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The Old Faithful area (elev. 7350 ft.) offers about 70 miles of cross country ski trails, beginning right out the front door of your lodge. Many of these trails provide access to the unique thermal features in the area where bison, elk and other animals take advantage of the warm ground. For a full day adventure, hop on one of our ski shuttles to explore some of the off the beaten path ski trails around Fairy Falls, Lone Star Geyser Basin, or Biscuit Basin. Please talk to the Ski Shop about current conditions before heading out.
|Operating Dates||Destination||Days of the Week||Check-In||Adult Rate||Child Rate|
|12/16/20 – 2/27/21||Divide Ski Drop||Daily||8:15am||$23||$11.50|
|12/16/20 - 2/27/21||Fairy Falls||Daily||9:15am||$13||$6.50|
|12/16/20 – 2/27/21||Divide Ski Drop||Daily||10:15am||$23||$11.50|
On the Divide Ski Drop Choose from 3 different drop off points. Just let your driver know where you would like to be dropped. There is not a “pick up” option. You must come back to the lodge on your own.
1) Kepler Cascades/Lonestar Geyser Drop- Machine Groomed Lonestar Trail only. This is the easiest of our drop options. This is a good choice for Advanced Beginner Skiers and also anyone that would like to Snowshoe. This trail follows the Firehole River and is one of the most scenic trails at Old Faithful. Even on a windy day, this trail is a great option due to it being mostly in the trees. When you finish with the out and back of the Lonestar Trail, this is where the options are a bit more difficult. You can follow the Kepler Cascades Trail back to the lodge. This trail does consist of steep hills going both up and down. If you are uncomfortable with hills, please take the main road all of the way back to the lodge. Reminder: Never take your skis off on a trail! This makes holes in the trail and makes for dangerous and even more difficult conditions for other skiers. If you need to take the time to sidestep up or down hill, please do so.
2)Spring Creek from the Picnic Area- Skier Tracked. This ski trail is often referred to as an obstacle course! Skiers will need to have very solid Intermediate/Advanced skills to be comfortable on this trail. This trail is not recommended for Snowshoes. The trail would need to have a snowshoe trail broken away from the ski trail and this trail is not very wide. It would also be a very long hard day with the mileage involved for snowshoes. The trail is down in a small canyon following the creek. There are many narrow bridges that span Spring Creek along this entire section. The trail is often very narrow between rock walls and the creek. One area, called Turtle Rock, is very difficult, but with a little time it can be navigated by Intermediate skiers with steep sidestepping both up and down the hill. Reminder: Never take your skis off on a trail! This makes holes in the trail and makes for dangerous and even more difficult conditions for other skiers. If you need to take the time to sidestep up or down hill, please do so. This trail then connects with the Lonestar Geyser Trail with a few different options to get back to the lodge.
3)Divide Drop/Spring Creek from the Top- Skier Tracked. For this section of the ski trail you will need Advanced ski skills and be very comfortable going down steep hills in narrow trees. This trail is not recommended in very hard packed or icy conditions. From this drop you have two options. You can add mileage by doing a steady climb to the top of the Divide. If it is a blue bird day, you may get to see Shoshone Lake. You then would backtrack downhill to meet up with the Spring Creek Trail. If you do not want the extra mileage, simply take the junction to head down the Spring Creek Trail. Immediately at this junction is one of the most difficult parts of the trail. It is a steep, curving downhill run in the tight trees. Soon you will come to the Spring Creek Picnic area where other skiers may have started from. Reminder: Never take your skis off on a trail! This makes holes in the trail and makes for dangerous and even more difficult conditions for other skiers. If you need to take the time to sidestep up or down hill, please do so.
*Children Under 3 Free
Choose from 2 different drop off points. Just let your driver know where you would like to be dropped. There is not a “pick up” option. You must come back to the lodge on your own.
1)Biscuit Basin- Skier/Snowshoe Tracked. This drop is an option for people that do not want to do full round trip ski or snowshoe trips from the lodge. This may be a good option if you would like to take mileage off of one of the more local trails.
2)Fairy Falls Trailhead- Skier Tracked. Some guests try this on snowshoes but it makes for an extremely long day, usually breaking trail to stay off of the ski track. This trail can be deceiving as many guests comment that it is “harder than I thought”. While Fairy Falls itself is beautiful, the majority of this trail can be challenging. Please make sure you are prepared to be out for a full 10+ mile day. Much of this trail is out in the open so it is necessary to have very warm windproof layers. If there is fresh snow and you are breaking trail, this trail turns into a Most Difficult trail just due to the mileage and hills. Much of this trail on the map is marked “easiest” because much of the areas are flat. You do need to have the skills and stamina to get back to the lodge on your own and navigate the hills that are marked “more difficult”. The easiest way to do this would to be to ski the road all of the way back to biscuit basin and then cut in on this trail to come back to the lodge. This is one of the busiest park roads in the winter time and therefore not highly recommended. The other trail you can take back to the lodge is the “Powerline Trail” that follows under the power line close to the main road. This trail has many large hills both up and down. Reminder: Never take your skis off on a trail! This makes holes in the trail and makes for dangerous and even more difficult conditions for other skiers. If you need to take the time to sidestep up or down hill, please do so. Please read the description for Kepler Cascades/Lonestar drop. If you are looking for an easier trail, this trail may make for a more enjoyable day.
*Children Under 3 Free.