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While many people curse the winter and the snow, here in Montana and Wyoming snow is a reason to celebrate! On our Yellowstone Winter Multisport Adventure, we visit two world-class cross-country ski areas – the trails of Lone Mountain Ranch and the trails surrounding the town of West Yellowstone – where we glide along frozen creeks, through groves of Aspen trees, and with a clear blue “Big Sky” above.
We also spend two nights in Yellowstone, the world’s first national park.
This tourist destination has millions of visitors in the summer, but in the winter it is home for only the hearty (like us!) and it is truly magical. The Park’s 2.2 million acres offer some of the best skiing and snowshoeing terrain you’ll find anywhere. Experiencing the steamy geothermal features, the abundant wildlife, and perhaps an eruption of Old Faithful by the light of the stars or moon are all bonuses that you will never forget.
ZEPHYR ADVENTURES IS AN AUTHORIZED PERMITTEE OF YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK
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“Excellent….possible for all ages to experience. Would do it again.”Cheryl V.
“From being with those who enjoy XC skiing, snowshoeing & ice skating in one of the most beautiful places on the planet with perfect snow, breathtaking thermal features and amazing wild bison, elk, bald eagles, trumpeter swans and even moose to see… what’s not to like?”Cindy A.
- Dates: February 26 - March 2, 2019
- Cost Per Person: $2,550
- Optional Single Supplement: $800
- Private Tour Minimum: 4
- Activities: Snowshoeing & Cross-country Skiing
- Difficulty: All Ability Levels
- Guides: Kris Keys, Michael Keys
Other Info: THIS TRIP IS LIMITED TO 10 PARTICIPANTS
$250 - $350 (estimated) additional private Snowcoach Transportation (round trip)
$125 XC Ski & Snow Shoe Rental (optional)
- Experiencing a national treasure – Yellowstone National Park – in a season where there are few other visitors
- Seeing wildlife from the trail and from the snowcoach
- Visiting two world-class cross-country ski areas (West Yellowstone and Lone Mountain Ranch)
- Snowshoeing through one of the most scenic stretches of Yellowstone – the Firehole River Canyon
- Watching Old Faithful erupt in the moon light
Your guides will meet you this morning in Bozeman, Montana, where we begin and end our adventure. We shuttle to Big Sky, 45 minutes away, and will spend the better part of our day at Lone Mountain Ranch, consistently voted one of the top cross-country areas in the entire country! Here we will become acquainted with one another and our cross-country ski equipment. If you like, we can arrange a refresher Nordic skiing lesson for you with Lone Mountain’s top-notch instructors. Otherwise, the miles of trails (ranging from beginner to expert) are yours to explore! When you are ready for a break, a healthy skier’s lunch is available at Lone Mountain Ranch’s restaurant, and call it quits whenever you like – the fireplace in the saloon beckons and is a great place to relax before we shuttle another hour to the epicenter of winter – the small town of West Yellowstone. We walk in the crisp, squeaky snow to dinner tonight, stopping to make snow angels in the gigantic snowbanks! Activity: Cross-country skiing (flexible mileage and lots of it!), optional lesson available
After breakfast, we hop into our private snowcoach (a van fitted with special treads similar to a snowmobile instead of wheels so it can easily cross the snow-covered roads) and head into Yellowstone National Park. Our first stop is the Firehole Canyon, where we get to try out our snowshoes in one of the most beautiful settings in the Park! From there, our snow coach trundles along past several geyser basins and, depending on how many “buffalo jams” we encounter (our version of traffic jams), we arrive at Biscuit Basin in time to have a quick trail lunch and strap on our skis to kick and glide all the way to our hotel near Old Faithful (even the name – the Snow Lodge – sounds enchanting, doesn’t it?), our home for the next two nights. Keep an eye out for coyotes, elk, and bison near the trail. If you have the energy, ice skates and a skating rink are available for an afternoon adventure. Dinner is fireside, right in the hotel. Have you ever seen Old Faithful erupt in the light of the moon? We have, and it is something else! Activity: Snowshoeing (2 miles) and cross-country skiing (2.5 – 6 miles)
This morning a hearty breakfast is in order, as we’ll be out on the trail all day. And what a trail it is! We’ll tuck our lunches into our packs and begin our epic ski near the Continental Divide, and glide through fluffy piles of snow along the ice-sculpted Spring Creek all the way to Lone Star Geyser, a magnificent cone-shape geyser. If we’re lucky, we’ll be there while it erupts and see the plumes of steam and hot water rise high into the air. You’ll be happy to relax with a glass of wine or hot chocolate next to the fire tonight and regale one another with stories from the day. Your well-used muscles will appreciate how fluffy and warm your bed feels tonight! Activity: Cross-country skiing (up to 9 miles, and more if you want it!)
