Wyoming boasts some of the most awe-inspiring views in the Rocky Mountains. From Yellowstone National Park, to the Wind River Range, Bighorn Mountains and down to the Snowy Range, it’s no surprise that one of the best ways to take advantage of these views in the winter is on ski or snowshoe.
Cross-country skiing and snowshoeing provide an authentic human-powered winter experience. You can bypass the lift lines, enjoy the pristine winter landscape and get right to the adventure.
Here are our top cross-country skiing and snowshoe trails in Wyoming to help you plan your next ski adventure.
The southeastern corner of the state offers diverse terrain and ample snow. Just a few miles east of Laramie, the Tie City/Happy Jack trail network boasts 25 kilometers of groomed trails for both classic and skate skiing. This trail network also offers miles of packed multi-use trails for fat biking and snowshoeing or untouched snow if you can find it. A short trip west of Laramie to the Snowy Range provides numerous opportunities for endless backcountry skiing and snowshoeing. Chimney Park and the Medicine Bow Rail trail are family favorites with terrain gentle enough for the youngest of skiers.
You might not expect to find a world class biathlon (cross-country skiing and rifle marksmanship) venue in Wyoming, but just south of Casper cross-country skiers can ski in luxury over 42 kilometers of groomed ski trails, some of which are even lit at night for after-work skiing. Casper Mountain is also home to former Olympic skiers and biathletes as well as adaptive cross-country skiing. You might just find yourself skiing alongside an Olympian or Paralympian. Adjacent to the Casper Mountain ski trails, skiers can find a biathlon venue that rivals some of the best in Europe, making Casper an ideal place for ski touring and a destination for ski racers looking for a top-notch training and racing facility.
Cross-country skiing and snowshoeing around Pinedale can be described as scenic with ample solitude, but don’t be fooled by that description. Pinedale is a gem of a ski town. Skiers can hit the trails from the south end of Fremont Lake, Kelly Park or White Pine for packed and tracked snow or untouched fresh powder.
Jackson offers a little something for everyone with its diverse cross-country skiing and snowshoeing trails. Skiers can find groomed trails with a dog-friendly loop not far from town at The Shooting Star Nordic Track. Or skiers can look for moose and wildlife at the Teton Pines Cross Country Ski Center just four miles south of Teton Village. If a destination resort is more your style, check out the Turpin Meadow Ranch for 20 kilometers of pristine groomed ski trails and gourmet meals. If backcountry skiing or snowshoeing are your passion all you need to do is look no further than the Tetons.
Lander is a thriving ski community offering plenty of backcountry options in the Wind River Range, or on 10 kilometers of packed and tracked trails 22 miles south of town off of Highway 28.
What’s not to love about skiing on the edge of Yellowstone? From Cody you can find cross-country ski and snowshoe trails that start from Sleeping Giant Ski Area and Pahaska Tepee Resort near the east entrance to the park. There are over 25 kilometers of groomed trails through the forest here, offering fun and challenging terrain.
Or you can try your hand at skiing into Wyoming through the West entrance of Yellowstone National Park. Simply strap your skis or snowshoes on in West Yellowstone and ski down the road. Keep your eyes out for wildlife as you ski 1.5 miles to the Wyoming border. It’s fun to give this one a try just to say that you skied to Wyoming!
Wherever your skis or snowshoes take you this winter, be sure to be prepared with warm clothing, water and an energy boosting snack. There’s no place quite like Wyoming, especially when you’re traveling on a pair of skis or snowshoes.