Winter Trails Day will be celebrated in three locations across Montana Jan. 10. You can try out cross-country skiing, doggie skijoring, or snowshoeing...or just enjoy hooking up with other people celebrating the outdoors, too.
Glacier Outdoor Center in West Glacier will be throwing their Winter Trails party from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The party, with chili, cocoa, and bonfire, takes place in their outdoor pavilion adjacent to their 10-kilometer groomed trail. Trail passes are free for skiers that day. Rental gear is half price, and their outdoor gear is on sale.
The highlight of the day is their doggie skijoring race at noon. The center is the only place in the state you can rent doggie skijoring gear, and it permits dogs on its groomed course daily starting at noon. You can get more information on the event by calling (406) 888-5454.
"It's a great way for everybody to get outside and see what we have here," said owner Sally Thompson. "And the doggie skijoring is fun. We're already getting calls about when we're holding races."
The Montana Discovery Foundation and Helena National Forest are jointly sponsoring a moonlight snowshoe trip for Winter Trails Day. The guided hike takes place from 7 - 9 p.m. on top of MacDonald Pass to the west of Helena. More information is available by calling (406) 495-3718 or (406) 495-3711.
Ravenwood Natural Science Center in Bigfork and the Sportsman and Ski Haus are teaming up for a snowshoe event on Winter Trails Day. The Sportsman is supplying the snowshoes, which must be reserved ahead of time by calling (406) 837-7279. Bring a lunch, and you'll play games on snowshoes, learn winter survival tips, and look for animal tracks.
- Snow Reports