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Yellowstone Park retires Bombardier snow coaches; end of an historic era

Our Bombardier coach, and another, at the Madison Junction area.

At the end of February, another historic chapter in Yellowstone Park closed when Xanterra Resorts – the part concessionaire that runs facilities in the park under contract with the National Park Service – retired their fleet of 21 1960-era Bombardier snow coaches. The ancient fleet were sold on the US Government web site; I saw one [...]

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Montana’s Glacier and Yellowstone National Parks, scenic, cold and uncrowded in winter!

Old Faithful Geyser erupts at dusk, to a crowd of two, my spouse and I!

        Last January,  we headed to Whitefish, MT, to join a group of ski patrol friends to ski at Whitefish Mountain (formerly, Big Mountain), tour into Glacier National Park and make our way south to Yellowstone National Parks.  I suggest such a winter trip should be on the bucket list for any [...]

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What -38 degrees looks like! A very cold Yellowstone National Park and West Yellowstone (Part II of III installments)

After a scenic 1100 mile drive to Whitefish, MT to ski with old friends and a side trip to explore Glacier National Park, it was time to head south to West Yellowstone and Yellowstone National Park.  We had visited West Yellowstone and gone into the Old Faithful area of the park five years earlier in [...]

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