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Exploring Winter Trails in the Crown of the Continent: Snowshoeing | Nordic Skiing | Dog Sledding | Ice Skating

19 Points of Interest

The Crown of the Continent is a snow lovers paradise. There are many opportunities to snowshoe, nordic ski, dog sled, and even ice skate across the region (scroll down for 19 suggested winter adventures). Just about anywhere you can hike or mountain bike in summer, you can snowshoe in winter. If nordic skiing interests you, there is no shortage of groomed trails of varying difficulty. Most of these trails are groomed by volunteer organizations, so please donate to these groups when you can.

KNOW BEFORE YOU GO TIPS

  • Don't destroy groomed cross-country trails with your snowshoes; stay a few paces away from the groomed tracks and nordic skiers will surely smile as they skate by.
  • Be prepared to leave no trace. Most trails do not have restroom facilities, so you will need to plan ahead.
  • Some trails are designated as dog friendly. Check nordic trail information before heading out with your furry companion and be prepared to pack out waste. *Make sure your dog is able to respond quickly to voice commands to ensure everyone has an enjoyable experience on the trail.
  • Be prepared for varying weather conditions. Pack layers and extra food and water.
  • Check snow and ice conditions before heading out.
  • Adventure with a partner and always let someone know where you will be recreating and when you expect to return.

KNOW BEFORE YOU GO RESOURCES

ADVENTURE SMART
If getting out into the great outdoors is a new endeavor we welcome you and ask you to learn about Leave No Trace Principles and Recreate Responsibly before heading out. Also, we recommend checking out Adventure Smart for tips on how to explore safely. If you're a seasoned adventurer it never hurts to brush up on proper practices too.

NATIONAL FOREST
Flathead National Forest
Helena-Lewis & Clark National Forest
Kootenai National Forest
Lolo National Forest

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ALBERTA PARKS & RECREATION AREAS
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BRITISH COLUMBIA PARKS & RECREATION AREAS
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