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On the Cover: Santa drops a knee? Big Sky Resort opened on Thanksgiving Day with cold but epic conditions and four chairlifts, including Challenger and the Lone Peak Triple. Here, Ophir School teacher Jeremy Harder, as Santa Claus, makes a telemark turn at the resort on Dec. 5. For a Santa cameo, check out the Big Sky Town Crier at PHOTO BY JOE PAULET

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Explore Big Sky regional distribution Hundreds of drop points surrounding Yellowstone National Park by posting reminders on Facebook. “It makes you look good when you’re the best restaurant in Big Sky, voted by the locals. I would like to believe it promotes healthy competition – for us, 100 percent.” Each person can vote once, so EBS is encouraging businesses to rally the troops, getting locals and regulars to vote. Get involved! Winners will be announced in January and will receive honorary plaques.


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Pretty Paws door-todoor food drive pays off Pretty Paws, armed with local volunteers, went door-to-door on Nov. 24 and collected 296 pounds of food to donate to the Big Sky Community Food Bank. Food items will be distributed to families and individuals in need this holiday season. The Big Sky community also made cash donations totaling $200.

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School House News There is no secret In School House News, Supt. Jerry House shares his point of view on education and the Big Sky School District – his favorite place for teaching and learning. News is selected from all three schools – Ophir Elementary, Ophir Middle School and Lone Peak High School.



Not long ago, the Big Sky School District was known as the Ophir School District, and had only grades K-8. With the addition of Lone Peak High School, our K-12 BSSD is becoming noted for great programs, talented teachers, and supportive community that value our children’s education. At the heart of our educational system, we have several strong ingredients that, when mixed together, form a cohesive program we’re very proud of. The first ingredient is the leadership of a strong school board. Its members are well educated and demand quality from our programs, curriculum and instructional practices. When our teachers and administrators present new programs, and revise curriculum and resource materials, helping to increase the rigor and challenge for students, the board questions the validity of each change, and expects nothing but excellence. The driving forces to mixing the school’s ingredients are our excellent teachers. All teachers are part of a staff development program, regardless of grade level. Some Lone Peak High School teachers, for example, are taking Advanced Placement level cer-

tification from the National College Board, making sure AP classes taught at LPHS are equal to or exceed expectations for college level classes or credit. Our K-8 staff members are deeply involved with the Response to Intervention program, wherein all resources are used to bring up to grade level students who need assistance, or to enhance the advanced child needing a more rigorous program. These teachers introduce letters, numbers, sounds and the elements of social development that make our system strong as students advance to other grade levels. The final ingredients are the supportive parents and our community members. The CAP and Parent Liaison programs allow students and adults to mix expertise and expectations for growth of individuals, as well as the district. Library volunteers assist both the district and the community, making the library’s resources available for everyone’s use. Our newly formed Big Sky Parent Teacher Organization (formerly known as Ophir School Council) is central to our community coming together to support this growing school district. There truly is no secret that we all play a part in the success of the Big Sky School District.

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BIG SKY – Bozeman Deaconess Health Services is preparing to build its new Big Sky Medical Center, the organization has opened an office space in Big Sky Town Center. Located in the Marketplace building at 33 Lone Peak Trail, the office will be the operations base for planning, project development and construction-related business for the medical center, serving as the “hub of activity until the new facility is completed and ready for occupancy near the end of 2015,” said Kevin Pitzer, President and CEO of BDHS.  BDHS is hosting an open house there on Friday, Dec. 13, from 5:30-9 p.m. during the Big Sky Christmas Stroll. BDHS staff will reveal the newly developed schematic designs and renderings of the Big Sky medical facility and site plan, as well as serve hors d’oevres and refreshments.    The approximately 35,000-square-foot medical center will be constructed on a 7½-acre site in Big Sky Town Center. Plans include emergency services, an outpatient procedure suite, and imaging, laboratory, clinic, pharmacy, therapy and inpatient beds. A ceremonial groundbreaking was held on Sept. 30, and construction is targeted to begin in late spring of 2014. Find updates at

