Skiing Directory is divided into 2 categories, Cross Country and Downhill.
The Cross Country Category focuses on the skiing trails in Yellowstone
National Park. The descriptions are written by Carl Schreier,
an authority on Yellowstone National Park, from his Hiking Yellowstone
Trails. We highly recommend
this book since it serves as both a guide for cross country skiing and
a hiking companion book. Transportation into the park, during the winter
is either by snowcoach or snowmobile. Cross country skiing is
a great alternative to seeing the geysers in their winter splendor.
The Downhill Category lists the available
resorts from the Yellowstone National Park communities. They range from
world class to a quiet and relaxed atmosphere all within easy access
to the park.
We recommend expanding your vacation
by downhilling one day and try snowmobiling in the park or riding the
rockies the next. Most who have tried it, come back for
the same Yellowstone experience each year. Check with the resorts and
snowmobile operators for packages and discounts. Shuttles are
also available from the resorts to each gateway community around the
Cross Country Skiing
Yellowstone serves up some of the finest cross-country skiing opportunities in the
West. Its deep, powdery snow and its high, relatively gentle, rolling
terrain, provide ideal conditions for extended trips.
Yellowstone is cold during winter. Temperatures have been recorded at
minus 65°F, and it is not unusual to have stretches of several weeks
during which the temperature remains below 0°F, usually the week between
Christmas and New Year's, and into January. Some of the best skiing
or snowshoeing occurs in late winter or early spring, when daylight
hours are longer, snow is plentiful, and temperatures are more moderate.
The Gardiner-Mammoth-Cooke City road
along the northern region of the park is the only road into Yellowstone
that is plowed during winter. All other roads are snowbound but are
accessible by oversnow vehicles, including snowmobiles, snowcoaches,
and snowcats. They all are groomed, except for the section between Tower
and Canyon. The most popular entrances for snowmobile or snowcoach access
is from West Yellowstone, Flagg Ranch (on the southern boundary). Mammoth
and Pahaska Tepee (on the eastern boundary), with Old Faithful representing
the most popular destination and the lower Grand Loop the most popular
Tracked ski trails are limited to developed
areas near Park Service housing. These are primarily at Mammoth and
Old Faithful, where overnight accommodations also are available. Numerous
ski trails stem from these locations.
Snowshoeing, likewise, can launch from
these same areas. Because of the maneuverability of snowshoes, treed
or forested areas can provide interesting excursions where skis have
difficulty maneuvering. However, because of the height and steepness
of ice and snow on the boardwalks in the thermal basins snowshoes are
Before venturing out on skis or snowshoes,
always be certain that you are prepared for all extremes and conditions.
Crossing snow on skis or snowshoes requires skill and very hard work.
Make sure you have all necessary equipment or spares, including extra
clothing, food, and water, as these items may not be available locally.
Most important, know your limitations, abilities, distances and topography
before heading out on a long trip. Do not count on help or rescue-, it may never come. Search-and-rescue parties often are unprepared because
of a lack of knowledge and skills of the backcountry. Always consider
yourself on your own and take appropriate precautions.
- The Cross-Country Skiing Directory
is from the informative book,
Yellowstone Trails by Carl Schreier
West Yellowstone,MT 59758
Big Sky, MT 59716
Targhee Ski Resort
Ski Hill Road
Alta, WY 83422
400 E. Snow King Ave.
PO Box SKI
Jackson Hole, Wy 83001
Hole Mountain Resort
Teton Village, WY 83025