Merry Christmas!

Chippy Claus

From high in the mountains and deep in our hearts, a warm Christmas Greeting to you and your hiking buddies!

We will be out of the office and enjoying the holidays until after the new year. We will be back to help you with your reservations on Monday, January 3.

Happy Thanksgiving

We will be away from the office and spending time with our families for the holiday weekend. I hope you have an opportunity to do the same. If you have business with your chalet reservation, please send an Email and we will help you out next week.

Deposit payments.

First, don't panic. Your reservation is secure.

We are still a little hard to reach and a little slow on the replies because of the volume of people making reservations and deposits right now. We are temporarily waiving the two week deadline on reservation deposits while we get caught up on the backlog. Your reservation will be secure at least until the end of November.

To make a deposit:
We can take checks, credit cards and money orders through the mail. You will be receiving a statement in the mail, send back the bottom portion with your payment.

We can also take credit cards over the phone. 888-345-2649. We will need your reservation number.

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Thank you

We would like to thank everyone for your enthusiasm toward the chalets. It has been great to hear your excitement as we worked on filling your reservations for 2011. I apologize for any frustration or confusion this week if you had difficulties connecting with us. Our office systems have trouble keeping up when we get so many requests all at the same time.

If you need to make a deposit payment on your reservation, the amount and the address to send it to will be on the statement you receive through the postal mail. We can accept checks or credit card numbers by mail, or we can take credit cards by phone.

If the dates you wanted have sold out faster than we could complete your reservation, we are very sorry. Do please check the availability calendar on our website from time to time this winter, if a change or cancellation opens up a vacancy that is the first and easiest place to learn about it.

See you in the high country!

2011 reservations

Reservations will open for the 2011 season on Monday October 25 starting at 8:00am mountain time zone.

The two best ways to make a reservation are through our toll free phone line or through the online reservation request form. Pick the form of communication that you are most comfortable with.

The phone line has the advantage of instant feedback on your reservation request and is the best way to handle large or complicated reservations. The disadvantage is that our phone line becomes very congested during the first week of reservations and you will need patience and persistence to get through.

The online request form has the advantage of your request being placed in queue. All reservation requests are handled in the order they are received and we will have enough staff to process these simultaneously with the phone requests. The disadvantage is that communication through Email can be slow. We will let you know the status of your request as quickly as we can. If you have lots of questions, or a large and complicated reservation, any followup requests or changes will end up at the back of the queue.

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Planning ahead to 2011

We now have our 2011 operating dates to help you start planning for your chalet adventure next summer.

Granite Park Chalet:
Open June 28 through September 9.

Sperry Chalet:
Open July 8 through September 10.

Our reservation office will begin accepting reservations on Monday, October 25, 2010.

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Closed for the season

Granite Park Chalet will close for the winter on Friday September 10.

It has been a great summer! We have had lots of fun this year with snow, hiking, bear spotting, hiking, flower watching, hiking and more hiking! Thanks for joining us.

Watch this space in October for information about the 2011 season and next summers reservations.

Happy Trails!

Going to the Sun Road Shuttle

A reminder for those of you visiting the park this upcoming week, the free shuttle service along Going to the Sun Road will be shutting down after Labor Day. If you are going to be visiting the chalets this week the easiest way to get back to your vehicle will be to hike out on the same trail you used to hike in.

Happy trails!

Change of seasons

If you have already visited us this summer you know what a wonderfully mild summer it has been. For those of you visiting in the next two weeks, that mild summer is turning into a cool and beautiful autumn. The weather becomes extremely unpredictable this time of year, so all hikers should be ready for any conditions. We are already seeing some rain and snow, so it is hard to tell what you will get during your visit.

Be sure to dress in layers. While hiking it is easy to overheat and work up a sweat even on cool days, be ready to shed or add clothing any time you stop, start, or change elevation. And always carry a waterproof layer with you; rain and snow can come unpredictably. Getting wet and cold is the fastest way to end your fun in the mountains and could even lead to dangerous hypothermia. Other items that can help keep your backcountry visit comfortable this time of year include a warm hat, gloves and long underwear.

The chalets are open for a couple more weeks of great hiking. Come prepared and we will see you in the high country.

Life is good at Granite Park Chalet

We have been enjoying some fine hiking this summer. There is no longer any snow along the Highline trail and all the routes around Granite Park Chalet are ready for you to explore them.

We have been enjoying a summer of mild temperatures and some rain. There have been frequent afternoon and evening thundershowers this year. If you are new to hiking in Glacier, remember to come prepared for any conditions. The day may be sunny and beautiful when you start your hike in the morning, but it may not stay that way all day. Up in the mountains conditions could turn cold and rainy without any warning. Staying dry will be an important part of your adventure.

We still have a lot more hiking to do this summer and we can't wait for you to join us.

Happy trails.

The latest report from the Highline Trail

There are still over 20 snow crossings along the Highline Trail between Logan Pass and Granite Park Chalet. It may take until mid August before this route is fully clear of snow. Many people are using this route, but snow makes hiking more difficult. Give your group extra time to make the hike and watch your step. If you wish to take the Highline Trail we recommend sturdy and waterproof footwear and trekking poles for balance and as a self arrest tool. In addition to the slippery surface, always watch out for places where water is running under the snow melting it from below. These snow bridges can collapse under you without warning.

