It's official, Yellowstone in the Winter is one of the most amazing things I've ever experienced photographically. We will have several workshop sessions in January and February of 2020:
Session 1 - January 18-23 - FULL!!
Session 2 - January 25-30
We have a current list of participants waiting for a spot on upcoming sessions. Please sign up below if you wish to be in line for upcoming sessions. A Deposit of 50% is due upon confirmation of your spot as we work down the pre-registration list. The remainder is due May 1, 2019.
Please note, there are no refunds on this trip after full payment is made. The only way we can refund you if you decide to cancel is if we have someone on the waitlist willing and able to take your spot. All 5 spots must be filled for a workshop of this small size to be able to run. For this reason we suggest that you look into taking out travel insurance in case something unforeseen happens.
CLICK HERE to look into travel insurance. If you call and get a quote for only the non-refundable costs of this workshop it will probably cost between $100 and $200. Not bad for peace of mind for a bucket list trip!
Yellowstone is certainly one national park that mystifies visitors and offers a wonderful and fascinating playground for the photographer. Even more so in winter. The only way into Yellowstone in the Winter is with a commercial snow coach or snowmobile tour company.....so the tourists are MINIMAL!! Plus, animals are much easier to spot and really stand out from their usual surroundings. Then add a layer of snow on their coats and you'll get images like no other.
This workshop will involve three days in our own private snow coach with our driver helping spot wildlife and steering us to amazing scenic areas as well. We will explore most of the mid to southern part of the park on the snow coach for the first 3 days and then spend a day and a half based on the North end in Gardiner, MT exploring the road through the Lamar Valley to Cooke City. We will also take some time to play in the Mammoth Springs area.
This 5-day workshop is for both landscape and wildlife photography. We will be on a constant hunt for wildlife but we will also stop for landscape images as well.
Please note that we often offer a courtesy position for non-participating spouses on SOME of our workshops....but we cannot on this one. The snow coach limits the number of participants to 5, and if a spouse wants to come, they must pay the full tuition for a spot.
We will stay in two separate hotels for the workshop. There will be no group blocks available due to the small size of the group. We suggest you make your reservations as soon as you are registered for the workshop. The hotels are as follow:
Holiday Inn Express (West Yellowstone)
315 Yellowstone Ave
West Yellowstone, MT 59758
Session 1: Dates -- January 18-21
(4 nights) checking out Jan 22
Session 2: Dates -- January 25-28
(4 nights) checking out Jan 29
Best Western by Mammoth Hot Springs
905 Scott St, Gardiner, MT 59030
Session 1: Dates -- Jan 22 & 23
(2 nights) checking out Jan 24
Session 2: Dates -- Jan 29 & 30
(2 nights) checking out Jan 31
You are responsible for all transportation getting to the workshop and transferring between hotels. You will fly into the Bozeman, MT airport and will need to rent a car to get to West Yellowstone. We will be on the snow coach for the first 3 days, but then you will need the car to transfer to Gardiner for the second part of the workshop. We will carpool during the second part of the workshop once we arrive in Gardiner so that we will only have 2 cars in our exploration convoy.
Please try to fly in on one of the earliest flights arriving in Bozeman. Although they do keep the roads plowed that we will be traveling, there is still often snow on the roads and you will need time to safely drive from the Airport to West Yellowstone, which can be about a 2 hour drive once you get your rental car. Be SURE to ask for a rental car with 4WD or at a minimum, one with All-wheel-drive like a Subaru or such.
Yes, Yellowstone in the Winter is cold and there is snow. But as long as you are prepared with the proper clothing and gear, you will be able to truly enjoy the trip. Once you are registered for the workshop we will send out detailed information on how to dress and items you will need for yourself and for your camera gear.