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Posted by Ballpark Frank ( on 11:41:44 02/10/18

In Reply to: Luv it!!! posted by 46er


There's some excellent critter drama in that assortment. Of course, trying to find drama on the slopes of Barronette Peak is challenging. Those mountain goats don't move much. (I wouldn't either if I inhabited that terrain.)

We were skiing the Barronette trail, which runs on the relatively flat surface between the mountain and Soda Butte Creek, in early January. There were extensive moose tracks cris-crossing the trails. When we reached one notable open area, where a large avalanche swept the trees aside about 20 years ago, we found a set of tracks that had to be bighorn or mountain goat. They looked real fresh, but we were unable to find the animal that made them.

Last Sunday, we skied the same trail, and so much snow has fallen over the past month that the only tracks we could find were remnant moose tracks, that were barely showing under a foot or two of new snow since they had been made. Statistically, this is on track to be a record or near-record snow year, depending on how the next 3 or 4 months go. The Upper Yellowstone Basin is somewhere between 140 and 150% of normal at this point.


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