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Bryan McCoy, the Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor of the Cava­lier Cham­ber of Com­merce and Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment Cen­ter in Cava­lier, ND.

Sno-Dak News - - Board Messages -

Sno-Dak News (SDN): Why did you choose West Yel­low­stone as your home?

Wendy Swen­son (WS): We chose West Yel­low­stone to be able to live in a small town with an abun­dance of year-round out­door op­por­tu­ni­ties.

SDN: How many lodges are lo­cated in Yel­low­stone? What kinds of lodg­ing op­tions are avail­able in West Yel­low­stone? WS: Within the im­me­di­ate area there are more than 75 lodg­ing op­tions in­clud­ing sea­sonal cab­ins and dude ranches, to year-round ho­tels and inns, in­clud­ing lo­cally owned and in­ter­na­tional chains. We have a bed and break­fast, va­ca­tion rentals by owner, for­est ser­vice camp­grounds and RV parks as well. Ameni­ties vary by lodg­ing fa­cil­ity, but in­clude pool, hot tub, wa­ter­slide, com­pli­men­tary break­fast, shut­tle ser­vices, snow­mo­bile rentals and Yel­low­stone Park pack­ages. Sev­eral of our lodges are on the His­toric Walk­ing Tour.

SDN: What types of re­cre­ations are fea­tured in or around West Yel­low­stone? WS: If you can imag­ine it, the West Yel­low­stone area has it! Lo­cated just out­side the West Gate to Yel­low­stone Na­tional Park, we are the busiest hub to the Park, year round. Sev­eral con­ces­sion­aires of­fer guided trips over the snow (snowcoach and snow­mo­bile) dur­ing the win­ter and in coaches in the sum­mer. Bor­dered by For­est Ser­vice on three sides, one can en­joy moun­tain bik­ing, hik­ing, snow­shoe­ing, cross coun­try ski­ing and more, or a sled dog ride. He­b­gen Lake is just north of town, of­fer­ing great fish­ing year-round, and hosts a North Amer­i­can Ice Fish­ing Cir­cuit Tour­na­ment each Jan­uary. Boat rentals are avail­able at sev­eral re­sorts around the lake. The rivers around West Yel­low­stone are some of the best blue-rib­bon trout streams in the coun­try, of­fer­ing an­glers the fly-fish­ing ad­ven­ture of a life­time.

SDN: What do you rec­om­mend ev­ery cus­tomer should bring to make their ex­pe­ri­ence bet­ter? WS: The log­i­cal an­swer we

tell our win­ter vis­i­tors is lay­ers of dress to ac­com­mo­date the chang­ing tem­per­a­ture, but my rec­om­men­da­tion is a cam­era and/or GoPro to doc­u­ment their ad­ven­tures. Our area of­fers so many one-of-akind ex­pe­ri­ences that only pho­tos can tell the story.

SDN: How many guides are of­fered in West Yel­low­stone and what guid­ing ser­vices do they pro­vide? WS: Back­coun­try Ad­ven­tures, Two Top Yel­low­stone Win­ter Tours, and Buf­falo Bus Tour­ing Co. – Ren­dezvous Snow­mo­bile Rentals are ap­proved snow­mo­bile con­ces­sion­aires for daily trips into Yel­low­stone Park through the West Gate. Na­tional For­est Guided Trips out­side of the Park are also avail­able through the com­pa­nies pre­vi­ously listed and th­ese: Trav­eler’s/All Yel­low­stone, Yel­low­stone Ad­ven­tures, Three Bear/See Yel­low­stone/Yel­low­stone Arc­tic Yamaha, High­mark and High Coun­try Snow­mo­bile Rentals.

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