West Yellowstone is undoubtedly a snowmobiler’s paradise. With more than 143 inches of snow annually, and 400 miles of trails through some of the most breathtaking scenery anywhere, it continues to top the list of favorite sledding destinations. The trail system begins right in town, where snowmobilers share city streets with motorists, and onto trails in the Custer-Gallatin, Beaverhead and Targhee National forests. Groomed trails provide access to off-trail powder meadows and more advanced back country riding.
Local businesses provide snowmobile and clothing rentals on a daily or multi-day basis. Snowmobile rentals range from two-up easy riding and trail models to high-powered sleds adapted for mountain and back country riding. Additional equipment, including avalanche beacons and shovels for back country riding can also be rented. National Forest guide service is also available for snowmobilers new to the area, and who want to learn more about the trail system or for back country riding.
Access to Yellowstone National Park is offered daily with guided snowmobile and snowcoach trips. Non-commercial trips are offered through a lottery entered in September. All machines must be 4-stroke, certified. Experiencing Yellowstone in the winter is a time you will never forget!
(For more information regarding Yellowstone winter access visit https://www.nps.gov/yell/planyourvisit/visiting-yellowstone-in-winter.htm)
A full range of lodging and food services are available in West Yellowstone, so you can escape into the mountains right from your doorstep!
For more information about snowmobiling, trail reports and other winter adventures, visit DestinationYellowstone.com.
Snow Cover: 38"-100"
Date of Report: February 20, 2017
Recent rain and warm weather have hardened the snow a bit, creating spring-like riding conditions and some avalanche danger in the backcountry. Snow and cooler temps in the forecast for this week. We recommend hitting the trails early in the day for the best conditions.
News and Reports:
Trails Groomed: Horse Butte Loop, Lionhead, Little Snowy, Madison Arm, Power Line West of Town and Two Top. Trails are groomed nightly on a rotating schedule. Snow Depths (via Snotel): West Yellowstone (in town) 38 in; Whiskey Creek 45 in; Madison Plateau 69 in; Black Bear 100 in; Lionhead 59.2 in; Beaver Creek 56 in; Carrot Basin 82 in; White Elephant 70 in; Island Park 42 in; Canyon (Yellowstone Park) 51 in. Daily reports: http://bit.ly/2jsKqMh