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Lick Creek - Backside

Intermediate
 3.0 (1) SKI LINE

A mellow drop down the "backside" of Lick Creek—often has good powder!


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Ski Line

8,030' 2,448 m

High

7,611' 2,320 m

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Up

419' 128 m

Down

31%

Avg Slope (17°)

35%

Max Slope (19°)
Type: Backcountry or Sidecountry
Road access to start point (Lick Creek trailhead) is closed April 1-May 15 each year.

Need to Know

Parking at the Lick Creek trailhead (west side of Hyalite Road, just uphill of Lick Creek Road).

Description

Start from the summit of Lick Creek ascent (small cluster of trees offers some protection from sometimes strong winds at the saddle). Head downhill to the east or east-northeast (preferable to head to skier's right, for better snow and a slightly steeper run). Descend open meadows to the treeline. Skin back up along the edge of the trees. Take as many laps as desired, then descend the Lick Creek ski line to get one more meadow ski from the summit. If you're lucky, the return route to the parking lot will be fast, but not icy!

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Gary Hellenga

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Looking from near the top, down the ridge run. Not Lick Creek proper.
Mar 13, 2015 near Bozeman, MT

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Feb 20, 2019
Gary Hellenga
Looked like I was first down backside today, despite late (11:30) arrival. Nice cream over a little crust (wind?).
Dec 27, 2018
Gary Hellenga
About 3"-6" very light new on top of windcrust - you can feel the crust under you, but don't break into it. Very nice!