West Yellowstone, MT – On February 1, the price of ski passes at Rendezvous Ski Trails will see an increase after 10 years. These world-class nordic ski trails situated in West Yellowstone, MT are an essential piece of winter recreation in the small town on the edge Yellowstone National Park. Providing 35 kilometers of predictably groomed cross-country ski trails on beautifully rolling terrain, Rendezvous welcomes all skiers ranging from beginners to elite racers. Since 2011, both single-day and season passes for Rendezvous have remained at the same relatively low price, despite increased operations and maintenance costs. With the increase, adult day passes will be $15/day. An individual season pass will increase to $100 and a family pass will be $190. New changes to the fee structure allow for youth 12 and under to ski for free as well as a new 3-day pass for $30.
The Forest Service is able to charge fees at Rendezvous through the Federal Recreation Enhancement Act. The Act also provides for 95% of all fees collected to return directly back to the trail system. Consequently, the monies raised through fees will go toward winter grooming operations, trail maintenance and improvements, signage, summer maintenance and Forest Service administration of the site. The Rendezvous trail system functions through a partnership between the Forest Service, West Yellowstone Ski Education Foundation and the West Yellowstone Chamber of Commerce. All three entities bring funds to the year-round operation and maintenance of Rendezvous, and the fee increase will allow the Forest Service to contribute significantly more to this effort.
“While the fee increase is a big change, through the work and contribution of our partners, we are able to provide an unparalleled skiing opportunity that is also of tremendous value,” says Jason Brey, District Ranger on the Hebgen Lake RD. “New revenue will give us a chance to address deferred maintenance while also turning and eye toward future trail enhancements,”
For those looking for other cross-country ski options around West Yellowstone, there are numerous free and near-by opportunities. The Forest Service grooms approximately 15 kilometers of ski trails 2-3 times per week on the Riverside and Boundary Trails, both leaving right from town. These trails offer beautiful scenery and excellent wildlife viewing. Additionally, there are countless Forest Service and Park Service roads, trails and open spaces for those seeking a more backcountry experience.
The current rates for day and season passes will remain in effect through January 31, 2021. Passes can be purchased at Free Heel and Wheel Ski and Bike Shop or the West Yellowstone Chamber of Commerce. For more information about Rendezvous Ski trails, go to www.skirunbikemt.com.