Snowshoeing Glacier National Park

Our most popular winter adventure– snowshoeing Glacier National Park. A favorite for families, photographers and wildlife enthusiasts.

Snowshoeing Glacier National Park in winter is magical; snow hanging in the cedars, frozen lakes, waterfalls and desolate peaks create a landscape unlike any other. Snowshoe tours are available on either the west or east side of the Park, giving you the option to tour old-growth forest or travel over windswept alpine meadows.

What an amazing day!!! I was fortunate to have the owner Greg Fortin as my guide. With Greg’s help, I saw the Lake McDonald area this morning, went to view the Continental Divide, had lunch on a gravel bar in the middle of the Flathead River, and spent the entire afternoon hiking and snowshoeing in Glacier National Park, just about 20 miles from the Continental Divide. Perfect! –Mary, via tripadvisor.com

snowshoeing glacier national park

Another quiet winter morning on Going to the Sun Road.

We offer full snowshoe and ski pole rental out of our office. Tours will generally lead to a scenic lunch spot, followed by hot drinks and group photos. Our guides are fully trained in preventing and treating cold-related injuries, and will keep you and your group out of harm’s way.

We tailor to your skill and fitness level, and can provide the following instruction to new backcountry travelers:

  • Snowshoe Techniques

  • Avalanche Awareness

  • Tour planning & Route-finding

ITINERARY:

  • Day trips: Meet at the Glacier Adventure Guides office at 9 a.m., where we will drive to the trailhead in Glacier National Park to begin the day. We also offer a shuttle service to pick guests up from their lodging at 9 a.m. Full day snowshoe 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 in Glacier National Park, full day snowshoe tour, return to the Inn around 4 p.m.

EQUIPMENT LIST

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SNOWSHOE GEAR
CLOTHING
PERSONAL EQUIPMENT

Glacier Adventure Guides leads snowshoe tours to the west and east sides of Glacier National Park, depending on conditions. Many of our tours are highly flexible and great for any age or fitness level.

FISH CREEK AND ROCKY POINT - Great for the whole family
APGAR LOOKOUT - Big views close to town
MCDONALD CREEK AND GOING-TO-THE-SUN ROAD - Our most popular tour
SNYDER BASIN - A winter wonderland on the Park's west side
MOUNT BROWN - Our most challenging snowshoe tour
WALTON AND SCALPLOCK LOOKOUT - Close to Essex and the Izaak Walton Inn
AUTUMN CREEK AND MARIAS PASS - Sunny winter weather and mellow terrain

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

The town is 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.
Missoula International Airport (MSO): 2 hrs.
Whitefish Train Depot: 20 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:

Guide(s)

Group gear

Food

Equipment rental

Transportation from the office to trail head

Does not include:

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.