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Winter in Yellowstone

January 16 – 24, 2023 – Extra Snowcoach Day

January 26 – February 6, 2023 – Including Grand Teton NP

February 8 – 15, 2023 – 3 Day Snowcoach Tour

January 15 – 23, 2024 – Extra Snowcoach Day

February 8 – 15, 2024 – 3 Day Snowcoach Tour

Dates:

Jan 16 - 24, 2023 - Sold Out
Jan 26 - Feb 6, 2023 - Sold Out
Feb 8 - 15, 2023 - Sold Out
Jan 15 - 23, 2024 - Sold Out
Feb 8 - 15, 2024 - Sold Out

Your Pros:

Juan Pons & Jaclyn Merica
Juan Pons & David Swindler
Juan Pons & Tom Putt
Juan Pons and Jaclyn Merica
Juan Pons and Jaclyn Merica

Tuition:

$8,495 USD
$9,495 USD
$6,995 USD
$8,995 USD
$7,495 USD

Location:

Yellowstone National Park, USA

Fitness Level:

Moderate

Availability:

6 Spots per workshop

Dates:

Jan 16 - 24, 2023 - Sold Out
Jan 26 - Feb 6, 2023 - Sold Out
Feb 8 - 15, 2023 - Sold Out
Jan 15 - 23, 2024 - Sold Out
Feb 8 - 15, 2024 - Sold Out

Your Pros:

Juan Pons & Jaclyn Merica
Juan Pons & David Swindler
Juan Pons & Tom Putt
Juan Pons & Jaclyn Merica
Juan Pons & Jaclyn Merica

Tuition:

$8,495 USD
$9,495 USD
$6,995 USD
$8,995 USD
$7,495 USD

Location:

Yellowstone National Park, USA

Fitness Level:

Moderate

Availability:

6 Spots per workshop

“The Serengeti of North America”

Yellowstone has widely been referred to as the ‘Serengeti of North America’, and with good reason. The expansive landscape contains the largest concentration of free-roaming wildlife in the lower 48 states. These statistics are staggering- sixty-seven different mammals live here, including grizzly bears, black bears, gray wolves, wolverine, bighorn sheep, mountain goats, pronghorn, linx, elk, bison, moose, coyotes, foxes, weasels, and other numerous small mammals.

Any description of Yellowstone will be filled with superlatives; some might say “First National Park in the world”,  or, perhaps, “greatest concentration of thermal features on the planet”. Up until recently, it was deemed the largest National Park in the lower 48 states. It is home to the largest bison herd in the world, and, of course, it is home to arguably the most famous and most photographed geyser in the world, Old Faithful.

 

Snowcoach Extension – Jan 16-24, 2023

The snowcoach portion of this workshop is so highly reviewed by our clients, we’re now offering an extended workshop with an additional day (4 total days) on the private slowcoach. This also includes an extra night stay at the Old Faithful Snow Lodge.

 

Extension to Grand Teton National Park – Jan 26 – Feb 6, 2023

Have you ever dreamed of photographing the majestic peaks and impressive wildlife of Grand Teton National Park in the winter? If so, we have a special extension to the Winter in Yellowstone workshop. After the usual 7 days in Yellowstone, we will travel via private Juan Pons Photography expedition vehicle to spend an additional 4 days around Grand Teton National Park. During the winter, the landscape is draped with a thick layer of snow and presents a transformed and formidable landscape as your backdrop.

8 Day Workshop 
3.5 days on the northern range of Yellowstone National Park, 3 full days in the interior of the park in snow coach. 7 full days of a Yellowstone day adventure.

What Sets my workshops apart

I’ve had the fortune of leading winter photography excursions in Yellowstone National Park for nearly 20 consecutive seasons. In Yellowstone, it is imperative that you have a guide who knows the park very well. The landscape is vast, and a photographer must be familiar with the region and wildlife behaviors to know where to find them and how to photograph from the best possible vantage point.

I believe in order to truly enjoy your experience, and to receive the most out of an adventure photography workshop, we must maintain small group sizes with a very high ratio of instructors to participants. I’ve limited this workshop to a maximum of 6 participants and 2 instructors so everyone has an optimal view from our vehicles, as well as easy loading and unloading when wildlife is spotted from the road.

