Avalanche Picnic Area

11.6 miles round trip
The route up the Going-to-the-Sun Road offers easy skiing and good views of McDonald Creek and the mountains surrounding the McDonald Valley. Avalanche Picnic Area is a good destination. Longer trips up the road are possible. The forested valley trails, especially along Sacred Dancing Cascade, are also popular. Snow conditions may be variable under the trees. Avalanche Lake is a popular destination with some steep narrow sections that can be difficult to ski up or down, especially when icy. The Trail of the Cedars is generally not good skiing.


Last report - December 26
No new condition reports are available at this time. Please respect ski tracks. Snowshoe and walk to the side.

January 1
Beautiful ski in the Land of the Sleeping Giants with plenty of snow. Temps are cold, so the snow is soft and fast. Broke trail (solo) the last two miles into the Avalanche Picnic Area. Snowshoe/Hikers are keeping nice separate tracks from skiers. Thanks to all for maintaining separate trails!



Ski Trails in Other Areas of the Park

Apgar - West Glacier
Lake McDonald - Avalanche
Marias Pass

North Fork
St. Mary
Two Medicine Valley

McDonald Falls Sacred Dancing Cascades Avalanche Picnic Area