Originally built by the Great Northern Railway in 1939 for lodging railway workers, The Izaak Walton Inn now offers a retreat bordering Glacier National Park. From late November through mid-April, the inn hosts 20 miles of cross country ski trails.
The wind-sheltered trails wind through gentle, forested terrain and they’re groomed daily. Stunning views of Glacier National Park can be easily spotted from the trails. Out off the 17 trails, half are rated as blues (more difficult), while 30% are easy and 20% are black diamonds.
If you’re not feeling up to snuff for those blacks, the inn also offers cross country clinics and private lessons for all skill levels. All equipment is available for rent in the lodge.
If you’re looking to go beyond these trails, the inn also provides guided Glacier National Park ski tours, taking you along the Continental Divide. Day trips include routes for backcountry beginners, experienced tour skiers and telemarkers. Guess what? You also get lunch out of the deal.
Snow Reports are updated regularly here.