There are few places you’ll find such a unique variety of winter events all in one place. With consistent snowpack and miles of groomed trails for Nordic skiing and snowmobiling, it has the absolute ideal climate and terrain. Yellowstone National Park is open for winter tours daily through March 15th. Outside of the Park, West Yellowstone has hundreds of miles of trails to explore by snowmobile, cross country ski or snowshoe.
In addition to the world-class winter recreation, West Yellowstone takes pride in the numerous events offered from November – March. Here are a few you shouldn’t miss:
Through the programs offered by our partners, kids and their families can get outdoors in the winter and try a new activity, like ice skating, cross country skiing or riding a snowmobile in a safe environment with local experts. The program is offered one weekend each month December through March. For details: kidsnsnow.org
Taste of the Trails (February 17, 2019):
The event is designed to encourage skiers of all ages and abilities to try cross-country skiing in a simple and festive format. A 5km (3.1 mile) course will take skiers and snowshoers around the Rendezvous Ski Trails. Four feed stations are staffed by volunteers and offer snacks and beverages to participants. More information and registration at SkiRunBikeMT.com
Annual Rendezvous Ski Race (March 2, 2019):
Choose from six different races: 2K, 5K, 10K, 25K classic, 25K and 50K. The races are run concurrently on the Rendezvous Ski Trails, and skiers of all ages and abilities participate every year. The event is the culmination of cross country ski racing in our region. For more information at SkiRunBikeMT.com
Skijor West Championships (March 9-10, 2019):
Equestrian skijoring consists of a team of a single horse guided by a rider, pulling a person on skis who with a tow rope. Skijor USA is currently the leading sporting organization for equine skijoring in the United States and, in 2019 is presenting a circuit with a minimum of 12 races covering three regions, Northern, Central and Southern, plus a Championship Final in West Yellowstone. Teams of all skill levels are welcome to compete at the Skijor West race. Spectators are welcome! More information at skijorwest.com
Snowmobile EXPO, Powersports & Races (March 15-17, 2019):
This event is where manufacturers unveil their new 2020 snowmobile lines to the public at the same location, for the first time in the Rocky Mountain West! The 3-day event also includes Bingo Night, M120 and vintage snowmobile races, a Saturday night WOW event, exhibits, demo rides, and culminates with the AMA Championship Snow Bike Series Round 6. For more information visit snowmobileexpo.com.