Izaak Walton Inn Cross Country Ski Center

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Izaak Walton Inn Cross Country Ski Center
United States
Phone: 406-888-5700

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About the Ski Resort

Izaak Walton Inn was voted the coziest cross-country ski center in the Rockies for 1986-87 by Cross Country Skier Magazine. Snow Country magazine named the Izaak Walton Inn one of the top 10 cross-country ski resorts in the Rockies. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Izaak Walton Inn is an alpine lodge constructed in 1939 by the Great Northern Railroad to house winter snow removal crews. Memorabilia, authentic furniture and our great log fireplace remind every guest of the great train era's mystique. It features a spacious lobby with many years of the Great Northern Railway memorabilia featured.

Built in 1939 to accommodate Great Northern Railway workers, the Inn is located just west of the Continental Divide in Montana's Rocky Mountains. Snuggled between Glacier National Park and the Great Bear Wilderness, the Inn offers a cozy base from which to explore our unspoiled surroundings. Hiking and cross country skiing are among the many outdoor activities enjoyed here as services into Glacier National Park.

Owing its existence to the Great Northern, it's natural that trains are central to the Izaak Walton experience. Amtrak serves the Inn twice a day. Guests arrive and depart from the only flagstop on the Empire Builder line. The Inn is a railfan's haven. Our pedestrian overpass provides excellent views of a working rail yard where helper engines idle, waiting to push heavy freights over Marias Pass.

The snow flies early at the Inn!! From mid-November through mid April we groom 33 kilometers of trails for both classic and skate skiing. Spring skiers enjoy sun-warmed corn snow well into May.

Our trails wind through gently rolling forested terrain, dropping down to the Middle Fork of the Flathead River and climbing up next to ice encrusted creeks to views of alpine bowls and spires.

Dickey Bowl, just beyond our trail system, offers the powder hounds exactly what they are looking for.

After an outing, shed the chill by the huge stone hearth; sip a warm drink and debate waxes, conditions, and that last turn. Maybe you will want to melt away the stiffness in our Finnish Sauna.

Ski resort area details

Alpine Skiing: No
Night Skiing: No
Heli-Skiing: No
Snowcat Skiing: No
Snowboarding: No
Snowshoe trails: No
Snow tubing: No

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Ski Resort Services

Childcare  No
Adaptive skier:  No
Nearby lodging:  No
Ski lessons:  No
Snowboard lessons:  No
Ski rentals:  No
Snowboard rentals:  No

Ski Resort directions

At Essex, just off US Highway 2, halfway between East and West Glacier in northwest Montana on the southern tip of Glacier National Park (Snuggled in between Glacier National Park and the Bob Marshal Wilderness; surrounded by a million acres of wilderness).

Fly Delta or Horizon Air to Kalispell and rent a car for a scenic drive to Essex. Or ride Amtrak right to our door. Rental cars available.