Swan Mountain Snowmobiling

Swan Mountain Snowmobiling, Columbia Falls: Hours, Address, Swan Mountain Snowmobiling Reviews: 5/5

Swan Mountain Snowmobiling
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7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
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7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
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Swan Mountain Snowmobiling, located in the heart of Glacier Country, provides the best in Montana snowmobiling. Whether you want to be personally taken care of on one of our guided snowmobile tours or brave the backcountry on your own with our snowmobile rentals, we have what you need for the ideal Montana snowmobiling experience!We operate in more areas than any other Flathead Valley snowmobile outfitter with two hour, half day and full day guided snowmobile tours from the Desert Mountain trailhead, the Canyon Creek trailhead and the Crane Mountain trailhead. We also offer unique snowmobile tours including the Desert Mountain Quickie, the Crane Mountain Quickie, the Sunrise Snowmobile Tour and the Sunset Snowmobile Tour. Add the Cook While You Ride upgrade to any tour and enjoy a hot meal, cooked by your snowmobile, out on the trail!Our snowmobile rentals feature top-of-the-line equipment specifically picked for comfort and safety. We turn our sleds over every two years which means you'll get the benefit of a brand new snowmobile with all the latest technology and features.Book your Montana snowmobile adventure with Swan Mountain Snowmobiling today!
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michelle b
Altus, OK66 contributions
We had a difficult time contacting this group. I waited too late to book online but could not get a hold of the booking agent. I had to leave a message and we played phone tag a few times. But once we did get in touch, they were so polite and helpful. The Canyon Creek tour was the one we took. It was beautiful scenery. Be aware it's pretty bumpy to begin with but it keeps so much better about 15 min into it. The snowmobiles ran awesome. Our guides were very nice.
Written March 19, 2022
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Jessica M
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Friends
I went on a Swan Mountain Snowmobiling half-day excursion starting at Canyon Creek with my mother (I selected "Friend" only because the sole option for family is "Family (small children)" and we are both adults). If you're not sure because you are inexperienced, don't hesitate! Neither of us had ever driven a snowmobile or anything similar before in our lives & we did just fine. As long as you watch the 8-minute video the company sends you by email & pay attention to the staff, you will have no problems. Safety & fun are major priorities for this company & we did not meet a single guide or staff member who didn't have a great attitude & go above & beyond expectations. The experience was unbelievable.
Written February 14, 2022
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shalinaj74
19 contributions
Couples
What a wonderful adventure we had today on our 1/2 day trip. Moose was at the office when we arrived and was very helpful with the heat we needed and the forms we needed to complete. They’re building a new office and it’s almost finished. The drive up to the trailhead was quick and easy. Once there, Cooper and Moose have us newbies a good orientation on the machines and what to expect on the trail. Jake, our guide, was incredible! He was very patient with all my picture taking wishes. He is very knowledgeable, down-to-earth, and accommodating. The trail was groomed, and although there were some rough spots (we did an afternoon trip) overall it was good. The scenery is almost beyond description. So much beauty and awe-inspiring views. We stopped at a survival cabin to warm up and potty. It started to snow pretty good as we headed back out, which made the ride more beautiful and exciting. This was one of the most wonderful things we’ve ever done. Thank you, Jake and Swan Mountain, for bringing so much joy to our 25th anniversary trip!!!!
Written February 16, 2020
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ediewedie
El Dorado, AR13 contributions
Couples
The pros: Beautiful scenery.
The cons: It was a morning that was in the low 20's in Columbia Falls, so much colder as we climbed in altitude. We were a group of 4. As one of our group got on the sled, the guide said the sled didn't have functioning handlebar hand warmers. There was not another sled available They already had our non-refundable money so we were stuck. The guide said she would provide little hand warmers packs, but that did next to nothing to warm palms and did nothing to warm fingers. The riders gloves were heavy duty, used for hunting in Alaska, so that would not have been a problem with properly functioning equipment. Made for a miserable ride!
Face shields provided were scratched. When facing the sun, all those scratches sparkled and blinded us. So we had to lift the face shields to the cold winter air going 10, 20 miles an hour.

We had also asked for a private tour. Instead we were thrown Into a group of at least 15 other snowmobiles. As newbies we wanted to take our time riding, instead felt pressured to catch up. You can imagine the annoyed looks of the people riding at the front. What they didn't realize was that our guide at the rear had a sled that kept overheating. She had to stop frequently to cool it down with multiple handfuls of snow.
When we returned & let the owner know the problem with the handwarmers and instrument cluster, he blew it off. No apology. Didn't seem concerned that the rider didn't enjoy the ride because of very cold hands.
I do not recommend this company.
