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Contact: Amy Vanderbilt, 406 888-5838
WEST GLACIER, MONT. – Ever wonder how plants and animals survive the challenges of Glacier National Park’s winter season? Beginning January 11, 2009, the public is invited to join a free, two-hour, ranger-led snowshoe excursions of the winter environment to discover how the park’s winter residents survive the cold and harsh months of winter. These guided outings are suitable for all ages and abilities and are made possible through a grant from the Glacier National Park Fund.
Starting Sunday, January 11th weekend snowshoe programs will be offered twice daily each Saturday and Sunday through March 15th (weather and snow conditions permitting). Excursions begin at 10:30 a.m. and at 1:30 p.m. each weekend day. In the event of severe weather or insufficient snow, individuals should call Apgar Visitor Center at 406-888-7939 before 12 noon on respective weekend days to confirm that day’s outing. Snowshoes are available for $2 at the Apgar Visitor Center. Participants may also bring their own equipment. Snowshoes are also available for rent in West Glacier and elsewhere in gateway communities.
These wintertime tours begin and conclude at the Apgar Visitor Center. There is no group size limit and no reservations are taken. Participants should wear sturdy winter boots and dress in layers for varying winter conditions; they should also bring water bottles/devises for personal drinking water.
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. 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 12 months from the date of purchase, are also available for $35.
For more information or to confirm that day’s snowshoe programs, please call the Apgar Visitor Center at 406-888-7939, on weekends, between 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.
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