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Warren Miller + Montana = A Match Made in Winter Heaven

Being a born and raised Montana girl, I know that winter here is pretty special. But I also know that not everyone thinks of Big Sky Country as a winter travel destination, especially when there are so many other places that have great ski scenes, solid snow and multiple resorts to choose from. But I do know that there’s at least one guy who knows that winter in Montana is pretty rad: Warren Miller.

A skier catches air in Western Montana's Glacier Country. Photo: Noah Couser

A skier catches air in Western Montana’s Glacier Country. Photo: Noah Couser

At 90+ years old, Warren is known as one of the most recognizable people in the ski and snow industry and to be honest, he’s got a lot of feathers in his winter-loving hat: he founded Warren Miller Entertainment in 1949, he’s been a filmmaker for 60+ years and he made films for WME for 40+ years. After a several-year hiatus from making films with Warren Miller Entertainment, Warren Miller himself is appearing in this year’s 67th feature film, “Here, There & Everywhere.” And while it’s pretty incredible to have Warren in this year’s movie, what makes it even sweeter is that Montana is one of the locations featured in this year’s film. 

The Montana segment of the movie—which was filmed at Turner Mountain, Whitefish Mountain Resort, Martin City and Seeley Lake—features ski athletes Tyler Ceccanti (read more about Tyler’s love for Montana snow here) and Collin Collins, as well as Montana native and snowmobile athlete Keith Curtis. And from some of the photos the boys sent me from filming in Montana last winter, it looks like they had a blast.

Take a look…

Taking in the view over the Kootenai River near Libby. Photo: WME

Taking in the view over the Kootenai River near Libby. Photo: WME

Night skiing at Whitefish Mountain Resort. Photo: WME

Night skiing at Whitefish Mountain Resort. Photo: WME

Skiing on trails in the backcountry of the Swan Mountains. Photo: WME

Skiing on trails in the backcountry of the Swan Mountains with YurtSki. Photo: WME

Keith Curtis catching air near Seeley Lake. Photo: WME

Keith Curtis riding near Seeley Lake. Photo: WME

This year, Montana is one of the main sponsors of the movie tour which means if you attend one of the movie’s domestic premieres, you can enter to win a customized winter trip for four to Western Montana’s Glacier Country. The film tour will be making various premiere stops in Utah, Oregon, Washington, Colorado, Arizona, California, Nevada, Montana, Wyoming, Idaho, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Michigan, Virginia, New Jersey, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, Washington D.C., Maryland, Ohio, Maine, Vermont and Alaska. Check out the full schedule here.

And, just in case you can’t make one of the movie’s premiers, you can also enter to win monthly prizes (including a Whitefish Mountain Resort weekend getaway) weekend stay and play package here from October 1, 2016, through February 28, 2017.


Ride Amtrak’s Empire Builder to Whitefish, Montana

If you prefer to travel to Montana by train, chances are that you are well aware that the current train schedule has eastbound trains from Seattle arriving into Whitefish at 4:26 a.m.
Sidenote: Let’s just be honest; the current schedule stinks. But it had to be done in order to accommodate construction projects to add capacity to the BNSF route. 

I’m happy to tell you that in a couple of short weeks, Amtrak’s Empire Builder will return to its regular schedule in both directions. As of January 12, 2015, eastbound trains headed to Montana’s Glacier Country will arrive into Whitefish at 7:26 a.m. and westbound trains will arrive into Whitefish at 8:56 p.m.

Going back to normal operating hours means that spending a weekend skiing at Whitefish Mountain Resort just got that much easier. To celebrate, Amtrak is offering 30% off train travel to Whitefish with their Winter Getaway Promotion!

Skiers prepare for a weekend of hitting the trails on Big Mountain. Photo: Brian Schott

Skiers prepare for a weekend of hitting the runs on Big Mountain.        Photo: Brian Schott

Travelers board the train in Whitefish, Montana. Photo courtesy: Brian Schott

Travelers board the train in Whitefish, Montana. Photo: Brian Schott

The return to this normal schedule also means that train travel to Western Montana will be smoother and allow for timely arrivals throughout the year into Libby, Whitefish, West Glacier, Essex, East Glacier Park and Browning.

To make it easier for you to enjoy a winter getaway to Whitefish, I’ve rounded up my top picks for where to stay, what to do and where to fill your belly.

