Excerpt from an interview with Jason Smith of Scenic Safaris.
With that I would break that into two categories. The first one being the snowmobile component and that is gathering a demographic set up more for people who want to learn about Yellowstone and want to see the National Park. In the summertime there’s over 3 million people that will go through the park this year. Over the entire winter they’ll be less than 50,000 that go from the south entrance of Yellowstone so it’s that demographic that is more on the adventure based side.
On the snowmobile side it’s wanting to drive and being in the outdoors and be in the elements. Our suits are really warm and our equipment is new and it’s built for those people who want to kind of immerse themselves into the elements of the National Park where it’s so tranquil and so peaceful. You can see a lot of the geological and geographical and the thermal features, all of the nuances that make Yellowstone such a magnificent place to experience.
You can be immersed in the elements with snowmobile and with the snow coach. Its set up more for the younger generation that aren’t able to drive yet or just too young to ride on the snowmobile, which we suggest 10 years old and younger not being on a snowmobile. Ages 0- 10 we encourage going in a snow coach because you can wear your basic winter gear that you have or you can borrow ours for the day.
Once inside the snow coach you are shielded from the elements because it is a temperature and climate-controlled vehicle that travels through that section of Yellowstone to experience the National Park. They see the same features. They go to the same places and they eat the same lunches. It’s more a matter of do you want to be in the elements and have more of that adventure component involved with your experience or do you want to sit back, relax, look out the windows and listen to the guides talk all day long because there’s so much information and there’s libraries full of information from Yellowstone the can share.
Our guides spend weeks, months and years learning, reading and exploring in these areas. There’s a lot of information to digest as well as listen to. If you want to have the kind of shorter talks at all of the features and then drive the snowmobile because the first time you’ve ever done something on a snowmobile, that’s an option. If you want to listen to someone go really into detail and depth about all of areas of Yellowstone the snow coach option is best.
So to answer the question on who was the trip is best suited to, it’s built for the family that just had kids that’s six months old and wants to go see Yellowstone because they haven’t been to this part of the country all the way up to grandparents that always wanted to travel west and never had the opportunity. Now they’re here with their family and learning about this feature that they’ve heard about so long. Maybe they’ve been there 15 times. We really get all sorts from all nations. Our company has taken 15,000 people a year through Yellowstone in the last three seasons so I expect that number to continue.