2013 Sweet Corn Festival: Spring Skiing In Yellowstone

Finally, after meandering through countless herds of oncoming bison and road closure signs, Alex and I arrived at our new home for the weekend… the dump parking lot in Cooke City, Montana.  I know camping in a dump parking lot doesn’t sound great, but these are the sacrifices you make chasing powder and good times at the Sweet Corn Festival.

We were here for the legendary 2013 Sweet Corn Festival. A backcountry ski, snowboard, and snowmobile celebration held each spring at the north east entrance of Montana‘s Yellowstone National Park. No sooner did we pull in when our neighbors welcomed us with PBR’s and high fives, which is all you really need to feel at home and welcome here in Montana. Ready for the weekend, we headed to The Minor Saloon to kick things off. Since we were without snowmobiles, finding a tow out beyond Daisy Pass was high on our list of priorities for the night. Fortunately we ran into fellow Moonlight Basin rider Mitch Casey and Cooke City local and Radbot Steve Popovich. Within minutes Alex and I had secured rides out for the morning.

Following a long night, the morning arrived way too soon. With hopes of endless powder and dreamy lines awaiting us, rally mode set in after some strong coffee and oatmeal.  With our first glimpse of the Cooke City and the Beartooth Wilderness, we knew we were in for a stellar day. Deep pow, clean take offs, and untouched landings were all on the menu. The semi low visibility confined us to the trees, where we played mini golf for the majority of the day. Sneak peaks of what was hiding beyond the wall of snow fueled the stoke for what would hopefully lay ahead in the coming days. Pulling back into town, there was a slight feeling of relief. Knowing that our good friend Matt was in the hospital due to a  recent snowmobile accident just a day prior, we felt fortunate to be back safe, sound, and ready for another long night of Corn Fest.

After an even longer night, morning was upon us before we thought about going to bed. Some how through the dancing and mingling we had conjured up snowmobile rides out with the Red Bull crew. Score! This time the weather proved to be even more unpredictable. Full on blizzard and pounding snow for an hour and then… bluebird!! I was absolutely stunned at the huge terrain that surrounded us(but if anyone asks, the people where mean and the skiing sucked!). With a small weather window, we ran laps for as long as the light would hold. The snow was quite nice(almost a foot had fallen overnight), and with the light, it was all that I had hoped for and more at the 2013 Sweet Corn Fest!

Chance Lenay trany finder.

Chance Lenay trany finder.

Pow, split boards, long tracks, and good friends to watch your back. All the makings of a epic day!

Pow, split boards, long tracks, and good friends to watch your back. All the makings of a epic day!

It's spring somewhere... but not where Alex Bueking is skiing.

It’s spring somewhere… but not where Alex Bueking is skiing.

In Montana everything is bigger, including the Norwegian fireplaces. Toasty!

In Montana everything is bigger, including the Norwegian fireplaces. Toasty!

Just because we slept in a dump doesn't mean we're not civilized. BC picnic with the Red Bull crew. Big thanks for the hospitality!

Just because we slept in a dump doesn’t mean we’re not civilized. BC picnic with the Red Bull crew. Big thanks for the hospitality!

Mitch Casey teeing off.

Mitch Casey teeing off.

The art of the tailgate.

The art of the tailgate. Easy living!

Already thinking about next winter? Get a jump on next season and save big! 2013/14 Moonlight Basin Spring Season Pass Sale. We even have  a Pay In 2 Plan! Click HERE for more info.

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