Take the Express to Old Faithful
Planning to head to Yellowstone this winter for some XCing or snowshoeing and wondering what's the quickest way to get to Old Faithful?
Xanterra Parks & Resorts, the park's main concessionaire, is offering express snowcoach service from West Yellowstone to Old Faithful beginning tomorrow, Dec. 21st, and continuing daily through March 10.
The service isn't exactly cheap -- a roundtrip ticket for adults runs $80, kids go for half that much -- but there are no stops during the two-hour trip. Coaches leave West Yellowstone daily at 7:30 a.m. and depart Old Faithful at 3:30 p.m. If you're not planning to ski or snowshoe but simply want to enjoy a winter day in the park, these trips offer an optional two-hour walking tour of the Upper Geyser Basin.
Now, if you're a strong skier and don't want a ride all the way to Old Faithful, for $15 you can take the coach into the park and be dropped off between 7 and 14 miles from West Yellowstone and then ski back to the town. Or, for the full $80 fare, you can ask to be dropped off somewhere else along the route and ski to Old Faithful or back to West Yellowstone.