Ski For LIght Montana Grand Prismatic Spring in Yellowstone national park with orange, yellow and blu colors reflecting in the water and steam rising from the spring surrounded by trees.

Ski for Light Montana - Cross Country Skiing

A cross country skier wearing a protective orange vest skiing on a groomed trail.

Ski for Light - The skiing is done on the Rendezvous Ski Trails system and is situated at the southwest corner of West Yellowstone, about two blocks from the Holiday Inn hotel.

The trail system covers over 35 KM of varied terrain from gently rolling hills to more challenging climbs, descents, and turns. The view is always scenic whether winding through tall stands of lodgepole pine or open meadows embraced by nearby Lionhead Mountain.

A groomed cross country skiing traill in West Yellowstone National Park with trees flanking either side.

Each blind or visually-impaired skier is matched with an experienced sighted cross-country skier for the entire three days of skiing. If you aren't familiar with how visually- and mobility- impaired people cross-country ski, it is done in tracks (or grooves) set in the snow by trail grooming equipment. There are two sets of tracks next to each other on the trails. The visually- impaired person skis in one set of tracks, the guide skis in the other set alongside the visually impaired skier.

The guide tells the skier about upcoming changes in the direction and level of the tracks, offers instructional tips and suggestions, and tells the skier about the countryside. The skier and guide will decide together how far, how long, and on what kind of terrain they will ski.

Applications and other documents

Please check back later in the year and we will have more information on the dates of the next Cross Country skiing event in West Yellowstone.