Cross-Country Skiing Yellowstone

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By Michael Lanza

The snowcoach rumbles away, leaving us in a wintry silence disturbed only by a slight breeze and the gastrointestinal emissions of a supervolcano that last let out a really big one 640,000 years ago. Back then, it ejected about 240 cubic miles of rock and dust into the sky. Today, as seems always the case with these things, it just sounds a little rude and smells badly.

My wife, Penny, and I, with our son, Nate, and daughter, Alex, have just stepped off the snowcoach with our cross-country skis in Biscuit Basin in Yellowstone National Park.

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6 Responses to Cross-Country Skiing Yellowstone

  1. Nancy Wood   |  January 4, 2017 at 10:05 am

    Thanks for this great article. Were you able to do all of the ski trails mentioned while staying in West Yellowstone or did you stay overnight at the Snow Lodge? it looks like Xanterra is no longer running to trips to Canyon. Most of their trips this year seem to only go from the Snow Lodge.

    • MichaelALanza   |  January 4, 2017 at 10:29 am

      Hi Nancy, we had skied Canyon’s trails during a one-day snowcoach tour from the Mammoth Inn. The ski trails in the northern sector of the park are most easily accessed from Mammoth (and the road’s open for cars), while trails from West Yellowstone to Old Faithful can be reached on a snowcoach day trip from West Yellowstone. Canyon has been reached via snowcoach from either Mammoth or West or Old Faithful in the past, but that depends on the snowcoach operators.

  2. MichaelALanza   |  January 19, 2016 at 7:44 am

    You’re welcome, Judy. Winter is much less crowded in Yellowstone. Note that the park’s thermal features aren’t the sort of hot springs where you’d soak, though. It’s not legal or safe.

  3. Judy   |  January 17, 2016 at 9:18 am

    Thanks for all the info, we love hot springs exploring, winter would be perfect, no crowds!

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  5. Harry Ryan   |  October 13, 2014 at 8:12 am

    Experience Yellowstone skiing. With miles of nearby West Yellowstone cross-country skiing trails, Park Gate Lodges makes it easy to explore the Yellowstone national park wy in winter.

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