Written December 27, 2020
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We were dismayed to hear that your experience didn't live up to your expectations. As you can see from the large number of positive reviews, a negative feedback on our snowmobile rides is not typical and we always anticipate that everyone will enjoy their ride! We are glad that you shared your feelings and appreciate your honesty so that we can continually strive to provide a positive experience for all our guests. The holidays are a busy time for us and this is when we see the largest group sizes as we seek to accommodate so many eager families. Multiple parties on group tours is commonplace at any time, but especially so in the time of the season when your ride took place. We always make safety our top priority and our equipment is inspected daily. That said, fragile electrical components can and do go out spontaneously. Snowmobile handwarmers receive heavy use and are notorious for going out unexpectedly. Thus, our guides have taken to carrying along the single-use handwarmers as a back-up for driver comfort. As passengers do not control the throttle or brake, there is no built-in handwarming function for passengers. All participants rely on their own gloves/mittens as their main line of defense to protect their hands. Of course we sympathize with feeling cold and it is certainly unfortunate that the provided single-use handwarmers did not activate correctly in your case. They are usually very warm, but they do activate best in a dry, oxygen-rich environment. Equipment quality is important to us, and we are pleased to say that we have just recently acquired several brand-new helmets and goggles! As for your guide, it sounds like she was using a higher-powered sled. These sleds need to stay above a minimum speed or they will overheat, as the snow kicking up from the track functions as a cooling system for the machine. Being in the back of a large group, she was probably going a bit slower than optimum for that type sled. We would like all our clients know that they are free to go the speed they feel is safe and fun, even on group tours. This is why we had a guide in the back as well as the front. We do recommend however that anyone looking for a customized experience and more individual attention from the guides to book a private tour. I will investigate who you may have talked to, as our owner was out of town when you took your snowmobile ride. Client experience is important to all employees at Swan Mountain Snowmobiling, and we regret this did not shine through during your interaction. We hope this sheds some light on the circumstances influencing your atypical experience. Please don't hesitate to reach out directly to us if you would like to discuss your concerns in greater depth. We can be reached at 406-387-4405. Kind regards, Swan Mountain Snowmobiling
Written December 31, 2020
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Andie M
Waterford, MI49 contributions
Friends
So, there were 15 of us that went on a 2-hour snowmobile trip today. It was a spectacular sunny day, something that doesn't happen much in Whitefish, but we were going to go exploring on the snowmobiles. I have done many snowmobile tours in many different areas, Steamboat Springs, Aspen Colorado, Winter Park Colorado, and this experience was by far the worst I have ever had.
It started in a small garage on the side of the road, we filled out our waivers then had
to drive another 6 miles to get to the drop off point. There were people that had never been on a sled before in our group and they were not shown really how to properly run the machine. The scenery was magnificent, and that's the reason for the 3 stars! Our guide told us that we were going to be on a groomed trail and would be stopping at several places to take pictures.
The first stretch of the trip was great, nice groomed smooth trails. We then started on a Switchback which, in total both up and back was maybe four miles of nothing but washboard mogels! It was brutal and extremely uncomfortable.
On past snowmobile Adventures we have stopped in an open area so you can play around on your sled, we stopped in beautiful picturesque spots to take beautiful pictures of the area that were in, the snowmobile leaders would take a group picture of all of us in front of the beautiful scenery. But, there was none of that! Everywhere we stopped there was no beautiful scenery, I had to stop on my own several times so I could take a picture, there was no open field to play in and have fun, there was no group picture taken by the snowmobile people! This really was a very dissatisfying trip and when I return back to the area I will not be taking a snowmobile adventure with this group again.
Written February 13, 2020
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Hi 512andiem, we are so happy to hear that you enjoyed the spectacular Montana scenery, it's one of the many reasons our snowmobile tours typically garner five-star reviews. Snowmobile tours operate on Flathead National Forest Service land, and our in-town gear shop is conveniently located just seven miles from our most popular trailhead (in the heart of the forest). Many of our guests are thrilled to have a warm place to gear-up and fill out paperwork, which is evident in numerous raving reviews. The snow trail grooming schedule can include daily grooming on some of the most popular trails. Your group wanted magnificent views and our guides chose to take you down a trail that would offer the primo view experience. You are right, that trail had not been groomed yet that day and was bumpy from use. Though, the regular grooming schedule is typically consistent, it can be delayed by unforeseen circumstances. We apologize if that part of your ride was not as smooth as anticipated. Our two-hour tours typically stop to take photos, though with large groups it's imperative to keep the crowd moving at an efficient pace. A two-hour tour is a quick look at the terrain from a sled, and can turn into a four-hour tour if guests stop at-will to snap photos. Our guides provide recommended places to stop and take pictures, we apologize if it did not happen this time, or if the amount of stops seemed inadequate to you. It is our policy to ride on-trail only, no off-trail riding (particularly on two-hour and half-day tours). Past experience of allowing free-play off trail has led to novice guests getting their sleds stuck, guides spending too much time digging guests and sleds out of the snow, and the rest of the group standing-by instead of snowmobiling. You did mention most of your group were novice riders. We also strongly encourage our guests to stay on the trail due to the unique mountain and canyon locations of our trips, which are also avalanche areas in the right conditions. Off trail riding can, and has triggered avalanches. Our guides routinely take group photos for snowmobile guests; in fact, we have received several photos from happy guests this season. Guides were not asked by your group to take a photo. We encourage our guests to ask for photos if it is not offered, they are happy to do so. Snowmobile guides focus on safety first, customer service, and showing you Montana's magnificent views from a snowmobile. Many of our guests are novice to snowmobile operations. The safety speech, how to operate the machines, and things to expect, are all talked about in the briefing before each trip. We encourage our guests to pay attention during this talk to ensure the best quality trip. Our sleds are very simple to operate, with few instructions and details needed to have a great time. We are a unique tour company, and may operate differently from other tours in varying parts of the country. Our practice and policies are generated by years of experience in providing our guests with the highest quality service, and we take pride in being one of the safest, highest rated, and with the best guides in the country. For these reasons and more, we continue to provide the superior service that Swan Mountain Snowmobiling is known for. Happy Trails, Swan Mountain Snowmobiling
Written February 17, 2020
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Ken L
4 contributions
Friends
I have been on many guided snowmobile trips into the county. The purpose was advertised beautiful scenery. and we did see some as we rode past. Normally a trip like this has several stop to take in the scenery(take picture's. Also at the half way point those that wanted to could play in the power. Sometimes refreshments are availability at the half way point.

