America's Historic Summer Ski Area Set To Open For First Time In Two Years

For the first time in two years, skiers from near and far will once again travel to Wyoming to experience one of the most unique ski areas in the world- Beartooth Basin Summer Ski Area.

The ski area wasn't able to open last season due to a poor snowpack, but rest assured, there's plenty of snow to go around this season.

Beartooth will open on Friday, May 26th, 2023.

The video above shows ski patrol using explosives to blow up a cornice looming above the ski area.

Beartooth Basin lies high up on the Beartooth Highway, a treacherous mountain pass that runs between Cody, WY and Red Lodge, MT that is closed throughout the winter.

The area is virtually unaccessible for half of the year, but thousands of skiers and snowboarders make the pilgrimage each summer to experience the charm.

Lift tickets are just $50, but appear to be completely sold out from May 27-June 20 on the ski area's website. Daily lift tickets will be made available for walk-ups if cancellations occur.

Beartooth Basin limits the mountain to just 80 skiers per day.

To those of you heading up to Beartooth Basin this weekend, have fun!

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Keep reading for more information about the historic ski area:

Brief history of Beartooth Basin Ski Area:

"Established in the mid-1960’s by Austrians Pepi Gramshammer, Eric Sailer and Anderl Molterer as an Alpine Ski Racing summer training ground.

Beartooth Basin (formerly: The Red Lodge International Ski and Snowboard Camp) is one of North America’s oldest alpine ski training areas. 

As the previous owners aged, they found themselves bowing out to a younger generation of skiing enthusiasts who looked to open the area to the public and not just the private groups and teams as had been tradition in the past.

The newer ownership group has changed a bit over the years and is now majority controlled by the team listed below. The ski area is staffed with professional ski patrol and and lift attendants just as any other ski area, but with a summer like setting above 10,000 feet that can sometimes turn to winter at a moments notice.

Please note, there is no lodge or warming hut facilities. You could call it backcountry skiing with a lift."

Beartooth Basin Summer Ski Area Trail Map
Beartooth Basin Summer Ski Area Trail Map

Beartooth Basin Summer Ski Area Stats/Info:

Peak Elevation: 10,900 ft.

Base Elevation: 9,900 ft.

Vertical: 1,000 ft.

Skiable Terrain: 600 ac.

Average Snowfall: A lot! 

Lifts: 2

Trails: 9

Snowmaking: NO

Night Skiing: NO

Mega-Pass: NO

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