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The peaks of Glacier National Park from Lake McDonald. Photo © Brian Schott  <  || >
Winter sleigh ride Photo © Brian Schott  <  || >
Skiing at Whitefish Mountain Resort. Photo © Noah Couser  <  || >
Glacier Adventure Guides
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Year-Round Guided Tours

Custom day tours and overnights in Glacier Park and greater Flathead Valley. The only outfitter and guide service for Glacier Park in winter. Winter trips include cross country skiing, snowshoeing, ice climbing and winter camping.

Trip packages include:

  • Transportation from our office to the trailhead
  • Equipment rental
  • Lunch
  • Guide(s)
  • Park fees

**Glacier Adventure Guides leads ice trips in the Kootenai National Forest, NOT in Glacier National Park.

 
Snowshoeing along the shores of Lake McDonald, Glacier's largest and deepest lake.
Deep in the snow at McGhee Meadows on a family Christmas snowshoe in Glacier.
Having some fun in the deep snow on a snowshoe tour.
Large groups are our specialty. Travelers pose for a pic on the continental divide near Marias Pass.
Enjoying a warm March snowshoe near Fish Creek in Glacier.
The upper cascades of McDonald Creek in January.
The Sacred Dancing Cascade, McDonald Creek.
Looking into Snyder Basin, one of our premier winter camping destinations.
The view from Rocky Point on Lake McDonald, with Apgar Mountain in the background.
Reflections of the Apgar Range on the waters of Lake McDonald.
Rocky Point, one of our most scenic lunch spots.
Crossing the suspension bridge over Ole Creek near Walton Ranger Station, Glacier Park.
On the home stretch after a full day of snowshoeing.
Taking in the beauty of the mouth of McDonald Creek.
A landscape drifted over on the shores of Lake McDonald.
Greg Fortin, owner and lead guide, explaining the finer points of avoiding frostbite on a snowshoe tour.
Snowshoeing the shore of Lake McDonald, Stanton Mountain in the background.
A deep day on the John's Lake trail near McDonald Creek.
A lone doe crosses the Sun Road at the start of a morning tour.
The upper horse bridge of McDonald Creek.
Cruising fast conditions on the Autumn Creek Trail, Marias Pass.
A Road Scholar cross-country ski tour led by Glacier Adventure Guides.
Enjoying the sun near the continental divide!
Skiing the slopes below the Rocky Mountain front.
Enjoying a tour of Camas Creek Road.
Glacier Adventure Guides has full ski rental- waxless skis with metal edges- perfect for the snowy trails of Glacier.
Taking it all in at the dock at the foot of Lake McDonald.
Crossing the lower horse bridge near the head of Lake McDonald.
Skiing home on the Sun Road during an afternoon tour.
Gazing up at the ridge of Mt. Brown from the upper horse bridge, McDonald Creek.
Another sunny ski tour on the Sun Road.
Swinging tools on the ice features of Berne Park on a morning tour.
Kicking crampons at Berne Park.
Enjoying warm conditions at Stone Hill during a full-day ice tour.
Hanging out on her first ever ice climb! Stone Hill, Kootenai National Forest.
Stone Hill's ice features are 90 feet tall and roadside! Doesn't get any easier than that.
The spread of ice at the Stone Hill road cut.
Hunkered down for lunch at the foot of Avalanche Lake on an long day tour.
The basin above Avalanche Lake, covered in frozen waterfalls.
The inside of an igloo with a built-in skylight.
Creating an igloo with the IceBox igloo tool.
A well-established winter kitchen at Upper Two Medicine Lake.
Enjoying a peaceful evening at an igloo village near Marias Pass.
Alpine glow sets in on Coal Creek Valley, an opening watched over by Mt. Doody (left) and Mt. St. Nicholas (right).
Moon rise over Mt. Thompson, 20 miles deep into Glacier.
 
Wind whips snow from the summit of Mt. Brown.
Pulking in to a camp near Marias Pass.
Which way to go? Adventure awaits at every turn on a winter camping tour.
Small avalanches rip down the side of Mt. Edwards above Snyder Basin.
Mt. St. Nicholas, one of the Park's true gems.
Pulling gear sleds across the flats at the foot of Upper Two Medicine Lake.
Reflections on the water of Upper Two Medicine Lake.
Trekking across the frozen expanses of Two Medicine Lake on a March expedition.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
More About this Guided Adventure

Trips are tailored to guests skill and fitness level. Many tours are out-and-backs and are great for travelers of all ages. Tours begin at 9 a.m. and wrap up around 4 p.m. They can be easy or difficult, depending on guest preference. Drive times to the trailhead are five to 90 minutes depending on destination.

Guides are certified in avalanche safety, outdoor first aid and CPR, as well as mountain travel and rescue.

Types of Trips Offered

WINTER: Snowshoeing, cross country skiing, ice climbing, winter camping.
SUMMER: Hiking, backpacking, rock climbing.

Appropriate Ages for Participants

All ages.

Fees

Half-day rates: **Half day rates are for specific hiking and ice climbing tours only

  • $110/person for two or more participants
  • $225/person for solo tours

Day rates:

  • $180/person for two or more participants
  • $350/person for solo tours

Large group rates: (groups of eight or more)

  • $162/person, shuttle fees included

Overnight rates: (includes all meals and camping gear rental)

  • $225/day/person for two or more participants
  • $450/day/person for solo tours

 

Certifications and Memberships

All guides are members of Flathead Nordic Ski Patrol and are certified through National Ski Patrol. The company has been in existence since 1965.

Greg Fortin has two decades of experience and is the Nordic Advisor for the Northern Division of National Ski Patrol and the avalanche advisor for the Flathead Nordic Backcountry Ski Patrol. He is an avalanche instructor, CPR instructor, and certified in outdoor emergency care.

Some Guest Comments

"Highly recommend! We did two days of snowshoeing in Glacier National Park and each one was pretty special. We saw just a few other groups of snowshoers and cross country skiers; it was almost like having the park to ourselves." -Amy, via tripadvisor.com

"What an amazing day!!! I was fortunate to have the owner Greg Fortin as my guide. With Greg's help, I saw the Lake McDonald area this morning, went to view the Continental Divide, had lunch on a gravel bar in the middle of the Flathead River, and spent the entire afternoon hiking and snowshoeing in Glacier Natl Park, just about 20 miles from the Continental Divide. Perfect!" -Mary, via tripadvisor.com

Amenities
Child Friendly
 
More Information
406 892-2173
DRIVING DIRECTIONS:

Our office is located at 729 Nucleus Ave. in Columbia Falls, MT.

From Whitefish, take Hwy 93 south to Hwy 40. Continue east onto Hwy 2 and into Columbia Falls. Turn left at the intersection of Hwy 2 and Nucleus. From West Glacier, take Hwy 2 into Columbia Falls and turn right onto Nucleus.

We are in the Cosley Building, home of Three Forks Grille. Turn on the south end of the building and park in the back. Our office is on the north end up the stairs.

Address:

1306 3rd Avenue W, Columbia Falls, MT 59912

Location:
Latitude: 48.371984000
Longitude: -114.180730000
 
 
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