For those that love powder & solitude, head up to Jardine and the Bear Creek trail for groomed cross country ski/snowshoe trails and backcountry access.
Trails wind through the forest and vary in level of difficulty from Bear Creek Trail 3.7 miles, easy enough for beginners, to Pine Creek trail 1.9 miles, where the downhill run should only be attempted by experts. There is also plenty of in between for the intermediate skier with Shultz Knob trail 1.2 miles and Bear Fork .8 of a mile. There are numerous unmarked winter trails. The main unmarked trails are shown on the trail system map.
For a Yellowstone ski adventure, head into the park for groomed trails at the Mammoth Terraces, Roosevelt, and Cooke City. Or venture up to Tom Miner Basin to B Bar Ranch to ski their groomed trails for a fee.
If your comfort level isn’t trekking off by yourself but you would love to try a new experience, Gardiner has several snowshoe and cross country skiing guide services that would be happy to assist you!
If you don’t own skiing or snowshoeing gear, or if it wasn’t feasible to travel with it, you can rent locally!