Winter In Yellowstone National Park

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Yellowstone National Park is one of the most spectacular wonders of the world, and we are fortunate to have it essentially in our back yard. But, did you know that in addition to millions of visitors passing through there in the summer, it is also open to the public in the winter? Except for a few weeks in the spring and fall when the park is closed to public traffic, you can experience the wonder during all seasons.

While you are making your plans to be in Big Sky this winter to enjoy skiing at Big Sky Resort or cross country and sleigh-riding adventures at Lone Mountain Ranch, consider a visit to Yellowstone to round out your trip.

xmasbook-1845You can explore the park on your own by cross country skiing into the park, and within it from one of their year-round lodging facilities; you can take a guided snowmobile tour; or you can view it from the warmth and comfort of a Snowcoach. The tours are available to various places in the park including the Old Faithful area and the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone. You can make it a day trip, or enjoy several days staying in the Snow Lodge or other hotel within the park. If you prefer to drive yourself, the section of road between Mammoth Hot Springs (North entrance) and Cooke City (East Entrance) is open on a year round basis.

Below is a collection of information to help you make your plans. Don’t wait, reservations for the tours and lodging within the park book early!

West Yellowstone Snowcoach and Snowmobile Tours:

Buffalo Bus Snowcoach Tour

Backcountry Adventures

SeeYellowstone.com

Yellowstone Adventures

Teton Valley Adventures

Yellowstone National Park Lodging

This winter, the National Park Service is renovating the Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel and Cabins, so they will be closed. However, the Old Faithful Snow Lodge and Cabins are open and currently taking reservations for the winter season. If you are looking to stay in the park for a few days, consider booking a Snowcoach to transport you to Old Faithful where you can cross country ski or snowshoe, stay in the Lodge or a Cabin, and travel back out again on a Snowcoach.

Cross Country Skiing/Snowshoeing

There are a number of companies that offer guided ski and snowshoe tours into the park, including and Yellowstone Expeditions and Yellowstone Ski Tours. If you’d like to explore on your own, check out the National Park Service information found here.

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The Perfect Wines to Pair with Big Sky

 

Pairing wine with Big Sky

Vino per Tutti means “Wine for Everyone,” and owner Colleen Helm takes that to heart. With an extensive wine background—she’s a Certified Sommelier and a Certified Wine Specialist—her passion is to educate interested wine novices and make suggestions to connoisseurs. “We try to educate people in a fun, non threatening way,” she explains. And she and her staff are always furthering their own educations; they taste more than 4,000 wines per year, many from smaller vineyards, and pride themselves on finding a home for the tastiest, hand selected labels.

Located in a modern storefront on Main Street in Downtown Bozeman, the walls are lined with unexpected wine finds, not the labels you’d see on the supermarket shelves. The back wall features wines under $14 with 100 bottles under $20 throughout the store, and other wines are organized like a progressive wine list, by style and weight. Downstairs is the real treat, a 1,300-bottle cellar where the high end wines are stored. “Down there we have a lot of famous, hard to come by selections, and even some that only total wine geeks or connoisseurs might know about,” Colleen says.

Looking for a special wine to get you through the upcoming Big Sky winter? Colleen suggests the Gaja Barbaresco for a small batch wine that’s truly unique. “It’s one of the most famous, yet most difficult to get wines in the world,” she explains. “It’s allocated, so all of Montana only gets a few bottles, and we will have some it stock.” Another one to have one hand? She recommends going Italian with a Dal Forno or Quintarelli. “These are wines that you may want to have in a collection, they are so revered,” she says. The deep purple floral notes mixed with a little tar give you a warming feeling in the winter time.

Colleen and her staff can help customers choose wines to pair with a meal or an event, and offer private consultations for those building or adding to a cellar. Located at 315 E. Main in Bozeman, www.vinopertutti.com.