PLACES: Glacier Nordic Center

By Beacon Staff

The Glacier Nordic Center maintains 13 kilometers of cross-country ski trails looping across the serene landscape of Whitefish Lake Golf Course. Trails, groomed daily, meander around trees and along the sloping terrain sandwiched between Whitefish Lake and Lost Coon Lake.

Great for family outings, the course is ideal for all levels of Nordic skiing. Much of the terrain is relatively easy for beginners and with practice the few challenging downhill areas are manageable. For those more advanced, your workout is only limited by personal speed while flying across the quiet tundra.

Stop in at the Glacier Nordic Shop, where you can rent equipment and take advantage of expert advice or sign up for lessons from its PSIA certified instructors. For a different kind of adventure, follow the 3.5 kilometers of lights or break out across the darkness with the use of headlamps at night.

For those interested in organized ski programs and lessons, the center offers youth programs from the Chet Hope Ski League to masters programs. This year, the Glacier Nordic Ski Team has restructured, increasing the length of the season and the number of days per week.

Support the nonprofit by paying their $8 daily ski fee or become a member for $45 per individual and $90 per family.

How to get there: From downtown Whitefish, continue north on U.S. Highway 93. Turn right into the Whitefish Lake Golf Club and Nordic Center, across from Grouse Mountain Lodge.