An appetite for summer skiing or snowboarding usually finds one on the sunny, groomed slopes of Mount Hood or the glacial peaks of Chile. Yet for all its publicity, the Montana’s own Glacier National Park has never been known for its ski and snowboard opportunities. Sure, you have to hike your way to the top of your line, and sure, there could be thirty smartphone-wielding tourists hoping to post your vicious yard-sale on YouTube. But if you are looking to shred some summer corn with epic views in every direction, Glacier is tough to beat. The most easily-accessed terrain typically becomes available in mid-June with the opening of the Going To The Sun Road. Our crew of six took advantage of the record snow pack provided by the winter of 2011 and headed up in August.
Despite a prediction for freezing rain, the turbulent weather patterns of the Rocky Mountain Front surprised us with blue skies and temperatures in the mid 60s. The park really shines on days like these. 360 degrees of glowing white glacial snow cutting across blue horizons and melting into lush alpine forests shadowed by towering peaks.
After a brief parking fiasco, we picked out a nice open roller and built a mellow kicker far away from the bustle of tourists on the Hidden Lake Boardwalk. Perfect for a relaxing August afternoon.
Glacier is famous for its plummeting waterfalls, death-defying mountain goats, and crystal clear mountain lakes. But to a skiers and snowboarders, Glacier National Park is an infinite playground of limitless lines shaped by thousands of years of geographic processes. Without lifts or runs, each experience in Glacier Park is unique and bound only by one’s creativity, drive, and goals. Whether you are seeking a relaxing day on a mellow slope or an intense mountaineering expedition into a never-ridden area, Glacier Park has it.