Yellowstone by Ski or Snowshoe

Yellowstone by Ski or Snowshoe

$1,162.65
Dates:
January 30-February 2
Location:
Lamar Buffalo Ranch
Meals Included?:
No
Instructors:
Shauna Baron, M.S., Virginia Miller
Audience Type:
Adult
Program Type:
Field Seminars
Program Subject:
Outdoor Recreation

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.

Program Itinerary

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.

Download Program Information:

Course Letter

More Information:

We are continually updating and refining our COVID-19 mitigation measures to ensure the health and safety our guests, staff and volunteers. Read our COVID-19 guidelines for program participants.

SUMMER ACTIVITY LEVEL SCALE

  • Be prepared to hike up to 1 mile per day, comfortably, through relatively flat terrain on maintained trails.
  • Be prepared to hike up to 3 miles per day, comfortably, with elevation gains up to 600 feet. Some off-trail hiking possible.
  • Be prepared to hike up to 5 miles per day, comfortably, with occasional elevation gains up to 1000 feet in undulating terrain.
  • Be prepared to hike up to 8 miles per day, at a brisk pace, comfortably, with climbs up to 1500 feet on dirt trails. Loose rocks, uneven footing, and off-trail hiking are possible. Good coordination is recommended.
  • Be prepared for brisk aerobic, destination-oriented hiking up to 12 miles a day. You should be physically conditioned to do these hikes comfortably. Elevation changes up to 2000 feet on dirt trails or off-trail. Loose rock, uneven footing, steep hillside traverses, and stream crossings are possible. Good coordination is required.

WINTER ACTIVITY LEVEL SCALE

  • Leisurely hikes up to 1 mile per day through relatively flat terrain on maintained or snow-packed trails.
  • Hikes on snow-packed trails, or snowshoe or ski trips, up to 3 miles per day with climbs up to 250 feet.
  • Brisk hiking, snowshoeing, or skiing up to 5 miles per day with climbs up to 500 feet, including some trail-breaking in snow.
  • Brisk aerobic snowshoeing or skiing up to 8 miles per day with climbs up to 1000 feet; or steep, rugged, off-trail skiing or snowshoeing—including breaking trail in variable snow conditions.
  • Brisk aerobic snowshoeing or skiing up to 12 miles per day with climbs up to 1500 feet; or steep, rugged, off-trail skiing or snowshoeing—including breaking trail in variable snow conditions.