In my youth some thirty years ago I went on this adventure, and at that time I placed the memory of this trip in my top ten lifetime experiences. I had told my wife about it and she was eager for the experience. We scheduled our ski trip to Jackson Hole specifically for this reason.
We booked our trip through Jackson Central Reservations, and they booked us on a tour with Six Heart Ranch. Everything about that choice was perfect. We had ten snowmobiles in our group - which was a more intimate size than some of the other tour groups riding that day which added to the charm and attention we received.
This was a very long day - it began at 6:00AM when we were picked up at our hotel by our guide Dan and taken to the Six Heart Ranch for a sit down breakfast. They also run a Dude ranch in the summer, and given the hospitality we were provided we will consider visiting them during a summer. The view - and the pictures we got of the Tetons at sunrise from the windows at the ranch were fantastic. After pancakes, bacon and eggs we were outfitted for our trip for both warmth and comfort. After a short ride to Flagg Ranch we picked up our snowmobiles and received our instructions. We were impressed with Dan's emphasis on safety. Snowmobiles have improved much over the years - I appreciated the heated handgrips and heated seats (my wife didn’t know how much of an improvement that makes), it made the ride even more enjoyable.
The trip is scheduled to provide a view of the Old Faithful geyser erupting, so we had there were several scenic stops along the way, and Dan did a great job of explaining what we were looking at. While Yellowstone is beautiful in the summer it is crowded. Seeing it in winter seemingly transforms it into a different place. A winter visit to Yellowstone is like nothing else; with the snow the scenery and tranquility are unsurpassed.
We arrived at Old Faithful with time for a picnic style lunch in the comfort of some tent like structures. After lunch we were treated to a sight of bison roaming around the geyser. Old faithful erupted right on time and then we were back on the snowmobiles for more sightseeing of some of the thermal features, more bison, and then we began our trip back home.
My prior trip was taken in the middle of winter, this one was taken March 12. From My perspective it’s better to do the trip closer to spring – the weather is better and the lighting for pictures is better. Although when planning your trip be aware that they close the park to snowmobile tours mid-march to begin getting the roads ready for the tourist season.
Thirty years later the trip was even better than I had remembered it since I shared it with my wife – closer to the top of my list now.
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