Skiing the Beartooth Highway in Montana and Wyoming is the perfect ending to a great season.
The famed highway — arguably the most beautiful high-elevation route in America — is only open from May to October. The SkiZer made the trip in mid-June and skied some of the headwalls off the roadway and also hit the slopes at the tiny, two-platter Beartooth Basin ski area.
The highway is nothing short of amazing. It rises more than a vertical mile from Red Lodge, Mont., and tops out near 11,000 feet. Snow can fall any month of the year, and indeed, while the SkiZer visited, two snowy storms closed the roadway in Wyoming for periods of time.
It’s a wild and beautiful place.
Over the course of four days, SkiZer shredded the high-elevation slopes and even got out the bike to ride the gorgeous highway. It was an epic trip — one that left the SkiZer wanting more.
The SkiZer hit the water recently for a tour of Elliott Bay in Seattle.
If you’re a student of Seattle history, you know that Elliott Bay is the reason for Seattle’s being. At the time of Seattle’s founding, many other locations — Olympia, Port Townsend, Steilacoom, to name a few — had a head start. But Seattle eventually won out because of the vision of settler Doc Maynard, who pushed to locate the city in what he knew was a better place for commerce.
Today’s ever-changing Seattle skyline is proof that Doc had it right.
Doc used to paddle a canoe around these waters. From a kayak today, it’s an amazing sight.