As winter’s chill gives way to the gentle warmth of early spring, Western Montana awakens with opportunities, inviting travelers and locals alike to experience the best of what this season has to offer. Here in Glacier Country, we’re not just waiting for summer to start our adventures; we’re diving headfirst into the season with our exclusive “Spring Seven” list—a treasure trove of must-dos that prove spring in Montana is more than just a transition; it’s a destination. Imagine carving down less-crowded ski slopes with the sun on your face, snagging the best off-season lodging deals that feel like insider secrets and tapping your toes to the vibrant beats of local music and events. Picture yourself cheering at spring sports, discovering unique finds in our quaint shops, sipping on the finest local brews and wines, and unwinding in serene spas and natural hot springs. This spring let’s not just do more of the same; let’s do more of what makes us happy. Welcome to spring in Western Montana—where every moment is an invitation to explore, relax and celebrate the season.

Libby, Montana, in its springtime glow. Photo: Chris Sawicki


It’s not time to hang up those skis just yet; there’s still plenty of time to make the most of the season. The best part of spring skiing in Western Montana is our bluebird days and slightly warmer temperatures. Hit the slopes at Whitefish Mountain Resort or Lookout Pass. Or visit one of our smaller ski areas near a charming mountain town—you can’t go wrong. Plan your perfect spring ski day by checking our Ski Area Snow Report for the latest on lift openings, fresh snow and current temperatures. Trip Tip: Don’t miss out on our Ski + Stay packages detailed in the STAY section below, offering both lodging and an adult lift ticket.

There’s still time for late-season skiing at Lookout Pass. Photo: Glacier Country


Take advantage of the following travel deals and experience the magic of spring in Western Montana. This is the time when our enchanting region offers not just the beauty of its natural wonders waking up, but also irresistible rates on accommodations, allowing you to explore more for less. Whitefish Mountain Resort offers a Spring Stay & Save 30/30. Book 2+ adult lift tickets and receive 30% off lodging and lift tickets. Also in Whitefish, The Firebrand Hotel and The Lodge at Whitefish Lake offer savings to those planning a last-minute trip, book seven days out or less and save 15%. Find other deals at

You may be able to snag a discounted rate at The Lodge at Whitefish Lake. Noah Couser


Nature usually plays first chair here, but Montana’s live music scene offers some steep competition. With concerts happening year-round, we’ve hand-picked a selection of venues lighting up the stage this March and April—perfect for those looking to tune into Glacier Country’s melodious side. Swing by our events calendar for information about live music and other events happening throughout Western Montana’s Glacier Country.

+ Logjam Presents, Missoula, Skittour, Nightwitch + Bacon & Egg, The Gravy Ladles, Gilda House

+ Mission Valley Live, Polson, Stringfever String Quartet, John Roberts y Pan Planco

+ The Great Northern Bar & Grill, Whitefish, Live Music every Thursday – Saturday

 + University of Montana, Missoula, Breaking Benjamin

 + Wachholz College Center, Kalispell, Sona Jobarteh, Glacier Symphony Orchestra, Hot Club Cowtown   


Spring season ushers in thrilling sports events that capture the spirit of adventure and competition. From the splashy spectacle of the Whitefish Pond Skim to the rugged tradition of Forestry Day at the Historical Museum at Fort Missoula and the adrenaline-pumping Bigfork Whitewater Festival, the region transforms into a stage for some of the most exhilarating and unique outdoor competitions. Celebrate the spirit of spring with events that showcase the daring and the bold, set against the breathtaking backdrop of our natural landscapes.

 Whitefish Mountain Resort ends each ski season with a splash at the Whitefish Pond Skim. In early April, watch skiers and snowboarders attempt to skim across a man-made pond, avoiding zebra floaties and other obstacles. It’s outrageously entertaining.

Watch an exhilarating pro/amateur timber sports competition at Forestry Day at the Historical Museum at Fort Missoula. This competition, in late April, pays tribute to the bravery of loggers and honors Montana’s history. Excitement is palpable during the log rolling, pole climbing and ax throwing competitions.

Spring runoff on the Swan River creates a beautiful and challenging class IV section of whitewater known as the “Wild Mile” outside Bigfork. The Bigfork Whitewater Festival draws kayakers from all over the world to race down this section of the Swan River every Memorial Day Weekend, where spectators can watch riverside from a nature trail.

The rodeo tradition thrives in spring, paying homage to our ranching roots. And thanks to the indoor arena in Kalispell, they take place year-round here. The Brash Winter Rodeo series events include bull riding, saddle bronc, bareback, team roping and more. The indoor arena hosts events through March 30 2024.

Watch kayakers compete at the Bigfork Whitewater Festival in May. Photo: Visit Montana


Spring into the season with the latest fashion finds by exploring the charming boutiques nestled within Western Montana’s vibrant communities. From eclectic shops and stylish boutiques to bookshops, antique stores, gift shops and old-fashioned candy stores, our community main streets are brimming with the small-town charm that makes Western Montana so special. With hidden gem shopping spots, a wide array of western clothing, national brands and shopping malls, Glacier Country has it all—plus the added bonus of no sales tax. Embrace the joy of shopping local and discover your new favorite thing about Glacier Country.

Design your own cowboy hat at The Hat Edit. Photo: The Hat Edit


Did you know Montana ranks third in the nation for breweries per capita? But our love for craft beverages doesn’t stop there; we’ve got distillerieswineries and cideries by the dozen. Embark on a craft beverage tour and taste the true nature of Montana. KalispellMissoula and the Bitterroot Valley have the most tasting rooms, but getting off the beaten path and finding that remote, small-town brewery is also a real treat. And when it comes to pairing these exquisite drinks, you’re in luck. Many tasting rooms offer delicious eats, host on-site food trucks, or find themselves nestled within communities celebrated for their culinary prowess.

Toast to spring at Sunrift Beer Company. Photo: Noah Couser


Spring in Montana greets you with comfortably warm days and refreshingly cool nights—perfect for a dip in one of our many natural hot springs. Imagine unwinding on a 5-Day Hot Springs Getaway in Glacier Country, where each soak offers not just relaxation but a journey into Montana’s tranquil landscapes. Glacier Country is also home to an array of spa experiences—from the luxury spa escape at The Resort at Paws Up in Greenough to upscale hotel spas like the Spa at Meadow Lake in Columbia Falls and welcoming day spas like Cedar Creek Salon and Day Spa in Missoula. Each offers a unique path to wellness, ensuring your Montana adventure is as restorative as it is unforgettable. Dive into more serene escapes throughout the region here.

Treat yourself at The Spa at Whitefish Lake. Photo: The Spa at Whitefish Lake

Please note: We ask that all our visitors and residents Recreate Responsibly by being mindful of the following: practice physical distancing; know before you go; plan ahead; play it safe; leave no trace; tread lightly; and help build an inclusive outdoors.

March 7, 2024

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