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New Winter Cross-Country Ski Vacation: Yellowstone National Park

Cross-country skier on Old Faithful Trail.

Although most of you are enjoying a nice blast of summer heat, we here at the Bristol, VT headquarters woke up to quite the chilly morning today – it even hit 33 degrees at nearby Saranac Lake in the Adirondack Mountains. Naturally this got us thinking about our brand new cross-country ski vacation we are offering in 2014  into the vast wilderness of Yellowstone National Park in the quiet of winter.

Yellowstone in the Winter: Skiing America’s First National Park
Bull buffalo staying warm along the Firehole River, Upper Geyser Basin. Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming.On this vacation, recently featured in the Travel section of the LA Times travelers can experience Yellowstone’s snow-covered splendor in the hush of winter. Few winter wilderness experiences match it and this winter wonderland is perfect for exploration by cross-country ski. Garrott Kuzzy, VBT’s resident Winter Olympian and Skiing Product Manager, can’t wait to show you all the delights of skiing right here in the US. “After an outstanding first season of our cross-country ski tours, we’re excited about the tours closer to home” Kuzzy says, “imagine the steam coming off of Old Faithful as it hits the crisp winter air or viewing bison, elk, bear and even wolves in their natural habitat on a sunrise jaunt to the Lamar Valley.” And there is a whole world to discover off the trails too. Relax by the fire or a take a rejuvenating soak in the hot tub at the two comfortable, amenity-filled Park lodges you’ll stay at. Perhaps you’ll want to rent ice skates and twirl around under the stars after a hearty meal of Bison short ribs or wild Alaskan salmon.

We believe that cross-country skiing is a winter pastime that everybody can enjoy, even if you’ve never tried it before. There is even a beginners only departures for this trip! VBT’s Trip Leaders will fit you with the best equipment for your ability and provide lessons, tips, and recommend which trails are right for you. Remember, like walking or biking, it’s not a sport that requires exceptional balance, dexterity or stamina—anyone can do it! So join us this winter and don’t let the cold keep you indoors, there’s a whole new world waiting for you just outside!

Snow Reports and Ski Vacations with VBT

We’re three weeks into December and the snow is falling all over the world. The mountains and valleys of the Austrian and Slovenian Alps got a nice covering over the weekend, but no place in the Cross-Country Skiing world got more coverage this past weekend than the Alberta World Cup at Canmore where Kikkan Randall received the 20th medal in her World Cup Career, grabbing the silver behind Norway’s Maiken Caspersen Falla. Men’s action was exciting, too, as Emil Joensson took back-to-back first-place victories, two weeks ago in Quebec City and then this past weekend in Alberta.

Ski Banff, Ski Vacation

Here at VBT, we’re all geared up for the ski season. We’re excited for our Canada Ski Vacation, where we’ll have a chance to cruise along the same trails that Randall, Falla and Joensson competed on last weekend. Don’t worry, there won’t be a stop watch in sight and we’ll be cruising along the flat trails in the valley. We’ll take our time enjoying the snow and the sights in one of North America’s greatest skiing locales. To check in on the trails, take a look at these webcams from the locations VBT will lead Skiing Vacations this coming winter.

Canadian Rockies

Even after the festivities surrounding the World Cup have cleared out, you’re still sure to find plenty of action at Canmore Nordic Centre. Canmore hosted an early season race in October on real snow; not man-made snow or fresh October snow, but snow that they had saved from last winter under a blanket of hay.

If Canada isn’t your cup of tea, then check out these webcams from some of our Ski Vacations in Europe.

Slovenia

Kranjska Gora, Slovenia, is home to Planica—one of the world’s largest ski flying hills. They also host a stop on the Men’s Alpine World Cup circuit. Located at the corner of Slovenia, Italy, and Austria, you can ski across the border from Slovenia into Austria from downtown Kranjska Gora.

Ski Austria, Ski Vacation

Ramsau, Austria

The winter paradise of Ramsau, Austria, is best known for the Dachstein Glacier and early season skiing.  However, the flat, 5km glacier loop in October is nothing in comparison to the 150km of groomed ski trails available by December. In a town where it is faster to travel from Point A to Point B by skis than by car, Ramsau is always ready for winter.

Obertilliach, Austria

Obertilliach is an annual stop on the Biathlon World Cup circuit and second home of Norwegian biathlon legend Ole Einer Bjorndalen. Obertilliach is also the host of the Austrian “Dolomitenlauf” Worldloppet ski race. While you’re skiing, stop by one of the many huts along the trail for a warm drink and hot food.  Be sure to check out the European web cams in the morning from the US, otherwise it may look a little dark!

Passo Lavaze, Italy

Passo Lavaze is the back-up site for the 2013 Nordic Ski World Championships. It is also one of the most idyllic cross country ski resorts in the world, surrounded by the towering, limestone peaks of the Dolomites.

We’ve still got space available on several of our ski vacation departures this winter, including our Canadian vacations in February. If you’re interested in joining us, check out www.vbt.com/skiing to learn more. Even if you can’t join us, you’ll be able to see us on any one of the web cams above during the coming winter. For now, enjoy the fresh snow wherever you are and see you on the trail!

 

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