February 3, 2016 - Wednesday
Thank you Lanny Luding,
Our long time friends and chalet visitors may know or have crossed paths with Lanny Luding at some point. We are pleased to announce his retirement.
Lanny started working for the chalets as a teenager in 1954 and has spent over 54 summer seasons caring for the chalets of Glacier National Park. After helping his parents operate the chalets in his youth, Lanny took time off to pursue an education and also spent time in the Army, serving in Vietnam. He returned to Glacier National Park and took over duties as the head of the concession in 1974. Over the years Lanny has done every job there is to do at the chalets, from washing dishes to bookkeeping. He has spent the last ten years offering guidance on our board of directors and assisting everyone here with his wit and wisdom. As of last week, he has officially retired from the board and all chalet duties. So far as we can tell, he intends to spend his new free time being a kid again.
It is impossible to measure the impact Lanny has had on the chalets, his work has helped countless Glacier National Park visitors experience the backcountry in rustic chalet comfort. He is largely responsible for all our management techniques and the best practices we employ to this day. We cannot begin to express how important Lanny has been to the success of Sperry and Granite Park Chalets. We are pleased that the future of the chalets will be built on the foundation he constructed.
Lanny, thank you for all you have done and your lifetime of service. We will miss you around here, but don't let that stop you from enjoying retirement. If you ever want to hike up for a visit I am sure we can find some dishes for you to wash.
January 13, 2016 - Wednesday
Wow, we are once again impressed by how much enthusiasm everyone is showing for the chalets. We have heard from a lot of excited people this week and we have many more people yet to talk to.
If you are still waiting to hear back on your reservation request, thanks for being patient. We are continuing to work through the queue as diligently as we can. We are being careful to create the best reservations we can.
One thing we have learned this year is that Glacier National Park's popularity, with record setting visitation, is affecting the chalets too. We are seeing more demand for these tiny hotels than we have ever seen. If we are unable to honor your request, do please watch our website through the spring. We are expecting cancellations and changes to create some openings, they will be available first come first served.
January 10, 2016 - Sunday
We are excited to get underway helping you enjoy the mountains and wilderness of Glacier National Park this summer! Here is some info that might help you with your reservation.
Use the reservation request form on this website. This is the fastest and easiest way to submit a request to us. If you phone a request to us, all we can do is fill in the form for you. Watch your Email for our reply.
If you need it, our office phone is: 888-345-2649. We can enter a request for you or answer questions, but we will not be able to create reservations by phone while we are backlogged. The phone line is expected to be very busy and you should expect busy signals and difficulty connecting.
How to improve your chances for success:
Common sense and statistics can help you some.
The more flexibility in travel dates, the more possibilities for reservations exist.
The fewer rooms you need, the more likely we will have them available.
The first week in August traditionally has the highest demand. (The week before and after are very popular too.) Other dates may have more opportunities.
December 2, 2015 - Wednesday
Planning for 2016 reservations
Longtime fans and friends of the chalets will notice some changes in how we take reservations for the 2016 season. We are working with the National Park Service to make sure the process is as fair and accessible as it can possibly be. The chalets are small and popular hotels in Glacier and there is sure to be a high demand. Here is some info that can help you out:
January 11 is the date we begin accepting 2016 reservations. The office will open at 8:00 AM mountain time zone. Any early requests will be discarded.
Make your reservation through our website.
This is the most important thing you can do. Visit the reservation page of SperryChalet.com or GraniteParkChalet.com after 8:00am on January 11 to request a reservation.
First come first served will be strictly enforced. The order requests are put into our database is the order we will process them. Using the form on our website will be the fastest and easiest way to get onto that list.
We do not recommend using the phone, Email, telegram, pony express, or any other way of reaching us. The only thing we can do with these requests is enter them into the website on your behalf. This will be slower than doing it yourself online.
If you cannot go online or reach our website call our toll free number: 888-345-2649
We cannot create a reservation over the phone, but we can assist you by entering your information for you. You should expect that the phone line will probably be busy and this will be a less expedient technique for getting onto our reservation request list.
Once you have submitted your request, don't bother calling. So long as there is a backlog of reservation requests we will not be able to create reservations over the phone. By phone the only things we will be able to do is to enter your request into the queue for you, or answer chalet related questions.
We can handle most reservation requests within two days. After we handle your request we will notify you by Email. So please be sure your Email address is accurate and double check your spam filters if necessary. Successful requests will also receive a confirmation by postal mail.
We appreciate how enthusiastic everyone is for the chalets and we are looking forward to serving you.
October 30, 2015 - Friday
2016 operating dates
If you are looking forward to 2016, the opening and closing dates for the chalets are now set.
Granite Park Chalet, open June 28 through September 10, 2016
Sperry Chalet, open July 10 through September 10, 2016.
Both chalets will close to the public on September 11 after breakfast.
For 2016 reservations, January 11 is the date to know. That is when 2016 reservations open.
