West Yellowstone Montana Cross Country Skiing, Nordic / X-Country

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Cross Country Skiing

Come explore the grandeur of a winter-covered West Yellowstone by gliding across the snow on a pair of cross country skis.

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  • West Yellowstone’s cross country ski trails are world-class and attract everything from beginners to U.S. Nordic Team members every winter. 
  • Consistent snowfall, stunning winter scenery and wildlife of all sorts all add to the charm and appeal. 
  • With a number of outstanding ski areas with countless trails, groomed and ungroomed, you’ll have plenty of places to explore.

Each year, hundreds of Nordic skiers come to West Yellowstone to take advantage of the quality, and quantity, of the cross country ski trails in the area. With miles and miles of trail, both groomed and ungroomed, winding their way through West Yellowstone’s signature scenery you’ll have no problems losing yourself in this snowy paradise.

Yellowstone Ski Festival

Kick off the winter season with the Yellowstone Ski Festival. Join skiers from all over the U.S. for clinics, races, Biathlon events, new gear demos and more.

Rendezvous Race

For over 30 years, the Yellowstone Rendezvous Race has given cross country skiers of all ages and abilities a chance to compete and celebrate the end of another great winter season.

Rendezvous Ski Trails

Rendezvous Ski Trails has over 20 miles of world-class trails winding through Gallatin National Forest. Trails are professionally groomed for both skating and classic skiing from November through March. Passes (available at daily, multi-day, monthly and seasonal rates) are required to use the Rendezvous trails.

Yellowstone National Park

Once the roads close to motorized traffic, Yellowstone National Park becomes a cross country skiing haven where you can explore hot springs and geysers while watching the extraordinary wildlife Yellowstone is famed for.

Harriman StatePark

Harriman State Park, under an hour away from West Yellowstone, is another great spot with both groomed and ungroomed trails of varying difficulty. Tour around Golden and Silver Lakes while enjoying the beauty of this wildlife refuge, and take a quick break in the warming hut at the historic Railroad Ranch before heading home.

Maps & Reports

Rendezvous Trails

Riverside Trails

Boundary Trails


Various stores and Nordic centers in and around West Yellowstone have cross country equipment rentals for both skate and classic skiing.

In the Spotlight

Other Cross Country Skiing Resources

National Cross Country Ski Education Foundation

Find out more about cross country skiing and nordic events.

Montana Wilderness Association

The Montana Wilderness Association website is a great source of information on winter travel, safety, and recreation in Montana.