Northwest Montana's Premier Mountain Shop, Rocky Mountain Outfitter

A vetted, modern selection for town, trails, and hills

Whether you’re looking to replace a beloved pair of boots or need a pack that fits you a little better, there are so many options out there. Every year, we comb through the same huge number of choices and bring in our favorites to stock here in the shop.

Our shoe and boot wall covers everything from running to backpacking to ice climbing, in a variety of widths and foot shapes. We carry four different varieties of insoles, a range of socks, and take pride in our boot fitting. You could say we come by it naturally–the building where RMO is located was once the Eagle Shoe Store.

Staying fed and hydrated while you’re out isn’t always simple, but our selection of stoves, cooking gear, filters, and hydration systems can make it easier. We use what we sell, and combine our experiences with customer feedback to refine our choices.

Our pack wall offers everything from running vests to seventy liter gear haulers. Fit is key to happiness no matter where you’re going or what you’re taking there, so we take the time to make sure the pack is fit exactly to your needs and shape.

Come on by or give us a call to check out for yourself!





Ladies’ Nights and Paddlefest: Spring Events at RMO

Green grass, dry rock, and all the kayaks in the shop can only mean one thing: spring is either here, or if it’s snowing, taking a brief day off. Which means that we’ve got a few Spring-y events coming up as well.

April 28th, Sunday: Ladies Night at Rockfish Climbing and Fitness in Whitefish. We’re teaming up with Rockfish for their last Ladies Night of the season. After hours yoga, climbing, chocolate and wine, all starting at 6pm.

May 10th, Friday: Ladies Night in Downtown Kalispell. RMO will be participating in the annual Ladies Night downtown; we’ll be open late with snacks and drinks and specials storewide.

May 18-19th Saturday and Sunday: Northern Rockies Paddlefest at Wayfarers State Park. Every year, Paddlefest is our big kickoff to the spring and summer boating season. Come down to Wayfarers to demo kayaks from Eddyline and Wilderness Systems, as well as packrafts from Kokopelli. The event runs 10am-4pm on Saturday, and 10am-3pm on Sunday.

We hope to see you there!

Nordic and backcountry conditions roundup

It’s the heart of ski season here in northwest Montana–the groomed trails and backcountry continue to offer up fine outings to those willing to bundle up and break out the cold wax.

If you’re looking to find out trail conditions at our local nordic or backcountry areas, here are the links that we use to update our conditions board that we have here in the shop:

Glacier Nordic Club
This page covers the Whitefish Lake Golf Course, Big Mountain Nordic Trails (both upper and lower), and Meadow Lake Nordic Trails

North Shore Nordic Club
This page covers the trails above Lakeside on Blacktail mountain and the Foothills area aka Bigfork Community Nordic Center . Scroll down the page to find current conditions.

Dog Creek Lodge
This page covers the trails located at the Dog Creek Lodge near Olney.

Glacier National Park
While precise local conditions are difficult to get for Glacier in the winter, the webcams are often equipped with temperature sensors that can be read in the border around the current camera picture. The images often are a good indication of current conditions too.

Flathead Avalanche Center
For backcountry conditions, a few pages of the Flathead Avalanche Center are helpful.

Their daily forecasts for the Whitefish Range, Swan Range, and Flathead Range plus Southern Glacier Park are a consistent starting point for any kind of winter backcountry traveler who might be in or below avalanche terrain. Click on the area of interest in the map on their main page (link is above).

The weather station table gives a good overview from rain gauges, Snotels, and other instrumentation around the Flathead:

Backcountry weather forecasts from NOAA
Click through to this page, and then the specific area of interest.

Have fun and be safe out there!

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    Monday – Friday: 9:30-6:00
    Saturday: 9:00-5:30
    Sundays: closed