Yellowstone National Park Backcountry Skiing

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Backcountry Skiing

Yellowstone might not be the first place you think of for backcountry skiing, but the mellow hills within the park and the steep mountain ranges that surround the park on all sides, delight many backcountry skiers.

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Where can I go backcountry skiing in Yellowstone?

  • Mammoth Hot Springs Area: Just off of the Upper Terrace Cross Country Ski Loop you can access the Snow Path Trail, offering a small variety of backcountry skiing routes.
  • Telemark Meadows: Off of US 191, just north of West Yellowstone you'll find the gentle slopes of Telemark Meadows. Download a map for other nearby skiing opportunities.
  • Road to Jardine: From Gardiner, Montana take the road out to Jardine for a number of great backcountry skiing opportunities.
  • Old Faithful: Stop by the Bear Den and ask a local expert for their recommendations on backcountry skiing near Old Faithful (the area is only accessible via snowmobile or snowcoach tours).
  • Northeast Yellowstone and Cooke City: The steep canyon walls that shade Silver Gate and Cooke City were meant for expert winter skiers and mountaineers. Go with a guide to make the most out of your trip.

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Other Backcountry Skiing Resources

High Plains Cross Country Ski District

Offering information on events, races, and cross country trails around Yellowstone National Park.

West Yellowstone Cross Country Ski Trails

West Yellowstone offers miles of cross country skiing on the Rendezvous Trail system.