Ice Sailing Glacier National Park & Western Montana

Ice Sailing

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Ice Sailing: Sailing on Ice

Ice boating, ice sailing, ice surfing and hard water sailing... essentially they're all names for a sport that encompasses whisking across the ice in a boat on blades or runners. With a history that dates back 300 years, ice sailing was originally used to transport goods over frozen lakes. Today, it offers another recreational opportunity for the hundreds of lakes throughout Western Montana. A few lakes to try: Ten Lakes area (near Eureka), Seeley Lake and Lake Como (near Darby).

The Yellowstone you haven’t seen yet.

The wild beauty of Yellowstone National Park spills over for miles. Snow seekers come to Yellowstone Country Montana for panoramic expanses of pure white against impossibly blue skies.

Safety and Equipment

First things first, you'll need an ice sailing boat. The boat goes by many different names and configurations (based on size), wind ratings and number of runners. Part of the thrill and exhilaration of ice sailing is the speed-boats regularly reach 100 miles per hour.

  • Safety Tips: Always wear a helmet. In case of an accident, it could save your life.
  • Wear protective padding and gear such as elbow pads, layered clothing and a life jacket (which also provides extra padding).
  • Don't get addicted to speed. Sail in control and within your skill limits.
  • Watch the wind. Make sure you don't take your boat out in winds that are too strong for your craft.


Ice Sailing in Western Montana & Glacier National Park

Western Montana's Glacier Country

News from Glacier National Park: Currently 12.5 miles of the Going-to-the-Sun Road are open for travel.

Bird Woman Falls

An icon in Glacier National Park, Bird Woman Falls is a glistening 492-foot-high waterfall that cascades down the side of Mt. Oberlin. From West Glacier, travel the Going-to-the-Sun Road to Bird Woman Falls Overlook, located on the west side of the Continental Divide.

Trail of the Cedars

This short boardwalk trail (ADA accessible) takes visitors through an old growth cedar forest. It’s also the beginning of the Avalanche Lake Trail (just over two miles long) that leads to Avalanche Lake—one of the most popular day hikes in Glacier National Park. Trail of the Cedars is located about five and a half miles north of Lake McDonald Lodge.

Drive the Going-to-the-Sun Road

If your time in Glacier National Park is limited, one must-see attraction is the Going-to-the-Sun Road. This 50-mile long road takes travelers between St. Mary and West Glacier through the heart of the park, crossing the Continental Divide at Logan Pass. There are numerous pullouts along the road, ideal for taking photographs and enjoying the scenery.

See a Glacier

As you’re traveling the Going-to-the-Sun Road, pull over at Jackson Glacier Overlook (located east of Logan Pass). The overlook offers the best opportunity to see a glacier from the road.

Many Glacier Valley

Home to incredible mountains, active glaciers, abundant wildlife and miles of hiking trails, Many Glacier is located in the northeast section of Glacier National Park. Trails leave from this valley in numerous directions, with popular hiking destinations including Iceberg Lake, Grinnell Lake and Ptarmigan Tunnel.

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