Rendezvous Ski Trails: A Southwest Montana Legacy
West Yellowstone, Montana
Not only is the Rendezvous Ski Trails system of groomed ski track extremely popular throughout the state of Montana, it’s also a cherished skiing mecca worldwide, where Olympic hopefuls, amateur racers, and total beginners congregate yearly to ski, brush up on their skills, and share in some of the best and most consistent Nordic skiing on the continent.
But what makes Rendezvous so consistently great is more than just the impeccable grooming and abundant trails. Located right in the heart of West Yellowstone, Montana, the Rendezvous Ski Trails network sits just outside of Yellowstone National Park at an elevation of 6,667’. This location and elevation combine to provide West with early cold temperatures that routinely linger around for longer than neighboring areas.
This consistent cold and snow means that Rendezvous is often one of the earliest available training grounds for American skiers, and also the site of the Yellowstone Ski Festival over Thanksgiving, and the SuperTour season opener over the first weekend in December, where current and aspiring World Cup skiers and Olympians alike compete head to head.
During the winter season, enjoy XC skiing into Yellowstone National Park for a unique perspective of the area along the Riverside Ski Trail that begins near the West Yellowstone park entrance.
To learn more about Rendezvous Ski Trails, the West Yellowstone Ski Education Foundation, and upcoming Nordic skiing events at Rendezvous, visit their website here, and be sure to schedule a weekend trip soon.
Distance from Big Sky: 51 miles (Including through 22 miles of Yellowstone National Park)
Total Trail Length: 35 km
Grooming: Trails groomed daily (weather permitting)
Gear Rentals and Sales: Free Heel and Wheel
Side note - Rendezvous trails are also excellent for mountain biking and trail running during the warmer seasons!
Photos: skirunbikemt.com, Dave Pecunies Media, visitmt.com