September 12, 2015 - Saturday
Closed for the season
What an amazing and wild summer it has been. The summer of 2015 had wildfires, road and trail closures, drought, smoke, snowstorms, wildlife sightings and a great deal of unpredictable Mother Nature. On top of that we still had a great time in the mountains with incredible hiking and once in a lifetime views of Glacier National Park. I have said it before and I will say it again, you meet the nicest people on the trail to the chalets. I crossed paths with lots of wonderful and incredible people this summer. I can't wait to see you again on your next Glacier adventure.
Our office will be on light duty for a while this fall. If you have a question you need answered, send an Email or leave a voice message. We will get back to you as soon as we can.
If you are looking forward to 2016, the date to know is January 11th for the opening of reservations. Be sure to check our website later this fall too, we will publish the dates, rates and other details as soon as we know them.
August 30, 2015 - Sunday
Last weeks of summer
It has been an adventurous and eventful summer here in Glacier. And in spite of the fires, the road closures and the smoke, we still managed to have a great time up in the mountains. We are looking forward to all the great hiking we can do with the last weeks of summer.
As we slip into September be more cautious about unexpected weather. Always carry your rain gear with you, and this time of year I like to bring my long underwear along in case the nighttime gets extra cold. Mornings and evening are sure to be chilly, so a hat and gloves can't hurt either.
The Going to the Sun Road shuttle will be ending service after labor day. If you are visiting after the 7th and need a ride to or from a trailhead, be sure to contact us about our chalet trailhead shuttle.
August 23, 2015 - Sunday
New office hours
We have new office hours for the last few weeks of our season.
9:00 am to 3:00 pm. Mountain time zone.
August 20, 2015 - Thursday
Additional fire restrictions
Glacier National Park has implemented Stage 2 fire restrictions. That means no campfires, no charcoal grills, smoking only in closed vehicles or flammable free areas.
At the chalets this is pretty easy, if you need to smoke don't do it indoors or in the woods, go find a space clear of any vegetation or flammables.
It has been really smokey in Glacier lately. There are a lot of wildfires burning across the northwest and we are downwind from fires in Montana, Idaho, Oregon and Washington. Conditions can change day by day with the wind and the weather, we are using the Glacier National Park webcams to monitor the smoky conditions.
It is pretty dry and hazey around here these days. I suggest extra water on your hikes, and be extra careful with any flames, motors or sparks.
August 13, 2015 - Thursday
Going to the Sun Road Night Closure Lifted
The night closure on the east side of the Going-to-the-Sun Road in Glacier National Park has been lifted. The entire 52 miles of the Going-to-the-Sun Road are open to vehicle access.
Visitors will not be able to stop or park along the road in the Reynolds Creek Fire area on the east side of the Going-to-the-Sun Road, and are reminded to drive cautiously in the area. Firefighters and equipment will continue to be staged along the road.
The Gunsight Pass trail has re-opened.
It is now possible to access Sperry Chalet on the Gunsight Pass Trail. Overnight parking is not allowed at the trailhead inside the fire area, so you will need to use a shuttle if you would like to hike this trail. Call our office for information and schedules for reserving our chalet trailhead shuttle.
August 12, 2015 - Wednesday
A hot summer in Glacier National Park
It has been a bit of a wild summer too, there are now two major wildfires burning inside the park.
The chalets are open, safe, and accessible. We are looking forward to your visit.
CURRENT PARK STATUS:
The Going to the Sun Road is open, but there are night time travel restrictions on the east side between Logan Pass and St. Mary. Overnight parking is currently being allowed at Logan Pass. Parking at all trailheads is very limited and we are recommending using shuttle access for your hikes and chalet visits.
The new Thompson Creek Fire has been producing a spectacular smoke plume, but it is not currently threatening any of the roads or facilities inside the park. The Nyack and Coal Creek areas in the south central area are currently closed to backcountry travel. This does not affect chalet access in any way. The west side of the park may see an increase in smoke from this fire.
As of Wednesday, August 12, campfires will not be allowed in the back country of Glacier National Park. This should not affect your chalet visit, but do please be cautious about smoking or any sort of open flame when visiting Glacier this year.
Granite Park Chalet is open and all trails are passable. Again, we are recommending shuttles for trailhead access.
Sperry Chalet is open and the Sperry Trail from Lake McDonald Lodge is the only access. The Gunsight Pass Trail remains closed east of Gunsight Pass. We are enjoying beautiful hikes to Sperry Glacier and Lake Ellen Wilson.
Our Shuttle Schedule has changed
Unfortunately our ability to be of service on the east side of the park to St. Mary is seriously constrained. We can be of better service to more of our guests with west side service only. We will have our new shuttle schedule online for you soon.
Be safe out there!
Be sure to carry extra water on your hikes. Be wary of open flame and dangerous fire conditions. Do be excited to witness first hand the amazing events that can take place in our National Parks and wild places.