Beartooth Basin Summer Ski Area Trip Report

10 Jun 2013

Keeping it Real

The latest in our ongoing series of ski areas that are “Keeping It Real”. Those proud few who are simply in the uphill transportation business. They don’t focus on real estate, out of boot amenities and theme park attractions. They are all about the skiing and riding, just as it should be. 

Story and Photos by Jamie Schectman-CEO and Co-founder, Mountain Rider’s Alliance

Located just on the Wyoming side of the Beartooth Highway is arguably North America’s most “keeping it real” ski area. Directly off the side of the highway at a top elevation of 10,900 feet, Beartooth Basin is what skiing is all about, basic uphill transportation and nothing more.

Ticket Office

Poma 1 and Poma 2 

The steep Poma lifts and quick laps made for some legit leg burn. 

What impressed me the most was the terrain. This wasn’t some low angle golf course slope. It is steep enough to keep you honest, especially if you haven’t been skiing recently.

Co-owner Austin Hart dropping a knee in Chute 2.


For anyone jonesing for some lift-accessed summer turns, I highly suggest a visit to Beartooth Basin!

Other tidbits:

-Tickets are $45 all day, $35 half day, and $20 for power hour.

-Open from 9 am to 3 pm.

-Season is typically Memorial Weekend until the snow runs out (early to mid July).

-Lodging is in Red Lodge (45 minutes) or camp around Rock Creek Canyon (30 minutes).

-The highway, and thus ski area, are subject to closures due to wind and snow. Check with Montana Department of Transportation and the Beartooth Highway’s Facebook Page for the latest.



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