Barrett Ridge Ski Resort

Saratoga, Wyoming

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If you like getting away from the crowds, this is the place to do it. There are no major towns for a long way in any direction. With the minimal approach, if this area were located anywhere else closer to a population center, it’d be swarmed with skiers and sledders. Despite its relatively recent closure (sometime in the 1970s), painfully little is known about the old Barrett Ridge ski area. It had a lift, and at least two dominant ski runs. Beyond that, no one—not the area’s museums, or national forest office, or local residents—seems to know or remember much at all. Barrett Ridge is an enigma and was one of the only lift-served ski areas on the west side of the Snowy Range. Around the same time that Barrett Ridge operated, however, the U.S. Forest Service received a proposal for another ski area on the west side of the Snowy Range.

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"If you like getting away from the crowds, this is the place to do it. There are no major towns for a long way in any direction. With the minimal approach, if this area were located anywhere else closer to a population center, it’d be swarmed with skiers and sledders. Despite its relatively recent closure (sometime in the 1970s), painfully little is known about the old Barrett Ridge ski area. It had a lift, and at least two dominant ski runs. Beyond that, no one—not the area’s museums, or national forest office, or local residents—seems to know or remember much at all.

Barrett Ridge is an enigma and was one of the only lift-served ski areas on the west side of the Snowy Range. Around the same time that Barrett Ridge operated, however, the U.S. Forest Service received a proposal for another ski area on the west side of the Snowy Range."

Activity Type: Backcountry Skiing & Snowboarding
Nearby City: Saratoga
Distance: 0.6
Trail Type: Several options
Skill Level: Easy
Season: Best December to April
Local Contacts: Medicine Bow National Forest, Brush Creek/ Hayden Ranger District
Local Maps: USGS Ryan Park, WY
Driving Directions: Directions to Barrett Ridge Ski Resort

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May 2018