VIDEO: Beartooth Highway, WY—Home to Summer-Skiing Beartooth Basin Ski Area—Is Being Cleared of Snow

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The Beartooth Highway is currently CLOSED for the season—but not for long. 

The road, which closes each winter because of excessive snow and adverse winter conditions, typically opens by the Friday of Memorial Day weekend.

Snow levels vary and drifts can be as high as 26 feet in the higher elevations, according to the Montana Department of Transportation. 

MDT is responsible for the highway to the Montana/Wyoming border, where the National Park Service takes over maintenance responsibilities through Wyoming, back into Montana, and into Yellowstone Park. MDT and NPS coordinate closely in keeping the road open throughout the summer.

Opening the Beartooth Highway is a huge undertaking. It’s only a matter of time before the road is cleared and lifts start spinning again at Beartooth Basin.

Map of the Beartooth Highway

Photo courtesy MDT

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