Sweet Corn Festival

Sweet Corn Festival

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Mike St. Thomas

When Big Sky and Bridger reluctantly close in April, have no fear: there’s still one more weekend of fun before area ski bums should start looking for warm-weather jobs. Every year in early to mid-April, Cooke City hosts its annual Sweet Corn Festival. The small mountain town lies four miles from Yellowstone’s northeast entrance and is home to some of the finest snowmobiling and backcountry skiing around. Every spring, skiing enthusiasts invade Cooke City for a chance to ski the countless corn-laden slopes and uncharted glades of the surrounding Beartooth Mountains.

Participants can take a shuttle, ride a snowmobile, or, conditions permitting, hike to Daisy Pass, where they're rewarded with infinite possibilities for runs, many of which lead right back into town. Besides great skiing, there's a raffle and live music, according to Matt “Raz” Schneider, owner of the Miner’s Saloon. Also, a local Montana brewery generally attends, usually debuting a recently concocted brew. For more information, contact the Miner's Saloon at 406-838-2214 or visit cookecitychamber.org.

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