Crown of the Continent Geotourism- January 2018 Announcements


It is here, you made it to 2018 and what a snowy one it has turned out to be! This is the year of big happenings and celebrations here in the Crown of the Continent. We turned 10 years old! To better share important monthly save the dates, action items, resources and spotlights we have switched up how we send announcements to our Field Experts and partners. There are many more anniversaries to share and we will save those for the February announcement.

Are you one of our National Geographic Crown of the Continent Geotourism Field Experts? Thank you so much for your continued contribution to the website and mapguide! Please review the Places to Go, Where to Stay, and Things to Do content that you submitted online to ensure it is up-to-date and looking sharp, especially the photos.

We have recently expanded the information required for Guides & Outfitters, so you may need to include additional information on your content pages. Sheena is available to assist you with any Field Expert questions you might have.


January 2018: National Winter Trails Day– Winter Trails is a month long celebration of xc skiing and snowshoeing offering the opportunity to discover the great fitness and social benefits with these quick-to-learn winter sports. Most events are FREE.

January 20, 2018: Flathead Area National Winter Trails Day Events…Click HERE to learn more.

February 8, 2018: Crown of the Continent Geotourism Council will be presenting at the February 8th Lincoln Chamber of Commerce Board Meeting, in Lincoln, MT. Learn more about our National Geographic Geotourism project, tourism trends and tools to rural success. Contact Lincoln Chamber of Commerce or Sheena for more information.

April 15-17, 2018: Governor’s Conference on Tourism & Recreation in Big Sky, MT. Join us in Big Sky from April 15–17 for the annual gathering of Montana’s tourism and recreation industry. Early Registration will be $175 until January 22 and includes all conference functions. Click HERE for all things Governor’s Conference.


Assistance to Montana Small Businesses Economically Impacted by the Rice Ridge Fire: The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to small businesses economically impacted by the Rice Ridge Fire that occurred July 24 – Oct. 20, 2017.

The Missoula County Small Business Development Center is offering free, personalized counseling to help affected businesses in their recovery. Businesses may contact the SBDC at University of Montana, 32 Campus Drive, Missoula, MT  59812 or call (406) 243-4770 to schedule an appointment.

Applicants may apply online, receive additional disaster assistance information and download applications at Applicants may also call SBA’s Customer Service Center at (800) 659-2955 or email for more information on SBA disaster assistance.

Starting March 7, 2018 WestJet will be servicing flights in and out of the Cranbrook Airport 3 times a day. WestJet Link will connect Cranbrook to WestJet’s rapidly expanding network hub at the YYC Calgary International Airport. Click HERE to learn more.

Happy to help.

Let us know if you have resources or events you would like us to share and/or would like to learn more about the Crown of the Continent Geotourism Council.

Our contact information is:
Sheena Pate
Project Coordinator/Website Editor
Crown of the Continent Geotourism Council
406-407-0421 or E

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