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The Helmet/Black Mountain Saddle

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Ski from snowfields under The Helmet, Sphinx Mtn and Black Mountain


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Miles

0.9

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Ski Line

8,324' 2,537 m

High

7,277' 2,218 m

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Up

1,047' 319 m

Down

37%

Avg Slope (20°)

61%

Max Slope (32°)
Type: Backcountry or Sidecountry

Overview

A exit trail starting in the Snowfields under The Helmet then open fields of Whitebark Pine into open glades of lodgepole pines.

Need to Know

Once you take the Bear Creek Loop road to Bear Creek Rd East to Trailhead with National Forest Cabin and campgrounds- see access trail. check in with the Gallatin Avalanche Center, Bozeman webpage.

Description

The open snowfields surrounding Sphinx Mountain, The Helmet and Black Mountain. We camped under the Helmet and due to late spring potential avalanche danger and whoop sounding collapsable snow with a south facing aspect, we opted to ski from the edge of the snowfields down to the Sphinx Mt / Bear Creek NF Trail. 325 to stay on the safe side. Low profile of 30 degrees or so through open glades ending in meadows below.

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Shared By:

Salvatore Vasapolli

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Dan Jones skis spring snow below Sphinx Mountain.
Mar 13, 2021 near Big Sky, MT

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