Winter Activities

Come enjoy some of the best powder in Montana.  Snow West Magazine has rated our snowmobiling in the top 4 in the Western United States and says.  "It is mountain riding at it's best".  At the Elk Horn Lodge you can ride right from the door of your motel room or your cabin.  No trailering required!!!  If you're here to do some trail riding we have 60 miles of groomed trails.  If you are looking for the challenge of hill climbing or boon docking your way up the mountain then the Elk Horn Lodge is the place for you!    


Some of the best snowmobiling in Montana is easily accessible from Cooke City.  Local trails--such as Lulu Pass Trail, Daisy Pass Trail, Round Lake Trail, and Henderson Mountain Trail--offer world class snowmobiling.  Come stay with us instead of the busier areas of West Yellowstone and Island Park.

Avalanche Report

The thrill of skiing untracked powder. Finding solitude in the outdoors in winter. Exploring remote mountain wilderness on your own two feet. Whatever reasons draw you into the backcountry in winter, it's important to know that if you head into snow-covered mountains, there's a risk of avalanches. 

What is an avalanche? Avalanches can be big or small, wet or dry, but at their root, they're masses of snow moving down a slope. Whether you ski, snowboard, snowshoe, hike, snowmobile or climb, anyone who spends time in snowy mountains can benefit from avalanche safety education.

Here's how to get started:

Understand where and why avalanches occur: Learning this information will help you avoid avalanches when you recreate in snow-covered mountains.
Check the avalanche forecast: 

 Back Country Skiing, Cross County Skiing and Snowshoeing

Cooke City is rapidly becoming a top location for backcountry skiing. From low angle tree skiing, to steeper bowl and couloir skiing, there are options for people of all skill levels. Goose Lake, Mount Zimmer, and Aero Lakes provide days of high-alpine options with some of the most scenic ski touring in the United States. Cross Country Skiing Trails are available in the Cooke City/Silver Gate Area and also Yellowstone National Park. For those looking to explore the area at a slower pace, snowshoeing is an easy and budget-friendly option. Snowshoeing in our area can be as simple as putting on your snowshoes and walking out the door.

Beartooth Powder Skiing

Guided powder skiing, hut trips, and avalanche education based in Cooke City, Montana
It's no secret that Cooke City gets the most snow out of any region in SW Montana. Storms sweep through the Snake River Basin and are channeled towards Cooke City. These frequent storms combined with the cold, high peaks means abundant, low density snow and reliably good ski quality. Ski with Beartooth Powder Guides and Stay with us at the Elk Horn Lodge.

Travel Restrictions

In winter, Cooke City can be accessed by wheeled vehicles through the North Entrance of Yellowstone National Park, south of Gardiner, Montana. This road is open 24 hours to Cooke City, but not beyond it. On occasion, the road may close for a few hours at a time to allow for plowing after a heavy snowfall inside the park.

You can access Cooke City from Wyoming Highway 296, also known as Chief Joseph Scenic Byway, by snowmobile only. You'll be able to park your vehicle at Pilot Creek. From there, it's a nine-mile ride by snowmobile on a groomed trail.