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Weather-permitting, Beartooth Highway to open Friday, May 28, 2021 - Yellowstone National Park (U.S. National Park Service)

The Beartooth Highway between Red Lodge, MT and Cooke City, MT has been closed for nearly a week thanks to significant spring snowfall that fell over Memorial Day Weekend.

Yellowstone National Park is alerting travelers that the road is remaining closed until  “…hazardous winter conditions improve.”

The post claims that snow drifts as deep as 6 feet are blanketing the road, and it might be sometime before crews are able to clear the path.

Trail Map — Beartooth Basin

^Credit: Beartooth Basin Summer Ski Area

Beartooth Basin Summer Ski Area, which is located on Beartooth Highway made the difficult decision to not open this spring/summer due to low snowfall.

Will this recent storm be enough for the ski area to open? No word yet, but stay tuned here at Unofficial Networks for all updates on the matter.

Take a look at the full details in the Facebook post from Yellowstone National Park below:

“(HEADS UP) The Beartooth Highway (US-212), located east of the park’s Northeast Entrance between Red Lodge, Montana, and Cooke City, Montana, will remain temporarily closed until hazardous winter conditions improve.

A substantial amount of snow fell over the Memorial Day weekend, creating large drifts and dangerous avalanche conditions. Segments of the highway have 4-6 feet of snow that need to be cleared. More precipitation is expected over the coming days.

Crews have erred on the side of safety and discontinued snow removal until conditions improve. They will work to clear the significant amount of snow from the highway when it is safe to do so.

The highway will reopen to the public as soon as conditions allow.

Check the Montana and Wyoming departments of transportation websites for road updates and status throughout the summer.”

Image Credit: National Parks Service