West Yellowstone Ski Education Foundation
WYSEF is a 501(c)(3) non-profit foundation established in 1996. It is a community driven organization, founded to promote Nordic skiing as an activity in all its forms, and specifically to provide an all-ages, life-long learning activity. WYSEF advocates bringing children and adults of the community together through cross country skiing, promoting physical fitness and appreciation of our natural environment. During the winter months, WYSEF, with our partners, manages the Nordic trail grooming, and organizes a variety of race events to encourage more involvement, not only from our community of West Yellowstone, but the cross country ski community at large. During the summer, we hold the highly regarded Annual WYSEF Golf Tournament, our largest fundraiser and also most anticipated summer event by community members.
During the summer months WYSEF continues its goals of bringing the community together and keeping the children involved. The Touch-a-Truck event started in 2018, and is a collaboration with the fire department, police department, Town of West Yellowstone, West Yellowstone Airport, and Tri-State Excavating. The event provides children with the opportunity to crawl around in firetrucks, excavating trucks, tow trucks, and search and rescue vehicles ~ the event is a huge hit each year!
Lastly, WYSEF fills a critical role in the community by balancing the management of the Rendezvous Trail System with the West Yellowstone Chamber of Commerce (whose primary purpose is promoting tourism and the business community) and the US Forest Service (whose primary function is as a land steward). In collaboration with the Forest Service WYSEF organizes trail work days twice a year, usually early summer and early fall. This time is used to clear the trails of downed trees and debris, thereby maintaining trails for summer recreation and preparing trails for winter grooming. This time is also used to update signage and carry out needed maintenance on trail buildings.
2020-21 WYSEF Board Members
Jason Brey, District Ranger
Hebgen Lake Ranger District
U.S. Forest Service
West Yellowstone Chamber of Commerce
Freeheel & Wheel