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Big Sky Ultra will be the Skyrunner World Series Ultra Final Registration for The Rut 50K opens Jan. 5 BY EMILY WOLFE


BIG SKY RESORT – In only its second year, The Rut 50K mountain run, an ultramarathon based at Big Sky Resort, has been chosen as the Skyrunner World Series Ultra Final for 2014. The event last year drew a total of 400 runners for the 50K and 12K races, and this year will more than double in size, drawing between 800-1,000 runners, said Mike Foote, co-founder and race director with Mike Wolfe. Set for Sept. 12-13, The Rut this year will also have a new event, the Vertical Kilometer, a Skyrunner-trademarked event that’s defined as a 1,000-meter climb in less than five kilometers, Foote said. The Rut’s version will take racers from the Mountain Village, up the Swift Current chairlift, Bonecrusher and Alto Ridge, directly to the summit of Lone Mountain. Based in Italy, the International Federation for Skyrunning was founded in 2008 to promote, govern and administer the sport of skyrunning, or running at altitude. Its 2014 Skyrunner World Series includes 15 events in six countries, with venues including the Italian

Dolomites, the Swiss and French Alps, the Canary Islands, and Utah’s Wasatch Mountains. As the final event in the ISF Ultra Series, The Rut 50K will draw the world’s top mountain runners, all shooting for a piece of the cash purse – an amount that’s yet to be determined. Additionally, the Skyrunner World Series will have a cash purse totaling $25,000, and $10,500 of it will be divvied up among the overall men and women in the Ultra Division of the series. “Skyrunning is all about high altitude, really rugged, visually stunning races, and A runner during the 2013 Rut 50K heads up Alto Ridge toward the summit of Lone Montana has that,” said Ian Mountain. PHOTO BY EMILY WOLFE Sharman, organizer of the weddings as well, sometimes all at the “It’s cool to bring [this] to Montana,” U.S. Skyrunner series. “The same time, as when Obama visited we Foote said. “I want the race to keep its idea is to have races that are really hosted the President and a wedding and same vibe but at the same time bring inspiring for runners to [attend] and a meeting group… but these events are all these people to Big Sky and to Lone aspire to.” very different than the Rut.” Peak.” The Rut is the largest athletic The Rut 12K course will remain the Registration for The Rut opens Jan. event hosted at Big Sky Resort, said same for 2014, Foote said, but the 5, 2014. Find more information at Lyndsey Owens, marketing director 50K will be more technical –, and for the resort. “We host many large fully, he said, with the addition of the conferences that have 400-750Headwaters/A-Z Ridge. plus, and we have had some large

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Bozeman High Latin students name this winter’s storms BY TYLER ALLEN


BOZEMAN – Latin isn’t dead. The ancient Roman language is still used in science, medicine and linguistics, and since last winter, The Weather Channel has been using it to name the most significant winter storms of the season. When one of Erika Shupe’s Bozeman High School Latin students saw the newspaper headline, “Brutus comes to bury Bozeman,” in November 2012, she used it as a teachable moment. TWC named the storm after the Roman Senator best known as one of Julius Caesar’s assassins. A boy in her third period class joked, “Why don’t we come up with next year’s names [for the storms]?” Shupe put her curriculum on hold for two days and encouraged the kids to study more mythology as they came up with a list of Latin and Greek names. The students in five different Latin classes collaborated on writing a professional letter to TWC proposing their ideas. “Ms. Shupe got [her] class interested,” said Bryan Norcross, senior storm specialist at TWC. “They sent an email to me with four lists of future years... It was really terrific, we had regular interaction throughout the year.” The Atlanta-based network sent a camera crew to Shupe’s classroom in March, and the available students from her Latin classes gave up a day of their spring break to be filmed for the special, “A Storm Named Winter.” The National Hurricane Center has been naming Atlantic hurricanes since 1950, but TWC is the first weather entity to name winter storms. When a major snow event hit the northeast in October 2011, its social media service called it “Snowtober,” and the name – as well as the hashtag #snowtober on Twitter – took off, prompting TWC’s

