Explore the many natural wonders of the Yellowstone area without the crowds. Enjoy geysers, thermal pools, mountains, and pines blanketed in fresh snow. Bring your camera as bison, elk, and other wildlife abound. Cross country ski in fresh powder, snowshoe under blue skies, and experience top sights in the park via snowcoach. You will enjoy all of this from a comfortable lodge in West Yellowstone.
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Day 1: Welcome to Montana!
Your trip starts at the Bozeman Airport in the afternoon. From there you will meet the group and drive to West Yellowstone. Check into your accommodations and discuss the trip together over dinner. Enjoy an evening bonfire with s’mores under the starry skies.
Day 2: Ski amidst the pines.
Explore miles of gently rolling, beautifully groomed trails just outside your cabin door. Glide through the Gallatin National Forest and enjoy the solitude of winter. After lunch, visit the Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center before heading to a local restaurant for dinner.
Day 3: Explore the park via Snowcoach.
Sit back and enjoy the stunning scenery and wildlife from a private Yellowstone Snowcoach ride. You'll be warm and toasty while enjoying some prime viewing no matter where you are seated. Make several stops to take photos and enjoy the splendor of Yellowstone in the winter. Visit Old Faithful and the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone without the crowds.
Day 4: View wildlife via snowshoe.
Spend the day snowshoeing through Gallatin National Forest and keep your eyes peeled for wildlife. In the afternoon enjoy a relaxing dip in the hot tub before. Discuss trip highlights and have one last bonfire under the stars.
Day 5: Pack up for your journey home.
Enjoy a final breakfast together before saying goodbye to your trip mates and embarking on your journey home.
Dates & Fees
What to Expect
TERRAIN/ROUTE CHOICES: The Yellowstone area has a wide variety of terrain and ecosystems. During the winter, much of the terrain is blanketed in snow and can be slippery. Accessible paths are available within the park.
TYPE OF TRAVEL: We will travel in and around the park via snowshoe, cross-country ski, by foot, using the WI van, and snowcoach.
WEATHER: Temperatures in the winter months fluctuate from 5° F to 35° F. It can get especially chilly in the evenings.
YOUR GROUP: The group size ranges from 10 to 12 participants, plus 1-2 or more Wilderness Inquiry staff. Each group consists of people of various ages, backgrounds and abilities, including people with disabilities. Our trips are cooperative in nature. WI staff will assist you in whatever areas you need, however most people pitch in where they can.
ACCOMMODATIONS: At night, you will sleep in a single or double occupancy lodge room. Couples traveling together will share a private room, solo travelers will be paired with participants of the same gender. Single rooms for individuals can be guaranteed for an additional supplement fee.
MEALS: The food we bring is plentiful and nutritious. You can expect great breakfasts served with fresh coffee, trail lunches, a variety of snacks, and delicious dinners with dessert. If you have special dietary restrictions, be sure to list them on your registration.
EQUIPMENT AND CLOTHING: Wilderness Inquiry will provide all group equipment. You will need to provide your personal gear as outlined in the packing list. If you are new to outdoor activities, you do not need to spend a lot of money. Wilderness Inquiry can usually arrange for you to borrow most items.Read more »
Frequently Asked Questions:
Where do we meet?
Standard Meeting Places and Times
Start: Bozeman Airport at 2:00 PM (local time)
End: Bozeman Airport at 12:00 PM (local time)
This trip begins at the Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport. The trip ends at 12:00 PM at the same location. Detailed meeting place instructions will be sent to you when you are confirmed for the trip. Booking a Flight? We recommend flying into the Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport the morning of your trip. It is best to book flights no earlier than 2:00 PM on the last day of the trip.
What is your cancellation/refund policy?
We require a nonrefundable deposit of 10% of the trip fee or $100, whichever is smaller. So, for example, if the trip fee is $250, the deposit would be $25. If the trip fee is $3995, the deposit would be $100.
If you choose to cancel your trip:
For trips in the continental United States:
• 6 weeks prior to start date — we will refund fees paid minus deposit.
• Less than 6 weeks — we will refund 50% of the total trip fee, or 100% of fees paid can be transferred to a future trip.
• Less than 1 week— no refunds will be issued.
For trips outside the continental United States:
• 12 weeks prior to start date— we will refund fees paid minus deposit.
• Less than 12 weeks — we will refund 50% of the total trip fee, or 100% of fees paid can be transferred to a future trip.
• Less than 2 weeks — no refunds will be issued.
In the rare event that WI cancels a trip, or we are unable to serve you, all fees are immediately refunded, including the deposit. Unfortunately, we cannot be responsible for personal expenses such as airline tickets. To protect your investment in your travel plans we recommend purchasing travel insurance. Information on travel insurance is included in your trip confirmation packet. If after registering you wish to switch trips, you may do so subject to availability. Fees may apply.
Under certain circumstances, such as death of a family member, change in health status, loss of employment, etc., we may make exceptions to our refund policies. Please let us know immediately if your plans change!
Do you have a single supplement for Yellowstone Winter Ski and Explore?
You can elect to guarantee a single room for the duration of the trip for $995 during the registration process.