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Yellowstone in Winter 2018

Yellowstone in Winter

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Date:
February 14-20, 2018

Price:
CMC Members: $2295
Non-Members: $2365

Deposit: $200

 

Yellowstone in WinterTrip Overview

Spend a long President’s Day weekend skiing in Yellowstone National Park!  You’ll glide past steaming geysers and colorful hot springs. You may have to give right-of-way to bison on the trail to Fairy Falls, with its lacey curtain of blue ice. Time it right, and you will arrive at Lone Star geyser to see it erupt in a 20-minute display of spray and steam. You may choose to take a snow coach drop-off at the Divide trailhead and ski back to the lodge through the forest along beautiful Spring Creek. Unlike past CMC trips to Yellowstone with up to 50 people participating, this will be a smaller group of 8 to 14 people, including the leader. 

We will carpool to Jackson, WY where the trip begins on Wednesday, February 14. On Thursday, we’ll eat breakfast at the hotel then head to the National Elk Refuge for a horse-drawn sleigh ride to view the elk herd up close. Next, we’ll drive to Flagg Ranch, the south entrance to Yellowstone, where we’ll take snow coach transportation to the Old Faithful area of the park.  From our base at Snow Lodge, we can ski or snowshoe trails leading out from the lodge, walk around the geyser basin (ice spikes are advised), or relax by the fireplace in the lodge. The visitors’ center is a 5-minute walk from the lodge where you can learn more about the flora, fauna, and geology of the park via interactive exhibits and discussions with the rangers.  

Just beyond the visitors’ center is Old Faithful. Seeing the Old Faithful geyser erupt in winter is an experience unlike in summer. Instead of throngs of tourists, you’re likely to have a 5 people, 7 bison, and a coyote watching the spectacle with you! 

Yellowstone in WinterYour trip leader, Renée, will lead optional ski tours each day, and participants will also have 2 optional skier drops, in which a snow coach drops skiers off at a trailhead (Fairy Falls and/or Divide), and they ski back to the lodge.  Ski trails range from easy to difficult, with most in the easy to moderate range, but which may change due to snow or weather conditions. 

Optional guided tours are available at additional cost. Tour information will be provided in the welcome letter.  

On Monday, the snow coach will arrive to take us back to Flagg Ranch at 3 p.m. We’ll drive back to Jackson, spend the night, and the trip ends there on Tuesday, February 20.  We’ll carpool back to Denver after breakfast at the hotel. 

Included in the trip costs are 2 nights in a hotel in Jackson which include breakfasts, snow coach transportation between Flagg Ranch and Old Faithful including extra luggage fees, 4 nights’ accommodation at Snow Lodge, 4 breakfasts at Snow Lodge, the elk refuge sleigh ride, and tips for snow coach drivers and maid service. Free ice skate rental is available for the small skate rink at Snow Lodge. 

Not included are costs of travel to and from Jackson, WY; tips for 5 breakfasts, 6 lunches; 6 dinners; bar tabs; national park entrance fee; trip insurance; equipment rentals; optional park-led tours; and/or souvenirs.

Yellowstone in WinterAccommodations

Modern hotel lodging in Old Faithful Snow Lodge with restaurant, bar, snack bar/grill, gift shop, and numerous comfortable seating areas for relaxing or playing card or board games.

Activities / Difficulty

Cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and walking. The snow coach transport and some of the optional tours require riding in a snow coach for an extended period, although with rest stops. Since the trip leader will lead cross-country ski tours while at Snow Lodge, skiing ability is preferred, however snowshoers and others are welcome to come and do their own day tours or sign up for guided ski or snowshoe trips in the park service at additional cost.

Trip Leader: Renee Howbert

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