Latin teacher Erika Shupe and her Bozeman High School students celebrate The Weather Channel using their suggestions to name this winter’s storms. “We partied for like five minutes,” said sophomore Harry Schwem, at far right. PHOTO COURTESY


television coverage to adopt the name. “It became obvious that having a hashtag to talk about storms is critical,” Norcross said, explaining the efficiency of conveying information about hazardous weather this way. For winter 201213, he created a list of mythological monikers so they wouldn’t be confused with hurricane names, and threw in a few others he liked such as “Gandolf” and “Q.” TWC names storms that will have a significant impact on metropolitan areas or over a large geographical region. The storm hashtags generated more than 1 billion impressions on Twitter last winter, and TWC’s storm names were used around the country by power companies, schools and the city of New York, according to Norcross. In April, he chose his favorites from the lists Shupe’s students had provided for

this winter, which include Atlas, Hercules, Maximus and Ulysses. Winter storm Dion – short for Dionysus, the Greek god of wine and winemaking – was hammering the Interstate 95 corridor with sleet, freezing rain and snow at EBS press time on Dec. 11. Norcross is hopeful other weather entities will begin adopting the names and has had conversations with the National Weather Service and the meteorological community about collaborating on a system that’s used across agencies. He’s not sure if the Bozeman students will be involved in naming the storms next winter, but Shupe’s Latin club would be enthusiastic if they are. Sophomore Harry Schwem’s Latin name is Falco, which was chosen as one of the storm names this year and will be the next one named

by TWC. “My grandfather [in St. Paul, Minn.] watched the original show and saw me on TV,” said the 15-year-old Schwem. “He was really proud we were known nationally.” Ren Wall, 15, said his father was excited Ren was participating in Latin because the elder Wall studied the classics in college. Ren appreciates the application the ancient tongue has in contemporary academia, noting that his Latin instruction helps him pronounce and remember the scientific names of animals in his biology class. “Language is going to keep changing,” the younger Wall said. “Latin doesn’t, it’s just temporarily zombified.” “Let’s say dormant,” Schwem added.

Avalanche danger spikes after cold snap, storm The morning of Dec. 11 dawned clear over southwest Montana. It was the first day after an extended cold spell with temps below -20F for upwards of a week, and after a 36-hour storm dumped 26 inches on the Bridger Mountains, and 4-8 elsewhere in the region. A number of avalanches were reported during the storm, after the cold weather encouraged facet growth, and 20-30 mph winds created ridgetop wind slabs.

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Climbers triggered this pocket of windblown snow in Hyalite Canyon on Dec. 10. Instability like this is indicative of bad avalanche danger in the surrounding area. PHOTO COURTESY OF GNFAC

“Yesterday Mark and I went up Hyalite [Canyon] to scope out avalanche conditions for this week’s Ice [Climbing] Festival,” Chabot wrote in the Dec. 11 avalanche advisory. “What we found was not pretty. Hard slabs of windblown snow are sitting on large faceted grains and are very easily triggered. We also had a slab of ice fracture on facets, … the first time I’ve ever seen anything like it, which we

took as a serious warning. If the facets are weak enough to collapse and propagate a fracture under ice, wind slabs don’t stand a chance!” Chabot recommended avoiding gullies, since they have wind-loaded snow likely to avalanche. He also expected natural avalanches on wind-loaded terrain in the Bridgers, as well as human-triggered ones “if folks are not careful.” In the Madison Range and around Big Sky, a layer of weak snow about a foot off the ground will be particularly reactive in areas with wind loading, Chabot said. In addition to digging snow pits and doing stability tests, he recommended paying close attention to collapses and cracks shooting out from your skis or snowmobile. “These are bull’s eye data that the snow is ripe to avalanche.” -E.S.W.


