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Ski Trip to Izaak Walton Inn

February 19 - February 26

Izaak Walton Inn 2022

 All CONC participants must be vaccinated for COVID-19!

Situated on the Amtrak Empire Builder line at Essex, MT, the Izaak Walton Inn is a historic rail lodging bordering Glacier National Park. It is a fairly remote lodge with no TV or cell phone service; WiFi is available only in the lobby, and the nearest QuickMart is 20 miles away. However, there is a hot tub and sauna, and a full service bar downstairs. The Inn maintains 30 km of XC trails, and rents skis (track, skate, backcountry) and snowshoes.

Check in Sunday, Feb 20. Checkout Friday, Feb 25 (Five nights). Empire Builder Rooms with 1Q and 1Futon Cost: $130 per room per night ($65 per person based on double occupancy)

Transportation by Amtrak on Empire Builder: (Although there is a station at Wishram, WA, it did not look secure. The Bingen station appears to be used daily by BNSF, so I feel it is more secure to leave a car for a week.)

Lv Bingen-White Salmon SATURDAY 2/19 at 6:21pm. Arr. Essex MT SUNDAY 2/20 @ 8:50am

Leave Essex MT FRIDAY 2/25 @ 7:41pm. Arr Bingen @ 8:04am SATURDAY 2/26.

Cost: $76 each way coach, or $287 each way 2-person roomette. Food service on board is extra.

Food per person from. limited (3 entree) menu: Breakfast-$16, Sack Lunch-$15.50, Dinner-$30.

Glacier Treks novice ski trip to Mariah Pass: $180/person (includes lunch!).

Estimated Cost of Izaak Walton 2022 Excluding Alcohol and Food on the Train.  

Room-5 nights $650.00/$325.00 per person

Meals (3x/day) $307.50

Lunch Sunday $15.50

1 Day Glacier Trek $180.00

Amtrak-round trip $152.00.  ( Roomette $574)

Total $980.00/person coach: excludes rentals, alcohol, & other incidentals.

The contract I have signed with the Izaak Walton Inn stipulates that our group will use vouchers for meals, and that we have to purchase the vouchers and choose our meals at least by 30 days in advance (i.e. by January 15). So I will send out the menu, and collect money for the food vouchers at a later date. Extra costs will be for alcohol; a credit card will be required at the Inn.

Glacier Treks is contracted with the Park to allow them to ski on specific trails. One of their favorites is Mariah Pass, which I have specified above. However, there are other tours available. So if several people want to do more than one tour, we can arrange it. Currently my plan is to schedule Mariah Pass Tuesday. A second trek can be planned around this date, like on Thursday.

To secure your place on this adventure, I need a check for the full room cost as a deposit: $650. I would also like to know if you will want to go on one or two Glacier Treks: I will collect that money at a later date (right now I only need to make the reservations based on group size). Please email me the form below and the CONC Overnight Waiver that I have enclosed. Since there are limited rooms available (15 reserved), reservations will be made based on the postmark on the mailed check. Each person will be responsible for purchasing their own Amtrak fare. There are limited roomettes, so it is important to promptly schedule the train. 


February 19
February 26


Eric Ness
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