No matter the season that brings you to West Yellowstone, there is something to offer for everyone! The long summer days provide outdoor enthusiasts unlimited access to explore and play in the splendor of the high country. And, no other season rivals the wonder of Yellowstone in the winter.
The earliest snows and groomed trails in the U.S. make West Yellowstone a Nordic skier's paradise. Ski and biathlon teams arrive in early November for a season that lasts through April’s spring crust cruising.
Ski from where ever you're staying to 3 groomed trails. The Rendezvous Trail System is a 35km groomed trail with an additional 5K biathlon course/range. Bring your dog and ski the Boundary Trail, an easy groomed trail that parallels the western border of Yellowstone National Park through the Gallatin National Forest. Or choose The Riverside Ski Trail and ski right into Yellowstone National Park, along the Madison River where you could catch a glimpse of bald eagles soaring, frosty bison grazing or a beautiful pair of trumpeter swans swimming by. The Riverside Ski Trail crosses very easy terrain. New skiers can try out the sport and ski to impressive views inside Yellowstone National Park. Locals send families and photographers on this trail, which glides along the Montana portion of the Madison River just inside Yellowstone’s boundary. Views include the 10,336-foot Mt. Holmes and the Gallatin Mountain Range. Bison, elk, and moose frequent the river area and sometimes use the packed trail.
If you want an adventure back country skiing Yellowstone has something for you as well. Just outside of West Yellowstone, Montana lies some of the best back country skiing in the West. Trailheads provide easy access by automobile where you can find incredible scenery, petrified trees, and winter wildlife.
Ride a snowcoach into Yellowstone National Park and ski along side rivers, geisers, or explore Yellowstones back country only seen by snowshoers and skiers in the winter.
Less than an hour north is the “Biggest Skiing in America” with 5,500 acres of unforgettable alpine ski terrain, 400” of annual snowfall, panoramic mountain views, no lift lines, one ski pass.
Ski equipment, clothing, lessons and rentals available.