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CrehmBeartooth and Teton Pass.
My questions are, how is the snow pack this year? Will both of these passes likely be open this year by Memorial time?
Is there any road lap style back country access on either of these two passes that will still be skiable in the late May/Early June time frame? Anything with short approaches?
JohnJonszSo Beartooth pass had a low snow year, and the rope tows will not be running for the summer session unfortunately. However there are two other fairly obvious zones with short easy hikes from the road (dozens of lines exist but many require long approaches/exits). If you have only one car, it's pretty easy to hitchhike laps at either spot. One zone is along the top plateau called Gardner bowl. The other starts from the top on the Montana side and drops over 1000 vert ft to an elbow in the road. You can camp close by on the Montana side... huge camping road is on the left at the bottom of the pass on the MT side. Looks like beartooth pass opens right on 5/27 for you according to: https://www.nps.gov/yell/planyourvisit/parkroads.htm
Teton Pass is open year round except when they do avy control on big snow nights. By next month, I doubt the skiing will be all that great. Right now you can ski the upper part of most Mt Glory runs but the lower sections are melting out quick.
Good news is the Tram at JHMR reopens for the summer starting memorial weekend. You can ride it up for $20, traverse to the base of cody, and bootpack up for excellent spring skiing with several aspects to hit all day. You will want your AT setup to make faster laps and eventually skin back to the top of the tram at the end of your day. Do not attempt to ski to the base down rock springs or anywhere inbounds unless you want to do a lot of down climbing on foot.
.lenconNever mind, just talked to some others about it. Looks like no beartooth:/
JohnJonszBut there should be enough snow thru early June to hit several other zones. If you or anyone else want to consider going June 2-5 ish, let's talk. I've gone up 3 times in the past 5 years and have a good idea about best spots to ski and camp.
CrehmThat may be the exact time frame I'm headed through the area! Thanks for all the info, sounds like I will definitely be getting some skiing in!
SkiLefleyDamn, wish you were going a little later and I would tag along.
JohnJonszCool, you're welcome. Sounds like a fun summer plan!
When were you thinking? I'm also looking at heading up to beartooths the following weekend maybe on 6/9-6/12... Deciding whether to do this or a small campout music fest near Bozeman/Big Sky. Or both combined in one bigger trip.
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