Cross Country & Downhill Skiing

Montana XC Skiing at its Purest!    

A member of the Cross Country Ski Area Association, Green Valley Ranch is a Montana cross country skiing destination in its own right.  We maintain over 25 kilometers of groomed trails for Nordic skiers of all abilities.  The advanced terrain has been favorably compared to elite NCAA courses.  We set classic tracks and some skating lanes.  However, we can’t promise that the elk and moose will stay off the groomed trails!

Voted “Top Ten” Luxury XC Resorts  (

Guests can also explore Glacier National Park on back country skis on many trails from the West Glacier and Lake McDonald Lodge areas.

For beautifully groomed cross country trails close to the amenities of the charming mountain town of Whitefish, there are 15 km at the Glacier Nordic Center located on the Whitefish Lake Golf Course, 3 km of which is lighted for night skiing.  For intermediate cross country skiing on groomed trails, drive 25 miles east to the Issac Walton Inn in Essex, Montana.  The historic railway lodge grooms 33 km of trails for skate and classic skiing on forested, rolling hills.  Issac Walton Inn offers cross country ski lessons as well as guided ski tours into Glacier National Park.

Summit Of Big Mountain

Two downhill ski resorts are located within an hour drive or less – Whitefish Mountain Resort and Blacktail Mountain.  Whitefish Mountain Resort offers rewarding terrain to novice and expert alike with skier amenities including group and private lessons, rentals, and inviting lodges to warm up and unwind after a day of skiing.  Backcountry ski adventures with snowcats provide access to vast and challenging untracked terrain that gave Whitefish Mountain Resort its original name, The Big Mountain.  Ski Magazine and Outside Magazine have consistently ranked Whitefish Mountain Resort among the top ski areas in the country.