Yellowstone by Ski or Snowshoe
January 30-February 2
Lamar Buffalo Ranch
Shauna Baron, M.S., Virginia Miller
Immerse yourself in Yellowstone’s winter landscape, where hot springs, deep snow, and crisp air combine to create a winter wonderland. This is your opportunity to live in the heart of wolf, bison, and elk country and to either hone or learn new ski or snowshoe skills as you gain a deeper understanding of the wildlife and geology of the park’s northern range. Excursions may include early morning wildlife watching. Each day will include explorations of quiet, snow-laden trails by ski or snowshoe. You’ll return to the warm camaraderie of your fellow adventurers.
The itinerary is designed to take advantage of the best opportunities in the park, but may be adjusted to adapt to weather conditions, wildlife activity, holidays, and road construction. The details and timing of the agenda are subject to change. For more information see the Course Letter below.
- Day 1
Participants are welcome to check into the Lamar Buffalo Ranch starting at 4:00 p.m.
7:00 p.m. Meet & Greet, Introduction to Lamar Buffalo Ranch and course specifics.
- Days 2-4 Ski and/or Snowshoe
Each morning after breakfast students will depart for the field to ski or snowshoe. Depending on wildlife activity, we may spend the morning watching wildlife before departing on excursions. After a full day in the field, the group will return to the ranch for dinner, followed by an evening program. One early morning will highlight wildlife watching, depending on weather. Ski and/or snowshoe options will include:
- Tower Fall: 5 miles, groomed trail
- Blacktail Trail: 3-6 miles, groomed trail
- Bannock Trail: 4-5 miles, ungroomed backcountry trail
- Baronnette Trail: 3.5 miles, ungroomed backcountry trail
- Junction Butte: 3 miles, off-trail
- Historic Wolf Pen: 3 miles, off-trail
- Fairies’ Fall: 2 miles, off-trail
- Day 5
Check out by 9:00 a.m.
About the Instructor
Shauna Baron, M.S., was a resident instructor for the Yellowstone Association Institute for more than a decade. She has studied large and small carnivores and worked with the Colorado-based Mission Wolf captive wolf program and US Fish and Wildlife Service Red Wolf Project, as well as volunteering for the Yellowstone Wolf Project.
Virginia Miller has lead programs in Yellowstone for several years now. Before coming to Yellowstone, she taught and directed programs with the Inside the Outdoors Outdoor Science School in California and the Girl Scouts. She uses her B.A. in theater to make the outdoors and science come alive to students of all ages.
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