For the experienced and prepared hiker, the Highline Trail is a great adventure. If you are new to hiking on snow, or are unsure of your snow crossing abilities, consider using the Loop Trail. It is clear all the way to Granite Park Chalet.

Be safe out there!

Highline Trail Update

We have received word from Glacier Park and they plan to open the Highline Trail today.

While the trail may be open, there is still lots of snow in the high country and the Highline Trail will be a difficult hike because of it. Expect 20% snow cover along the trail for the next week or so.

For those of you who are inexperienced with hiking on snow, we recommend waterproof boots with a heavy sole, and hiking poles for balance. Extra traction, gaiters and ice axes can also be a good idea. Don't forget to put on an extra layer of sunscreen too. Hiking on snow is a lot more work than dry trails, be ready to give this hike your full concentration and strength. If this sounds like more than you are ready for, the Loop Trail is still an excellent choice for getting to Granite Park Chalet.

If you have experience with hiking in snow, you already know the kind of adventure you are in for. Bring your ice axe, stay dry, watch your footing and have fun!

Be safe out there!

Granite Park Chalet is open

Granite Park Chalet is open for the 2010 season. We are really excited to be back in the mountains again and we are looking forward to your visit.

The snow is melting fast but it may be another week or two before the Highline Trail is safe to hike. Plan to use the Loop Trail until the snow melts out.

Meet the Granite Park Chalet crew. Hannah, Lars, Luke and Ryan are up at the chalet now and can help you with anything you need during your stay.

Granite Park Chalet crew

If you are lucky enough to be in the mountains,
you are lucky enough.

Granite Park Chalet snow report

Our opening crew has arrived at Granite Park Chalet and we have started the work of cleaning up and getting ready for your arrival.

Granite Park has lots of snow this year. Snow around the chalet is currently four to eight feet deep in places. The portion of the Highline trail visible from the chalet is 90% snow covered. We are expecting considerable snow melt in the upcoming weeks, but expect to find lingering snow fields possibly as late as July 20.

Granite Park Chalet will open as scheduled on June 29. For early season access plan to use the Loop Trail. Be ready for wet conditions; we recommend having waterproof hiking boots with a good sole. Accessories like gaiters and strap on traction can help keep you dry and stable. A pair of trekking poles or even a walking stick is useful when you are traversing snow. A spare pair of dry socks is also a good idea. If you can keep your feet warm and dry, visiting the backcountry when it has a blanket of snow is a spectacularly beautiful adventure. We are looking forward to sharing it with you.

See you in the mountains soon!

Summer office hours

We are switching to our summer office hours beginning today. We will be in the office full time until the chalets close in September.

Summer hours:
Every day from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. in the mountain time zone.

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Summer is near

Signs of spring are everywhere here in Glacier. The bears are coming out of hibernation, the wildflowers are starting to bloom, and the snow plows have reached Logan Pass.

The big questions for many people planning June and early July trips to the Park are "When will Going to the Sun road open?" And "When will the Highline Trail to Granite Park Chalet open?"

No one knows the answers to these questions yet. Trying to guess the whims of mother nature is an exercise in folly. But we can steer you toward the best information we have at hand.

The National Park Service website has the most current information about roads and trails.
Current road status.
Trail reports.
Once you are in the Park and away from the Internet, you may stop by any visitor center to get the latest trail and road reports.

We hope you have a safe and exciting vacation, and we are looking forward to hitting the trails with you soon.

Friendly reminder!

We begin applying a $10 administrative fee for reservation changes and cancellations starting June 1. If you have changes you would like to make to your reservation, the month of May is your last opportunity to do so without penalty.

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Happy Birthday Glacier National Park!

May 11 is the 100th anniversary of GNP's dedication as a National Park. Here at the backcountry chalets we want to shout out a hearty congratulations to the Park for a very successful first century, and a heartfelt thank you to all the people and organizations that have contributed to the Glacier legacy.

We are looking forward to an exciting summer here. If you want to find out if any special centennial events will be happening during your visit to Glacier, be sure to check out http://www.glaciercentennial.org/ and check the events calendar.

We will be out of the office for much of May 11 and 12. We will be in the park celebrating and eating birthday cake, so our office will be short staffed during the Glacier re-dedication event. If you have business to conduct with your reservation, please send an Email or try us again later in the week.

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Get something to eat!

Calling hungry hikers! Our retail menu for 2010 is now available.

Granite Park Chalet is happy to lighten your backpack and deliver the ingredients for your hearty backcountry dinner to our kitchen. It is a convenient way to take some worry out of your hike and some weight out of your backpack.

The food menu and more information about it are available here.

Happy Hiking!

Chalet employee reunion

As part of the 2010 Glacier National Park centennial celebration, Sperry Chalet and Granite Park Chalet will be hosting a chalet employee reunion.

All former employees of Sperry Chalet and Granite Park Chalet are invited. We want to hear your stories, see your photos and celebrate your experiences on the mountain. Plan for a reception dinner near West Glacier on August 17 and an opportunity to visit Glacier National Park on the following days. Your family is welcome to join us.

If you are a former chalet employee please mark August 17, 2010 on your calendar and contact our reservation office to be added to the mailing list. If you will not be able to join us in person, please get on the mailing list anyway. You will still be able to catch up with old friends and share your memories.

888-345-2649

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