WHITEFISH - Gov. Steve Bullock recently announced he is giving away $750,000 worth of grant money to develop and enhance tourism and recreation in 27 Montana communities.
One of the recipients is the Glacier Nordic Club of Whitefish which received a $51,000 grant that they are planning to put towards purchasing a Snow Cat groomer to improve their Big Mountain Nordic Ski Trails.
The Big Mountain Nordic ski trails opened this past fall and are part of the Whitefish Trail system. The club built the new trailhead and access trail in partnership with Whitefish Legacy Partners on land donated by Whitefish Mountain Resort.
The trailhead accesses 23 kilometers of trails that are groomed by the Glacier Nordic Club and the group's president says getting a groomer will help out a lot with tourism in the winter time and continue to bolster the Nordic scene in the Flathead Valley.
“This is really phenomenal for the valley as being much more of a heavy winter draw. So this is for folks all throughout Flathead. Columbia Falls, Kalispell, Whitefish even up in the canyon this will really help as having something, which puts us on the map as a Nordic community," said Denny Gignoux.
More information on Nordic skiing in the area can be found by visiting the Glacier Nordic Club which runs out of the Whitefish Lake Golf Club.