This is a unique educational excursion, and by capping the group size, despite immense interest, our team ensures everyone gets the attention and one-on-one instruction they need to make once in a lifetime images.

As a photography workshop leader, I take your trust in my expertise very seriously. I work in tandem with the National Park Service, and I always operate under the proper insurance, permits, and certifications. I am an Authorized Permittee of the Yellowstone National Park.

What you will learn

You will be accompanied by Juan Pons for this excursion, and you will be assisted by Jaclyn Merica, David Swindler, and Tom Putt. Juan Pons is an accomplished professional wildlife and travel photographer and photographic educator who has a deep passion for the outdoors. Juan will leading you to some of the most iconic and picturesque locations across Yellowstone, thanks to his extensive travels to the area.

Juan and his team believe the best way to teach is by demonstrating, and to this end, they will be shooting alongside you, showing you our technique, and sharing our love and knowledge of the wildlife and environment in this region. However, our priority is always YOU, and assisting you to get the best images YOU can.

The biggest advantage of small groups is the flexibility they provide for customizing and adjusting our schedule to accommodate the particular interests of the group as a whole. This allows us to cover only those topics that you are all interested in, including:

• Techniques for creating exciting and captivating wildlife and landscape images

• Digital darkroom tutorials to enhance the quality of your images

• Instruction on best use of your equipment

• Image reviews

What to expect

My workshops are fairly intensive experiences, and as such, you should not expect this to be a leisurely vacation. My goal is to capture the best images we can during our window of time in such a remarkable place. This means there will be days we begin very early, typically at dawn, and end after sunset. However, we will always have breaks and lunch rest hours to recuperate. We will also utilize our private Juan Pons adventure vehicle for this trip, and we will use the van as a home base with heat, gear storage, and charging ports for your equipment.

Within 2 working days of placing a deposit for the workshop, you will receive a booking confirmation email from my team. You should expect to receive important details regarding your travel arrangements to Bozeman, Montana via email about 3 months prior to the start date of the workshop.

Then, around 8 weeks prior to our gathering, you will start hearing from me on a regular basis. I will provide you with a Workshop Participant Information Packet with all relevant trip details, and share relevant resources to get you inspired and visualizing the images you want to capture during our workshop. At this time, you will also receive a tentative itinerary, a list of clothing and equipment recommendations, and even discounts for equipment you may want to acquire for this excursion.

Pre-departure group zoom conference

My assistant, Jaclyn, and I are always available to answer any questions you may have leading up to the workshop- simply call or email and we can help you as best we can.

Additionally, we will plan a Zoom meeting 4-6 weeks prior to the start of our workshop. There, you can meet your fellow workshop participants, ask any questions before traveling, receive insights and recommendations for reference books, and much more.

Tuition

Tuition for Yellowstone plus Snowcoach extension Workshops – January 16 – 24, 2023

Tuition for the workshop is $8,495.00 USD for double occupancy per person. If you would like a single room, you will receive an additional invoice of $1,300. There are a limited number of single occupancy supplements, so please make sure to sign up quickly if you want this option.

If you would like to reserve your spot on this workshop, you can do so with a $3,995.00 USD deposit. The remaining balance of the workshop fee ($4,500) is due 3 months prior to the start of the workshop.

Tuition for Yellowstone And Tetons Workshop – January 26 – February 6, 2023

Tuition for the workshop is $9,495.00 USD for double occupancy per person. If you would like a single room, you will receive an additional invoice of $1,300. There are a limited number of single occupancy supplements, so please make sure to sign up quickly if you want this option.

If you would like to reserve your spot on this workshop, you can do so with a $4,995.00 USD deposit. The remaining balance of the workshop fee ($4,500) is due 3 months prior to the start of the workshop.

Tuition for Yellowstone Only Workshops – February 8 – 15, 2023

Tuition for the workshop is $6,995.00 USD for double occupancy per person. If you would like a single room, you will receive an additional invoice of $995. There are a limited number of single occupancy supplements, so please make sure to sign up quickly if you want this option.

If you would like to reserve your spot on this workshop, you can do so with a $2,995.00 USD deposit. The remaining balance of the workshop fee ($4,000) is due 3 months prior to the start of the workshop.

