If you want to ski a surreal, remote wilderness, then head to Glacier National Park in northwest Montana, a location often overlooked for backcountry touring.

Start with Marias Pass, near Essex at the south end of the park. The terrain is mellow with plenty of low-angle, sheltered trees. More advanced tours are possible here on nearby peaks including Scalplock, Rampage and Snowslip mountains. Marias Pass is one of the lesser-visited areas of the park, and Essex makes a good, little base camp.

In late spring, drive to Logan Pass (elevation 6,680 feet) via the venerable Going-to-the-Sun Road after the road has been cleared of snow. The low-angle snowfields above Logan Pass are perfect for late-season turns, while Clements (8,760 feet) and Reynolds (9,125 feet) mountains provide steeper slopes, bowls and chutes. With good timing, you may even get some late-season powder. It’s also possible to ski here in the fall depending on snow conditions.

Meanwhile, West Glacier, at the southern tip of Lake McDonald, provides a good launch point for excursions into the Apgar Mountains to the west and a chain of peaks and glaciers to the east. Much of this terrain is barely known so grab a topo map and talk to the locals.

Getting there:

Fly into Glacier Park International Airport located in Kalispell, Montana, then take US Hwy 2 into the park.

Additional resources:

Park fees 

Going-to-the-Sun Road status 

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