Silver Gate & Cooke City YNP Backcountry Skiing


Montana Alpine Guides offers guided backcountry powder skiing in the Silver Gate – Cooke City area of Yellowstone National Park. With a minimum of two days for these trips, it’s highly likely that you ski some of the best powder of your life during that time. With reliable snowfall from December through May, this area is renowned for its spectacular backcountry ski options for all levels of experience. All MAG guides are American Avalanche Association PRO members, Level 2 Avalanche training, medical training, and many have AMGA certification in addition to years of first-hand experience in our local terrain.

*All ski trip locations are subject to change according to weather and snow pack conditions.

Silver Gate - Cooke City
    Yellowstone National Park – this is the lesser visited part of Yellowstone National Park in winter but it tends to have the deepest snowpack and the most inspiring backcountry ski terrain. It’s well worth the effort to travel to this part of the state for an unforgettable journey where the road literally ends just a few miles past the park entrance. Here you have the landscape to yourself along with your MAG guide.

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Duration & Experience

Duration: 2 days minimum. All trips are custom to fit your group. You decide when to meet your guide and when you want to turn around.  We plan the ski tour around your preferences.

Beginner to Advanced
Multi-day trips. Lodging is not included but can be arranged through private lodges and cabins. This can make for an unforgettable 2-4 day backcountry ski trip.
Avalanche Safety Packs: Backpack, beacon, shovel, & probe
Rent from MAG: $50/person/day
Buy online from MAG

Mammut transceiver, shovel, probe and backpack, G3 Snow Saw.

Backcountry Skis:
AT Skis, Telemark Skis, or Split boards with skins, poles, and touring boots. ($65-$95/day)
Big Sky: Grizzly Outfitters (skis only) | 406-551-9470 (open 8am-8pm daily)
Bozeman: Split Boards – World Boards (Bozeman) | (406) 587-1707. (For backcountry ski rentals in Bozeman contact MAG directly)
All mandatory gear can be rented for your backcountry ski day if you don’t have your own.    Ski rental locations are in Big Sky or Bozeman, MT and should be picked up the night prior to your outing.
MAG ski guides are the most experienced and skilled ski guides in this region with ski experience from MT, Alaska, to S. America.  All lead MAG ski guides are American Avalanche Association PRO members,  have Level 2 Avalanche Training, and medical training.  Many guides also have AMGA certifications in this discipline.  In addition all guides have years of first hand experience in our local ski guiding terrain.   You can’t find a better set of ski guides.

Course Duration

Minimum trip length is 2 days.


1:1- $495
2:1- $620
3:1- $745
4:1- $870
Rates do not include 3.5% land use charge.
*Note: Minimum trip length is two days. There is an additional $125/day charge to compensate for guides drive and lodging compensation.