Hello, I'm still doing my research to optimize our mid-Feb trip, so we'd see more and spend less time just driving around in snow coach.
I have few questions that I hope somebody can clarify.
I called Xanterra today and to my surprise they said there is no way to get shuttle from West Yellowstone to Old Faithful. I was hoping to use WY as a base on a way to OF and back and now I'm not sure I can do it. Are there any other companies that can run shuttles from WY to OF?
If I decide to stay at Mammoth Springs as a base the day before and after and take Xanterra snow coach shuttle - do they make any stops at interesting places on a way, like Norris Basin or all time is spent in riding? I called Xanterra today and unfortunately I didn't ask all the questions, they said there is shuttle departing Mammoth to Old Faithful: depart: 7:30 am and arrives at noon, and for the shuttle back she said it departs OF at 1:30pm and arrive to Mammoth at 6 pm, which means it takes 4.5 hours - does it really take that long for direct shuttle, or does it mean shuttle makes several stops on the way?
I also have a question about Canyon tour from OF - does it go via West Thumb or via Norris basin? Trying to decide which location to take Canyon tour from, and I'd love to see West Thumb in winter - one of my favorites parts of the park.
Now I'm considering using Mammoth Hot Springs as a base, and since the trip looks more expensive that I have originally anticipated I'm looking for most budget options - I can see Mammoth Hot Springs has rooms with shared bathrooms - how far is the walk in the hallway to the shared toilet / shower and how many people sharing it? Just thought how long walk I need to make if I need to go in the middle of the night.
Will really appreciate replies, I plan to call and make final booking soon, but really looking for advice.