The west entrance of Yellowstone Park is scheduled to open December 21, snow conditions permitting. The park welcomes snow coaches, snowmobile tours, cross-country skiers and snowshoers from December 21 through March 12.
“We are excited about the upcoming winter activities and are eager for visitors to join the fun,” said Marysue Costello executive director of West Yellowstone Chamber of Commerce. “Many people think we are closed during the winter months, but we have events all season long for winter sports enthusiasts and families.”
Many potential visitors get mixed information about the status of snowmobile use in the park. While some so-called environmental groups continue to use the courts to further their park closure agenda, the west entrance of Yellowstone Park will be open to snowmobiles on December 21.
“Roadways, groomed to perfection, give winter visitors access to many of the Park’s most famous features,” said Costello. “The annual reopening is a perfect time for people to explore the wonder of Yellowstone National Park during winter. West Yellowstone is a white carpet waiting for people to discover it.”
The west entrance allows up to 400 snowmobiles per day, all strictly monitored for emissions and sound. Every visitor, whether by snowcoach or snowmobile, has the benefit of being accompanied by a Park trained guide who will enhance each person’s experience with the interpretation of history, geology and wildlife.
During the winter season West Yellowstone is a full-service community. Great restaurants (like the famous Running Bear Pancake House) and bars (Stagecoach, anyone?); hotels (Holiday Inn Convention Center) and lodges, and retail businesses will all be open during the upcoming winter season.
In addition to the opening of the west entrance, there are many upcoming activities including â€œThe World Snowmobile Expo 2006â€ on March 16-19. The World Snowmobile EXPO culminates a year of snow-cross racing for many Rocky Mountain competitors in four days of racing thrills. Snowmobile manufacturers and after-market companies display their 2006 items at the exposition hall. Nighttime activities include a “Funny-Money” Casino night, live entertainment and plenty of laughs.
For more information on West Yellowstone’s winter activities visit www.westyellowstonechamber.com or call (406) 646-7701.