So you're going to Yellowstone National Park and want to ski or snowboard while you're in the area. Lucky you! Here are some great ski resorts near Yellowstone National Park:
Targhee is south of Yellowstone and only 45 miles northwest of Jackson Hole, WY. The resort is accessible from the Driggs and Idaho Falls, ID areas. Skiers love Grand Targhee because it is one of the few resorts that offers guided SnowCat adventure skiing as well as great snow tubing. Adult lift tickets are $85-$90 and kids 6 -12 years old ski for $37-$42 a day.
Jackson Hole Mountain Resort
Skiers and snowboarders who want a serious day on the mountain MUST come to Jackson Hole, located about 2 hours south of Yellowstone. With a 4,139 foot vertical drop, 2,500 acres of mapped trails, two terrain parks, and approximately 500 inches of annual snowfall, this resort delivers! The new “Red Box” (a 100-passenger tram) debuted in December 2008, offering plenty of room and great views of the Grand Tetons. Early Winter adult lift tickets range from $104-$135/day (online prices).
Located 47 miles north of West Yellowstone, MT (at the West Entrance to the park), skiers and snowboarders have 150 runs (66% intermediate/advanced) covering 3, 812 acres to choose from. Driving from Bozeman, MT, it takes less than an hour to reach Big Sky, renowned for its nearly nonexistent lift lines and approximate 400 inches of annual snow. After you zipline 60 feet in the air through Moose Tracks Forest, go check out the Family Fun Zone's 500-foot long tube park. Adult lift tickets start at $115/day.
Only 16 miles north of Bozeman, MT and 90 miles north of Yellowstone National Park, Bridger Bowl is great for skiers and snowboarders coming through Gallatin Canyon. Take your avalanche transceiver and jump on the new Schlasman's Chairlift to access a major Bridger Bowl highlight, the “Ridge” at 8,800 feet. Also known for gnarly terrain parks and its North and South “Bowls,” Bridger Bowl is worth the trip, receiving almost 350 inches of snow a year. Adults ski for $60/day and kids 7-12 years old ski for $22/day.
Located about 4 ½ hours northeast of Yellowstone, Red Lodge typically opens late November to mid-April and averages 31 degrees. There's beginner and intermediate/advanced terrain park sections in addition to awesome black and double diamond runs like Widowmaker, Buckin' Shoot, Boomerang. Annual snowfall averages 250 inches that compliment 65 trails of groomed of runs with a base elevation of 7, 016 feet and nearly a 10, 000-foot summit elevation. Full Day Passes range from $57-$63 for adults/$24-$27 for kids ages 6-12.
For more road conditions/closures in and around Yellowstone National Park, dial 307-344-2117, or contact Montana/Wyoming/Idaho Departments of Transportation.
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