Winter Recreation Wonderland Awaits in Kalispell

Winter under the big sky is an invitation to the frostiest, deepest, wildest party of the season in the lower 48.  At the heart of it all is Kalispell, the hub of the Flathead Valley in scenic Northwestern Montana. Kalispell offers a convenient get-away to a winter wonderland of world-class downhill ski resorts, endless acres of backcountry skiing opportunities, hundreds of kilometers of Nordic trails winding into the heart of the Montana mountains, and comfortable lodging and dining to prepare you to do it all again the next day.

Whitefish Mountain Resort in Whitefish, Turner Mountain in Libby and Blacktail Mountain in Lakeside offer awesome skiing and boarding opportunities for recreationists of all skill levels, all within an easy drive of Kalispell.

Whitefish Mountain Resort is a world-renowned destination ski resort complete with mythical ‘snow-ghost’ trees, varied terrain and spectacular views of Glacier National Park and Whitefish Lake off of the summit.

Blacktail, with its sweeping views of Flathead Lake, and Turner, located near the authentic Montana community of Libby, are true mom-and-pop ski areas where the lifties are guaranteed to remember your name.  But make no mistake: Both areas still offer diverse, quality runs and plenty of that legendary Montana powder. Blacktail also offers several kilometers of groomed Nordic skiing…perfect for a winter skiing biathlon of sorts!  Turner has a single lift; but it serves some of the finest terrain in northwestern Montana.  And how’s this for getting away from it all: You can even buy out the area midweek (it’s only open to the public Thursdays through Sundays) for your own private ski mountain!

Cross-country skiing is an inspiring, quiet way of diving into the spectacular Montana wilderness during the winter months.  Groomed trails at the Stillwater Mountain Lodge near Whitefish and the Izaak Walton Inn near Essex are meticulously groomed for skate or classic skiiers.  Additionally, bring (or rent!) your touring gear and head into Glacier National Park for an unforgettable experience at the Crown of the Continent.  Cruise up the Going-to-the-Sun Road as far as you like and keep your eyes peeled for critters.

All these opportunities lie just minutes from downtown Kalispell and its wealth of lodging such as the historic Kalispell Grand Hotel and name-brand properties such as Hilton, Red Lion, Comfort Inn and others.  Refuel at tasty local-favorite restaurants such as Hops, Split Rock Cafe or Montana Coffee Traders.

The vibrant city of Kalispell is the gateway to Glacier National Park, Flathead Lake, Whitefish and all of the recreation, art, shopping and adventure that northwestern Montana has to offer.  Plopped in the center of the Flathead Valley, it’s an easy drive to the park entrance, the art galleries of Bigfork or the water sports mecca of Flathead Lake…and well-equipped with affordable, comfortable lodging, great dining and a range of shopping from one-off boutiques to price-conscious large-format retailers. Download or request a printed copy of the Kalispell travel guide at or call 888-888-2308.

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