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"Winter Nights" Moonlit Cross Country Ski Programs Announced

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Date: January 22, 2010
Contact: Amy Vanderbilt, 406 888-5838

WEST GLACIER, MONT. – Ever wonder what’s going on during cold winter nights when the world seems still? On the evenings of Saturday, January 30 and Saturday, February 27 the public is invited to join a free, four-mile, ranger-led cross country ski excursion into the winter night to discover how the park’s winter residents survive the cold and harsh months of winter. These guided outings are suitable for intermediate-level skiers of all ages.

Moonlit cross country ski trips will be offered on the Saturday evenings nearest full moon in January and February (weather and snow conditions permitting). Excursions begin at 7 p.m. In the event of severe weather or insufficient snow, individuals should call Apgar Visitor Center at 406-888-7939 on the respective weekends to confirm each evening’s outing. All participants must bring their own cross country ski equipment as well as extra layers of clothing, a headlamp and water. Skis are available for rent at retail locations outside of Glacier National Park in gateway communities.

The January 30 moonlit tour will begin at 7 p.m. at the Camas Road gate (a three-minute drive from the Apgar Visitor Center). The February 27 moonlit ski will also begin at 7 p.m., location to be announced. There is no group size limit and no reservations are taken.

Park visitors are reminded that although these winter activities are free, valid park entry is required. Even when entrance stations are not staffed, park entrance fees are required. Upon entering the park, visitors are directed to follow posted instructions to pay entrance fees at self-pay stations. Glacier’s winter entrance fee is $15 for vehicles and $10 for single entrants (hiker/bicyclist/motorcyclist) for a seven day pass. Annual park passes, valid for unlimited visits to Glacier National Park for 12 months from the date of purchase, are also available for $35 and can be purchased on weekdays at park headquarters and on weekends from entrance stations when staffed.

These “Winter Nights” moonlit ski outings are the first of many special programs that will be offered by Glacier National Park during 2010 as the park celebrates its centennial.

For more information or to confirm each moonlit cross country ski program, please call the Apgar Visitor Center at 406-888-7939, on weekends, between 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

-NPS-

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