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Snow Day!

Happy Friday from Montana! As you may have heard, Western Montana has been being hit with EPIC snowfall. And I don’t use the word epic lightly.

I’m talking about the kind of snowfall that had Lost Trail Powder Mountain receiving 50″ in the last 48 hours, Montana Snowbowl welcoming 26″ in the last 48 hours, Lookout Pass Ski Area garnering 22″ in the last 48 hours, Blacktail Mountain Ski Area welcoming 13″ in the last 48 hours, Whitefish Mountain Resort recording 7″ in the last 48 hours and Turner Mountain Ski Area accumulating 20″ this week.

But instead of telling you, I’d rather show you.

Morning in Missoula.

Fresh powder at Whitefish Mountain Resort. Photo by Brian Schott.

The morning commute in Missoula. Photo by Taylar Robbins.

The Apgar Lookout webcam in Glacier National Park.

Mike Hardisty riding at Lookout Pass. Photo courtesy Lookout Pass.

Happy winter!

PS: If you’re ready to come play in the snow on your winter toy of choice, check out these travel deals from local Montana businesses.

Win Tickets: Film Premiere, Lift Passes & Accommodations

Well folks, it’s official. La Nina is HERE. Not only is she bringing fresh powder, but she’s also bringing the premiere of Warren Miller Entertainment’s “…Like There’s No Tomorrow” to the heart of Glacier Country.

The film will premiere in downtown Missoula on Friday, February 3, 2012 at 8 PM at the Wilma Theatre. In addition to a rowdy celebration and a chance to see some sweet skiing on the big screen, the premiere will also feature raffle prizes and visits from two Warren Miller athletes, Lynsey Dyer and Andy Mahre.

Warren Miller athlete Andy Mahre.

And because we love winter, we’re GIVING AWAY TWO tickets to the premiere, as well as TWO day lift ticket passes to Snowbowl. And, just for fun, we’re including a one night stay at Holiday Inn Express & Suites in Missoula.

To enter, leave a comment on this post and tell us your favorite ski trail in Montana.

We’ll announce a winner on Monday, January 30! Comments will close Monday, January 30 at NOON, Mountain Standard Time.

Happy skiing!

Tickets are $12 and available at The Trail Head, Backcountry Racks and Skis and Rockin Rudy’s. A portion of the proceeds from the show, including $5 from each ticket sold at The Trail Head, will benefit the West Central Montana Avalanche Foundation.

Update: Comments are closed. Congrats to the winner of our giveaway, Travis Allred (the #7 entry) for winning the tickets to the premiere, lift tickets to Snowbowl and an overnight stay in Missoula!

Random Number Generator, Winner Comment #7

Five Days in Glacier Country, Montana

Happy first day of autumn! I hope this finds you each well, relishing the past months of summer and looking forward to a beautiful fall.

Last week, I headed off for a few days with two of my favorite Montana ladies and some friends from Europe. We were together a total of five days (give or take a few hours) and definitely made the most of our time by exploring Western Montana’s Glacier Country and cramming in as much fun as we possibly could.

Our trip included exploring Whitefish, Missoula and Kalispell, sampling beer from Great Northern Brewery, zip lining/Walk in the Treetops at Whitefish Mountain Resort, a trail ride at Bar W Guest Ranch, lake cruises on Whitefish Lake and Flathead Lake, a red bus tour in Glacier National Park, checking out museums, rafting, hiking and eating delicious food from Whitefish to Somers and Missoula to Charlo. But instead of just telling you about it, I’m going to show you.

A boat ride aboard 'Lady of the Lake' on Whitefish Lake.

Traveling the Going-to-the-Sun Road in our red bus.

Beautiful McDonald Creek in Glacier National Park.

Lake McDonald Lodge, Glacier National Park

The Far West docking in Lakeside, Montana.

Ninepipes Museum in Charlo, Montana

A Kootenai Indian Dress on display at Ninepipes Museum.

A kayaker enjoying a late summer paddle on Brennan's Wave in Missoula, Montana.

We rode the Carousel!

Checking out a plane used by smokejumpers at the Smokejumper Visitor Center in Missoula, Montana.

Until next week,

Weekend Warriors: A Montana Autumn Roadtrip

Happy weekend!

Not sure what your plans are this weekend, but I’m off and running…I’ll be spending the next few days with two of my favorite Montana ladies and some international guests. We’ve been preparing for their visit and can’t wait to welcome them to Big Sky Country!

These two ladies + weekend + Montana = FUN!

On the agenda: Exploring Whitefish, a red bus tour in Glacier National Park, a boat tour on Flathead Lake, rafting near Missoula and of course, eating lots of delicious Montana food. I can hardly wait!

We’ll share photos of our adventures next week…Until then, happy trails to you.

