“Winter Nights” Moonlit Cross Country Ski Program Announced
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 evening of Saturday, February 19 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. This guided outing is suitable for intermediate-level skiers of all ages.
Supported by a grant from the Glacier National Park Fund, this moonlit cross country ski trip will be offered on February 19, the Saturday evening nearest the full moon in February (weather and snow conditions permitting). The ski excursion begins at 7 p.m.
In the event of severe weather or insufficient snow, individuals should call Apgar Visitor Center at 406-888-7939 to confirm the ski trip. 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 West Glacier and other gateway communities.
The moonlit tour will begin at the Camas Road gate, a three-minute drive from the Apgar Visitor Center. There is no group size limit and no reservations are taken.
Park visitors are reminded that although this winter activity is free, valid park entry is required except when fees are waived. 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 currently can be purchased on weekdays at the Backcountry Permit Office located in Apgar Village and on weekends from entrance stations when staffed.
For more information or to confirm the 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.
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.