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Explore Yellowstone National Park on skis

Wed, Nov  11, 2009 - By Yellowstone Vacations

There is no better way to see, sense and enjoy the world’s first national park in winter than on cross country skis. Yellowstone Vacations specializes in facilitating ski trips to a wide variety of Yellowstone attractions, offering packages that combine ski adventures with snowcoach tours and lodging. Come learn about the Park’s wildlife, history, and thermal features while trekking in the breathtaking splendor of America’s most famous sanctuary. Enjoy the world class Rendezvous ski trails (30K+) at West Yellowstone, or spend a couple of days exploring the many trails in the Yellowstone’s quiet northwest corner.

Cross country skiing in Yellowstone National Park

Our Brandin’ Iron Inn (across the street from Yellowstone Park) is centrally located for easy access to these natural retreats, offering WIFI, free hot breakfast, and hot tubs. Perfect for a long weekend or full week of skiing exploration! (A recent customer posted this review: "Some times my lodging choice leaves me wondering if I could of done better, not this time. What a pleasent surprise. Clean rooms, great customer service (they really knew the area) and a killer breakfast. WIFI and a business center. We see they do Yellowstone snowbuggy and ski tours in the winter, we will return!").

Cross country skiing in Yellowstone National ParkFlexibility is paramount in our ski trip scheduling. Many factors help decide each day’s adventure and your professional guide will evaluate conditions to ensure a safe and memorable day of skiing. Weather conditions, wildlife protection, skier abilities and other considerations all play a role in trip planning. You and the guide will work together in planning your Yellowstone ski adventure!

Yellowstone Ski Tours

We offer a variety of trips on groomed and skier-groomed trails. You should be prepared to break trails. Skinny skis (race skis) are not recommended. Yellowstone National Park sets a ski track on each side of the groomed snowcoach/snowmobile trails offering us interesting opportunities for ski drops and long distance touring. Most of our ski tours include segments of our regular interpretive snowcoach tours with guided walks to geysers, mud pots and hot springs. Wildlife…of course!

Cross country skiing in Yellowstone National ParkWest Yellowstone to
Old Faithful Area

  • Lone Star Geyser
  • Fairy Falls
  • Mary Mountain Trail
  • Delacy Creek Trail

Canyon Area

  • Gibbon Canyon
  • Inspiration Point
  • Virginia Cascades

Gallatin Canyon
These trailheads are on Highway 191 north of West Yellowstone in the pristine and less-visited northwest corner of the national park. We use a wheeled vehicle to transfer you to these trails. They are more mountainous and offer great vistas.

  • Cross country skiing in Yellowstone National ParkGneiss Creek Trail
  • Fawn Pass
  • Bacon Rind Creek

West Yellowstone
Our “local” trails are suggested for your “open” days when our guided ski tours are not scheduled, usually Saturdays, Sundays and Wednesdays.

  • Rendezvous Ski Trails (Fee area: not included in our pricing)
  • Riverside Ski Trail

Our “ski coach” is a specially adapted hi-top touring van converted to tracks, with ski rack, and coolers to transport your skis and sack lunches. We usually cap trips on this coach to 10 skiers. We do have much larger coaches available for ski clubs or large groups. Please call for details.

Cross country ski snow coach in Yellowstone National Park


Prices do not include Yellowstone Park entry fees, tax, food, Rendezvous Ski Trail fees or gratuities.

  • Daily Guided Ski Trip and/or Drops:
    $ 104.00 per person
  • 7 Night / 6 Day Package:
    Packages include: 7 nights lodging at the Brandin’ Iron Inn, hot breakfast each morning, 4 days of guided ski tours, 2 open days for independent skiing or other activities of your choice. Itineraries will be customized to take optimal advantage of snow conditions, weather and wildlife viewing. Single Occupancy: $936.00
    Double Occupancy: $694.50 per person

Cross Country skiing in Yellowstone National ParkSki Drops

Want to maximize your limited ski time in Yellowstone? We provide drops and pickups as part of our daily snowcoach service on specific routes. Visit with our guest service representative or your tour guide to discuss options.

Private Ski Tours

Charter one of our warm and comfortable snowcoaches for a full day of skiing with one of our Park ski guides or go on your own and we’ll transport you to and from your trailhead. Your trip will be carefully designed to match your areas of interest and skill level.

Yellowstone is such a wonderful, unforgettable place. We look forward to helping you visit and appreciate it as much as we do!

Ski Rental and Fashion

Freeheel and Wheel in West Yellowstone offers a complete line of rental gear including classic touring skis, rugged touring skis, performance skis, race skis, and snowshoes. All rental packages include skis, boots, and poles.

Yellowstone Vacations mapLocation

Buffalo Bus Tours
415 Yellowstone Avenue
West Yellowstone, Montana 59758
Fax: 406-646-9353

Getting Here

West Yellowstone is 90 miles south of Bozeman, Montana via Highway 191. Bozeman's Gallatin Field Airport is serviced by Allegiant, Delta/NWA, Frontier, Horizon, and United Airlines. WiFi (Wireless Internet) service is available for a fee throughout the terminal building through Boingo. Access Information is available at the Information Counter next to baggage claim.

Cross country skiing in Yellowstone National Park