Storytime: Montana Style

Over the last several weeks, we’d been reading stories from travelers, writers and bloggers about the beauty, fun and experience that is Western Montana. Stories heralding everything from our brewery scene to places to view wildlife and red jammer tours to the best towns to grab great food.

And we love it.

Here’s a sampling of some of the latest stories on Western Montana…

Seven Days in Montana’s Beer Country – One woman’s journey of how beer brought her to Montana…and how it’ll bring her back again.

USA Today – One of the best places to view wildlife is the National Bison Range.

Local beer in Missoula, Montana. Photo courtesy Donnie Sexton.

BootsnAll – Looking for good food in a small Montana town? Look no further than Whitefish.

Camelsandchocolate.com – Flathead Lake and hiking the overlook to Kerr Dam.

Highonadventure.com – Touring Glacier National Park on Glacier Park, Inc.’s Great Glacier Adventure.

On the trail to Iceberg Lake. Photo by Lee Juillerat.

So even if you haven’t made it to Montana this summer, you can still feel connected to the high mountain peaks, hearty people and plentiful activities of Glacier Country. And when you’re ready to come visit, we’ll be here waiting.

Happy weekend.

A Missoula Good Time

Last week, I met up with five lovely ladies for a trip centered around the garden city of Missoula. We only had a few days together and decided to pack in as much action, character and food as we could.

And pack it in we did.

For the first night of our trip, we headed up to Ten Spoon Winery in the Rattlesnake Valley. While the wine (all organic mind you) got rave reviews, the thing that stood out to me the most was the setting. Located just minutes from downtown Missoula, it gave me the feeling that we were miles away from the hustle and bustle of modern life.

The vineyard at Ten Spoon Winery.

And because we needed to work off our food and wine, the next morning we hiked the “M” on Mount Sentinel. While we got our legs burning and our sweat on under Montana’s big blue sky and beaming sun, we were rewarded with a beautiful view of the city at the top.

A few of my traveling companions after making it to the M.

We also toured the Smokejumper Visitor Center and Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation Visitor Center, hit up Downtown Tonight, took fly-fishing lessons from Grizzly Hackle, enjoyed the local Saturday markets and rafted the iconic Blackfoot River with 10,000 Waves. I also had the smoothest trail ride of my life with Dunrovin Ranch on their Tennessee Walking Horses.

Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation.

Learning to cast with Bryce and Ben.

Ready to raft!

Not to be left out, we gave much of our attention to Missoula’s incredible restaurants, with stops at Red Bird Wine Bar for their champagne fondue (one of my all time faves), The Catalyst (nothing says summer like their Caesar salad–for reals), Scotty’s Table (their lemon cheesecake is smooth, creamy and light), Hob Nob, The Shack, Finn & Porter (where I had the best yogurt/granola/fresh berry combination to date) and Lolo Creek Steakhouse where the highlight–besides the steak–was the coconut macaroon sundae. So delicious.

The grill at Lolo Creek Steak House.

It was one Missoula good time.

Until next week,

My Montana Thankfuls

Maybe it’s the season, but I’ve been thinking about how much I love Montana. So today’s blog is all about showing Montana some lovin’ and why I’m thankful for this state.

My thankfuls…
-I’m a born and raised Montana girl.
-My family is big and most of them live here in Big Sky Country, which means…
-I grew up with a TON of cousins! Some of my fondest memories are with my cousins and siblings and include exploring Glacier National Park, adventures to Gibson Dam, playing on jet skis, campfires at Cataract Falls, traveling all over the state for football games, cross-country races, basketball and music.
Our trip to Glacier National Park this summer
-Montana is SUCH a diverse state and full of surprises. It has a great balance of outdoor recreation and culture. For example, after a day spent outside, you can catch a Broadway-caliber performance from the Alpine Theatre Project in Whitefish or spend your evening filling your belly with champagne fondue from Missoula’s Red Bird Wine Bar.
Great day on the snow!
-Jeans can be worn practically everywhere. Sure, I like to thrown on a gown and jewels with the best of them, but I like knowing that I can always put on my jeans and I’m good to go.
-Montana is meant to be shared. This state is truly a magical place…when I hear about visitor’s experiences or find out that they love it just as much as I do, it makes me happy.

Many Glacier Hotel

What about Big Sky Country do you love?


PS: Feel free to tell us why you love Montana on twitter, @glaciermt.

Mount Sentinel – Hike the “M”

I may be partial (being a Montanan and all) but there’s something about summers in Missoula that I can’t get enough of!

A few days ago, I hiked up to the “M” on Mount Sentinel–Missoula’s most prominent landmark. Once you’ve done the hike, it’s easy to see why it’s one of Montana’s most visited trails. It’s an easy hike that allows for each person to take it at their own pace. Plus, there’s room on the trail to stop and rest and to pass people coming up or down the mountain. And, an added bonus–the view is beautiful!

For more on hiking Mount Sentinel, visit http://www.missoulian.com/specials/hikebike/MS-mtrail.html.