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!

VBT Ranks Fourth in Travel + Leisure’s 2013 World’s Best Awards

Travel and Leisure
It’s a huge accomplishment to be ranked among Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best. But to be voted on to the list for four years in a row, and to be named fourth in 2013 out of the hundreds of qualified Tour Operators, is quite an honor for each and every one of our worldwide VBT associates.

For the 18th annual poll, the readers of Travel + Leisure were asked to cast their votes for the hotels, destinations, and companies that define the very best in travel. In the Tour Operator category, readers were asked to assess each operator in six categories: staff/guides, itineraries/destinations, activities, accommodations, food, and value. Out of a highest possible score of 100, VBT scored 94.42 placing it fourth on the list of the World’s Best and only a half of a point out of the first position.

We’re very proud of this distinction and are extremely thankful for our travelers’ continued recognition of our effort to provide great cultural experiences.  The fact that 98% of VBT Travelers say they would travel with us again illustrates the close relationship travelers feel with VBT’s Trip Leaders. And although we’re inspired by the results, there is always room to grow.  Our commitment to offering high quality and excellent experiences at the best value, every step of the way, is stronger than ever.

We’d just like to take a moment to thank our travelers for all of the support that we’ve received and we’ll keep organizing the outstanding bicycling, walking and cross-country ski vacations that you’ve come to expect from VBT!