Where to stayGrouse Mountain Lodge (check out their ski + stay package here), Garden Wall Inn (they have a getaway package for two) and Best Western Rocky Mountain Lodge (rooms start at $99/night). I’m also a big fan of Hidden Moose Lodge and Good Medicine Lodge, especially during the winter.

Where to eat and drink: Truth time–Whitefish has some of the best dining options in Western Montana. Fuel up for the day on breakfast at Loula’s or the Buffalo Cafe. For a mouth-watering and tummy-satisfying dinner, make a dinner reservation at Tupelo Grille. Or for a casual meal, grab a sandwich (and green bean fries) at Great Northern Bar. For a more romantic meal, go see Chef Andy Blanton at Cafe Kandahar. And for post-dinner drinks and dancing, make a stop at Casey’s. Be sure to rub elbows with the locals at Great Northern Brewing Company in downtown Whitefish.

What to do: Ski at Whitefish Mountain Resort. Go for a sleigh ride at Bar W Guest Ranch.  Unwind with a spa treatment at The Lodge at Whitefish Lake. Rent a fat bike from Whitefish Bike Retreat and hit The Whitefish Trail.

Happy New Year!


PS: Be sure to tag your photos on instagram and twitter with #GlacierMT so I can pretend like it’s me making sweet jumps at Whitefish Mountain Resort and chowing down on green bean fries at Great Northern Bar.

Winter in Montana

It’s official. Winter has fully arrived. And I must say, it has done so with a bang….of snow. During the early season, snow fell in our upper elevations and laid down a strong base (like the strongest in years!) for the winter recreation season. Well played, Old Man Winter.

So far, Western Montana has been covered with inches of snow (all of our six ski areas started off with summit depths that ranged from 38 inches to 52 inches), crystal clear blue skies and at least one blond girl resisting the urge to drop into every untouched field of snow to create snow angels.

Here’s a recap of winter in Western Montana so far…

Taking in the early season snowfall.

Taking in the early season snowfall.

Lake McDonald, Glacier National Park

Lake McDonald, Glacier National Park.

The view from Apgar Lookout, Glacier National Park.

The view from Apgar Lookout, Glacier National Park.

The view of the summit at Whitefish Mountain Resort.

The view of the summit at Whitefish Mountain Resort.

Downtown Missoula.

Winter has arrived in downtown Missoula.

Montana is a winter wonderland.

Montana is a winter wonderland.

If I'm missing, it's because I'm snuggled up in one of these cabins at Double Arrow Lodge.

If I’m missing, it’s because I’m snuggled up in one of these cabins at Double Arrow Lodge.

Raise your hand if you fancy gliding across snow-filled meadows. (My hand is raised).

Raise your hand if you fancy gliding across snow-filled meadows.

Happy, happy winter.

PS: Love the above webcam images? Stay up-to-date on Western Montana’s winter wonderland by checking out the webcams at Glacier National Park and Whitefish Mountain Resort.

Montana, Winter & Warren Miller

There’s one thing I look forward to every year about this time: the latest movie from Warren Miller Entertainment. And even though I could never–in one million years–keep up with the guys and gals that grace the screen in these films, their athleticism and sense of adventure make each year’s movie so fun to watch.

But you know what makes me even more excited about this year’s film? Our very own Montana is in it. Last winter, a crew from Warren Miller Entertainment (along with some of our favorite skiers like this guy) spent time in Big Sky Country filming for Ticket to Ride.

And while we haven’t seen the film with our own eyes yet, rumor has it that Whitefish Mountain Resort looks particularly gorgeous.

Hello Whitefish Mountain Resort.

A sneak peek from Whitefish Mountain Resort’s debut.

Since Montana is making such a splash in the movie (and since we feel like her proud parents), we’ll be attending some of the premieres in Washington, Oregon and Minnesota. Representatives from Glacier Country will be at the Warren Miller premieres in the following cities…

Minneapolis, October 18 & 19
Spokane, October 25
Portland, October 25
Seattle, November 22 & 23

If you make it to the premieres in any of those cities, be sure to stop by our booth and enter to win winter prize packages to Western Montana. As an added bonus, we have prize packages for each of the shows, which means someone will walk away with Montana swag immediately after the movie.

In the meantime, check out the movie trailer here and see if you can spot Big Sky Country.


Montana: Sometimes There Are No Words

Every once in a while, there are moments when this girl wonders if the last few days have been real. Once such moment happened last week.

