CROSS COUNTRY SKI HEADQUARTERS
Welcome to Glacier Cyclery & Nordic, where we sell more than bikes, skis and gear, we sell a good time! During the summer, we’re outfitting the local cycling community and travelers with bikes and everything needed for fun days of riding. During the winter, there’s no hibernation period…Glacier Cyclery & Nordic becomes the place to go to for cross country skiers. The shop transforms into the Flathead Valley’s premiere Nordic store with an ideal location in downtown Whitefish, just one mile from the Glacier Nordic Center ski trails.
Glacier Cyclery & Nordic offers a variety of classic and skate ski packages so you can have the best possible experience no matter your ability level or ski destination. All skis are lovingly waxed and maintained between rentals to ensure good glide and control. Give us a call at 406-862-6446 or stop by the store. Our knowledgeable staff can help pick the appropriate ski (length, width, type), boot and pole for your next ski excursion. All rental packages include skis, boots and poles.
HOLIDAYS & SPRING BREAK SEASON: We highly recommend making a reservation prior to your visit to ensure the right size and type of equipment is available!
*HALF DAY is any 4 hours, or pick up after 5pm and return at 10am the next morning.
**FULL DAY is a 24-hour rental.
NORDIC SKI TUNING & REPAIR
Over 33 years ago, Glacier Cyclery began its life as a service only bike repair shop. Through the years, Glacier Cyclery & Nordic has grown to be one of the largest bike and cross country ski shops in the wonderful state of Montana. However, our roots are still founded in service and we pride ourselves on being one of the best equipped, well staffed, most capable service shops under the stars, and that includes helping you maintain your winter gear for the best cross country and skate ski experience.
Waxing & Ski Prep
“No Wax” Skis
If you want your “waxless” skis to be fun to ski and last a long time, yes, you should have them waxed! (When a ski is labeled as “waxless”, it is in reference to the textured grip portion in the center of the ski, not the smooth glide surface under tip & tail!) This spa treatment for classic skis gives them glide and prevents snow from sticking to the bottom. With wax on your skis, you can go further with way less effort.
For classic and skate skis, this service begins with a hot wax treatment and several grades of brushes which removes dirt and other particles and opens pores to absorb wax. The grand finale is an application of temperature appropriate wax so you’ll experience good glide.
The “whole enchilada” of ski tunes! An additional cold or moly layer is added to the Basic Glide service for a more static and dirt resistant, durable, faster ski.
*Ask about our additional tuning items, such as Fast Skis service, Race Prep, and Pine Tar treatments.
Binding Mount* $15-20, depending on binding system
Pole Basket Replacement $10
Cutting/Shortening Poles $20
*Binding mount is included with any new ski package purchase.
Base Prep $10-20
The correct skis, boots and gear will keep you comfortable and confident on the snow, so that you can pay attention to the scenery and focus on having fun. At Glacier Cyclery & Nordic, we listen to what type of Nordic skiing you are considering and ask you questions that will help steer you to the right equipment. Our goal is to help you enjoy the sport of cross country skiing, whether you are a recreational or competitive skier.
Stop by Glacier Cyclery & Nordic before your next ski day for a full line of wax & tune products, clothing and accessories to keep you warm and dry, plus the area’s largest selection of classic, skate and backcountry Nordic skis, boots and poles.
WHERE TO SKI
Glacier Cyclery & Nordic’s staff is comprised of all types of skiers (from a certified PSIA instructor, to the weekender who pulls the kiddos in a sled on trails in Glacier Park for fun). Individually and collectively, we have decades of exploring Northwest Montana winters on skis. And when we are looking for ideas on new Nordic areas and routes? Mark Ambre, longtime Glacier Cyclery & Nordic employee, has been a Nordic backcountry guide for more than 20 years, leading groups into “secret” locales near Glacier Park and beyond. If you feel like you’ve skied everything around here, talk to Mark!
Whether you want to ski the local Nordic groomed areas, Glacier Park, or national forest trails, Glacier Cyclery & Nordic can help you put together a perfect day of winter adventure. Stop by for free trail maps and current trail condition reports!
Glacier Nordic Center
One mile from Glacier Cyclery & Nordic on Hwy 93. You’ll find no better views of Big Mountain, as this is a 36-hole golf course during the summer offering epic vistas. 14K of trails groomed daily, with flat beginner loops to rolling hills that challenge even the advanced skier. Insider tip: several miles of the course are lit at night, making this the perfect evening activity. Afterward, warm up in the restaurant or lodge with a hot drink and fireside seat. Trail fee $10.
Dog-friendly trails in Flathead National Forest. Located approx. 10 miles north of Whitefish with 12K of beginner to advanced terrain through beautiful forests with occasional open views. Groomed weekly so expect variable conditions, perfect for wider classic skis or experienced skate skiers. No trail fee.
Glacier National Park
It doesn’t get much better than this! Trails are not groomed so bring your wider skis (or rent from Glacier Cyclery & Nordic) for a day of once-in-a-lifetime winter scenery. Accessed easily through the West Glacier entrance, the most popular ski route begins by parking at Lake McDonald Lodge and skiing the road toward Avalanche, offering gentle terrain, ample snow and the opportunity to visit waterfalls and ancient cedar groves. No trail fee but park pass required.
Big Mountain Nordic trails
Rated advanced, expert terrain due to the steep, curvy descent from the trailhead (ie, steep, curvy climb back to car), this 8K trail system connects with Iron Horse community groomed trails for a total of 23K. The good news is that it is higher in elevation so typically the snow is deep, soft and well groomed. After the first few kilometers, Big Mountain Nordic trails become much tamer, and begin to gently descent into the beautiful forested area known by locals as Haskill Basin. Glacier Nordic Club grooms daily by 9:30am, dogs permitted, no trail fee required but purchased a Glacier Nordic Club day pass helps to ensure continued daily grooming in this area. Access from the Willow parking lot of Whitefish Mountain Resort (park with the downhill skiers!).
When the snow gets thin in the lower elevations, a short drive to Blacktail Nordic trails typically pays off with substantially more snow and about 24K of trails that are groomed daily. The main trail gently climbs for several miles; turn around and enjoy a fun mix of downhill and flat cruising to the car. No trail fee and dogs are welcome!
They should rename it “Winter Wonderland,” because the Essex area tends to receive more snowfall than any other Nordic system in the area. Located on Hwy 2 south of Glacier National Park, it’s about a 1.5 hour drive from Whitefish, so consider it a daytrip or overnight getaway that is well worth the time it takes to get there. Up to 33K of trails (groomed daily) through old-growth forest with views of Glacier Park, Middle Fork River and meandering Essex Creek. Trail fee $10, or included with lodging.
Bigfork/Foothills Road Nordic area
Over 6 kilometers of flat to gently rolling terrain near Echo Lake are groomed 5 days per week, Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Please leave the dogs at home. Skiers using Bigfork Community Nordic Center are required to have a valid Montana Recreational Use License.