The Roller Coaster Ski Trail is a more difficult 1.8-mile (2.9-km) roundtrip, forested trail taking skiers on a rolling course with several steep drop-offs. From the Canyon Visitor Education Center, go east along the North Rim Drive for 100 yards (91 m). Turn left 90-degrees and continue up a service road for approximately 0.3 miles (0.5 km). Ski down a short, moderate slope into a meadow and veer right, off the service road and up into the pine forest. From here the trail is well-defined through the trees with a series of moderate to steep ups and downs. The trail merges with the Canyon Rim Trail. At the junction you can turn right to return to the Canyon Visitor Education Center, or left to continue along the Canyon Rim Trail. The Roller Coaster is fast and fun.
Notes: CAUTION: some parts of the trail have steep drop-offs and can be hazardous when icy.
Check out the ski trail details and accessibility information at the bottom of this page.
This skier-tracked trail starts off on a service road for the first 200 yards, following a wide path after that, eventually narrowing as it approaches a lodgepole pine forest. The trail then winds through the forest eventually coming to a narrow bridge crossing. Total elevation gain/loss is 150 feet. Service dogs allowed with backcountry access permit.
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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.
Ready to brave the cold? Check out our tips for enjoying Yellowstone in winter.
Last updated: January 13, 2020