Into the Woods
Into the Woods
A group of pro skiers recently traveled to Montana's Beartooth Mountains for a guided trip with Beartooth Powder Guides, a new outfitter formed in 2012 in Cooke City, Mont. Here, Ben Nobel tows Carston Oliver into a secret zone in the Bridger Range of Montana.
The might look like Alaska but it is actually Montana. Cooke City is a small town at the northeast entrance of Yellowstone National Park, located in the middle of the Beartooth Mountains. It is a unique town with one way in and one way out during the winter months and a reliably deep snowpack.
Pro skier Carston Oliver spinning off the first thing the crew could find from the Beartooth Powder Guides' yurt. Beartooth Powder Guides is working to establish a hut system in the mountains surrounding Cooke City. The backcountry yurt is one step toward that goal.
"It has been a dream of mine since I was a young man to establish a hut to hut system in the Lower 48 that would be similar to the sort of hut system you might find in Canada, Europe or New Zealand," says Ben Zavora, the owner of Beartooth Powder Guides.
Carston Oliver skis pillows from the yurt. The two huts can be connected via a seven-and-a-half-mile ski tour. Zavora's goal is to create one more hut.
On The Up
The group skinning into the goods in the Beartooths.
Eric Balken, Carston Oliver, Alyssa Larson and Ben Nobel chilling outside of the Beartooth Powder Guides' yurt.
Making good use of a cloudy day, Carston Oliver gets some air.
Skiing near 11,938-foot Buck Mountain, one of the biggest peaks in Wyoming's Teton National Park.
One last ski tour for the crew.