Winter Wildlife in Yellowstone

Location: West Yellowstone

Session 1 Dates: January 19-22, 2021 SOLD OUT

Session 2 Dates February 2-5, 2021 – SOLD OUT

Cost: $3499, $500 non-refundable deposit due upon sign up.

Winter Yellowstone is a magical place.  The crowds of summer are gone, the landscape is shrouded in white, and the bison plow trails through the deep snow.  Turquoise thermal pools and rivers remain unfrozen, and the steam freezes into delicate ice crystals on the trees and vegetation.  This winter wonderland is a photographer’s paradise.

During this workshop we have hired a private coach to transport us through the park.  With only five participants, you will have ample space for your gear and telephoto lens on the seat beside you.  We will be out in the park photographing for three full days, exploring different areas each day.  Based in West Yellowstone, each morning starts with a drive along the Madison River, a major wildlife corridor.  In years past we have seen bobcat, wolves, coyotes and plenty of bison in this area. 

Our focus on this workshop will be wildlife, but we will visit some of the many thermal areas in the park as well.  We plan to explore the Old Faithful area and the Firehole River, as well as photograph the Canyon area with Yellowstone Falls and Hayden Valley.  If we are lucky, we may get a ‘three dog day’ and photograph coyotes, red fox and wolves on the same day.

Each morning we will arrange a lunch for the group so we can stay in the park for the full day.  With only 5 participants, Tom and Cree will be able to provide plenty of hands on instruction in the field.  Our small group size will also allow us better flexibility in locating and photographing wildlife.  This is the 14th year we have led workshops in winter Yellowstone; it is one of our favorite trips.  Come join us in this magical park during the pristine beauty of winter.

What you will learn:

  • Wildlife Photography techniques
  • Tips for photographing in winter/extreme cold
  • Exposure and composition in the snow
  • Filter Use

Hotel: Holiday Inn West Yellowstone, click here for website in West Yellowstone, Montana; Ask for the group block under the name Tom Bol. Our group rate is $128 which includes continental breakfast. The hotel also offers executive suites.

Transportation: We will be traveling in a modern snow coach during our field sessions. The vehicle has a central aisle and will only transport our group. We will have 7-8 people in a vehicle designed for 13 passengers in order to guarantee space for our camera gear. Park regulations require passengers to wear masks while traveling in vehicles.

Closest Airport: Bozeman, Montana Airport. Drive time from Bozeman to Gardiner, Montana is 90 minutes. If you prefer to not rent a vehicle, there is a shuttle from the Bozeman airport to our hotel in West Yellowstone for $100 each way. The shuttle takes 2 hr 50 minutes and runs twice daily. For more information, contact Karst Stage Lines http://karststage.com/contact

Extend Your Stay: Interested in spending more days in the area after the workshop is over? The same company that operates our snow coaches offers snow machine rentals and tours into the park. The Lamar Valley has plentiful winter wildlife and can be accessed by private car from the small town of Gardiner, Montana. We would be happy to give you ideas for either option.


Recommended camera gear:

  • 1-2 Camera bodies
  • Lenses ranging from wide angle 24mm to 70-200mm
  • Wildlife telephoto lens – recommended 500mm or more
  • Tripod
  • Polarizing filter
  • Laptop for editing and critique

Included in the fee:

  • All instruction
  • 3 full days of transportation on a private snow coach
  • location and permit fees
  • Breakfast at the hotel and lunch on the snow coach
  • Copy of Tom’s ebook Create Better Photographs

Students will provide their own:

  • Hotel accommodation
  • Transportation, airfare, rental car
  • Dinners
  • Gratuity for driver, recommend $10-15 per day
  • Yellowstone National Park entrance fee

Tom Bol Photo Workshops is a permittee of the National Park Service for this workshop and under a Commercial Use Authorization

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