"This is just excellent. It's good snow and it's just been great riding," said Dean Hansen from Deerwood, Minnesota.
Hansen and six others came from Minnesota to snowmobile through the Big Horn Mountains this week. Hansen says he's come to the Big Horns every year since 2005, and this is the best snow he's seen for March.
"Last time we were out here, we had real spring conditions setup and it wasn't as good riding. But yesterday was one of the best days ever," said Hansen.
Sheridan County's snowpack is close to 150 percent of average, and Bear Lodge Resort co–owner Rick Young says it received a big boost within the last week.
"I guess around last Thursday, we got another five to ten inches, depending on where you go in the mountain. And then just this past Monday, we were blessed with another 18 to 20 inches. The last time I've seen the amount of snow that we have currently is probably way back in the nineties, if even then," said Young.
And Young says there's much more powder on the mountain than this time a year ago.
"By the second week of March, we had grass here in front of the lodge. Today the fences are still covered in snow," said Young.
Young says the trails here are groomed until April. The on and off–trail season goes to May 15. Then only trails and roads are open, along with about a five square mile area through June 30. He says the crowds died down last year once April started, but expects this year to play out differently.
"We're really hoping that because of this snow, the amount of snow that'll remain, that it'll still continue on through the month of April…maybe into June," said Young.
"I would guess you could probably be riding into mid–April real easily and probably longer than that," said Hansen.
Monday night's snowfall had closed down part of highway U.S. 14 around Burgess Junction through Tuesday, but that highway is now fully open.