There's something special about skiing in Yellowstone.

The crowds of summer are gone; the mountains are quiet, cold, and covered in snow; there's a solace that permeates the chill of Montana's winter--it's an experience like no other. From its menagerie of wildlife (bison, elk, wolves, and lynx, to list a few) to its raw, wild mountain landscapes, Yellowstone should be on every skiers bucket list. Big Sky Backcountry Guides offers tours in every part of the park, and can accommodate any skill level or interest. From scenic cross country tours along corniced creek bottoms to powder runs on some the park's most iconic peaks, there's something for everyone. Let us take you skiing and show you what Yellowstone has to offer!


Yellowstone Backcountry Ski Tours

Ski Yellowstone Park, just minutes from Big Sky!

Big Sky/Gallatin Canyon

Located just minutes from Big Sky in beautiful Gallatin Canyon, this diverse area of Yellowstone offers easy access to ideal ski touring terrain and copious snowfall. Whether you desire wild, scenic cross country tours through gentle meadows, or challenging summits with amazing powder turns, there is something for everyone--all within easy striking distance of Big Sky and Bozeman. If pristine powder isn't enough, moose, wolves, lynx and wolverine call this part of the park home--maybe you'll cacth a glimpse. Spend a day or three exploring with Big Sky Backcountry Guides! Here are some of the areas and routes you may experience.


Fawn Pass

Difficulty: Beginner (Nordic/Snowshoe)

Beautiful country, distant peaks, cornice-rimmed creeks, abundant wildlife—Fawn Pass is a classic Yellowstone ski tour. We may link a couple of turns, but this is a Nordic tour taking in the splendor of Yellowstone in winter.

Telemark Meadows

Difficulty: Beginner (AT/Telemark/Splitboard)

An ideal place to experience the backcountry for the first time, Tele Meadows has gentle terrain, a very short approach, and great snow. The turns are often deep, and the treed mountainsides and open meadows provide great storm skiing. It’s a classic!

Bacon Rind

Difficulty: Intermediate/Advanced (AT/Telemark/Splitboard)

Climbing straight from the banks of the Gallatin River, Bacon Rind’s secret ski lines spill from hidden meadows and pitched gullies. It’s easy to rack up vertical, or just take in the views from the top. Previous skinning experience recommended.

Specimen Creek

Difficulty: Intermediate/Advanced (AT/Telemark/Splitboard)

With myriad ridges folding and unfolding along the wild banks of Specimen Creek, this area offers an awesome variety of skiing terrain, views, and wildlife viewing opportunities. From craggy faces to mellow meadows and gullies, there’s something for nearly everyone.

Big Horn Peak

Difficulty: Advanced (AT/Telemark/Splitboard)

The high lonesome! Remote, wild, and aesthetic, Big Horn Peak has turns aplenty for those willing to earn ‘em. With a summit just under 10,000 feet, fascinating Yellowstone geology, and amazing skiing, it’s a feather in any skiers’ cap. This is a full day tour, and previous backcountry experience is required.

Meldrum Mountain

Difficulty: Advanced (AT/Telemark/Splitboard)

Get off the beaten path and see how Yellowstone has been shaped by wildfire. Here, excellent ski terrain combines with the unique aesthetic of a remote, decade-old burn area to create an iconic Yellowstone experience. Are you ready?


Silvergate/NE Entrance

Ski amongst Yellowstone's wildest inhabitants.

From Silvergate and the NE entrance to Yellowstone, adventure calls in every direction. Ski amongst herds of bison and steaming thermal features in the iconoc Lamar Valley. Watch wolves from across braided, icy stream channels. Ski deep, wilderness powder on striking peaks, far from the crowds. This is a special part of the park, as full of history and lore as it is mountains and snow.

For Silvergate/NE Entrance trips, there is a $125/day overnight charge due to distance from Bozeman/Big Sky.


Details:

  • Please make reservations at least three days in advance--we are a small company with limited guides on staff. To ensure availability, reserve early!
  • No backcountry experience necessary; intermediate to advanced downhill ski ability and good fitness required for AT/Telemark/Splitboard trips.
  • Tours last 6-8 hours
  • Meeting time is generally 9am
  • You will need:
    • Lunch and water
    • Avalanche rescue gear (rentals available through BSBG)
    • Alpine touring, telemark, or splitboard equipment (rentals available at Grizzly Outfitters in Big Sky, World Boards and Chalet Sports in Bozeman).
    • Backpack and layerable outdoor ski clothing
    • Review the Gear List

Rates:

Ski snow as beautiful as the scenery with Big Sky Backcountry Guides!

Prices are person, per day with a maximum 5:1 guide ratio. Our highly-trained and experienced guides are all professional members of the American Avalanche Association, and possess Wilderness First Responder or EMT medical training. Many are trained by the American Mountain Guide Association (AMGA). Meet them HERE.

 

  • 1 Person           $425

  • 2 People           $250 ($500 Total)

  • 3 People           $195($585 total)

  • 4 People           $160($640 total)

  • 5 people           $140($700 total)

  • More than 5 requires a second guide at the same rates.

  • For Silvergate/NE Entrance trips, there is a $125/day overnight charge due to distance from Bozeman/Big Sky.

Important Payment and Booking Info

  • Trips must be paid in full at the time of reservation.
  • An $80 administrative fee will be assessed to all refunds.
  • Changes to previously reserved dates (ie. moving a trip up or pushing it back into other available dates) will be assessed a $50 administrative fee.
  • Payments may be made via MasterCard, Visa, or check. Credit Card payments are subject to a 3% processing fee.

Cancellations

If a cancellation is made more than 30 days before the activity, you will be credited towards another BSBG program if used within a year. There are no refunds for cancellations made less than 30 days before your program. Unfortunately, due to the time-sensitive nature of our business, and the difficulty in re-booking a trip close to departure, we cannot make exceptions to this policy. BSBG reserves the right to cancel a trip due to lack of enrollment. In such a case, a full refund is given; however, BSBG is not responsible for any additional expenses incurred in preparing for the program (i.e., airline tickets, equipment purchase or rental, lodging and other travel related expenses).

Acts of Nature

No refunds will be issued for trips affected by acts of nature such as flooding, fire, or extreme blizzard conditions. These occur naturally in mountain environments and are beyond our control. If the safety of our guests is in question, BSBG reserves the right to relocate or reschedule a trip. If no arrangements can be reached to relocate or reschedule a trip, you will be credited towards another BSBG program if used within a year.

Trip Insurance

Due to the factors listed above, we strongly recommend Trip Insurance from a reputable company such as Travel Guard or Travel Ex. Coverage is reasonably priced and can cover your expenses in the event you need to cancel your trip or your trip is affected by acts of nature.