Yellowstone in Winter

UPDATE: As of November 7, 2018, this workshop is sold out. Please contact us to be placed on the waiting list and please check out our other workshops. We’re also taking pre-registrations for January and February 2021 now.

Yellowstone National Park is the oldest national park not only in the US but in the entire world. Made public in 1872, Yellowstone is home to a vast number of unique hydrothermal wonders and abundant and diverse wildlife, with 67 species of mammals roaming the park, and hundreds of species of birds, fish, amphibians, and reptiles. Winter in Yellowstone means fewer crowds, cold temperatures, and steaming geyser basins. Most roads are closed to car traffic, and for much of our time, we travel by private snowcoach through this quite, beautiful, pristine wilderness. Over the years, it has become our most sought-after photo workshop: our group size is very small, only six guests with two guides from Muench Workshops. We have crafted our itinerary and transportation to maximize your chances for photography. You’ll always be able to get out quickly and easily to get the shot, when seconds count. Sometimes we even shoot from inside our vehicle where you will always have your own window seat as well, with plenty of room for you and your winter gear and photo bag.

Wildlife: Our photo targets are many! We spend time with vast numbers of bison, and sometimes just one bison. Each day, these giant mammals can look and behave differently in the winter, and you will learn to shoot “snowy" bison, “frosty" bison, and even “frozen” bison. Other mammals include moose, bighorn sheep, mountain goats, pronghorn, and elk. There are predators in the park: coyote are usually found and photographed well, as is a red fox. Somewhat more difficult to find and capture on camera, and requiring a bit of luck, are Yellowstone’s wolves, lynx, and even the tiny long-tailed weasel! In the rivers, we hope to photograph otters, ducks, swans, and other birds.

Landscapes: We have many favorite spots to shoot at, but we’re always on the lookout for interesting compositions in great light, and so expect to shoot a good number of landscapes as well. We have sweeping vistas and tiny micro-scenes as well. There are numerous thermal features, and you will see and photograph travertine terraces, geysers, mud pots, hot springs, and fumaroles. We can shoot long exposures of moving water, moving clouds, and moving steam! Of course, we'll maximize our time at sunrise and sunset if the skies cooperate.

Whether you are a beginner or advanced shooter, we’re there every step of the way with you. We’ll help you with technical settings, composition, and shooting techniques to get the best exposures in challenging environments. We’ll make sure you are getting sharp shots of the wildlife, both fast and slow movers. And we can work on advanced techniques like motion blur, panoramas, image blending, and focus stacking as well. We’ll have our signature image reviews and post-processing sessions as much as possible.

Everything is all-inclusive, including your ride from Bozeman airport to the park. We will work hard, and you should expect that each day will be filled with photography from before sunrise until after sunset.

Muench Workshops works with the National Parks, and we always have the proper permits to operate in Yellowstone National Park.

“Authorized Permittee of the Yellowstone National Park.”

Location:

Yellowstone National Park

Tuition:

$7,495

Dates:

February 1–8, 2020

Fitness Level:

Moderate
Walks in snow of up to one mile,
modest elevation gains
at 7000' to 8,000' altitude

Availability:

Sold Out – Wait List
Limited to 6 Guests

No matter how much you prepare, an adventure like this one you can’t really imagine ahead of time - and this experience definitely exceeded expectations.
— Debbie McIntosh, Mongolia Winter 2019

Itinerary and General Information

February 1, 2020: You should arrive into Bozeman airport (BZN) no later than 1:00 PM on the first day of the workshop and depart no earlier than 1:00 PM on the last day of the workshop. Lisa and Zac will pick you up at the airport and transfer to hotel in Gardiner. We‘ll photograph some of the wildlife and landscapes around Gardiner in the late afternoon. After dinner, we have an introductory meeting and go over conditions and wildlife reports and final itinerary. Overnight in Gardiner

February 2, 2020: After breakfast head to Mammoth for a brief stop and introduction to geological features. Travel to Lamar Valley, stopping at different photo opportunities along the way. Lunch in Cooke City. Travel from Cooke City back to Mammoth/Gardiner via Lamar. Evening photography opportunity at Mammoth; thermal features doing light painting and long exposure photography.
Overnight in Gardiner.

February 3, 2020: We’ll spend another day looking for wildlife in Lamar Valley, and possibly sunset at Mammoth Hot Springs.

February 4, 2020: Leave early on our private snow coach from Mammoth Hot Springs on our way to Old Faithful Snow Lodge. We’ll spend the day traveling through the park looking for landscapes and wildlife.

February 5, 2020: Very long day out in the field, beginning with a private snow coach to Old Faithful Basin. There will be many wildlife and scenic opportunities along the way. Evening photography opportunity at Old Faithful—thermal features doing light painting and long exposure photography. Overnight in Old Faithful.

February 6, 2020: Travel via private snow coach back to Mammoth and visit the “Grand Canyon of Yellowstone“ and look for wildlife and other scenic opportunities. Overnight in Gardiner.

February 7, 2020: Travel to Lamar Valley stopping at different photo opportunities along the way, lunch in Cooke City. Travel from Cooke City back to Mammoth/Gardiner via Lamar Valley. Evening trip recap and image presentations. Overnight in Gardiner.

February 8, 2020: Travel to Bozeman airport for departures. Flights home can be scheduled for after 1:00 PM.

What to Bring and How to Prepare for Your Workshop

Please see our How To Prepare For Your Workshop page now for guidelines on workshop prep, gear, and packing. Approximately 90 days before your workshop, you will be sent a PDF with more specific instructions.

What’s Included

  • Double occupancy lodging (single available, just ask)

  • All transportation during the workshop including snow coach and gratuities for snow coach driver

  • All meals during workshop + snacks + water in the vehicles

  • All permits and fees during the workshop

  • Photographic guiding and instruction from Lisa LaPointe

  • Inspiration, fun, and a great time!

Whats Not Included?

Your transportation to and from Bozeman Montana airport (BZN), and any lodging in Bozeman before or after the workshop dates (we can make lodging arrangements for you). Travel and trip cancellation insurance (optional). Alcoholic beverages, items of a personal nature. Anything specifically not mentioned as included.

Payment Terms

Your deposit of $3,000 is due at sign up and will hold your space in the workshop. The of $4,995 is due by November 1, 2019. If you are registering after that date, please make your payment in full. All of our other standard terms and conditions apply.

Additional Information

Yellowstone in winter is a magical place. Year after year, this workshop fills up a year in advance. Sign up now to reserve your spot on this workshop. Got questions?