By Jane Engle
Here’s one way to experience Yellowstone National Park as
nature intended: quietly, without the summer crowds. But you'll need to don cross-country
skis or snowshoes and brave chilly weather to do it.
VBT, a longtime operator of hiking and biking tours that
recently added ski itineraries, is offering a six-day trip, “Yellowstone in the
Winter: Skiing America’s First National Park
,” next year. The park’s
renowned geysers can seem even more spectacular amid snow, and wildlife can be
easier to spot against the stark landscape.
Participants will spend two to four hours a day on skis or
snowshoes, covering two to nine miles. Highlights include Old Faithful Geyser
and other geothermal features, frozen waterfalls and Lamar Valley wildlife.
Dates: Departures Jan. 5 and 26, and Feb. 9, 16
Price: $2,595 a person, double occupancy; $595
single supplement. The price includes five nights in two park lodges, 12 meals,
free use of ski or snowshoe equipment and boots, ski clinics, local snow coach
transport, route maps and government taxes and fees. It does not include
transportation to and from the park. A two-night, pre-trip stay in Bozeman,
Mont., can be added for $195 a person, double occupancy; $195 single
, (800) 245-3868