With this group stops were made only to bunch up the group. New riders were give little instruction. And inexperienced riders had no idea what to expect. Some riders only recieved help from other riders. The trails were advertised as groomed. While some were the rest were very veey bumpy. VEERY DISAPPOINTED
Written February 14, 2020
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Jane S
Melbourne, Australia30 contributions
We come from a place where it never snows so were very keen to try this winter sport. We chose to do the 2 hour quickie tour as we had no idea what to expect. We had three drivers and one passenger and were escorted to the top of Desert Mt and back by Sean. We had an absolute ball. The snowmobiles were easy to use and Sean was a careful and patient guiide. The scenery was spectacular and at the summit we felt like the only people alive. We were even confident enough to get a bit of speed up on the final legs of our journey.
Written December 17, 2015
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Donnie W
Louisville, KY3 contributions
Couples
Went snowmobiling for the first time with these guys,had a great guide in Shawn, (reminded us of our son) he really made the experience a lot of fun. When we return to Whitefish we will do the 1/2 day tour with lunch @ the Summit House. Worth the money, take out the insurance those sleds can be expensive to fix if you have an accident.
Written February 28, 2013
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John R U
Matthews, NC48 contributions
Couples
Want an adventure through a snowy wilderness, climb hills, descend into canyons and run along the edge or ravines, you come away with a great appreciation for Mother Nature over the course of 50 miles of snowmobile trails through Canyon creek bordering Glacier national park. Our guide Jacob was informative and pleasant, letting us set the pace of the journey
Written February 9, 2020
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Hi jOhnru, Thanks for the great review! We are so happy to hear that you enjoyed the experience, and our pace of Montana's mountain life by snowmobile. Happy Trails,
Written February 10, 2020
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thetravelteam
Minneapolis, MN217 contributions
Family
We had an epic weather day for snowmobiling. When I called to inquire I have to say Linda was not too helpful. I asked her what the difference was in the guided or unguided tour and she said "a guide". I tried to get more information on the unguided trip and she wasn't forthcoming with too much information. We ended up going with a guide. We paid $125.00 per person for our sled which includes a helmet. All other gear is extra. The guide is $125.00 per reservation. We ended up having to share him with 3 other guests so there was 6 of us in our group. I would have liked the guide to start the trip with what to expect. Not much was explained. I went through a couple of jackets (outer garments) before I found one that had zippers that zipped and worked. The equipment room could use some organizing. No open terrain to go all out with. Had to stay on the trails. We enjoyed our ride. The scenery is spectacular.
Written March 13, 2018
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Hi thetravelteam, Thank you for your feedback, it's great to hear that you enjoyed the ride and the scenery. Sorry to hear that you were disappointed with the customer service. We are surprised to hear such feedback as our guests typically love our team, and is evident in several reviews. We will make sure our staff is clear about the message and details regarding various trips. For the future reader, the difference between the guided and unguided trip is: with the guided trip, the guest pays a guide-fee which includes the guide that helps with gear, shows guests how to use the sled, and takes riders on the trails which are safe. Our unguided tour is a snowmobile rental, and does not include a guide. We recommend rentals to locals and experienced riders. We strongly encourage booking a guided tour if you are unfamiliar with the area, or if you're not experienced with snowmobiles; our guides stay current with variable snow conditions and know how to respond in an emergency situation, such as an avalanche. Many of our guests love having a guide to follow, and to show them the ropes while answering any questions about the area. Additionally, our policy is to ride the groomed trails. This policy is a safety precaution as avalanche danger has been very high this year. Extensive details can be found on our website www.glaciersnowmobile.com or call reservations at (406) 387-4405 for further information.
Written March 16, 2018
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