anywhere in Big Sky Country visit Montana’s official web site for skiing, http://www.skimt.com/  . 

Not into skiing?  Try snowmobiling on a guided tour.  Learn how to snow shoe at Glacier National Park, ice fish on one of our many lakes, or just come explore the winter beauty of the northern Rockies.

Thank You Bridget for giving me the opportunity to share with your readers this beautiful valley that I call home.  To get here by air, Glacier International Airport is located in the middle of the action in the Flathead  Valley.  Amtrak stops in Whitefish, MT as well as West Glacier, MT via the Empire Builder line.  If driving, plan on a long but scenic trip, where you can find this valley  by locating HWY 93 and US 2 on any map.

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