Winter Activities near Columbia Falls

Like you might expect, we have an abundance of winter activities for you to enjoy around Columbia Falls. We've listed a few of our favorites below. If you'd like more information on winter activities in our area, feel free to give us a call at your convenience. We'll be more than happy to offer suggestions and recommendations.

Snowshoe and Cross-Country Ski in Glacier National Park

  • Location: West Entrance, West Glacier, MT
  • Hours: N/A
  • Distance from us: 17.1 miles

Glacier National Park provides a number of opportunities to enjoy snowshoeing and cross-country skiing during the winter months. The West Glacier entrance is open in winter, and Going-to-the-Sun Road is plowed from the entrance to around Lake McDonald Lodge. After that, the road is closed to motorized vehicles, so it's perfect for snowshoeing and cross-country skiing.

One location to explore is the Upper Lake McDonald area around Avalanche Campground, about eight miles up Going-to-the-Sun Road. Another popular location is near the Polebridge Ranger Station. If you'd rather have an experienced guide when snowshoeing, there are ranger-led two-hour snowshoe tours out of the Apgar Visitor Center. The center is open on weekends from January through March. 

Ski at Whitefish Mountain Resort

  • Location: 1015 Glades Dr, Whitefish, MT 59937
  • Hours: Daily, 9:00 a.m until 4:00 p.m. (can vary by lift)
  • Distance from us: 16.8 miles

Whitefish Mountain Resort is one of the country's largest ski resorts, with 14 lifts and over 110 trails sprawled out over 3,000 skiable acres. It's also one of the country's most affordable resorts. Lift tickets are around $89 during the day. If you really want to ski on the cheap, check out their night-skiing prices, typically less than $30 a night.

With three distinct faces, Whitefish Mountain Resort has something for everyone. The front side of the mountain is perfect for beginning and intermediate skiers, while the backside is a bit more difficult. Experts will enjoy the western face, where Hell Roaring basin is located.
Whitefish Mountain Resort is usually open by early December and remains open until sometime in April. Check their website for details as the season approaches.

Head out to Whitefish Winter Carnival

  • Location: Whitefish, MT
  • Hours: First weekend in February
  • Distance from us: 9.7 miles

The Whitefish Winter Carnival is a three day event that takes place the first week in February each year. This offbeat, quirky festival in Whitefish celebrates the winter season, with plenty of family-friendly events, as well as breakfasts, dinners, and various parties.

Whitefish Winter Carnival begins with a Penguin Plunge, where contestants jump into Whitefish Lake to raise money for a worthy charity. After that, numerous events are held throughout the town of Whitefish and at Whitefish Mountain Ski Resort. Events typically include a snow sculpture contest, a kids' carnival, an art expo, and a grand parade. Events are free to take part in, and most are open to the public.

For specific detail on the upcoming Whitefish Winter Carnival, check out their website, which is updated as more information becomes available.

Ice Skate at Stumptown Ice Den

  • Location: 715 Wisconsin Ave, Whitefish, MT
  • Hours: Daily, 6:00 a.m. until 11:59 p.m.
  • Distance from us: 11.0 miles

Interested in ice skating? At Stumptown Ice Den, you can skate for a minimal fee. And, if you've never ice skated before, introductory lessons are offered September through mid-December. Beginner lessons are relatively inexpensive, but they do take place for an extended period of time.

Note that, at Stumptown Ice Den, ice skating is not only a winter sport: The facility is open year-round. In fact, it's Montana's only ice-skating facility open throughout the year.