Soaring mountains give way to magnificent glaciers, towering rock formations, pristine fields of ice and stone, and some of America’s most classic trails. In the winter, Glacier National Park becomes a veritable wonderland of mountains contrasted with frozen waterways, snowy forests, and the kind of solitude and quiet that you can scarcely find anywhere else. Combined with the magnificent scenery, few get to experience snowshoeing and skiing through the park, when it’s in its full glory. Here’s the best to exploring Glacier National Park in winter.
Originally called Stumptown, from the stumps of trees that were cleared from the construction of the railroad, Whitefish is a lively town with inexpensive restaurants, coffee shops, and breweries, for enjoying meals after a long, hard day of skiing. Set on the edge of Glacier National Park and Whitefish Mountain Resort, Whitefish is the perfect base camp for a number of adventures and a quaint hideaway in the mountains to return to.
Glacier National Park
Set in Northwest Montana, on the Canadian Border, Glacier National Park encompasses over 16,000 square miles of magnificent glaciers, soaring granite peaks, and a variety of ecosystems ranging from prairies to tundra. The park is home to a number of iconic American wildlife species such as grizzly bears, moose and mountain goats, as well as wolverines, and lynxes.
Glacier National Park is a photographer’s dream, with idealistic landscapes surrounding the towering mountains and icy glacial plains. Snow hangs in the wintery cedars, with frozen lakes and icicle cascading waterfalls. It’s a great time to see the park away from the crowds and in a time of year when the trails take on a whole different nature.
We’ll get to explore different areas of the park either by snowshoe or cross-country ski, getting to explore ideal packed snow trails thanks to a dedicated group of backcountry users. We’ll get to explore a number of different viewpoints that overlook the best of this magnificent landscape.
Join us for our Armchair Traveler event on August 27th!
Originally from New Hampshire, Joanne came to Colorado as a college student and decided to make the Centennial State her home. As a trip leader who joined the CMC in 2012, Joanne specializes in cross-country skiing excursions and B hikes. She is also an assistant instructor for the CMC Wilderness First Aid and BCTS schools. Joanne has organized many trips for family and friends to international destinations such as Costa Rica, Italy, Greece, France, Iceland, and Peru (in 2017). She also has experience planning travel within the United States (including Alaska). Joanne is a Registered Nurse practicing in critical care and cardiac cath lab, and she recently transitioned to a project management
role for her hospital system. She and her husband Chip are passionate about maintaining an active lifestyle, and their goal on the weekends is to never be home!
Renée has been a volunteer in the Colorado Mountain Club since 1987. She was an instructor in the Wilderness Trekking School, the Basic Mountaineering School, and the Backcountry Ski Touring School. Wanting others to have great experiences with the CMC too, she has been a long-time member of both the Backcountry Ski Touring School Committee and the Adventure Travel Committee.
Hiking and cross-country skiing are her passions. She has summited all of the Colorado “Fourteeners” and, with her husband, through-hiked the nearly 500 miles of the Colorado Trail. She enjoys exploring the historic South Park region of Colorado where she and her husband own a cabin. Adventure Travel trips she has led include four trips to Yellowstone National Park in winter, the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu in Peru, and Canyon de Chelly.
As a data analyst in a large hospital company, Renée enjoys “finding the story in the data”. She recently “semi-retired” to a half-time position, giving her more time to hike, ski, and enjoy other favorite activities such as reading, listening to American roots music, and enjoying live theater.