I’d been on the road for work for several days and had seen some pretty amazing Montana moments along the way. As I was searching for the words to describe what I’d seen and felt, I realized that sometimes no words are needed.

This my friends, is one of those times.

Taking in the view at Whitefish Mountain Resort.

Taking in the view at Whitefish Mountain Resort.


Watching the sunrise at Tally Lake.

Watching the sunrise at Tally Lake.


The view from a Montana backroad.

The view from a Montana backroad.

Watching the next generation marvel at the majesty of Trail of the Cedars in Glacier National Park.

Seeing the next generation marvel at the majesty of Trail of the Cedars in Glacier National Park.

American Indian dancers in Glacier National Park.

American Indian dancers in Glacier National Park.

The early morning mystery at Many Glacier in Glacier National Park.

The early morning mystery at Many Glacier in Glacier National Park.

Greeting the day with a red bus tour in Glacier National Park.

Greeting the day with a red bus tour in Glacier National Park.

The view toward Logan Pass from the Going-to-the-Sun Road.

The view toward Logan Pass from the Going-to-the-Sun Road.


Memorial Day Weekend in Montana

Happy Memorial Day weekend! Around these parts, Memorial Day weekend is the official kick-off to the summer season, filled to the brim with kick-in-the-pants Montana events and activities designed to welcome summer with open arms.

Sidenote: In case you haven’t noticed, Montana (especially in the spring) can be a bit temperamental. Heck, we’ve even been known to call her a drama queen. But drama or not, we still love the gorgeous girl. ‘Just be sure to roll with the punches and pack appropriate attire to be ensure you stay cozy all weekend long.

To help make this weekend one for the record books, your messy-haired Montana-lovin’ blond friend created a “Top 10 Things to do in Western Montana this Memorial Day” list. (That’s quite a mouthful, isn’t it?)

Biking in Glacier National Park
May 25 – 27
There are no time restrictions in place for bicyclists on the Going-to-the-Sun Road this weekend, which means cyclists can ride to their heart’s delight on open portions of the road. An added bonus: biking the Going-to-the-Sun Road is one of the most memorable ways to experience the park.

Biking the Going-to-the-Sun Road.

Biking the Going-to-the-Sun Road.

Bigfork Whitewater Festival
May 25 & 26
While this year marks the 38th year for the Bigfork Whitewater Festival, it’s also the year that the festival is mixing it up and adding new events and races to the roster. New this year: raft races, a Stand-Up Paddle Board Race, triathlon and kid’s activities. Rounding out the weekend is the Whitewater Weekend Jam, with live music on Saturday and Sunday nights.

Zip lines at Whitefish Mountain Resort
May 25 – 27, Call 877.SKI.FISH
While the mountain officially opens for the summer season on June 15, zip lines are rocking and rolling this weekend! Tours go rain or shine (luckily for us!), so be sure to wear a rain jacket and closed-toed shoes.

Flying high above Big Mountain at Whitefish Mountain Resort.

Flying high above Big Mountain at Whitefish Mountain Resort.

Loon & Fish Festival, Seeley Lake
May 24 – 26
This free community event celebrates local art and wildlife, with art demonstrations, wildlife programs, films and children’s activities.

St. Regis Annual Flea Market
May 25 – 27
As Montana’s flea largest market, this is a not-to-be-missed event. Scoop up local bargains, fill your bellies on Montana treats and bask in the treasures found at more than 200 vendor booths in St. Regis.

25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Bigfork
May 24 & 25
Okay, so it’s not a real spelling bee, but the Bigfork Summer Theater’s performance of the “25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” is sure to be a crowd-pleaser with enough laughs to make your weekend a happy one.

Farmers Markets
May 25
The communities of Bigfork, Hamilton, Kalispell, Missoula and Stevensville are hosting farmers markets on Saturday, where you can pick up a plethora of local goodness.

Soak up the sun at the Missoula Farmers Market. ('Just be sure to bring a jacket!)

Soak up the sun at the Missoula Farmers Market. (‘Just be sure to bring a jacket!)

Live Tunes at The Raven, Woods Bay
May 24 – 26
Situated on the shore of Flathead Lake, The Raven is hosting live music all weekend long! The Lil’ Smokies will be busting their tunes Friday night, followed by DJs spinning sweet beats on Saturday and Sunday nights.

