Snowshoeing & Cross Country Skiing
Blankets of snow muffle pristine Wyoming landscapes, adding a softness to even the state’s most rugged terrain. The best way to experience the stillness of Wyoming is by strapping on a pair of snowshoes or cross-country skis and finding a trail.
Snowshoeing in Wyoming
Rental snowshoes are inexpensive and easy to find, and there’s no expert training needed to start — just put one foot in front of the other. Once you’re strapped into the extra-large footwear, you can practically float over the snow to see serene places where no car, truck or snowmobile could take you.
A range of experiences, from guided tours and alpine parks to open trails, are available around the state to suite your expertise level and goals. At Timberline Lodge in southwest Wyoming, access to the entire resort, snowshoe rental and a lift ticket are very affordable. Yellowstone National Park, Bridger-Teton National Forest, Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area, Shoshone National Forest and many other public lands welcome visitors to explore non-motorized trails via snowshoe. Groups like the Jackson Hole Hiking Experience offer guided excursions that provide educational insight about ecology and wildlife from local naturalists
Cross-Country Skiing in Wyoming
Avoid the lift lines and use your cross-country skis to explore the snow-covered Wyoming wilderness. With 11 cross-country ski areas, advanced skiers and novices alike can access trails all over the state, taking them from resorts to remote areas for prime wildlife viewing. Long stretches of open area are also well suited for the athletic skier looking to put on some speed.
Wyoming’s mountain ski resorts are the perfect place to start. Jackson Hole Mountain Resort’s Nordic Center has more than 10 miles of professional groomed track. Head off on your own or take a lesson with one of the resort’s PSIA-certified instructors. Grand Targhee Resort also offers cross-country instruction in Rick’s Basin, one of the most beautiful Nordic ski areas in the country.
You can also boot up in Wyoming’s national parks. Cross-country skiing is allowed on all unplowed roads and trails in Yellowstone National Park, and there are several ski trails in the Mammoth, Tower, Old Faithful, Northeast and Canyon areas of the park. Popular cross-country areas in Grand Teton National Park include Moose-Wilson Road, Taggart Lake and the Teton Park Road, the Signal Mountain Area, Colter Bay and Flagg Ranch.