Sweet Corn is Reborn

Sweet Corn is Reborn

England, Mike
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April may indeed be the cruelest month, but this year it should also be one of the most fun. After a one-year hiatus, Montana’s most unofficial spring celebration—the Sweet Corn Festival—is officially back on. From April 16-18, backcountry enthusiasts from around the state will converge on an otherwise-sleepy Cooke City, Montana for a fun-filled weekend of skiing, snowmobiling, and general mountain-town revelry.

Just four miles from Yellowstone’s northeast entrance, Cooke City is home to some of the best backcountry skiing in the West. The magnificent, snow-covered Beartooth Range rises in all directions; nestled among these jagged peaks are countless acres of untracked chutes, steep faces, open bowls, and tree-lined gullies. Conditions permitting, you can take a shuttle (or ride your own sled) north up to Daisy Pass, the jumping-off point for skiing and boarding adventures in all directions. Or strap on skins and head south into the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness, where no snowmobiles are allowed. Either way, at day’s end you can ski all the way back into town, popping out of your bindings at the door of the Miner’s Saloon for a well-deserved burger and beer.

In addition to live music and raffle prizes, this year’s Sweet Corn will also include a luau, so pack a Hawaiian shirt along with your fleece and Gore-Tex. For more information, call the Miner’s Saloon (838-2214) or the Cooke City Bike Shack (838-2412).
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