Kids’ Day at the Carousel, Missoula
May 25
Happy 18th birthday to A Carousel for Missoula! In honor of their birthday, the Carousel is giving away free rides ALL day on Saturday. Happy birthday to you, you lovely little treasure!

Celebrate the Carousel's birthday with a ride on one of the hand-carved horses.

Celebrate the Carousel’s birthday with a ride on one of the hand-carved horses.

Tunes at Symes Hot Springs, Hot Springs
May 24 – 26
Kick back and soak in the natural hot springs at Symes Hot Springs Hotel. In honor of Memorial Day, the hotel is hosting live music on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights. PS: Be sure to swing over to Camas Organic Market for weekend treats.

Wishing you all a safe, happy, fun-filled and relaxing Memorial Day weekend!


Montana: Home to Light Snow & Deep Powder

Montana is a pretty humble state. The people are low key, the mountain goats are composed and the communities are welcoming. All in all, it’s a cool crowd.

And while we know we’re fortunate in Big Sky Country, we also aren’t big on bragging. So instead we’re going to have someone else tell you how cool Montana is…so I chatted with pro skier and Warren Miller Entertainment athlete Tyler Ceccanti about opening weekend at Whitefish Mountain Resort to get his take on skiing in Western Montana.

TT: Tyler, how was the snow at Whitefish Mountain Resort?
TC: It was the lightest snow I think I’ve ever skied.

TT: How would you describe opening weekend?
TC: Those were two of the best days of skiing I’ve had in a long time.

And for those of you who are looking for photographic proof of Tyler’s take on Montana, here are a few images from last weekend.

Hello Big Mountain.

Look at that SNOW.

Tyler shredding through “the lightest snow” he’s ever skied.

Powder day.

And for even more proof, check out the Daily Snow Reporter Video.

Want more winter?

Come play in the powder at Lookout Pass (one of my personal favorites), Lost Trail, Turner Mountain, Blacktail Mountain, Montana Snowbowl or Whitefish Mountain Resort.

Happy winter,

Warren Miller’s Flow State Hits Missoula: Tyler Ceccanti Shreds Whitefish

It’s happening, people.

One of the greatest entertainment companies of all time will be showing their latest creation “Flow State” at the Wilma Theatre in downtown Missoula THIS Friday, December 7 at 8 p.m.

And as if that’s not enough, Tyler Ceccanti will be attending the premiere. Now, this messy-haired girl knows that many of you have probably not heard of Tyler. And that’s okay, because if you haven’t yet, you’ll be hearing a lot about him in the coming years.

An up-and-comer in the professional skiing world, Tyler has a featured segment from Japan in this year’s movie. And it’s awesome.

Tyler Ceccanti (l) and Andy Mahre (r). Photo by Alex Obrien.

Side note: Even if you’re not into skiing, shredding and tricks, you’ll want to come to the movie just to meet Tyler. In my experience, he is best described in one word: rad. In addition, he is adorable. The kind of adorable that is sweet, cute, personable and hardcore—all rolled up into one.

Hello, Tyler Ceccanti.
(photo from http://tyler-ceccanti.com/)

Prior to the movie’s premiere and as part of Missoula’s First Friday festivities, MSO Hub is hosting a winter photography showcase and autograph signing to kick off the weekend’s festivities, with work on display from Taylar Robbins, Mark Mesenko and Craig Moore. Tyler will also be on hand to talk skiing from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Following the festivities at the Hub, the Wilma Theatre will open its doors for the movie at 7 p.m., with the first 400 attendees receiving 2-for-1 passes to Lookout Pass Ski & Recreation Area. Plus, movie goers will get to visit with representatives from local area ski resorts (including Discovery Ski Area, Lost Trail Powder Mountain and Whitefish Mountain Resort). Attendees will also be entered to win lift tickets, ski & stay packages and gear from ski industry manufacturers.

Tickets for the film are available at The Trail Head and Rockin’ Rudy’s and are $12 in advance and $15 at the door, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the West Central Montana Avalanche Foundation.

And for those of you haven’t heard, Whitefish Mountain Resort is opening for the season on Saturday! To help kick off the resort’s opening, Tyler will be shredding down the mountain we all love so much on December 8 – 9.  As part of his time there, all skiers are invited to meet Tyler at the Summit House on Sunday at 11:30 a.m. for poster signings and photo opportunities.

Hope to see you at the premiere and on the slopes this weekend!

