#2: THE SNOW CONDITIONS ARE REALLY GOOD!
With daytime temps in the 50-60s Fahrenheit, and nighttime temps returning close to freezing, it's the perfect place for an epic corn snow cycle to be established, and it's Northeasterly aspects ensure for maximum Summer Sunshine.
#7: IT'S A GREAT PLACE TO RELAX AND BEAT THE HEAT!
Tired of the Summer heat already? Well at Snow Life our favorite saying is "Altitude improves my attitude", and at 10,900ft Beartooth Basin definitely has the altitude to get you cooled off and get your mind right for a few hours. With the aggressive steeps and ungroomed piste, it doesn't take long before you feel like washing down some cold ones while staring at the beautiful surrounding scenery. Because after all, you are on top of a mountain! Bring your chairs, and BYOB!
Located at 10,900ft on the Montana / Wyoming border near the town of Red Lodge Montana, is a ski area unlike anything else in the United States. Operating between late May and early July, Beartooth Basin provides daring skiers and snowboarders with a unique and fun experience not to be forgotten. Snow Life was lucky enough to visit Beartooth Basin on June 1st 2017 to snap some photos and carve some Spring snow. Here are our top 10 reasons why we think you should put Beartooth Basin on your Summer to do list too!
Why you should visit Beartooth Basin Summer Ski Area this Summer!
#5: IT'S STEEP AF!
With a mandatory Black to Double Black drop in around the whole perimeter of the bowl, steep pitches up to 50 degrees, and a vertical of 1,000ft, Beartooth Basin will satiate even the most ardent thrill seeking snow lovers.
ALL PHOTOS ARE PROPERTY OF SNOW LIFE LLC, STATELINE, NV. TAKEN JUNE 1ST 2017
#3: THE DRIVE UP IS EPIC!
Besides the epic snowbanks at the top, the drive up from nearby Red Lodge, MT. or even the trek from neighboring Cody, WY. are nothing short of amazing. The Beartooth Hwy runs along beautiful Rock Creek coming up from Red Lodge, and US 296 to Cody, WY. has it's own stunning mountain, river and valley views that are worth a summer's drive.
#9: DID WE MENTION SCENERY?
I think we glossed over it in a few of the earlier points, but let us be clear: The Beartooth Mountains and surrounding Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness is amazing! With frozen lakes, rugged rock formations, and seemingly endless snow covered peaks, the stage is set for a truly awe inspiring experience.
#6: IT'S BASICALLY LIFT SERVED BACKCOUNTRY!
Hey, don't get us wrong, we love earning turns as much as anyone, and if you continue on a little further into the Wyoming side off of US 212, there's plenty of that to be had as well. The benefit to shredding Beartooth Basin is that it feels like you're in the Backcountry, you can just use their Pomas to get a little more vert than you normally would. Nothing groomed, no lodge (except for the lift ticket trailer), no lines, no large crowds. Just some die hard skiers and snowboarders doing what we all enjoy, shredding snow with our friends!
#8: THE EMPLOYEES ARE PRETTY COOL!
Between manually hand shoveling cornices, digging out Poma lines, or staffing the "lift ticket trailer", Beartooth Basin is far from a normal ski resort job. It's obvious that these hard working folks are as big of snow lovers as those who visit. Staffing seems minimal, but that helps add to the backcountry feel of the place. Thanks for showing us a good time BB staff!
#1: THEY HAVE SNOW, LOTS AND LOTS OF SNOW!
After taking a couple of years off due to poor snow pack, Beartooth Basin is back with tons of snow and great conditions. Having just been dug out in time for Memorial weekend, the Beartooth Hwy (US route 212) is proof positive of the amazing snow season out West. Want to see some massive summer snow banks like this? Roads are clear from both directions so head up and check it out for yourself.
#4: IT'S A GREAT PLACE TO AIR THINGS OUT!
You might catch a case of Cornice Envy if you visit Beartooth Basin because they've got some monsters, and the locals don't mind sending it off of a few of them! Also Beartooth Basin is in the midst of sculpting out some terrain features and a big air park near Poma #2.
#10: IT'S CHEAP!
Beartooth Basin is open daily through July 2nd 2017 from 9am-3pm with $45 day tickets, $35 half days, and a $20 power hour ticket. (With these steeps, sometimes a Power Hour is all you need). Beartooth Basin also sells a season pass for $300. Go find a friendly staff member at the ticket trailer, or at the top of Poma #1. Have fun!