It’s time to dust off those poles and ski boots for a winter adventure that’s sure to be second to none. Although Yellowstone boasts world-class cross-country skiing and abundant wilderness trails, it doesn’t mean beginners or families with kids should shy away.
Thanks to its diverse geography, even first-timers who are afraid to strap on a pair of skinny skis can enjoy the powdery snow, breathtaking scenery, and native wildlife. After all, where else can you ski and see bison, elk, and maybe even wolves along the way? Yellowstone also offers a unique opportunity to tour geysers and hot springs from the ski trails. The features are most dramatic in winter, when they are dressed in all their steamy glory. Have we piqued your interest to ski Yellowstone? If so, here’s a quick guide to help you get started.
Yellowstone’s Winter Season
Yellowstone National Park roads open to the public on December 15 for motorized oversnow travel. Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel and Cabins and the hotel’s Bear Den Ski Shop open December 15. Old Faithful Snow Lodge, as well as the Terrace Grill and the hotel’s Bear Den Ski Shop open December 16.
Yellowstone Forever, along with our partners at Yellowstone National Park Lodges, offer an amazing array of services to accommodate skiers, from Lodging & Learning vacation packages to private tours.
Lodging & Learning Programs
For those who aren’t ready to venture off on their own and want to skip the planning, Lodging & Learning programs offer several exciting ways to see the park on skis. Enjoy professional cross-country ski instruction, as well as the company of a naturalist guide from the Yellowstone Forever Institute who will help expand your knowledge of the park’s wildlife, geology, and ecology. At the end of the day, return to tasty meals and comfortable accommodations provided by Yellowstone National Park Lodges.
This year’s Lodging & Learning program options with a cross-country ski component include Winter in Wonderland, a four-day program based at Old Faithful Snow Lodge.
If you’re looking for a more intimate experience with a local expert, take the whole family on a Yellowstone Forever Institute Private Tour. Options include an all-day cross-country skiing (or snowshoeing if you prefer!) experience in Yellowstone’s winter wilderness.
Top Trail Picks
Ready to strike out on your own? Read our Top Trail Picks for beginner- and family-friendly trails.
If you don’t own your own skis, no problem! The Bear Den ski shops at Mammoth and Old Faithful rent cross-country ski equipment and accessories, and also wax skis.