Be a Winter Warrior (and win cool stuff)

We’re saying it: Happy winter! While the first official day of winter isn’t until December 21, around these parts we get pumped for winter early. How pumped, you ask? Very pumped.

In fact, this year we’re so excited about winter that we’re celebrating it and spreading the good word about winter in Montana with our Winter Warrior campaign.

Catching air at Lookout Pass last February. (Photo by Glacier Country Tourism)

As part of the campaign, we’re encouraging folks near and far to sign up to become a Winter Warrior and to learn more about their favorite winter-geared activity of choice in Western Montana’s Glacier Country.

The best part, besides finding out all the info you need to shred, sled and play in Western Montana this winter, is that after you sign up you’re automatically entered into our weekly giveaways.  And boy howdy, we’ve got some good swag to give away!

Here’s a list of the goodness we’re giving away every week, all winter long. Drumroll, please…

Now that you’ve made it through this list (pretty sweet stuff, right?), be sure to head over and sign up to become a Winter Warrior.  After all, winter is rad.

And winter in Montana? Well, it’s even radder.

Bonus: When you order your Winter Warrior packet, we’ll send you one of these cool stickers.

Happy shredding,

Dear Summer: Bring It On

It’s official. With the opening of the Going-to-the-Sun Road (June 19) and the official first day of summer (June 20), summer is here. And this girl is STOKED. Like hardcore, can hardly wait, super excited for each and every thing that summer has to offer stoked.

Bugs? They don’t bother me. (Okay, they do a little which is why someone invented bug spray). Hot days? Love ’em. (It’s a dry heat after all). Long daylight hours? Don’t mind if I do. (This blondie loves the sunshine. And yes, I lather up with SPF).

To kick off summer, I wanted to share some of the most epic summer activities and events that can be found in Montana during the next few months. May I present to you “Tia’s Terrific Montana Travel Summer List of Pure Fun” or “TTMTSLPF.”

Glacier National Park
Some of my earliest memories are of visiting and exploring Glacier National Park with my family. Back then, it was a magical place filled with bears, waterfalls, giant lodges and ice cold lakes. Today, I’m really happy to tell you that it’s still a magical place. If you haven’t been, it’s a destination that should definitely be on your list of places to explore. My recommendations? Drive the Going-to-the-Sun Road, take a Sun Tour (where you’ll learn about the park from the perspective of the Blackfeet Indians), hike to Running Eagle Falls in Two Medicine and sit by the fire at Many Glacier Hotel. And most importantly, just get lost in the nature, beauty, power and history of the park.

Hiking to Avalanche Lake with the baby sister.

Clearwater Canoe Trail
Hands down, this is one of my favorite activities for summertime. Located a short drive north (about four miles) of Seeley Lake, this trail meanders its way through a willow marsh before flowing into the north end of Seeley Lake. My recommendation? Paddle this in the early morning hours and soak in the stillness and peacefulness of the trail.


River City Roots Festival
This festival is Missoula at its best. It’s a two-day FREE festival with incredible art and live music in the heart of downtown Missoula. Plus, if you have little ones there is plenty of entertainment and activities to keep everyone in your family entertained.

Zip Lining at Whitefish Mountain Resort
A visit to the zip lines at Whitefish Mountain Resort is a MUST. It combines beautiful views with short hikes and speed with giggles and shrieks. Two words to describe it: Pure fun.

Families that zip line together, stay together. (Or something like that).

Lake and River Lounging
In the summer, you have to lounge. And there are plenty of river and lakes in Western Montana that provide prime lounging opportunities. My recommendations? Get your lounge on at Whitefish Lake, Noxon Rapids Reservoir, Lake Como, Seeley Lake, Johnsrud State Park on the Blackfoot River and Flathead Lake.

Bike the Hiawatha
Last summer, my brother and I headed to the Route of the Hiawatha to ride its 15-mile trail through tunnels and across steel trestles. And it was awesome.

Hello beautiful forest.

Eat Ice Cream
This is perhaps the golden rule of summer. Best places to get a scoop (or seven): Big Dipper in Missoula; Sweet Peaks in Whitefish, Bigfork and Kalispell; Eddy’s Cafe in Apgar Village; and St. Mary Cafe in St. Mary (best paired with their pie). My recommendation? Be sure to try the huckleberry ice cream.

Big Dipper in Missoula.

Happy, happy summer.

PS: For more summertime fun, check out these 102 Things To Do.