Montana’s Winter Wonderland


November 3, 2011—Glacier Country, MT—In Western Montana’s Glacier Country, winter is serious business. And rightly so. With six ski areas boasting more than 6,940 acres of skiable terrain and mountains that annually garner 300+ inches of snow, the region has earned its reputation as a winter hot spot.

“Western Montana is really the ultimate winter playground,” said Racene Friede, Executive Director of Glacier Country Tourism. “We have a sampling of winter activities that are bound to satisfy each visitor, whether it’s shredding the 3,000 acres at Whitefish Mountain Resort, snowshoeing to a backcountry hot spring in the Bitterroot Valley or riding the thousands of miles of snowmobiling trails throughout the region.”

Whitefish Mountain Resort—located on Big Mountain and the most notable resort in the region—provides 98 marked trails, as well as terrain parks and views from the summit into Glacier National Park and the Flathead Valley.

The resort also offers on-mountain dining, lodging, shopping and entertainment. But just because it’s a world-class resort, doesn’t mean it will break the bank. Whitefish Mountain Resort offers affordable vacation packages, with an “Eat, Ski, Sleep, Repeat” package (including lift tickets, lodging and breakfast) starting at $79 per person.

Visitors looking for a more serene setting will find it in Glacier National Park. Open year-round, the park provides a different experience during the winter season. The Going-to-the-Sun Road is a popular destination for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing, while guided adventures within the park’s boundaries are also available. Winter camping is also available at Apgar and St. Mary, beginning December 1.

“One of the shining stars of vacationing in Western Montana is the affordability,” said Friede. “Our lodging rates are 20 percent lower than the national average, making a visit here a great bang for your buck. Plus, with the diversity of our ski areas there are lift tickets available to fit each traveler’s budget. Combine that with incredible powder and mild temperatures and you’ve got the groundwork for a wonderful winter vacation.”

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