The Black Butte Ski Trail is a 14-mile (22.6-km) round-trip ski that follows Black Butte Creek and offers mountain views. The trailhead is located 28.8 miles (46.3 km) north of West Yellowstone along US Highway 191. The trail follows Black Butte Creek with many short, steep sections, gaining 769 ft (234 m) in elevation between the trailhead and Daly Creek Cutoff (2 miles / 3.2 km) west to Daly Creek Trail). From the junction with the Daly Creek Cutoff, the trail climbs for 4 miles (6.4 km) to Bighorn Peak. The Daly Creek Cutoff (2.2 miles / 3.5 km) can be used to connect to the Daly Creek Trail.
Notes: Bison and elk frequent this trail. Federal regulations require you to stay at least 100 yards (91 m) away from bears and wolves, and at least 25 yards (23 m) away from bison and all other wild animals. CAUTION: Due to steep terrain, recommended for advanced skiers only. The last 2 miles (3.2 km) are not recommended. The trail becomes extremely steep and hard to follow, and is dangerously exposed.
Check out the ski trail details and accessibility information at the bottom of this page.
This skier-tracked easiest to most difficult trail includes steep terrain. Service dogs allowed.
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Ski Trail Information
With miles of ski trails to enjoy, start your trip planning here and confirm conditions at the Mammoth or Old Faithful Bear Den Ski Shop.
Prepare for cold air, deep snow, and slippery boardwalks.
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Last updated: February 18, 2021