Family Snow Day

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Distance

under 1 Miles

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Elevation Gain

100 Feet

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Difficulty

Easy

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Cost Per Person

$25

Hike Overview

February 18, 2023: Bring your family and join us for a day of fun in the snow! Get outdoors around the holidays and have a chance to explore the beauty of the Flathead National Forest while engaging in fun activities for all ages. Throughout the day we will learn about what makes winter such a special and beautiful time of year, as well as explore the science of snow and how snow impacts the environment around us. Activities may include building a quinzee, examining snowflake structure, talking about the properties of the snowpack, and discussing the different adaptations plants and animals have to survive in the Winter.

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Family Snow Day

Hike Overview Continued

Bring your family and join us for a day of fun in the snow! Get outdoors around the holidays and have a chance to explore the beauty of the Flathead National Forest while engaging in fun activities for all ages. Throughout the day we will learn about what makes winter such a special and beautiful time of year, as well as explore the science of snow and how snow impacts the environment around us. Activities may include building a quinzee, examining snowflake structure, talking about the properties of the snowpack, and discussing the different adaptations plants and animals have to survive in the Winter.

Cost: $25/family

Ages: Open to all ages

Location: Meet at the Glacier Institute main office, 320 Nucleus ave, Columbia Falls.

Meeting Time/Duration: 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Physical Requirements: Very moderate activity. We will not be hiking, but may be running around playing interactive games.

Weather/Road Conditions:
Expect to be exposed to winter elements, and come prepared with appropriate clothing. Courses may end early in order to ensure safe travel back to town for our participants.

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What to Expect On Your Family Snow Day in Glacier Park

We will spend the day learning about what makes winter such a special and beautiful time of year, as well as explore the science of snow and how snow impacts the environment around us.

Hike Details

  • This program meets at Glacier Institute Office at 320 Nucleus Ave, Columbia Falls.
  • The program will begin 10 a.m. and ends at 3 p.m. Please arrive 15 minutes early.
  • Hiking distance covers less than 1 mile with less than 100 feet elevation change.
  • On-site parking is available.
  • There is a maximum number of 13 participants per trip.
  • This program has a minimum guest count of 3 people. In the unlikely case we don’t reach that number, you will be notified prior to the event.

What to Bring

Please remember that weather in NW Montana during all seasons can change quickly from warm and sunny to freezing at any time of the year. We recommend checking the weather prior to your trip. Please also check your course information sheet for specific gear requirements in addition to those listed below.

  • 2 liter sized water bottle or Camelback
  • Trail lunch
  • Day Pack with plastic bag liner or cover
  • Heavy fleece or wool pants (or waterproof snow pants)
  • Insulated winter boots and extra wool or synthetic socks
  • Camera (optional)
  • Trekking poles, if you like to use them for hiking (optional)
  • Binoculars (optional)
  • Field Notebook notes and sketches

Download complete checklist here