One from the archives

Lonesome Mtn. with thunderstorms brewing.

Was recently on the Beartooth Mountain Guides website and noticed that they are offering a a 4 day ski trip over Sundance Pass next week. (a classic route between the West Fork and Lake Fork, I'd highly recommend).  It reminded me of a fun ski trip I did in the Lake Fork awhile back with Brian and Leah. FIgured to share a couple photos and a bit of beta from that tour.

Our route began at the Beartooth Pass.  It was Memorial Day weekend of 2009.

We traversed out the high plateau (the horizon shown), around Glacier Lake, Spirit Mtn., Beartooth Mtn.,  and the Black Canyon, for a camp in the upper, main Lake Fork.  This approach involves 10 miles or so of glorious travel above 11,000'.  

Our primary objective was the SW couloir of Whitetail Peak.
photo by Leah

The NE couloir gets all the acclaim, and understandably so, but Whitetial Peak has a handful of very nice ski lines.

One advantage of skiing the SW couloir is that you can drop fall line off the summit.

The next day we skied Sky Pilot Peak before exiting out the Lake Fork. 
(some moderates off/ around Beartooth Mtn. were thrown in there too)

Of note is the idea of linking up Spirit, Beartooth, and Whitetail, in a day...  
(and exiting via Quinnebaugh.)


  1. Always knocking it out of the park, so to speak.

  2. Leah's introduction to the Beartooth - not a bad first outing. Thanks for the good memories,Beau!

    1. That was a fun tour! Let's do another one sometime soon.!

  3. What's with all the dust? Is that a common occurrence up there? Tired of it down here in CO...

    1. Hi Frank,

      Not sure what it was with all that dust. Hadn't seen it prior, nor have it seen it since. Reminded me of volcanic ash, but I don't think it was. Probably just drought in the Mid West, and a good east wind event. Sounds like the CO Front is quite susceptible. Hopefully our farmers can keep this soil/ wind erosion in check.