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Emigrant Peak

Elevation gain

5200 ft

Highest point

10921 ft

Effort

Moderate

Exposure

Medium

Description

It’s not hard to see why Emigrant Peak has seen skiers on its slopes since the 1950s. When conditions are in, it’s simply one of the best mountains that the Rockies have to offer. There is plenty of powder skiing in its eastern bowls while you build up the courage to try and ski off the summit. Emigrant is a venue that has something for everyone.

The Southeast Couloir off the summit is one of the best lines in Greater Yellowstone. If you're not ready for that, check out the Bali Couloir on the eastern flanks. The Northwest Face offers some great fall-line skiing with a true alpine feel. However you get down, Emigrant Peak is a must-ski for any Montana backcountry skier.

Approach

Get to the peak via the Emigrant Bridge turnout...that is, just before the bridge about two miles down Emigrant Creek Road out of Old Chico. Note the road is not plowed in the winter so conditions can vary, but it's generally clear in early spring. Skin up the road for a couple miles until you reach a fork, at which point it's decision time. The western fork will help you avoid most private property. You'll want to get off the road in the meadows that head to the Southwest basin.
 

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