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YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK — A zephyr lifted ice crystals from the tops of snow-covered fir trees growing up the southern slope of Dunraven Peak in Yellowstone National Park. As the millions of crystals floated above the dense stand of trees, the warm light from the low-hanging January sun caught the crystals and seemed to transform them into gold dust particles that glittered the clear blue sky.

“Amazing,” Audrey Gehlhausen, a three-year guide for Yellowstone Expeditions, said before skiing on through the dense trees and powder.

When you talk to people who have spent time in Yellowstone National Park during the winter, they often use words like “amazing,” “wondrous” and “magical.”

Yellowstone Expeditions owner Arden Bailey has been guiding people into the park from West Yellowstone during the winter for 31 years. He operates the only tent-camping company in operation in Yellowstone.

One of the reasons he continues to guide is his guest’s reactions to winter in the park.

“We get to remember how exciting Yellowstone was for the first time ... day in and day out by vicariously experiencing Yellowstone for the first time often through our guest’s eyes,” Bailey said.

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