We will let you in on a little secret. In the heart of winter, Western Montana unveils its hidden charm, making it the perfect backdrop for your next meeting or retreat. While many may think of spring and fall as the go-to seasons for destination meetings, winter is our secret season of splendor. And let’s be frank, room rates are quite the deal, too. Picture your attendees warm and cozy in their best winter wear, meeting and discussing the business at hand, surrounded by the pristine beauty of snow-covered landscapes. Once the meeting is adjourned, the great outdoors awaits, creating memories that will last a lifetime.

Group photo at Lake McDonald in Glacier National Park. Photo: Explore Whitefish

Meeting Venues and Lodging Options
Choose from a riverside, lakeside or mountainside lodge to a renovated barn or luxury guest ranch to a contemporary urban space in the heart of one of our cities—beautiful and distinct lodging properties and meeting places abound alongside modern offerings, unexpected culinary experiences and the latest in technology. And, with Glacier National Park, Flathead Lake or the Bitterroot Mountain range as a backdrop, you can find that perfect venue on the outskirts of town. Or choose from our larger communities of Kalispell, Missoula and Whitefish, offering endless meeting options.

Sit fireside at the Lodge at Whitefish Lake in Whitefish.
Soak in hot springs surrounded by snow, at Quinn’s Hot Springs. Photo: Noah Couser

Winter Wonderland in Glacier National Park
Consider setting your meeting in the Flathead Valley region of Western Montana; the area boasts one of the world’s most breathtaking destinations—Glacier National Park. While it’s renowned for its summer allure, winter transforms the park into a peaceful, magical wonderland. With fewer visitors, it feels like your own private winter retreat.

Family enjoying a day of cross-country skiing in Glacier National Park.

Tranquil Snowshoeing Adventures
Immerse your group in the serene beauty of Glacier National Park’s Lake McDonald Valley with a snowshoeing excursion. You can go on your own, but for a more personalized experience, our friends at Glacier Adventure Guides or Whitefish Outfitters can arrange guided tours tailored to your group’s preferences. Lone Pine State Park in Kalispell is beginner-friendly if trying the sport for the first time. Other options include Missoula’s Pattee Canyon or Blue Mountain recreation areas. Just east of Missoula is Greenough’s Lubrecht Forest, which offers trails and abundant tranquility.

The views when cross-country skiing are absolute perfection during winter in Glacier National Park. Photo: Emily Hall

Cross-Country Skiing
Embark on an unforgettable journey in Glacier National Park by cross-country skiing along the snow-covered Going-to-the-Sun Road. Most of the road is closed to vehicular traffic during winter, providing a pristine sanctuary for Nordic ski enthusiasts. Start your day with a productive meeting, then transition seamlessly into the breathtaking winter landscape. The road is plowed from the west entrance to Lake McDonald Lodge, offering a perfect route for exploration. If meeting farther south in Western Montana, the Bitterroot Valley also offers a network of groomed trails, including Lolo Pass and Chief Joseph Trail System at Lost Trail Pass.

Cross Country Skiing in Western Montana’s Glacier Country.

Downhill Skiing Galore
Western Montana is a skier’s paradise if your group loves downhill skiing. We have seven well-rounded, full-service downhill ski areas. Choose from our most notable ski resort, Whitefish Mountain Resort, to an array of ski destinations, including Blacktail Mountain, Lookout Pass, Lost Trail, Snowbowl, Turner Mountain, and Discovery Ski Area.

Blacktail Mountain out of Kalispell, has views galore. Photo: Noah Couser
Feel like you have the mountain to yourself at Lost Trail in the Bitterroot Valley.

Plan an Unforgettable Winter Meeting
Are you curious to learn more about hosting your winter meeting in Western Montana? Visit our Glacier Country Meetings website for additional meetings and group activities information. If you need planning assistance, don’t hesitate to contact us directly—we’re always delighted to help.

Embrace the winter magic, create lasting memories, and make your meeting in Western Montana an experience to remember.

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January 29, 2024

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