Winter Activities

Winter Activities

Once considered a time for hibernation, winter in Buffalo Bill’s Cody/Yellowstone Country is now filled with fun. Basically, any winter recreation you can think of is right here: from ice climbing and snowmobiling to cross country and downhill skiing.

 

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Homesteader Park

Ice skating is available at the outdoor ice arena in Homesteader Park as soon as cold temperatures permit – usually in mid-December. The arena is equipped with night lighting, side boards and a multipurpose building containing restrooms, skate equipment and concessions. The skate shop, located in the warming house has all sizes of skates for children & adults. The skate shop also offers an assortment of drinks and snacks. There is no charge to use the rink. The rink is open from 11:00am-10:00pm, daily, weather permitting. The skate house with rentals and concessions is open Fri & Sun 1-5 pm and Sat 11 am-5 pm.

(307) 754-5711 | http://powellrec.com/program_details.php?prog_id=305

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Ice Climbing

The South Fork Valley is home to over 300 frozen waterfalls, making it the largest concentration in the lower 48. World-class ice November through April. The Cody Ice Climbing Festival is held each February over President’s Day weekend. An average of 250 ice climbers attend each year for a very unique, one-stop event venue base camp for registration, demo tools, clinic departures, nightly dinners, nightly slide shows, $5.00 raffle and the ever so popular beer garden. For information on ice climbing and conditions: Foote Mountaineering (307) 899-9937, www.codyiceclimbingfestival.com Sunlight Sports (307) 587-9517, www.sunlightsports.com

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East Entrance Yellowstone Snowmobile Tours – Gary Fales Outfitting

From the third week of December to the first of March, Gary Fales Outfitting offers guided snowmobile tours through the east entrance into Yellowstone National Park. They offer daily or overnight tours. The all-day tour includes Old Faithful, the Geyser Basin areas, Yellowstone Falls and Yellowstone Lake. There are also many opportunities to view the wildlife in the park. Trips can be customized to fit your needs.

(307) 587-3970 | http://www.rimrockranch.com/index.html

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North Fork Nordic Trails

The all volunteer, non-profit Park County Nordic Ski Association (PCNSA) was established in 1994 by Nordic skiing enthusiasts.Their mission is to promote the sports of cross-country skiing and snowshoeing by providing trails, activities and support to the Nordic community. They groom up to 19.2 km of ski trail with classic tracks and skate lanes at Pahaska Tepee, the eastern gateway to Yellowstone National Park, west of Cody. These trails are leased through a special use permit from the Shoshone National Forest.

(307) 272-1509 | http://www.nordicskiclub.com/

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Sleeping Giant Ski Area

Sleeping Giant Ski Area officially opened in 1938, and is one of America’s oldest ski areas. It is Wyoming’s most affordable ski area. Enjoy great family skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, Nordic skiing, and snow tubing. Beginner to advanced slopes. Warming hut with cafeteria, lessons and rentals. All fifth graders ski for FREE! Open Mid-December through Mid-March, Friday-Sunday and “No School” days during the Christmas Holiday, 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

(307) 587-3125 | http://www.skisg.com

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Victor J. Riley Arena & Community Events Center

The Victor J. Riley Arena and Community Events Center is located on the north side of the Cody Quad Center. From mid-August through March, the center operates as the home of the Park County Youth Hockey Association, Yellowstone Quake Tier III Junior Hockey Team, and the Absaroka Figure Skating Club. During the rest of the year, the arena serves as a community events center for a variety of conventions, gatherings, and events which need a large, indoor facility. Come watch a Yellowstone Quake Hockey game or ice skate during the public skate hours. Check the website for schedule.

(307) 587-1681 | http://www.rileyarena.com/schedule.html

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Wood River Valley Ski Touring Park

The Wood River Valley Ski Touring Park located just 22 miles southwest of Meeteetse offers over 25k of groomed trails, ranging from the scenic and gentle South Fork Trail to the thrilling Brown Creek Trail. The ski touring park is open for use seven days a week. There is no fee, but donations are appreciated to help with the maintenance of the trails. Skiing Wood River Valley affords unique opportunities to photograph and view the wildlife, including deer, elk, moose, bighorn sheep and mountain lions. There is also a cabin for lodging on the South Fork Trail. Call the Meeteetse Recreation District for cabin reservations or ski rental equipment.

(307) 868-2603 | http://www.meetrec.org/Wood-River-Valley-Ski-Park.html

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Skiing, Snowshoeing, Snowmobile and Snowcoach Tours in Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park is a wintery wonderland providing opportunities for viewing incredible wildlife, snowy landscapes, and steaming geyser basins. Yellowstone National Park Lodges provides information on backcountry groomed and skiied-in track trails, snowshoe trails, and guided snowmobile and snowcoach tours.

(307) 344-7901 | http://www.yellowstonenationalparklodges.com/things-to-do/winter-things-to-do/

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