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Yellowstone open for winter Yellowstone National Park opens to the public for the winter season as scheduled on Dec. 15. Beginning at 7 a.m. Sunday morning, visitors can to travel to the park’s interior roads on commercially guided snowmobiles or snowcoaches from the north, west and south entrances. Travel through the park’s east entrance over Sylvan Pass is scheduled to begin Dec. 22.    The road from the north entrance at Gardiner through Mammoth Hot Springs and on to Cooke City, outside the park’s northeast entrance,

is open to wheeled vehicle travel all year. Park staff closely monitor road conditions and weather forecasts that can impact roadways and guided oversnow travel operations. Weather during the winter season is unpredictable, and road closures or delays can occur with little or no warning.  YNP officials remind visitors to come prepared with personal emergency survival equipment in their vehicles and dressing appropriately for outside activities in extremely cold weather.   

Visitor restrictions related to influenza in place at Deaconess 
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pneumonia. It is transmitted through contact with infected respiratory secretions, usually by way of the hands. Strict hand washing is the most important and effective method of prevention. The restrictions will continue to help control the spread of influenza in the hospital. Those who have symptoms of upper respiratory infection, cough or fever should not visit the hospital, and hospital employees will ask visitors with such symptoms to leave.

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BOZEMAN – A leading travel magazine recently named Bozeman one of the 20 best college towns in the United States.   Travel & Leisure magazine ranked Bozeman No. 18 on its inaugural “America’s Best College Towns” list. Bozeman was the only town in Montana, and one of only a few towns in the West, to be recognized on the list.   In its write-up about Bozeman, the maga- View from Downtown Bozeman looking toward MSU's campus. PHOTO BY TYLER ALLEN zine cited the community’s downtown and the myriad outdoor activities, as part of Bozeman’s appeal.   “When you’re gearing up to visit Bozeman, it helps to accept that you will constantly feel pulled in two directions,” the magazine noted. “There’s the laid-back downtown, with its coffeehouses, galleries, and bookstores just begging you to linger. And then there’s the great outdoors, calling you to try your hand at fly fishing, rafting, skiing, and hiking.”    Burlington, Vt., earned the No. 1 spot on the magazine’s list. Other western towns recognized on the list included Flagstaff, Ariz. and Boulder, Colo.   To determine the rankings, Travel & Leisure asked its readers to post nominations on social media. Readers then voted on the best college towns. The full list is available online at

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Trappers and pet Roadkill salvage permits available online owners can take precautions to avoid accidental dog capture MONTANA FISH, WILDLIFE AND PARKS

Montana wildlife officials said permits to salvage deer, elk, antelope or moose killed in vehicular collisions are now available online. The new law that allows for the salvage of road-killed wildlife for food became effective in October. The permit system, which is now approved and became operational on Nov. 26, allows individuals to pick up road-killed wildlife. The permit must be completed within 24 hours of salvage. Only deer, elk, antelope or moose killed in vehicular collisions can be salvaged. If a person is involved in a vehicle-animal collision, the Montana Highway Patrol and some other law enforcement officers responding to the collision will have the ability to process a permit on site. If not, one must apply for a permit online. One can salvage an animal that he or she did not hit. Anyone who salvages a road-killed animal is required to remove the entire animal from where it is found. Parts or viscera cannot be left on site. The salvaged animal must be used for one’s own consumption and cannot be donated to others, used for bait or pet food. To obtain a permit, one must first agree to an affirmation to the conditions for the salvage and possession of vehicle killed wildlife. A law enforcement officer may require inspection of the animal, parts, meat and may request the permittee take the officer to the site where the animal was picked up. For more information, and to obtain a salvage permit, visit Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks online at Click “Fish & Wildlife”, and then click “Licenses and Permits."

