Glacier National Park's best kept secret- located in beautiful Essex, Montana
Cross country ski 33 kilometers of trails groomed for classic and skate skiing. Then head into Glacier National Park on a guided backcountry tour. Or, explore the steep and deep on a self-guided adventure in the Great Bear Wilderness behind our trail system. The Inn offers a cornucopia of free heel fun!
We groom daily with a fleet that includes a Pisten Bully. The trails wind through gently rolling terrain next to ice-encrusted streams located mostly on National Forest land just across the Flathead River from Glacier National Park. 30% rated easiest, 50% more difficult, 20% most difficult.
Our onsite experienced instructor offers outstanding clinics and private lessons for all skill levels, and as Western Montana’s family-friendly resort, the Izaak Walton Inn offers individual attention, & unique family lessons giving members at different levels the chance to laugh and learn together.
Cross country ski instruction at the Izaak Walton Inn is more than just about learning a new skill or refining your form: it’s about having fun and creating memories in a spectacular scenic environment.
Cross country skis, boots, and poles are available in our rental shop located downstairs in the Inn. We offer children and adult sizes and will help you select the best equipment for your lesson or tour.
** Ski rentals are not included in the lesson price but are available at an additional cost. All lessons meet the Ski Pro at the trackside porch of the inn.
|2 or more people||$30/person|
Ski on the Continental Divide! Glide silently on untracked snow through wildlife-rich meadows, aspen glades, & open lodge pole forests nestled below 9000-foot glacially carved peaks.
Our guided day trips lead you to the best cross country touring in Glacier National Park. Whether you are a beginner, intermediate or experienced skier discover why guided tours are most often described as “the highlight of our vacation!” Tours include lunch, and transportation.
** Ski rentals are not included in the package but are available at an additional cost.
**Minimum 2 people, no more than 8 people on a tour.
Tours are from 9:00am to 4:30pm. Reservations are required. Please contact the Front Desk for reservations.
If you can walk, you can snowshoe! Half-day guided snowshoe tours offer a low-key non-technical way to experience Glacier Park’s winter wilderness. Highlights often include crossing Ole Creek on a suspension bridge and climbing to views of Essex and the peaks of the Flathead Range. On the way we read abundant animal signs and pass under towering Larch trees. Since most first time snowshoers can travel on terrain that would challenge strong intermediate skiers, options for snowshoe tours include climbing one of several nearby peaks via a safe forested ridge. Rental equipment is available.
** Snowshoe rentals are not included in the package price.
**We are unable to book more than 8 people on tour.
|Classic Skis, Boots, Poles||$20/day|
|Skate Skis, Boots, Poles||$30/day|
|Backcountry Skis, Boots, Poles||$30/day|
|Kids (SNS Boots), Skis, Boots, Poles||$15/day|
|Snowshoes, Boots, Poles||$20/day|
**If you are looking to rent just part of an equipment package, the price will be cut in half; any two components go at the full set-up rate.