A desk for the town’s Notary Public, above, sits inside the store.
Cooke City General Store, left, is a popular stop for locals and visitors alike. A desk for the town’s Notary Public, above, sits inside the store.
What: The Cooke City General Store
Yellowstone officials will open the East Entrance to the park Friday at 8 a.m.
Cars enter Yellowstone East Entrance in this file photo.
The mountains around Cooke City were lethal last week.
An 18-year-old Minnesota man was killed in an avalanche Tuesday afternoon in the Daisy Pass/Crown Butte area near Cooke City.
With another 10 to 12 inches of new snow falling, the avalanche danger has spiked to high on all wind-loaded slopes steeper than 35 degrees in the Cooke City area, according to the Gallatin National Forest Avalanche Center.
The tight-knit community of Cooke City, population 70, which rallied to help one of its residents defray medical expenses associated with her breast cancer, has unwittingly helped initiate research that could have implications for rural women across America.
Talk about bad timing.
This avalanche was triggered by a snowmobiler on Friday afternoon. It is located on a northeast-facing slope at 9,700 feet at the northern end of Henderson Ridge near Chimney Rock.
The avalanche broke 4 to 12 feet deep. It was a very steep and heavily wind-loaded northeast-facing slope. The debris consisted of hard slab snow.
Cooke City is mentioned in a recent National Geographic Adventure article as one of the top 10 secret ski towns in North America.
The avalanche danger in the Cooke City area was rated "considerable" by the Gallatin National Forest Avalanche Center on Friday.
Visitors to Cooke City seem to agree that the small burg’s one-way-in, one-way-out location in winter is part of its charm, according to a recent survey.
A dog watches traffic in front of the Cooke City Store in February 2008. A dead-end in the winter, Cooke City visitors seem to prefer the charm provided by the seclusion.
Debate over whether to plow the road between Cooke City and Highway 296 has split the town of 75 residents.
Snowmobilers who visit Cooke City are on average younger and have made more return visits, according to a 2012 survey.
Most of Yellowstone National Park’s 3 million annual visitors miss out on its best season. July and August draw throngs of vacationers and trigger “no vacancy” signs in border communities.
The last weeks of fall are critical to businesses in the four gateway communities surrounding Yellowstone National Park, a last chance to make money for the season.