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Yellowstone National Park–July

I know this is a little late but what can you do?  After skiing the Beartooth Highway in July, Tanner and I dropped down the south side of the pass and headed toward Yellowstone.  This is my favorite way to enter the Park because there aren’t as many people and you’ve a better chance of seeing a wolf in Lamar Valley, since they were reintroduced in 1995.  We didn’t see a wolf this trip but before hitting the Tower-Roosevelt junction we did see a black bear.  Tanner saw the bear first and here’s the conversation that ensued.

“There’s a bear.” Tanner says, pointing to the side of the road.

“Where?”

“Right there.” Pointing at the same spot.

“Where?”

“Right there.” Still pointing.

“Where?”

“It’s right there!” Still pointing and now shaking his finger.

And as it turns out the bear was “right there.”  I just didn’t see him.  He walked across the road and headed down a hill.  At the time there were only seven cars (including ours) so we drove up twenty yards, pulled the car over, and grabbed our cameras.  Within five minutes there were over a hundred people and the bear disappeared down the valley.  Whether or not you see animals, a drive through Yellowstone is always a good way to end a ski day.

The first two pictures are bison in Lamar Valley.  The first bear picture is a little hazy because it was shot through my window as I was trying to put the car in park and not scare him.  And the last picture is right before the bear headed down into the valley.

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Beartooths in B + W

Colorado ski resorts are starting to open.  Are you stoked for skiing yet?  I am.  Below are some black and white images from my skiing trip in the Beartooth Mountains this summer.

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Skiing the Beartooths

Tanner and I spent Independence Day skiing corn snow on the Beartooth Highway.  Located in south central Montana, it’s three hours from my hometown of Bozeman, where I’ve spent the last week.  The highway winds through the mountains from Red Lodge to Cooke City before topping out at 10,947 feet and descending into Yellowstone National Park.  This was my sixth time skiing the pass, which usually opens on Memorial Day, but was delayed to June tenth this year after receiving more than twenty-five feet of snow.

Hiking to the top of Gardiner Head Wall

Skiing the Top of Gardiner Head Wall

We skied a couple runs on the Gardiner Head Wall and found the conditions to be perfect.  Met some nice people on top as well.  The beauty of skiing the highway is you hitchhike to the top, decreasing the amount of hiking with skis on your back.  At the Rock Creek Head Wall you can ski right back to the road.  At the Gardiner Head Wall you hike back up to the road from the bottom of the bowl.

A gentleman and a scholar, Mr. Tanner Claridge

Loaded up hitch hiking in a truck.  We were told the wall of snow was about five feet higher just two weeks earlier.

Tanner rippin’ tele turns

Skiing down the Gardiner Head Wall with Gardiner Lake in the background

Hiking back up to the road

 All in all, it was an excellent day of summer skiing.

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