"Winter Signs" Weekend Snowshoe Programs Offered at Glacier
Contact: Melissa Wilson, 406 888-7895
Contact: Matt Graves, 406 888-7942
WEST GLACIER, MONT. – With the cold of the winter season upon us, it is hard not to wonder how plants and animals survive the rigor and challenges of this difficult season. Beginning on Sunday, January 8, 2006, the public is invited to Glacier National Park to join a park interpreter for a two-hour snowshoe exploration of the winter environment to discover the answers. These guided snowshoe walks are suitable for visitors of all ages and abilities.
Snowshoe programs will be offered on Saturdays and Sundays at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. from January 8 to March 19 (weather and snow dependent). Participants should meet at the Apgar Visitor Center, where the walks begin and conclude.
For those who do not have their own snowshoes, they are available for rent for $2 per pair at the Apgar Visitor Center. Snowshoes can also be rented in the neighboring community of West Glacier and elsewhere in the Flathead Valley.
Reservations are not accepted and there is no limit on group size. Participants should wear winter footwear, dress in layers for a variety of winter conditions, and bring water.
For more information, or to confirm a day’s outings when there is severe weather or possible insufficient snow, please call the Apgar Visitor Center (open Saturdays and Sundays only from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) at (406) 888-7939.
Visitors are reminded that although the snowshoe programs are free, valid park entry is required. During winter months, entrance costs $10 for a seven-day single vehicle entry. Annual Glacier park passes are also available for $30.
Did You Know?
Lake McDonald is the largest lake in the park with a length of 10 miles and a depth of 472 feet. The glacier that carved the Lake McDonald valley is estimated to have been around 2,200 feet thick.