Yellowstone National Park Lodges Announces Line-up of Winter Adventure and Getaway Packages

Yellowstone National Park Lodges, operated by Xanterra Parks & Resorts, the manager of lodging, restaurants and activities in Yellowstone National Park, has announced its line-up of Winter Getaway and Adventure packages for the upcoming season.

The park’s winter season begins Dec. 18, 2012 with the opening of Old Faithful Snow Lodge and Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel. The lodges provide the only wintertime accommodations within the park. Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel will close for the season March 4, 2013, and Old Faithful Snow Lodge will close March 3, 2013.

“No matter how many times you have visited Yellowstone in the summer, a winter trip is like seeing a completely new park,” said Rick Hoeninghausen, director of sales and marketing for Xanterra Parks & Resorts in Yellowstone. “We have created these packages so that our guests can focus on the fun and fascinating aspects of Yellowstone such as the skiing and snowshoeing, wildlife watching and touring the park in over-the-snow vehicles.”

Each package includes Xanterra’s “Snow Card” good for 10 percent off meals, in-park transportation, tours, ski shop services and select retail items. Rates quoted here are per person, double occupancy, plus tax and utility fee.

Adventure Package
“Trail of the Wolf” provides travelers with an opportunity to explore the park’s interior with a guide and learn about its abundant natural features in places such as the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone as well as to observe wildlife in the Northern Range of the park. The package includes guided snowmobiling in the interior of the park. Also included are three nights of lodging split between the two lodges, round-trip guided snowmobile tour between Old Faithful and Mammoth, “Wake up to Wildlife” tour of the Lamar Valley, two breakfasts per person, welcome gift, unlimited ice skating and skates and Snow Card. Rates start at $459 per person for double occupancy for two nights at the Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel and one night at the Old Faithful Snow Lodge. Rates start at $605 per person for double occupancy for two nights at the Old Faithful Snow Lodge, snowcoach transportation to Old Faithful from a gateway entrance and one night at the Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel.

Trail of the Wolf is offered on Mondays and Thursdays Jan. 3 – Feb. 28, 2013.

Getaway Packages
“Frosty Fun at Mammoth.” This package includes a minimum of two nights in a room with a private bathroom at the Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel, breakfast per person for each night’s stay, welcome gift, unlimited ice skating and skates and Snow Card. Rates start at $135 per person for double occupancy and $226 for single occupancy. It is available Jan. 1 – March 4, 2013.

“Frosty Fun at Old Faithful.” This package includes a minimum of two nights of lodging at the Old Faithful Snow Lodge, breakfast per person for each night’s stay, welcome gift, unlimited ice skating and skates, round-trip snowcoach transportation and Snow Card. Rates start at $319 per person for double occupancy and $479 for single occupancy. It is available Jan. 1 – March 3, 2013.

“Nordic Heaven at Mammoth.” This package includes a minimum of two nights of lodging at the Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel, breakfast per person for each night’s stay, welcome gift, full-day ski rental and unlimited ski shuttles per person, unlimited ice skating and skates and Snow Card. Rates start at $191 per person for double occupancy and $282 for single occupancy. It is available Jan. 1 – March 4, 2013.

“Nordic Heaven at Old Faithful.” This package includes a minimum of two nights of lodging at the Old Faithful Snow Lodge, breakfast per person for each night’s stay, welcome gift, full-day ski rental, unlimited ski shuttles per person and a round-trip snowcoach tour per person, unlimited ice skating and skates and Snow Card. Rates start at $375 per person for double occupancy and $535 for single occupancy. It is available Jan. 1 – March 3, 2013.

Winter rates for single or double occupancy, plus tax, for individual room nights at Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel start at $91 for a room with a shared bathroom or $123 for a standard hotel room with a private bathroom. Rates at the Snow Lodge are $229 for a king room, $219 for a lodge room, $156 for a Western Cabin or $99 for a Frontier Cabin, all with private bathrooms.

Except for the road from Gardiner, Mont. to Cooke City, Mont. via Mammoth Hot Springs, transportation within the park is limited to snowmobiles and enclosed heated snowcoaches during the winter. Snowcoach transportation is available daily to a variety of park locations. Xanterra also offers a wide range of half- and full-day snowcoach, ski and snowshoe tours and ski and snowshoe rentals as well as expert instruction and other services.

Yellowstone National Park Lodges and the Yellowstone Association Institute also offer six Lodging & Learning programs combining expert guides, accommodations, transportation and meals.

Winter Getaway and Adventure packages may be booked by phone by calling (1) 307-344-7311 or toll-free (1) 866-GEYSERLAND (1-866-439-7375) or by submitting the secure online package reservation request form found on the website. Complete tour details are also available at the web site www.YellowstoneNationalParkLodges.com.