Above: Cross-country Skiing next to steaming geysers in Yellowstone. Photo by Jeff Vanuga
For visitors who enjoy outdoor winter activities, there’s no better way to explore this region than on skinny skis.
Cross-country ski trails are abundant throughout the area, as well as inside Yellowstone Park.
Some of the most popular ski trails can be found in the geyser basins, where you’ll ski around geysers, steam vents and hot pools while catching glimpses of bison and elk. A day skiing along the rim of the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone is also a memorable experience.
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Skiing Equipment and Advice
During your winter visit, stop at local chambers of commerce or outdoor gear shops, and inquire about good places to ski. Skate skiing is also becoming very popular here, and provides an intense workout, with the bonus of phenomenal scenery.
Sierra Trading Post, a mail-order company with outlet stores in Cody and Cheyenne, Wyoming, is your headquarters for outdoor gear and equipment. Stop in a store for expert advice.
Cross-Country Skiing Beyond Yellowstone
Wood River Valley Ski Touring Park, located just 22 miles southwest of Meeteetse, Wyoming, offers the skiing enthusiast the opportunity to experience a spectacular mountain area of the Shoshone National Forest. The ski park provides 25 kilometers of groomed trails, a warming hut and an overnight cabin.
The Pole Mountain Ski Trail System is located 10 miles east of Laramie, and provides groomed trails five- to 12-miles in length. The trail system takes you through beautiful Curt Gowdy State Park and Vedauwoo Recreation Area, with elevations up to 9,000 feet.