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<i>Winter Signs </i>Weekend Snowshoe Programs Offered at Glacier National Park

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Date: December 31, 2007
Contact: Melissa Wilson, 406 888-7895

WEST GLACIER, MONT. – The cold, snow and darkness of the winter season challenges all who call Glacier National Park home. Beginning on Sunday, January 6, the public is invited to join a park interpreter for a free two-hour snowshoe exploration of the winter environment to discover how Glacier’s winter residents survive these lean times. These guided snowshoe walks are suitable for visitors of all ages and abilities.

After the initial snowshoe programs on Sunday, January 6, the walks will be held on Saturdays and Sundays until Sunday, March 16 (weather and snow dependent); all programs are offered at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. In the event of severe weather or insufficient snow, the public should call the Apgar Visitor Center on the respective weekend day to confirm that day’s outings.

Snowshoes for these programs are available for $2 at the Apgar Visitor Center or participants can bring their own. Snowshoes are also available for rent in the neighboring community of West Glacier and elsewhere in the Flathead Valley.

The walks will begin and conclude at the Apgar Visitor Center. Though reservations are not accepted, there is no limit on group size. Participants should wear winter footwear and dress in layers for a variety of winter conditions. Bringing water is also recommended.

For more information or to confirm that day’s programs, please call the Apgar Visitor Center (open Saturdays and Sundays only between 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.) at (406) 888-7939.

Visitors are reminded that although the snowshoe programs are free, valid park entry is required. The winter entrance fee is $15 for a seven-day single vehicle entry.  Annual park passes, valid for unlimited visits to Glacier National Park for one year, are also available for $35.

- NPS -

Did You Know?

Grizzly bears

Grizzly bears in the park have a wide variety of food sources, including glacier lily bulbs, insects, and berries. They may also make an early season meal of mountain goats that were swept down in avalanches over the winter.