Glacier National Park provides a number of opportunities to enjoy snowshoeing and cross-country skiing during the winter months. The West Glacier entrance is open in winter, and Going-to-the-Sun Road is plowed from the entrance to around Lake McDonald Lodge. After that, the road is closed to motorized vehicles, so it's perfect for snowshoeing and cross-country skiing.
Whitefish Mountain Resort is one of the country's largest ski resorts, with 14 lifts and over 110 trails sprawled out over 3,000 skiable acres. With three distinct faces, Whitefish Mountain Resort has something for everyone. The front side of the mountain is perfect for beginning skiers, while intermediates will enjoy the backside and experts the Western face.
The Whitefish Winter Carnival is a three day event that takes place the first week in February each year. Whitefish Winter Carnival begins with a Penguin Plunge, where contestants jump into Whitefish Lake to raise money for a worthy charity. After that, numerous events are held throughout the town of Whitefish and at Whitefish Mountain Ski Resort.
Interested in ice skating? At Stumptown Ice Den, you can skate for a minimal fee. And, if you've never ice skated before, introductory lessons are offered September through mid-December. Note that, at Stumptown Ice Den, ice skating is not only a winter sport: The facility is open year-round. In fact, it's Montana's only ice-skating facility open throughout the year.