With furbearer seasons in full swing, and snow creating ideal conditions for trapping furbearers like bobcat and marten, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks reminds pet owners to be mindful that there could be trapping activity in the woods. “Trappers are similarly reminded to follow Montana’s regulations aimed at avoiding accidental pet captures and to use every precaution to avoid capturing a dog in a trap or snare,” said Brian Giddings, FWP’s furbearer coordinator. While such incidents are uncommon, Montana law nevertheless requires furbearer traps on public lands to be set back at least 50 feet from a road or trail; 300 – 1,000 feet from a trailhead; and 1,000 feet from a public campground. Knowing that regulated furbearer trapping activities can occur on public and private lands through February, dog owners can take the following steps to further minimize risks: •

Keep your dog on a leash or otherwise always under your control.

Don’t let your dog wander off, especially out of sight.

“On the rare occasion when a dog does get caught, it would likely be in a foothold device that can be easily opened to remove the dog’s paw,” Giddings said. Currently, Montana has about 6,300 licensed trappers who contribute to wildlife management and research. For more information visit FWP’s website at; click “Trapping in Montana."


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HELENA – This month includes a milestone anniversary for the Endangered Species Act. It was passed by Congress 40 years ago, and a new report from the Endangered Species Coalition marks 10 of the act’s biggest success stories. 

 According to the group’s Northern Rockies field representative, Derek Goldman, two birds seen in Montana are on that list: the peregrine falcon and the bald eagle. Goldman admitted that bald eagles now seem common, but it didn’t happen by accident. 

 In 1978, it was estimated there were only 12 pairs of bald eagles in Montana. 

 “The biologists say it takes decades and decades, and what we’re seeing is that once these species gain protections by the Endangered Species Act and protections of their habitat, we’re seeing a lot of the numbers starting to improve.” Goldman said more than 1,300 species of plants, animals and fish have been protected by the ESA, and only 10 have gone extinct. The report shows that 90 percent of species covered by the ESA are recovering at the pace expected in their scientific recovery plans. Goldman explained that the human connection isn’t just the joy of seeing a wide array of species in the wild. “Those habitats are also important to us,” he said. “They’re sources of clean water, sources of food. So, when we protect endangered species, we’re also protecting places that are really important to human survival.” The southern sea otter, humpback whale, El Segundo blue butterfly and green sea turtle are also featured as success stories. The full report, “Back from the Brink,” is at

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HELENA – A special council is reexamining FWP’s hunting and fishing licensing system, as pertains to funding wildlife management. The Fish and Wildlife Licensing and Funding Advisory Council’s work includes simplifying the types of hunting and fishing licenses and considering the impacts of special earmarked accounts and free and discounted licenses on FWP funding. The council aims to determine a license pricing structure that provides sufficient, fair and stable revenue for fish and wildlife management. Montana’s last general resident hunting and fishing license fee increase came in 2005, and in 2003 for nonresidents. FWP fish and wildlife management programs are primarily funded via the sale of fishing and hunting licenses. A number of new ideas on how to fund fish and wildlife management in Montana for the long term are also under consideration, said State Representative Jeff Welborn, R-Dillon, the LFAC chairman. Possible recommendations include: • Across the board adjustments to standardize the more than 30 different free/discounted hunting and fishing licenses • A standardized age at which Montana’s youth hunting, fishing and trapping licenses are available • Evaluation of alternatives to what has been approximately a 10-year legislatively approved FWP funding cycle, such as allowing the Fish and Wildlife Commission to establish fees, or to seek more frequent, yet smaller, fee increases via the Montana Legislature

