With over 150 inches of annual snowfall and nearly as many days of sunshine, West Yellowstone, Montana, has earned its place on the list of “11 Coolest Winter Places in America” (Budget Travel) and as one of the “Top 10 Winter Towns” (National Geographic Traveler). It is also continuously voted as one of the top snowmobile destinations. Snowmobilers can play in the powder of open meadows or sled along winding rivers to the top of the mountains on over 400 miles of groomed trails that surround West Yellowstone. Nordic skiers can glide along the Rendezvous Trail System, offering 35 kilometers of trails groomed daily and available November through April, or the Boundary Trail (pet-friendly) and Yellowstone Park’s Riverside Trail, both starting at the edge of town.
Events don’t end just because the snow falls. One weekend each month from December through March, kids and their families are invited to try new winter activities during our free Kids’N’Snow program. Winter enthusiasts can compete in one of the many Nordic ski races or events throughout winter, avid fisherman come from across the country to participate in the NAIFC Ice Fishing Tournament in January, and skiers and equestrians unit for Skijor West in February. In March 2020, West Yellowstone will host the US Biathlon Championships.
Vacationing in Yellowstone during the winter is a rare treat. The snow-covered landscape, frozen waterfalls, and frosted trees contrasted with geysers and other geothermal features create a surreal winter scape. West Yellowstone tour companies offer over-the-snow day-long tours into Yellowstone via snowmobile or snowcoach from December 15th to March 15th, weather dependent.