Telemark Meadows, Yellowstone National Park

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Skiing Telemark Meadows in Yellowstone National Park

Location: 29.8 miles south of Big Sky, Highway 191, Yellowstone National Park
Trailhead: Westside turnout on Highway 191 (7205 ft)
Distance: 1.25 miles to top
Time: 1 hours
Top Elevation: 8000 ft
Vertical: 795 ft
USGS Maps: Divide Lake

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On a cold Saturday morning, Jeremy Wood and I braved the icy roads of SW Montana to explore Telemark Meadows in Yellowstone National Park.

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Entering Yellowstone National Park on Highway 191

Telemark Meadows is located 29.8 miles south of the Big Sky turn off, about 5 miles south of Bacon Rind, and  about 2 miles south of Bighorn Pass Trailhead. Look for a large plowed turnout on the west side of Highway 191 near mile marker 18.

Sometimes the mile marker signs get buried due to the abundance of deep snow in the area, so its best to watch your odometer. Do a good job parking as this low angle powder zone is a popular backcountry ski destination and an ideal place to introduce people to the backcountry.

Telemark Meadows, Yellowstone National Park
Plowed Turnout on Highway 191

Telemark Meadows is famous for super gentle terrain and a mellow approach. Click into your skis at the car at 7205 feet. Cross a snow covered bridge over Pass Creek and skin through super mellow meadows until you top out at 8000 feet.

Telemark Meadows, Yellowstone National Park
Dynastar Cham HM 107s ready for action
Telemark Meadows, Yellowstone National Park
Creek Meandering Through Telemark Meadows
Telemark Meadows, Yellowstone National Park
Creek Crossing

It only takes about 20 to 30 minutes to go from car to meadow, with a total vertical gain of 795 feet. Be sure to take several laps and stop to enjoy the views of the Gallatin Range, the Madison Range, and Yellowstone National Park. It’s a stunning location.

Telemark Meadows, Yellowstone National Park
Nice mellow skin track
Telemark Meadows, Yellowstone National Park
Untouched Low Angle Powder
Telemark Meadows, Yellowstone National Park
Top of the Meadows. The parking area can be seen in valley.

When you’re skiing, the planar slopes start out like a steep green run and then quickly mellow out after a few turns. There is plenty of meadow skipping for everyone, so fresh tracks isn’t usually a concern. If it is, do a bit of exploring and you’ll be able to find your own secret stash.

Telemark Meadows, Yellowstone National Park
Nice snow
Telemark Meadows, Yellowstone National Park
Other Backcountry Enthusiasts Skinning Up For Lap 2

The Telemark Meadows zone seems to get an abundance of snowfall, which makes for a deep, stable snowpack. The biggest problem you’ll have is finding too much snow and not being able to hold speed at low angles in deep snow – sorry splitboarders.

Telemark Meadows, Yellowstone National Park
Heading back to the car

It’s easy to link up several different meadows when your skiing at Telemark Meadows in Yellowstone National Park. Since you are in Yellowstone National Park, remember you aren’t allowed to bring your dog. As the name suggests, you might want your telemark skis too!

Telemark Meadows may be the best low angle powder meadow skipping in the Big Sky area. It’s definitely a backcountry ski location that’s worth checking out if you’re looking for a stress-free pow day.

Telemark Meadows, Yellowstone National Park
Jeremy

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Here are a few additional pictures from skiing Telemark Meadows in Yellowstone National Park:

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See our route on Hillmap.

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We skied Telemark Meadows on January 17, 2015.