Thursday, October 23, 2014

How to Skip a Rock



Rock skipping is an age-old pastime with a goal of keeping a rock afloat while skimming the surface of a body of water. While we may not be the best rock skippers you ever did see, we just so happen to be a part of Glacier National Park, where the supply of perfect rocks and crystal blue lakes is endless. That being said, here are a few tips and tricks we are glad to share to help you along your way!

 

Step 1: Rock Out.

Find a flat, smooth, and circular rock. Some say that the thinner the rock the better, while others will argue that using a rock with an imperfect surface such as a chip in the corner will improve grip and so help exponentially with getting the right spin on it.

 

Step 2: Make a Splash

Find a lake, pond, or some sort of level body of water. The more even the water source is, the easier it will be to get your rock bouncing. The rougher the waters, the heavier your stone will need to be to cut through the waves, even if they are minimal.

 

Step 3: What’s your Angle?

            Research has shown that the best angle between the stone and the water’s surface is 20%. What does that look like again? Time to bust out the protractor. If you’re on the taller side, feel free to bend the knees to help achieve this power angle.

 

Step 4: Parallel Parking

            The key to putting your rock in expert trajectory is lining up the bottom of the rock evenly with the top of the water. It has been said that if only the horizontal speed could be maintained then the rock would go on perpetually.

 

Step 5: It’s all in the Wrist

            Bend your wrist back before releasing the stone in order to gain more momentum. Speed is a factor, but surprisingly, it is not as important as mere angle and spin. Make sure to follow through or your prize winning stone will become just another brick in the water.

 

Step 6: Practice makes Proficient

            There are many things in life that come naturally. Manipulating the laws of physics to keep a heavy object from sinking? Not one of them. Test different types and sizes of stones, rehearse the motion of the throw until it is successful, and repeat the action until you become comfortable.

 

So there it is. A really helpful solution to getting better at this activity is availability of the finest rocks and lakes. Ahem, now, come to think of it, I believe I know a place with some of the most superior stones one could find. And lakes come to mind, big, beautiful, flat lakes that stretch themselves out underneath the protection of the Rocky Mountains. People come for miles to see the multi-colored stones at Lake McDonald. If you’re looking for unique beauty, Glacier National Park is the place to be. Come on down and work on your skills with us. The current world record rock-skipper had 51 skips in one graceful toss. We challenge you to try and beat him, there are plenty of rocks to go around!

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Old Man Winter Has Arrived

BRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR!!!

That's the noise I actually made when I stepped outside this morning. My phone only confirmed my initial suspicions when I checked the weather app. Nine degrees! I know I've already been out skiing a handful of times, both cross country and alpine, but I wasn't quite mentally prepared for these two-jacket mornings quite yet. But now that it's here, we don't have much choice but to embrace it.


The cold temps seem to have been brought on by some fantastically clear skies. While the mountain top has only made brief appearances between clouds lately, yesterday the clouds blew away and we were left with this incredible scene in downtown Whitefish.


Whitefish Mountain Resort is currently reporting a 52-inch base of snow at the summit (that's 132cm for those of you residing north of the border) giving it some of the best early season coverage in many years. And I will personally attest to the stellar conditions up there. The mountain is scheduled to officially open on Saturday, December 7, so now is the time to book a room for that winter getaway. Grouse Mountain Lodge is offering two different packages to help get you on the slopes this winter. 
  • First: our Ski (or Board) and Stay Package. For only $115 per person, per night with double occupancy, you will receive a lift ticket, lodging at Grouse Mountain Lodge and free shuttle transportation to and from the mountain. The shuttle will also swoop you up at the airport, Amtrak station or at downtown Whitefish if you get the urge to go paint the town red.
  • Second: our Fourth Night Free Package. This is perfect for those of you who might have season passes or some other source for your lift tickets. It's really as simple as it sounds; stay three consecutive nights at Grouse Mountain Lodge and we'll give you the fourth night for free.
Both packages can be booked on OUR WEBSITE or by calling 406.892.2525.


Grouse Mountain Lodge


Yours truly enjoying the goods last season



Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Early Season Skiing and Boarding on Big Mountain

11/17/13 -- Hard to beat views like this!

After a few nice November storms in the Flathead, Big Mountain is starting to look pretty amazing! For anyone looking to earn a few turns, there is plenty of powder waiting to reward you for a little bit of work. The trip up can be a little grueling at times but the payoff is more than worth it! Whitefish Mountain Resort is already reporting a 52" base depth at the summit and while that seems like a lot of snow, early season dangers still exist. Tree tops, stumps and larger rocks are often hiding just below the surface layer. Since the mountain doesn't officially open for another two-and-a-half weeks, proper backcountry gear is also a must for anyone looking to score some early season pow turns. That means beacon, probe, shovel, extra food and water, knowledge and skiing/boarding partners with the same.

If you do go up (and I highly recommend you do), make sure you have read and understand Whitefish Mountain Resort's Uphill Policy. There are designated routes that should be followed. Also be aware that early season obstacles, machinery and snowmaking equipment are present and should be avoided at all times.

11/17/13 -- If it gets much deeper, Penny is going to need a snorkel


11/17/13 -- Happy dog!!!


11/10/13 Shred Posse 



Monday, November 18, 2013

2014 Artist-In-Residence Applications Now Being Accepted



Glacier National Park is now seeking applicants for the 2014 Artist-in-Residence Program in Glacier National Park. This sounds like an amazing opportunity for anyone interested in furthering their artistic research and abilities. More info is in the press release below.

Press Release:
Artist-In-Residence Applications Available
Pursue Art Skills Surrounded by Inspiring Landscape


WEST GLACIER, MONTANA-   Artists are encouraged to apply for the 2014 Artist-in-Residence Program at Glacier National Park.

The program offers professional artists the opportunity to pursue their artistic discipline while being surrounded by the park’s inspiring landscape. The program seeks professional artists whose work is related to the park’s interpretative themes and supports the mission of the National Park Service.

The program provides an artist with uninterrupted time to pursue their work and the opportunity to engage and inspire the public through outreach programs.   Park housing is provided for a four-week session during the summer or fall season.  

The artist is required to present several public programs during their residency.  The programs must be related to their experience as the artist-in-residence and can be demonstrations, talks, exploratory walks, or performances.  Digital images of selected work produced as a part of the residency may be used in park publications, websites and presentations for education and outreach.

Artists of all disciplines are encouraged to apply.  Applications are available online at https://www.callforentry.org.  The deadline to apply is January 30, 2014.  For more information contact the park at 406-888-7800.  




Thursday, November 14, 2013

Thanksgiving Dinner at Logan's Grill

Thanksgiving is only two weeks away! Save the hassle in the kitchen and let our talented chefs do the work of preparing a feast for you. We will be serving a special Thanksgiving dinner on Thursday, November 29 from 2pm to 9pm. In addition to our special turkey-day offerings, we will have our full dinner menu available. Check out the menu below. Reservations can be made by calling 406.862.3000.