Summer Skiing in the Beartooths

Skiing the Beartooth Highway in Montana and Wyoming is the perfect ending to a great season.

The famed highway — arguably the most beautiful high-elevation route in America — is only open from May to October. The SkiZer made the trip in mid-June and skied some of the headwalls off the roadway and also hit the slopes at the tiny, two-platter Beartooth Basin ski area.

The highway is nothing short of amazing. It rises more than a vertical mile from Red Lodge, Mont., and tops out near 11,000 feet. Snow can fall any month of the year, and indeed, while the SkiZer visited, two snowy storms closed the roadway in Wyoming for periods of time.

It’s a wild and beautiful place.

Over the course of four days, SkiZer shredded the high-elevation slopes and even got out the bike to ride the gorgeous highway. It was an epic trip — one that left the SkiZer wanting more.

Days 42 & 43: Beartooth Highway, Mont.

  • Vertical: 15,000
  • Vertical for the year: 735,000
A skier shreds the soft snow on Rock Creek Headwall.
Skiers must hike across the Beartooth Plateau to reach Rock Creek Headwall.
Gardner Headwall offers a wide-open run near Beartooth Pass.
The platter lift at Beartooth Basin offers access to Twin Lakes Headwall.
A skier carves a high-speed turn on Twin Lakes Headwall.
Huge snowdrifts on the roadway near Beartooth Pass.
SkiZer gets ready to drop in on Gardner Headwall.
During a road closure, SkiZer nears 10,000 feet on the Beartooth Highway.

2 thoughts on “Summer Skiing in the Beartooths

  1. Gorgeous photos! I’d love to ski this someday. Sort of reminds me of skiing Mount Washington in NH. But, never this much snow so late!


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