I'm syncing up with some friends in Jackson Hole two days after Christmas for a few days of resort and backcountry skiing. I have almost of week of time to kill before that and was trying to think of somewhat adventurous things to do beforehand.
I'm currently thinking about flying into Bozeman, MT and getting a shuttle to Yellowstone where I would spend a night at Mammoth Hot Spring and two nights at the Old Faithful Snow Lodge (I have a reservation for both places but can cancel) before catching the snow-coach to the South Entrance and heading on to Jackson. I was mainly planning on just cross-country skiing for those days (I gather there isn't much AT skiing opportunities in the park). I may then spend a day or two doing some guided backcountry skiing in the Tetons.
I've been to Yellowstone/Tetons in the summer but never in the winter and was wondering whether there are other alternatives I should be exploring in the area.
I also read about Yellowstone Excursions (http://yellowstoneexpeditions.com/) which do cross-country ski trips from their yurt camp. Additionally there seems to be some cross-country skiing around West Yellowstone and I could base myself their instead of spending 3 nights in the park.
I would appreciate any feedback or ideas about where's the best place to stay to ski and explore the area. I'm in my mid-thirties traveling alone and like adventurous things so I'm a little concern spending 4 days/3 nights in a family friendly Xanterra environment (I have mixed feelings about NP concessionaires) may be too much.