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Venture Snowboards Trip Report: The Beartooth Sessions 2016

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The late great F.D.R. didn’t shred, but thanks to him we can. In the mid 1930’s, as part of “The New Deal,” president Roosevelt dispatched the Army Corps of Engineers to help build the Beartooth Highway, a rugged section of U.S. Route 212 between Red Lodge, Montana and Cooke City, Montana. A series of steep switchbacks climbs over 3,000 vertical feet in just 12 miles peaking out at 10,947'. Each Memorial Day riders come from around the country in pursuit of life, liberty and some of the best roadside backcountry in the Lower 48.

This spring the Venture and Spark R&D crew packed our board bags and made the pilgrimage for the annual Beartooth session. What followed was an epic four day adventure with fresh snow, fun loving people and good times.

Venture Snowboards Beartooth Sessions Backcountry Camping in MT

Starting the trip off proper with a roadside drop in and 2K decent. 

Venture Snowboards Beartooth Sessions Backcountry Camping in MT

Some eager campers chomping at the bit to demo the new rides. 

Venture Snowboards Beartooth Sessions Backcountry Camping in MT

Dedicated! Ski The East crew made the Beartooth pilgrimage.

Venture Snowboards Beartooth Sessions Backcountry Camping in MT

Matt Paris dialing in the Odin before the drop.

Venture Snowboards Beartooth Sessions Backcountry Camping in MT

Matt Paris getting some early morning turns in Moon Couloir.

Venture Snowboards Beartooth Sessions Backcountry Camping in MT

E-Mo testing the waters in Hanging Couloir.

Venture Snowboards Beartooth Sessions Backcountry Camping in MT

Guess E-Mo thought it needed a little more testing.

Venture Snowboards Beartooth Sessions Backcountry Camping in MT

Possied up before ascending another 1.5K to the lakes below.

Venture Snowboards Beartooth Sessions Backcountry Camping in MT

Split mode meanderings with our new friends.

Venture Snowboards Beartooth Sessions Backcountry Camping in MT

Campfire tales and tasty beverages at the end of another long day.

Venture Snowboards Beartooth Sessions Backcountry Camping in MT

Morning ritual.

Venture Snowboards Beartooth Sessions Backcountry Camping in MT

The other morning ritual.

Venture Snowboards Beartooth Sessions Backcountry Camping in MT

Doing our best to “act natural” while capturing an impressive interpretive tourist selfie session.

Venture Snowboards Beartooth Sessions Backcountry Camping in MT

Chance Lenay making the trek all the way from WA to get his hands on the new Paragon.

Venture Snowboards Beartooth Sessions Backcountry trip in MT

Chance fully committed with a close out spine line for his warmup run. Typical.

Venture Snowboards Beartooth Sessions Backcountry Camping in MT

E-Mo riding some large flanks at Beartooth Basin.

Venture Snowboards Beartooth Sessions Backcountry Camping in MT

The snow gods were watching out for us with some steady cloud cover and a little refresh on our objective.

Venture Snowboards Beartooth Sessions Backcountry Camping in MT

Some high speed corn harvesting above Rock Creek.

Venture Snowboards Beartooth Sessions Backcountry Camping in MT

Chance Lenay surfing a nice left break in June Couloir.

Venture Snowboards Beartooth Sessions Backcountry Camping in MT

Last turn of the trip turned out to be the best. Chance with the white room exit to end the day.

Venture Snowboards Beartooth Sessions Backcountry Camping in MT

Pretty much the last thing you want to deal with at the end of a 4 day trip and 8 hour shred mission... Marmots invaded the Tacoma.  Took about an hour to get these little guys out of the engine. Fortunately for us we had a few marmot whisperers on staff to talk them down… Clutch skill to have in the Beartooth backcountry.



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