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Winter activities in full swing in Yellowstone, Grand Teton

A visitor to Yellowstone National Park stops to take in the snowy view.

A fresh layer of snow and colder temperatures have put winter activities in full swing in Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks, with a wide range of travel and recreation options available. Visitors to Yellowstone National Park can travel the park’s interior roads on commercially guided snowmobiles and snowcoaches from the North, West, and South Entrances. Visitors who have proper permits can also participate in the Non-commercially Guided Snowmobile Access Program. Travel through the park’s East Entrance over Sylvan Pass is scheduled to begin December 22. Continue Reading →

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Rendezvous Ski Trail opens at West Yellowstone

Simona Wambeke glides down a hill during a kids' nordic ski clinic at Pahaska Tepee near the East Gate to Yellowstone National Park.

The Rendezvous Ski Trail system, located on the Custer Gallatin National Forest near West Yellowstone, Mont., is now being groomed thanks to early snow and just in time for the upcoming Yellowstone Ski Festival. During the month of November, a Yellowstone Ski Festival pass is required for all skiers. Pass prices (per skier) are $12 for one day and $55 for the entire month of November. Passes are available for sale in West Yellowstone at the Visitor Center, FreeHeel & Wheel, Holiday Inn, and at the Rendezvous Trailhead. Continue Reading →

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A frigid winter trip through Yellowstone’s Upper Geyser Basin

Old Faithful Inn is visible in the background as winter travelers in Yellowstone National Park head out for a trip to Black Sand Pool.

My husband Ken and I have made a point of visiting Yellowstone Park in the winter for a number of years. This year we were accompanied on a February trip by four friends from Cincinnati who had joined us on one previous winter trip several years ago, when temperatures were much warmer than normal. This year, they had expressed the desire for more winter-like conditions. It turns out they were not disappointed. Continue Reading →

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Ski trip across Yellowstone reveals unique sounds of winter

Derek Collins takes in the view while skiing across Yellowstone National Park.

There are sounds in Yellowstone National Park that can only be heard in the winter, away from the snow machines and out of the snowcoaches. They are the squeak of cold snow underfoot and the whispered rhythm of skis pushing and gliding. They are the gurgle of thermal features and the splash of water descending from the air and returning to geyser pools, sounds too meek to hear above the din of throngs of people in summer. Continue Reading →

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Teton County to help groom Teton Park Road for skiers inside Grand Teton

In a new agreement finalized this week, Teton County work crews will work to groom snow for skiers along a section of Teton Park Road in Grand Teton National Park. A memorandum of understanding signed by Grand Teton National Park and Teton County allows the county to groom 15-miles of the snow-covered road between Taggart Lake trailhead and Signal Mountain Lodge. Continue Reading →

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‘Adventure Race’ offers fun for families, challenges for diehard competitors

Angela and Rustin Nordsven of Spearfish, S.D. sport mismatched nerd outfits for the Grizzly Peak Adventure Race in Red Lodge, Mont. (Ruffin Prevost/Yellowstone Gate)

Spectators at Saturday's Grizzly Peak Adventure Race could have easily imagined they were watching anything from a training exercise for the Russian military special forces to a video shoot for a new kids' TV show. In its third year, the annual race combines skiing, bicycling and running over a 10.5-mile course that yields a unique set of challenges for diehard competitors, as well as a fun and rewarding romp for families and the more moderately fit. Continue Reading →

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Grand Teton National Park gearing up for winter activities

Grand Teton National Park staffers and concessioners are gearing up for winter activities, including snowshoeing, cross-country skiing and snowmobiling as the winter season is set to begin Dec. 15. Cross-country skiing and snowshoeing are popular winter activities in the park, but rely on user to establish most trails, which typically are not groomed. Continue Reading →

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Report finds no significant environmental impact for proposed zip line east of Yellowstone

Managers of the Sleeping Giant Ski Area east of Yellowstone National Park have proposed installing a zip line for summer use. (Ruffin Prevost/Yellowstone Gate - click to enlarge)

A plan by a nonprofit group to build a zip line in the Shoshone National Forest just east of Yellowstone National Park would not create a significant environmental impact, according to a report released Monday by the U.S. Forest Service. A 102-page Environmental Assessment conducted by the Forest Service and paid for by the Yellowstone Recreation Foundation states that the group's plan "would not significantly impact any resource area or issue raised during scoping." Continue Reading →

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