Backcountry Skiing

Escape the resort and find your line on a backcountry skiing tour.

Glacier Adventure Guides are proud to once again offer backcountry skiing trips in Glacier National Park and Flathead National Forest. There’s nothing like cruising down the pristine slopes of the northwest Montana wilderness. Day tours and multi-day tours are available beginning January 15, 2018.

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Skinning up the slopes of Elk Mountain
on a sunny winter day.

From the flanks of Elk Mountain to the chutes above Dickey Creek, you’re sure to find the run of a lifetime. In remote settings like ours, we rarely cross paths with other skiers. Whatever your skill level, our avalanche-certified guides will find you a line you’ll love. Participants must provide their own skiing and avalanche gear.

For newer backcountry travelers, we can teach you the following skills:

  • BC Ski Techniques (Kick turns, pole use, etc.)

  • Backcountry XC Ski Equipment

  • Avalanche Awareness

  • Tour planning & Route-finding


  • Day trips: Meet at the Glacier Adventure Guides office at 9 a.m., where we will drive to the trailhead to begin the day. We also offer a shuttle service to pick guests up from their lodging at 9 a.m. Full day ski tour, return to Columbia Falls before 5 p.m.

  • *Izaak Walton Inn Guests: Meet downstairs at the guide kiosk at 9 a.m. Load up and head to the trail, full day ski tour, return to the Inn around 4 p.m.




Glacier Adventure Guides leads backcountry ski tours to the Dickey Creek Drainage and Elk Mountain in Glacier National Park, depending on conditions. Our tours are highly flexible and great for any age or fitness level.

ELK MOUNTAIN - Great open terrain and stable weather
DICKEY CREEK - Deep powder in a remote mountain setting

Columbia Falls is located in northwest Montana and is known as “The Gateway to Glacier.”

The town is also a short drive from the North Fork of the Flathead River, and is surrounded by the Whitefish, Livingston and Swan mountain ranges and several national and state forests. While small, it’s a prime destination for skiing, hiking and camping, with enough amenities to keep you more than comfortable.

Drive times to Columbia Falls:

Glacier International Airport (FCA): 15 min.
Whitefish Train Depot: 20 min.
Whitefish Mtn. Resort: 35 min.

Hotels: We encourage you to check out the historic Izaak Walton Inn, located in beautiful Essex, Montana. Tucked away in the forest, the Inn offers trails right from the hotel, a full restaurant and bar, hot tub and private suites.

Cost includes:



Transportation from the office to trail head

Does not include:

Backcountry ski/avalanche gear

Hotel costs before, during, or after the trips

Transportation from lodging to office (shuttle rates: $75 from town, $125 from Whitefish Mountain Resort).

Guide Gratuity

Ready to book? You have the option to either call and book via phone or through our secure Online Reservation System.

Need more information? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions page.

Free inquiries can be made by calling us at 877-735-9514 or emailing Greg Fortin, owner and lead guide.

All participants must read and sign an Assumption of Risks/Liability Waiver, fill out our Guide Questionnaire and agree to our Reservations and Cancellations Policies.