4 Day Backcountry Skiing and Splitboarding Hut Trip
February 23-27th, 2022
Arrive in Cooke City by 7pm (Or to Bozeman Airport by 3pm for shuttle)
Shuttle will depart for Airport between 4-5pm on 27th.
Welcome to the Backcountry! You will hike in with the rest of the adventure team into the Woody Creek Cabin. It is approximately 2.5-3 miles from town. Once there, we will be in some incredible ski zones as likely the only folks this far out skiing in legislated wilderness.
We partner with Ben Zavora and his team at Bear Tooth Powder Guides. This is truly a world class operation. Cooke City never disappoints for skiing and split boarding. We will start the first day of the trip around 8:00 am at the Beartooth office in town before departing. We will ski out on the 4th day. You will have an option for a short or long ski out.
Each day depending on weather and conditions we may ski as one or separate groups to account for different ability levels and getting to know one another. Ratios will be 1:4 guide to skiers. Each group will also have a Happy Grizzly Staff as one of the participants. Each day we will ski different terrain before coming back to the cabin for dinner and conversation.
This is communal living, but an incredible experience! We will also teach you a little about the fantastic Greater Yellowstone ecology and learn a bit about the Grizzly Bears who make the region home. A more formal packing list will be sent when you register, but here is a basic list:
We hope to ski with you soon!
Experience Level: If you are comfortable skiing all blue runs and some blacks, welcome to join us. No previous backcountry experience is necessary--but before you come you should get yourself familiar with, and have with you on the trip: skins, an avalanche probe, shovel, and beacon. No formal avalanche training is required before you come.
Fitness Level: You need to be able to spend all day walking up and down on skis. If you do need a break, or feel like staying in one day, you are welcome to use the space and time as you wish!
What is Included: One night of hotel prior to the trip and three nights in the hut, as well as all meals and snacks. Breakfast the first full day of the trip will be n your own. You will be able to have individual or double hotel rooms at the Elk Horn Lodge in Cooke City (https://www.elkhornlodgemt.com/) each night. A shuttle will be available to and from Bozeman, MT, the nearest airport if you need it. If you need to rent skis or a split board, or avalanche beacon, probe and shovel we can help you arrange the necessary gear rental.
Two Weeks Before Arrival: The trip begins two weeks before you arrive when we will schedule your in-person intention setting with one of our team.
Day 0: You will arrive in Cooke City, MT in time for dinner, a pre-trip meeting and a good night’s sleep! If you can’t make it for dinner, no worries, we’ll leave a light on for you!
Day 1: We will move from town to Woody Creek! You will be carrying everything you need for your time in the backcountry. We will also go over basic avalanche travel and safety issues before doing some skiing and split boarding!
Day 2: Backcountry skiing and split boarding!
Day 3: Backcountry skiing and split boarding!
Day 4: After breakfast, you will have the chance for a short or long ski out depending on how you're feeling that day.
Two weeks after trip: Two weeks or so after the trip we will again connect in person to talk about your experience on the adventure and how you can go about integrating any epiphanies you had on the trip into your daily life. This may mean figuring out how we support you in making any changes you feel are necessary, or just sharing favorite stories from the journey. We've found this integration to be exceptionally powerful, as well as necessary to ensure the adventure is more than a great memory!
Payment. All our prices are on a sliding scale. The recommended price for this trip is $4,950. The more who pay full price or more, the more we can offer discounts to others.