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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 Saturday, January 8, 2011, the public is invited to join free, two-hour, ranger-led snowshoe excursions of the winter environment to discover how the park's wild winter residents survive the cold and harsh months of winter. These guided winter outings are suitable for all ages and abilities.
Supported by a grant from the Glacier National Park Fund, these popular weekend programs are offered twice daily each Saturday and Sunday through March 20 (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 on respective weekend days to confirm that day's outings.
Snowshoes are available for $2 at the Apgar Visitor Center. Participants may also bring their own. 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 and bring 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. 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 available on weekdays at park headquarters and on weekends from entrance stations when staffed.
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.