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    ...and the Beartooth Pass is closing to wheeled...

    ...and the Beartooth Pass is closing to wheeled motor traffic for the season tomorrow morning, Oct. 5. So while there will still be skiable snow up there, it probably isn't worth the effort to get...
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    If the Pass is open and your definition of...

    If the Pass is open and your definition of "skiable" doesn't have a minimum vertical drop, yes. There's a low-to-moderate angle snowfield about 150-200m from the top of the Pass that's good for...
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    Conditions on July 28-29, July 31, and August 1...

    Conditions on July 28-29, July 31, and August 1 were similar to last week, with a bit more melt out. The in-between line on Gardner was looking very sporty Wednesday but doable if you don't mind...
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    I'm still skiing, and surprisingly enough, I saw...

    I'm still skiing, and surprisingly enough, I saw more than a handful of other folks also up there today. Hourglass is done unless you like downhiking or can manage to ollie some nasty-looking stuff,...
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    Gardner: ...

    Gardner:
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    Main line on Gardner still looks good, and you...

    Main line on Gardner still looks good, and you can also just ski down from the road on the parking lot side and hike back up if you want a shorter run (although that is melting out at this point)....
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    Tip: stay to skier's left of the boulder field,...

    Tip: stay to skier's left of the boulder field, then traverse below it. It's a less-direct route, but it involves a lot less scrambling.
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    Some of that was just less-than-ideal luck, I...

    Some of that was just less-than-ideal luck, I happened to snag a sidewall on the way up. Girlfriend asks as we get to the top, "what's that hissing?", I flip to the TPMS screen and confirm that I'm...
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    You don't say? ...

    You don't say?
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    I'd note that 2412 being in "decent shape" is a...

    I'd note that 2412 being in "decent shape" is a matter of some debate. I tried taking my parents up that way when they visited, in an older XTerra, and the bouncing around on the first 50 yards was...
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    As of 3:00 p.m. yesterday, it looked like you'd...

    As of 3:00 p.m. yesterday, it looked like you'd be straightlining on one ski to avoid downhiking on the apron. Aside from that one spot, the main line looked perfectly skiable almost to the bottom...
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    I was hoping to ski lift-served Wednesday just...

    I was hoping to ski lift-served Wednesday just because July 4, but I'll settle for hiking. Serious bummer for the Basin crew, they've had more than a few challenges this year after not being able to...
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    Maybe. Most of the time, it's drifting that...

    Maybe.

    Most of the time, it's drifting that shuts it down, not just new snow. The forecast and time of day also matters--if NPS looks at the forecast and thinks it's going to be a battle for days,...
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    The Cooke side of the pass is also more...

    The Cooke side of the pass is also more definitively grizzly country. It's a good idea to keep a clean campsite and follow bear-country protocol in either place, but they are not as common on this...
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    I'm not the best one to ask about campsites, but...

    I'm not the best one to ask about campsites, but my thoughts would be: a) anything on the close end of Main Fork (USFS 4241, labeled as 421 on Google Maps) is going to not be quiet, particularly on...
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    Things are holding up pretty damn well, and I can...

    Things are holding up pretty damn well, and I can only imagine what they'd look like if we hadn't gotten such a warm April.

    Gardiner Headwall on Tuesday:...
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