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Montana Now Serving: Winter

Your order is ready.

Oh what’s that, you didn’t order fluffy white powder, sunny blue skies, cute towns, affordable lift tickets and some sweet travel deals? Not to worry, I put the order in for you. (You’re welcome). The catch? You’ve got to come to Western Montana to pick it up.

Here’s what’s waiting for you, RIGHT NOW, in Glacier Country…

Six Ski Areas
With nearly 7,000 acres of terrain between six ski areas (including Whitefish Mountain Resort, Lost Trail Powder Mountain, Lookout Pass Ski & Recreation Area, Montana Snowbowl, Blacktail Mountain and Turner Mountain), you have plenty of room to roam. Plus, we guarantee there are untracked lines waiting just for you.

Meet your huckleberry at Lookout Pass.

Travel Deals
$99 room rate, Grouse Mountain Lodge
The crew at Grouse Mountain Lodge in Whitefish is currently offering $99 room rates. Call the lodge at 406.892.2525 and ask for the “Northern Friends Special.” Sidenote: You don’t have to be Canadian to receive this rate, you just have to say those three magic words.

Soak in Paradise
Quinn’s Hot Springs Resort (literally located in Paradise, Montana) is offering a Ski, Soak & Stay special for $136.50. The package (for two) is good for double occupancy at Quinn’s, use of the hot mineral pools and breakfast at Harwood House Restaurant. Plus, show your lodging confirmation at Lookout Pass and receive 30% off lift tickets.

Winter Fun
Seeley Lake’s Double Arrow Lodge is offering a Winter Fun package that includes lodging (for two), breakfast and dinner, as well as complimentary use of cross-country skis and snowshoes. Plus, snowmobile rentals are available in the town of Seeley Lake with more than 350 miles of accessible groomed trails nearby.

Glacier National Park
While it still seems like kind of an (awesome) secret, Glacier National Park is open year-round. Which means that now is a serene time to explore the park.

My suggestion? Take a drive to Apgar Village inside the park’s west entrance and stand at the southern shore of Lake McDonald. The site is truly spectacular. And if you’ve got time on your hands, drive up the Going-to-the-Sun Road to Lake McDonald Lodge (be sure to pack your snowshoes) and have yourself a walk along the shore. Or, if cross-country skiing is more your style, try one of the trails that parallel the road.

Lake McDonald in Glacier National Park. Photo courtesy: Glacier National Park Fund.

So…see you soon?

Update: To find more current travel deals visit GlacierMT.com.

Montana: We’ve Got Good Eats

When this messy-haired blond girl was growing up, we lived one mile down the road from my grandparents and our family owned store, where my grandpa was constantly (and boy do I mean constantly) cooking food for whoever happened to be around. And since it was was a store, there were always people around to taste his cooking.

My gramps.

My grandpa had two catch phrases: one was “Have a happy day.” and the other was “Want to taste something good?” And when we heard the latter, we knew there was something delicious simmering on the stove for us in the backroom.

While fine dining may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think about Montana, we truly have some amazing chefs serving up mouth-watering dishes. And because I love food (thank you for that grandpa) and sharing special places with you, I need to introduce you to Cafe Kandahar (located at Whitefish Mountain Resort) and its delectable dishes. Have a gander.

Louisiana Shrimp.

Alaskan Salmon (so yummy).

The lamb was literally cooked to perfection.

Montana-raised Kobe Beef...it's what's for dinner.

Hello warm chocolate tort cake.

Not to play favorites, but this huckleberry dessert was perfection.

To which I now must ask you, want to taste something good?

Whitefish, Montana: Pretty Prettiness

While the view from my office is typically pretty standard (hallway, door, windows and people cruising past), last weekend it was simply awesome.

I traveled north to the charming mountain town of Whitefish for Winter Carnival, the Black Star Beer Barter and some sweet shredding at Whitefish Mountain Resort.

And this, my friends, was the view from my “Office for A Day.”

The view into Glacier National Park from the summit at Whitefish Mountain Resort.

So many choices...

It was a beautiful inversion day.

Man, I love that office.

Great Glacier Giveaway

I have to tell you something. It’s something I’ve been itching to spill the beans to you on for weeks and now I can finally shout it from the mountaintops: Glacier Country Tourism is GIVING AWAY a trip to Montana!

As a girl who’s been in love with Montana for years, giving away a trip to Western Montana tickles me pink. It makes me excited for you to come and experience Big Sky Country, where you’ll be able to “fly with joy” down the zip lines at Whitefish Mountain Resort, hike a beautiful trail in Glacier National Park and marvel in the stunning beauty that is the Crown of the Continent.

But it’s more than that. I’m excited because I get to share a place that I love so much with you. And it doesn’t get much better than that.

Here’s the scoop on how to enter: Great Glacier Giveaway

Hope to see you in Montana soon,

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.

Good Eats in Montana

This is what I’ve been doing the last two days.