We take our time leaving the park this morning, and snow conditions dictate if we have a chance to ski or snowshoe before we bid a fond farewell to Yellowstone and our snowcoach deposits us back in West Yellowstone. You can choose to snowshoe or ski this afternoon on the Rendezvous Trail system that surrounds town. Since there are a variety of routes, with miles of flats or hills, you can choose a route that suits you perfectly depending on your energy level and your level of motivation. After we have tuckered ourselves out, we’ll head back down to the valley and check into our darling little cabins next to the Gallatin River. You’ll have a little time to rest (or soak in the outdoor hot tub) before our final dinner in the main lodge and will be guided by moonlight (or headlamp) on the short walk back to our cabins. Activity: Snowshoeing or cross-country skiing, or both (flexible mileage)
This may be our last morning together, but there is still fun to be had! We can enjoy one last snowshoe walk together along the river after breakfast, with time afterwards to shower, pack up and check out. If you choose to continue your vacation in the Big Sky area (we think a couple days of downhill activity is a great idea!) we’ll leave you here this morning. The rest of the group will continue the journey by completing our loop back to Bozeman, where we will bid one another farewell and either travel onward or depart for home. Activity: Snowshoeing (up to 4 miles)Book this Tour
NIGHT 1 >> HOLIDAY INN / WEST YELLOWSTONE, MONTANA Located right outside the entrance of Yellowstone Park, this comfortable hotel is also within walking distance of everything in town. We love soaking in the hot tub after being out in the snow!
NIGHTS 2 & 3 >> OLD FAITHFUL SNOW LODGE / YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK From our snowy haven, we can set out on a variety of adventures, including a three-minute walk to watch Old Faithful erupt! You can also borrow a pair of ice skates and take a spin around their outdoor rink. This elegant craftsman style lodge is the newest in the park and was designed to mimic the natural forest canopy surrounding it.
NIGHT 4 >> 320 GUEST RANCH / BIG SKY, MONTANA This 110-year-old homestead has been lovingly reshaped into a Montana guest ranch. We relive the early western atmosphere and down-home hospitality of this beautiful, historic property by staying in their intimate log cabins.Book this Tour
Arrival & Departure
Your guides meet you in the cool mountain town of Bozeman, Montana the morning of the first day of the trip. If it’s possible for you to fly and arrive that morning before 9 AM, we will meet you at the airport. Otherwise, you can arrive any time the day before the trip begins. We’ll return to Bozeman’s airport the last afternoon of the trip by 12:15 PM, allowing you to fly out by 1:00 PM or so. We can also leave you in Big Sky or Bozeman so you can extend your stay. Bozeman (airport code BZN) is served by many major airlines: Alaska Air, Allegient, Delta, Frontier, and United.
- A local Zephyr guide will be joined by another Zephyr guide when group reaches 7 participants.
- Double occupancy lodging is included. If you are traveling solo, we will match you with another traveler of the same gender. However, you may pay a single supplement to have your own room.
- All of your dinners and breakfasts are included, as well as two trail lunches. Gratuity for these meals is also included. We leave two lunches open so that you have a little flexibility and time to explore.
- All your transportation is included once you meet your guides on the first day. Cost for a private snowcoach into and out of Yellowstone National Park is not included, but we will book this for you and add this cost to your invoice.
- NOT INCLUDED: Equipment rental, beverages, desserts, some lunches, optional gratuities to your guides, personal expenses and travel to and from the destination.
Weather is always unpredictable and winter in Yellowstone is no exception! It is possible that there may be no snow, but don’t fret, we plan great alternate activities to take the place of the cross country skiing and snowshoeing if this happens to be the case.
While in Yellowstone, we’ll be taking the snowcoach to get from place to place. These fun and funky snow vehicles can get quite crowded as they fit all our gear and people from two vans into one! But they are definitely a part of the experience and allow us to do and see things that wouldn’t be possible without them. Plus we strive to be responsible citizens of this sensitive area and not waste resources for the 30-mile trip in! (Snowcoaches get about 2-3 miles per gallon of gas)
Since we’ll be transporting in the snowcoaches, and therefore have limited space, you’ll want to pack smartly. Wear what you want to wear for snowshoeing and pack your extra ski clothes, lunch, and x-c shoes in your ski backpack. This will be on your lap during the snowcoach ride. Your overnight bag should include only what you need for two days: toiletries, wallet, reading materials, pjs, dinner clothes for 2 nights, ski clothes for Day 3 (clean base layers), socks, and shoes (if you don’t want to wear your boots to dinner).
Changes to Your Itinerary
While everything under “What is Included” will remain the same, the actual restaurants, hotels, and activities listed in our itineraries are subject to modifications. Changes that are out of our control are common – a restaurant closes or loses its awesome chef, a winery changes its visiting hours, a hotel gets remodeled, a road or trail undergoes construction. You are entrusting us to create an outstanding vacation for you and so it is possible we may take the liberty of making necessary changes (even at the last minute, during the guides’ scout trip) to the itinerary that will improve your overall trip experience. If there is any one experience that is going to make or break your trip, please discuss this with us in advance! We will attempt to keep our website itinerary as current as possible and communicate any major changes with you in the weeks prior to the tour.
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