Tuition for Yellowstone plus Snowcoach extension Workshops – January 15 – 23, 2024

Tuition for the workshop is $8,995.00 USD for double occupancy per person. If you would like a single room, you will receive an additional invoice of $1,300. There are a limited number of single occupancy supplements, so please make sure to sign up quickly if you want this option.

If you would like to reserve your spot on this workshop, you can do so with a $3,995.00 USD deposit. The remaining balance of the workshop fee ($5,000) is due 3 months prior to the start of the workshop.

Tuition for Yellowstone Only Workshops – February 8 – 15, 2024

Tuition for the workshop is $7,495.00 USD for double occupancy per person. If you would like a single room, you will receive an additional invoice of $1100. There are a limited number of single occupancy supplements, so please make sure to sign up quickly if you want this option.

If you would like to reserve your spot on this workshop, you can do so with a $2,995.00 USD deposit. The remaining balance of the workshop fee ($4,500) is due 3 months prior to the start of the workshop.

What is Included

• All Lodging

• All Meals

• Ground transportation including private Snowcoach

• Snacks and water in the vehicles at all times

• All permits & fees

Instruction

• Inspiration

• Camaraderie

• A great time

What is not included

• Alcoholic Drinks

• Airfare or ground transportation to and from Bozeman, MT and/or Jackson, WY

You will be picked up at the Bozeman, MT (BZN) airport or at your Bozeman accommodation. Please arrive in Bozeman no later than 2pm on the first day of the workshop. My team will send you instructions on flights to book approximately 3 – 4 months prior to the workshop.

The fine print

• You are responsible for organizing your own travel arrangements to and from Bozeman, MT and/or Jackson, WY. We are happy to assist you with flight arrival times and departures.

• Deposit is fully refundable up until 3 months prior to the start of the workshop, NO REFUNDS after that point.

• Dates are subject to slight changes as we await final rooms allotments in YNP

• Make sure to check the Terms and Conditions for all my workshops.

 

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Typical Travel Itinerary

DAY 1

• Arrive at Bozeman, MT (BZN) Airport

• Instructors to pick participants at airport and transfer to Hotel in Gardiner

• Introduction meeting and go over conditions and wildlife reports and final itinerary

• Overnight in Gardiner

DAY 2

• Introduction to Yellowstone Day

• Brief stop at Mammoth to introduce geological features

• Travel to Lamar Valley stopping at different photo opportunities along the way

• 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

DAY 3

• Travel to Lamar Valley stopping at different photo opportunities along the way

• Travel from Cooke City back to Mammoth/Gardiner via Lamar

DAY 4

• Travel via private snow coach along the Madison River looking for wildlife opportunities as well as scenics

• 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

DAY 5 

• Travel via private snow coach in the interior of the park looking for wildlife and scenics

• Visit West Thumb Geyser basin, and  Hayden Valley

• Old Faithful thermal features late ofternoon

• Overnight in Old Faithful

DAY 6

• Travel via private snowcoach back to Mammoth

• Visit the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone

• Many wildlife and scenic opportunities along the way

• Overnight in Gardiner

DAY 7

• Travel to Lamar Valley stopping at different photo opportunities along the way

• Travel from Cooke City back to Mammoth/Gardiner via Lamar

• Evening trip recap and image presentations

• Overnight in Gardiner

 DAY 8

• Travel to Bozeman airport for departures

• All airline departures must be after 11am

Grand Teton National Park Extension

DAY 8

• We depart early in the morning to make the drive down to Grand Teton National Park

• We will make several stops along the way for different views of the Tetons

• Check into our Hotel

• Overnight in Jackson, WY

DAY 9 – 11

• Travel into the Grand Teton National Park for different scenic photo opportunities. Which locations we visit will depend on weather conditions.

• Search for and photograph the different wildlife that make Grand Teton NP home such as, Moose, Big Horn Sheep, Elk, Red Fox, wolves and more.

• Overnight in Jackson, WY

DAY 12

• We will make one last early morning outing for some last early light landscape images

• Depart for home from the Jackson Hole Airport (JAC)

Snowcoach Extension

On this workshop we will extend our stay at the Old Faithful Snow Lodge and be able to enjoy an extra day on the snowcoach searching for wildlife and making more stunning landscape images.

photos from previous trips

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