Night-time cross-country ski excursions can be wonderful opportunities to see a national park landscape from a different perspective. On February 19, Glacier National Park rangers will lead a four-mile ski for all interested, weather permitting of course.
This trek, suitable for intermediate-level skiers of all ages, begins at 7 p.m. on February 19, the day after a full moon.
In the event of severe weather or insufficient snow, you should call the Apgar Visitor Center at 406-888-7939 to confirm the ski trip. All participants must bring their own cross-country ski equipment as well as extra layers of clothing, a headlamp and water. Skis are available for rent at retail locations outside of Glacier National Park in West Glacier and other gateway communities.
The moonlit tour, which is being made possible by a grant from the Glacier National Park Fund, will begin at the Camas Road gate, a three-minute drive from the Apgar Visitor Center. There is no group size limit and no reservations are taken.
Park visitors are reminded that although this winter activity is free, valid park entry is required except when fees are waived. Even when entrance stations are not staffed, park entrance fees are required. Upon entering the park, visitors are directed to follow posted instructions to pay entrance fees at self-pay stations. Glacier’s winter entrance fee is $15 for vehicles and $10 for single entrants (hiker/bicyclist/motorcyclist) for a seven-day pass. Annual park passes, valid for unlimited visits to Glacier National Park for 12 months from the date of purchase, are also available for $35 and currently can be purchased on weekdays at the Backcountry Permit Office located in Apgar Village and on weekends from entrance stations when staffed.
For more information or to confirm the cross country ski program, please call the Apgar Visitor Center at 406-888-7939, on weekends, between 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.