See a whole different side of Yellowstone in winter, using Cody, Wyoming as a gateway.
This homespun charmer of town, refreshingly light years away from the glitz and glamor of Jackson Hole, was founded in 1896 by western showman Buffalo Bill Cody. A natural gateway to Yellowstone, Cody’s broad streets, world-class Buffalo Bill Historical Center and thriving western culture sets the ideal stage for an authentic Old West family experience.
Winter action abounds here, from ice climbing to skiing and snowboarding just three miles from Yellowstone at Sleeping Giant Ski Area, with its unique terrain park and tree skiing & boarding challenges.
Getting into Yellowstone in the winter is part of the adventure. Two of the park’s nine lodges are open, but only the Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel near the north entrance is accessible by car. Better to leave the driving to snowmobile or snowcoach — a pretty cool experience for kids (and adults)!
Kids activities include skiing, snowshoeing and ice-skating. There are ski trails near the lodges, and families can arrange “ski drops” — snowcoaches take them to the trailhead and return to pick them up at an appointed time. As an added bonus, winter is prime wildlife viewing season. There are even multi-day excursions led by naturalists via cross-country skis and snowshoe, a memorable way to experience Yellowstone the way Buffalo Bill might have back in the day