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!

Ladies Night 2018

Do you like good food? Good deals? Good friends?

Well, all that will be in one place on the evening of November 16th for RMO’s annual Ladies Night. Join us for stellar discounts, a silent auction, refreshments, lively conversation, and a few fun surprises!

20% off all fall and winter clothing (including special orders placed on Ladies Night) and 10% off the rest of the store.

The Annual Recycler Sale is October 27th!

Once again, RMO is hosting our Recycler Sale on October 27th!

How it works: you bring in your gently used gear for hiking, backpacking, skiing, etc. We sort out a nice price for it, and hold it in the basement until the 27th of October. Then, along with all the other good stuff, we assemble it out back and at 9am, the assembled horde streams in the door to snatch up the deals.

All (that’s right, all 100%) of the money your gear makes comes back to you as store credit to snag those snazzy things you’ve been dreaming about. New gear for you, and your used stuff headed off to a new life elsewhere: does it get any better?

A few notes:

There are some limitations on what we will accept, loosely based around the condition of the equipment and likelyhood that it will sell. Perhaps the best guideline is that, if we sell it here in the shop, then it’s probably fair game. If you’re wondering, just bring it in or give us a call.

Pricing is always a good question when it comes to used gear. A useful way to think about it is this: if you were to come upon the item you’re bringing in, what would you consider a good deal that you couldn’t pass up? Of course, we’re always happy to help.

It’s amazing how much credit a small group of decent gear can amass–the boots or sleeping bag you want get cheaper with everything you can sell.

It’s easy to wait until the end to dig through what you’ve got, but we really appreciate it when it shows up early.

With just over a week to go, we’ve had a really strong showing of gear from the community. Lots of great deals on excellent gear.

Lastly, a dedicated group cooked breakfast out front last year to secure their spot at the front of the line–bravo.

We’re the Wilderness Systems Kayak Dealer!

Lots of models to choose from – now all kayaks on sale – 20- 30% off. 







We stock Hammer Products!

No one knows more about properly fueling for any kind of exercise than Hammer!


Kayaks on Sale!


The weather’s beautiful, and it’s a great time to get out on the river or lake. And in the spirit of these long, summer days, we’ve put our kayaks on sale. Savings range from 10%-25% off on our whole selection of boats and kayak accessories. Swing by the shop or give us a call for more information on models and specific pricing.

Powerstep Pulse Performance Insoles

Maximum Cushioning, Full Support. PULSE® Performance Orthotics were designed specifically for use in advanced athletic shoes during rigorous athletic activity!!


Sunglasses…….you bet!

Tifosi Optics

suncloud_polaroid_desktop_logo.jpgSmith Optics: Sunglasses, Goggles and Helmets                                             Julbo

Tips on how to keep your hiking boots happy!


  • Keep boots away from direct heat sources (ie. campfires, heaters) which will cause glues to delaminate
  • To speed drying time remove insoles and stuff boots with newspaper to draw out moisture


  • Treat leather with WAX products to maintain the boot’s waterproof capabilities
  • Do not use oil products on leather because this will cause the boots to stretch
  • There are specific Nikwax products that work for a variety of materials your boot is constructed.  Normal Nikwax will work fine for the entire boot upper, but it may darken the material.
  • Be sure to let treated boots sit overnight before using them


  • Your boots are secured to the sole with different kinds of glue.  To maintain the life of your boots you will have to reseal the rand of your boot to the upper with seam seal when needed.


  • Keeping your boots free of dirt, mud, and sand which break-down the materials over time
  • Wipe down your boots with a wet rag between uses

We stock several Nikwax products for your boots!




RMO – Flathead Valley’s Hilleberg Tent Dealer

  • Simple, wonderfully light, and completely free standing, the Allak is an excellent all-around two person tent.

Allak green