TRIP IDEA

Skiing and Snowshoeing in the Tower Area

Yellowstone National Park

Skiers in a snowfall along the road to Tower Fall.
Topic(s) Trails
Activities Skiing
Type Kid Friendly, Active, Solitary/Remote, Outdoors, Group Friendly
Parks Yellowstone National Park

Located right in the heart of the northern part of Yellowstone National Park, all of these trails are accessible to beginner skiers, and a few have sections to challenge even the advanced skier.

All of these trails can be accessible by personal vehicle via US 89 to Mammoth Hot Springs, and then taking the Grand Loop Road toward Cooke City/Tower-Roosevelt.

Ski Trails in the Tower Area
  • Yellowstone National Park

    Blacktail Plateau Ski Trail

    • Activity Fee: No (Entrance fees may apply)
    • Reservations: No
    • Activity: Skiing
    • Pets: No
    • Location: Tower Area
    • Duration: 2–3 Hours
    • Season: Winter
    • Time of Day: Day
    A solitary skier glides through fresh snow on Blacktail Plateau Ski Trail.

    The Blacktail Plateau Ski Trail is an easiest to more difficult 8 mile (12.8 km) one-way ski with two trailhead options. This trail travels open meadows and forests with great wildlife viewing opportunities in winter.

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  • Yellowstone National Park

    Chittenden Loop Ski Trail

    • Activity Fee: No (Entrance fees may apply)
    • Reservations: No
    • Activity: Skiing
    • Pets: No
    • Location: Tower Area
    • Duration: 4–5 Hours
    • Season: Winter
    • Time of Day: Day
    Two skiers make their way on a slight incline through a lodgepole pine forest.

    The Chittenden Loop Ski Trail is an easiest to more difficult 5.3 mile (8.3 km) loop providing views of Mount Washburn on clear days.

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  • Yellowstone National Park

    Lost Lake Ski Trail

    • Activity Fee: No (Entrance fees may apply)
    • Reservations: No
    • Activity: Skiing
    • Pets: No
    • Location: Tower Area
    • Duration: 3–4 Hours
    • Season: Winter
    • Time of Day: Day
    Three skiers make their way on the Lost Lake Ski Trail with mountain views ahead of them.

    The Lost Lake Ski Trail is a 4 mile (6.4 km) easiest to more difficult one-way trail that takes skiers by Petrified Tree, Lost Lake, and Calcite Springs Overlook.

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  • Yellowstone National Park

    Tower Fall Ski Trail

    • Activity Fee: No (Entrance fees may apply)
    • Reservations: No
    • Activity: Skiing
    • Pets: No
    • Location: Tower Area
    • Duration: 2–3 Hours
    • Season: Winter
    • Time of Day: Day
    Freshly groomed classic ski tracks await skiers.

    The Tower Fall Ski Trail is a 5.0 mile (8 km) round-trip easiest trail that allows skiers to enjoy canyon views of the Yellowstone River and Tower Fall.

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  • Yellowstone National Park

    Yancey's Hole Ski Trail

    • Activity Fee: No (Entrance fees may apply)
    • Reservations: No
    • Activity: Skiing
    • Pets: No
    • Location: Tower Area
    • Duration: 1–2 Hours
    • Season: Winter
    • Time of Day: Day
    Two skiers make their way on a slight incline through a lodgepole pine forest.

    The Yancey's Hole Ski Trail is a 2.0 mile (3.2 km) easiest ski trail with rolling terrain and wide open views of the Yancey's Hole area.

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Last updated: January 26, 2018