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Exploring Winter Wonders: A Week-Long Adventure

by Claire NorthoverJan 26, 2024

Join us on a captivating week-long winter journey starting with a wildlife tour in Yellowstone’s Northern Range followed by world class skiing in Big Sky, Montana and Jackson Hole, Wyoming. The adventure concludes with a wildlife tour in the Tetons, providing an exceptional mix of exhilarating winter sports and serene nature appreciation.

A Red Fox Walks Through The Snow As It Hunts For Prey In Yellowstone National Park
A red fox hunts rodents in a snowy field in Yellowstone National Park.

Yellowstone Winter Tour

Embarking on a captivating winter wildlife safari to Yellowstone’s Northern Range with the experienced guides of Yellowstone Safari Company is a unique and enchanting experience. As the snowy landscape blankets the region, witness the remarkable resilience of the species that call Yellowstone home. Graceful bison navigate the terrain, elk and bighorn sheep dot the landscape, and the presence of wolves adds an extra layer of excitement to the winter spectacle. The tranquil winter ambiance allows for an intimate observation of wildlife behaviors, creating a memorable experience. The journey also includes exploring the distinctive travertine terraces at Mammoth Hot Springs, adding a touch of geothermal wonder to the adventure.

Wolves Hunt For Prey On A Snowy Landscape In The Lamar Valley In Yellowstone National Park

Ski in Big Sky

Transitioning from the untamed beauty of Yellowstone, a picturesque drive through the Gallatin Canyon leads winter enthusiasts to Big Sky, Montana—a world-class skiing destination. Enjoy a luxurious stay in one of the mountain lodges and immerse yourself in the charm of the alpine village. The vast terrain of Big Sky Resort offers a playground for skiers of all levels, with exhilarating runs from Lone Peak to the groomed trails of Andesite Mountain. Every descent provides breathtaking panoramic views, and après-ski activities in the village create a warm and inviting atmosphere to unwind after a day on the slopes.

Two Male Bison Butt Heads In A Mock Sparring Competition Against A Wintry Landscape In Yellowstone National Park

Book a Ride with Mountain West Scenic Shuttle

Leaving behind the slopes of Big Sky, a guided shuttle ride with Mountain West Scenic Shuttle awaits, winding through the snowy landscapes that connect Montana and Wyoming. The journey to Jackson Hole is not just transportation; it’s an opportunity to witness the rugged beauty of the American West. Local naturalist guides share insights into the region’s history, highlighting geological significance and pointing out landmarks. Passengers enjoy stunning vistas of snow-capped mountains and evergreen forests, with chances to spot wildlife such as eagles, deer, elk, moose, hawks, and coyotes. It’s a chance to reflect on the adventure while anticipating the excitement that awaits in Jackson Hole.

A Small Herd Of Elk Crests A Snowy Ridgeline While Migrating In The Northern Range Of Yellowstone National Park
A River Otter Makes A Quick Pause On The Icy Banks Of The Lamar River Before Diving In

Ski in Jackson Hole

Arriving in Jackson Hole, skiing enthusiasts are welcomed by the legendary slopes of Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. Renowned for challenging terrain like Corbet’s Couloir and the expansive Rendezvous Bowl, the resort offers a haven for those seeking a thrilling skiing experience. Whether navigating tree-lined runs or venturing into the backcountry, every turn in Jackson Hole invites skiers to savor the untamed beauty of the mountainous landscape. After conquering the slopes, the vibrant town of Jackson provides a lively atmosphere with its eclectic mix of restaurants, shops, and galleries.

A Coyote's Face Is Covered With Snow While Sniffing Out Rodents In Yellowstone National Park

Grand Teton Winter Wildlife Tour

Concluding the winter adventure, a wildlife tour in the Tetons with Jackson Hole Wildlife Safaris provides a perfect finale. Grand Teton National Park’s snow-covered landscapes become a canvas for observing diverse fauna. Foxes, coyotes, moose, and elk are among the wildlife encountered, guided by expert naturalists offering insights into their behaviors. There will also be an opportunity to take a horse-drawn sleigh ride into the National Elk Refuge to witness the largest wild elk herd in North America. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant and return to the field for more wildlife sightings, blending the thrill of winter sports with the tranquility of observing nature in its pristine state.

Claire Northover Is A Professional Naturalist Guide For Yellowstone Safari Company Based In Bozeman Montana
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