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There’s no need to trek down to the southern hemisphere to get your ski fix this summer. After the lifts stop turning at most ski areas in the Northern Hemisphere, Beartooth Basin’s surface lifts get up and running. Scheduled to open May 26 through July 7, 2019 (snow and weather permitting), Beartooth Basin ensures that there is no off-season from skiing.
The resort first opened in the mid-1960s by Austrians Pepi Gramshammer, Eric Sailer, and Anderl Molterer as an alpine ski racing summer training ground, making it one of North America’s oldest alpine ski training areas. However, the mountain inspired so much enthusiasm in the rest of the non-racing ski community that, in 2003, it came under the new ownership of a younger generation of ski enthusiasts.
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Under this new ownership, the resort was opened to the public attracting freestyle skiers, big mountain riders, terrain park enthusiasts, corn harvesters, sun lovers, and any other children of winter who’d keep the snow falling all year long.
Beartooth Basin is not your typical resort—think more like backcountry access with a few Pomas perched at the top of the iconic Beartooth Pass on US Highway 212. It is the definition of easygoing mountain fun. Its remote location on the border of Montana and Wyoming—plus spectacular high alpine views—brings the soul of the mountains to life and gives shape to the authentic spirit of skiing.
This quirky one-of-a-kind experience is all about the local, small resort vibe and hopes to keep people psyched about skiing and riding throughout the usual off-season. A team of committed professional ski patrollers and lift attendants keep the lifts running, the terrain open, and the stoke high all summer long.
The terrain is not too shabby either. From sendable cornices, tight chutes, traditional and non-traditional park features, and the signature open bowl, Beartooth Basin has something for every skier. Spring skiing conditions—including afternoon corn harvests and abundant sunshine—dominate the forecast, but sometimes skiers can get lucky with a summer blizzard and some fresh June pow.
Beartooth Basin segment from Warren Miller’s “Line of Descent”
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However, operations at Beartooth Basin are at risk. As with all resorts, there is a great deal of expensive infrastructure that must be maintained. Beartooth Basin faces steep economic challenges like aging infrastructure, high equipment costs, costly insurance policies, and major engineering inspections on top of the unique challenge of its remote location.
Its isolation is both a blessing and a curse: it keeps things local, obscure, and offers up some incredible views, but causes access issues and creates increased costs.
In order to preserve this unique western skiing experience for future generations, Beartooth Basin has launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds to keep the resort alive. Contributions will support lift maintenance, insurance costs, fuel, snow surface maintenance, terrain expansion, and more—making sure their lifts keep turning well after all others have stopped.
Donation from $5 to $5,000+ are welcome and will go directly towards keeping the resort up and running. Different donation amounts result in different rewards: from endless stoke and high fives, to full day lift tickets, to season passes, and at the top an exclusive evening of skiing for you and your guests. From $1 to thousands, every donation helps keep the spirit of skiing alive.