Homemade cookies=a sweet dinner

The Whiskey Barn at Glacier Distilling Company.

Good morning, Good Medicine Lodge.

Homemade goodies from San-Suz-Ed RV and B&B. Yes, please.

Eating delicious goodies, treats and meals made in the heart of Western Montana’s Glacier Country. Now if you’ll excuse me, I think I’d better go hike it out.


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.

A Trip to Glacier National Park & Whitefish

A few weeks ago, we rounded up some friends from Montana and across the country and made our way to Glacier National Park. The group was a tad nervous, as the skies and forecast really seemed to want to put a damper on our fun time. But we were a stalwart bunch and couldn’t be deterred.

We grabbed our beanies, down jackets, rain gear and headed northeast to the community of East Glacier. Having grown up just two hours south of East Glacier, I spent quite a bit of time there during the summers when I was just a little blond bundle.

While I looked forward to staying at Glacier Park Lodge when I was younger, I think I look forward to it even more today. It reminds me of a simpler time…when my hair was always messy, my gap was even bigger (I managed to knock out my front teeth when I was younger) and summer vacation was greeted with open arms, excited anticipation and big plans.

Today, going to the lodge is much the same. I look forward to each visit with a touch of giddiness that remains with me, even as the years pass by.

During this visit, we were able to take a red bus tour with perhaps the cutest jammer driver of all time: Jammer Joe.

Jammer Joe

He chauffeured our group to St. Mary, Jackson Glacier Overlook and Two Medicine, regaling us with history of the park, tales of the past and his sweet voice as it crooned a few country songs.

Two Medicine, Glacier National Park

After two days in East Glacier, we headed to our next destination on the west side of the park, the appropriately named community of West Glacier. We met up with a friend of mine, Ryan, at Glacier Outdoor Center and were given fly-fishing lessons for the next few hours. Two of the folks in my group landed fish…and while I didn’t catch a fish, I did land a tree.

Connor and Andrija perfecting a cast

After an evening in West Glacier and a morning hike with Glacier Guides, we rafted the Middle Fork of the Flathead River with Great Northern Whitewater Raft & Resort on waters that are best described as epic, fun and offering a kick-in-the-pants good time.

From there, we drove the short 30 minutes to Whitefish where we checked into The Lodge at Whitefish Lake. The next morning we headed up to Whitefish Mountain Resort for the 6-zip line tour. For our first zip, we were greeted with rain. And while it kept us company for the remainder of the morning, the zip line tour was an absolute delight!

We heart zip lining

Fog covered the mountain on a few of the lines…the longest coming in at 1,900′ and as zippers, you couldn’t see the landing platform until you were almost upon it after coming out of the fog. And to be honest, we didn’t mind the fog. It added to the excitement of each line and our determination to beat our zipping partner to the platform.

We ended back at the base lodge, where we dried off and relaxed after our adrenaline, giggle, race-filled morning.

After zipping, we headed back to town where we split up, with some biking The Whitefish Trail and others taking advantage of a break in the clouds by paddling a canoe on Whitefish Lake. As this was the last day of our journey together, we headed to McGarry’s Roadhouse for a delicious dinner, followed by several helpings of dessert.

Paddling Whitefish Lake

To my traveling partners, you were such a delight! If ever I have to spend five days in the pouring rain, complete with gray skies, I hope once again that trip will be taken with you.

Hope to see you in Montana again, soon. Until then, happy trails.


Get Your Slopeside Kicks In NOW

Well, it’s that time of the ski season…closing time.

And while April is being a bit of a finicky woman so far (she’s not sure what she wants to do: skipping around between crying, throwing snowballs and being downright cheery with sunshine) this is THE WEEKEND to hit the slopes on Glacier Country’s ski resorts.

Wondering where to ride your board or get sweet air on your skis? Look no further…

Lookout Pass
-Located on the Montana/Idaho border, Lookout Pass garnered a total of 513″ of snow this season! Plus, they received 31″ of new snow since Sunday. Boo to the Yah.

Lookout Pass is open today, Saturday and Sunday, so make like freshly waxed skis and get on out to see them.

This guy knows what\’s up. photo courtesy lookout pass

Whitefish Mountain Resort
-This season at Whitefish Mountain Resort brought the deepest settled snow base in 20 years. We like your moves, Big.

Closing day is Sunday, so if your winter travels haven’t taken you to Whitefish this season, well…shake a leg.

Skiing the Big. photo by larry turner

Montana Snowbowl
-Located within a few minutes drive of Missoula, Snowbowl is showing us just how April skiing should be done. They’re open now through Sunday. And because they refuse to go quietly into the night, their slopes will be open for skiing Friday, April 15 – Sunday, April 17.

Can Snowbowl be any prettier? (No). photo by larry turner

Where are you skiing this weekend?

(PS: If you see a crazy haired blond on the slopes, be sure to give us a shout!)