in Glacier National Park


Cross-Country Skiing

Winter skiing throughout Glacier offers access to spectacular scenery and uncrowded recreational opportunities. It is important to be aware of current avalanche conditions if you plan to recreate in the park during the winter.

Please visit the park’s page on Cross-Country Skiing and Snowshoeing for more information, travel tips and trail maps.


On weekends from approximately mid-January through mid-March, visitors can join a ranger for a two-hour guided snowshoe walk in the Apgar area.

Visitors meet at Apgar Visitor Center and can use their own snowshoes or rent snowshoes for $2.00 at the visitor center beginning 30 minutes prior to the snowshoe walk. This is a unique experience that allows visitors to enjoy the solitude of winter in Glacier.

enjoying the solitude

One of the easiest ways to enjoy Glacier in the winter is to bundle up and enjoy the peace and solitude of the park along the shore of Lake McDonald.

Look for signs of wildlife by observing their tracks in the snow. If you come across any wildlife, remember to maintain a safe distance and observe them with binoculars, spotting scopes, or long telephoto lenses.


There is no lodging available in the park in winter, but there are camping opportunities for adventurous and self-sufficient travelers. Auto camping is available at the Apgar Picnic Area and St. Mary Campground in the winter.

A free backcountry permit is required to camp in the backcountry. Permits can be obtained over the phone up to seven days in advance, or in person at the Headquarters Building, Monday through Friday or at Apgar Visitor Center on weekends.


Winter is the quietest and longest season in Glacier, and the park receives significant snowfall every year. There are still activities to do in the park for self-reliant visitors. By the middle of December, there are very few plowed roads in Glacier.

Visitors can cross-country ski and snowshoe on sections of the road that are unplowed. Apgar Village, 11 miles of Going-to-the-Sun Road on the west side, and a mile and a half on the east side are the only roads maintained during the winter.

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