Izaak Walton Inn Cross Country Ski Trail - Essex

Ski from late November through mid-April on our snow favored, wind sheltered 33 km trail system. We groom daily for skate and classic skiing using a fleet of grooming vehicles, including a Pisten Bully. The trails wind through gently rolling forested terrain located mostly on National Forest land with views into Glacier National Park. 30% rated easiest, 50% more difficult, and 20% most difficult.

XC ski instruction at the Izaak Walton Inn is more than just about learning a new skill or refining your form: its about having fun and creating memories in a spectacular & scenic environment.

XC skis, boots, and poles are available in our rental shop located downstairs in the Inn. We offer children and adult sizes and will help you select the best gear for your lesson or tour.

Ski on the Continental Divide! Our guided day trips lead you to the best XC touring in Glacier National Park. Our guides tailor routes for backcountry beginners, experienced tour skiers and (low angle) telemark enthusiasts. Discover why guided tours are most often described as the highlight of our vacation! Tours include lunch, and transportation.

Guided Glacier Park half-day snowshoe tours: If you can walk, you can snowshoe! Half-day guided snowshoe tours offer a low-key non-technical way to experience Glacier Parks winter wilderness


Mailing Address
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Street Address
290 Izaak Walton Inn Road
Essex,  MT 59916

Phone: 406-888-5700
Fax: 406-888-5200

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, Northwest, America West, Big Sky 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.

Late November - Mid-April

7:00am - 10:00pm

Cash, Discover, Master Card, Personal Check (In State), Personal Check (Out Of State), Travelers Checks, Visa

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Equipment Rental, Food Services, Instruction, Tour

Cross-Country Skiing, Snowshoeing