“In many ways, in this state, how we choose to fund fish and wildlife management strikes at the heart of who we are as a people,” Welborn said, encouraging others to get involved. Both the 2013 Montana Legislature and Gov. Steve Bullock called for the review. The Legislature passed House Bill 609, which requires the Montana Legislature’s Environmental Quality Council to conduct a study of hunting and fishing license statutes and fees, while Bullock requested that FWP begin a public effort to create its budget for consideration by the 2015 Legislature. Appointed by FWP Director Jeff Hagener, the council is part of the agency’s effort to increase revenue and reduce spending. FWP recently implemented budget cuts, cost savings and funding shifts that will save $4.4 million annually. A license fee increase could be another part of the equation to meet the costs of managing Montana’s fish and wildlife resources in the future, Hagener said. The LFAC is scheduled to deliver recommendations by March 31, 2014. A number of statewide public meetings – and an extended public comment period – will follow in April. FWP will then prepare a budget and funding package for consideration by the 2015 Montana Legislature. The public can comment on these and other issues and find additional information, on FWP’s website at, under “Licensing and Funding Advisory Council,” or contact council members directly with ideas and comments. Their contact information is available on FWP’s website.

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The tide has turned BY KATIE THOMAS


BOZEMAN – Did you know that Santa Fe Reds downtown is no longer? Not many people do, it seems. In what appears to be a new norm for the Bozeman area, there’s been minimal advertising for SFR’s replacement. And what a change it is, from Mexican cuisine to seafood. Hello, Fin on Main! Open since late November, Fin is an upscale yet casual restaurant, featuring seafood as well as locally sourced

meats and organic vegetables. Since then, the menu has grown, and its options have become more extensive as more seafood choices have become available. Fin’s is a modern aesthetic, with a see-through wine display rack as the central feature. Gone are Santa Fe Reds’ garish lights and wall of water centerpiece; now the space is more welcoming and cozy with soft lighting, stone walls and cushy, hightop booths. Expect to be serenaded by Billie Holiday and the like, while you take in the old-timey,

Cioppino: Shrimp, salmon, mussels, clams and tuna with fennel, onion, garlic and basil in a tomato broth

black-and-white photos adorning the walls. Fin showed our party wonderful service. A friendly and efficient hostess greeted us promptly, and our server brought us menus, water and a basket of warm baguette with olive oil and vinegar as soon as we sat down. She took our drink order (the St. 75 – a pink twist on a Greyhound – and Moscow Mule), and was attentive, helpful and polite. Having checked the concern of service off the list, we could now focus on the food. Starters (calamari, seared New York strip, tuna tartar, diver scallops, chicken satay), salads (Caesar, spinach, wedge), specials (fresh oysters flown in from Thailand) and entrees (seafood, pork, chicken, steak, vegetables) were all calling my name. On par for a restaurant of this scale, the prices ranged from $18 (vegetable ragoût) to $38 (grass-fed rib eye). The current seafood entrees include yelloweye rockfish, salmon, ahi tuna, the exotic langoustine with white wine and kale, and the one I chose – the cioppino.

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But first we had to have an appetizer. We sampled the seared New York strip with Thai cucumber salad ($11). The latter element delivered a tangy, sharp flavor thanks to the rice vinegar

and shallots, and the steak was tasty if you like cold, extremely rare beef. As a recovering vegetarian, I let my companion finish this off while I continued to enjoy the bread and olive oil. Then came the entrées: the cioppino ($28) is a divine seafood stew of shrimp, salmon, mussels, clams, and tuna in a broth of fennel, onion, garlic, basil, and tomato (also a good dipping sauce for the aforementioned bread, and particularly enjoyable with the Malbec). My other half chose the vegetable ragoût. This roasted root vegetable dish is heaven: carrots, red and gold beets, leeks, garlic cloves in a stock reduction with herbs and organic polenta, all of which take the taste buds to the best of autumn harvest flavors. In the end, we were then forced to share – I couldn’t decide which entrée I liked better. We didn’t save room for dessert, but it is, of course, available. With so many choices, all foodies must give this new place a try. Fin on Main is located at 211 E. Main Street in Bozeman; hours are 5 p.m. to close, Tuesday through Sunday. For more information or to make a reservation, call (406) 586-0483.




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BIG SKY – As of early winter, advanced bookings for lodging options, vacation rentals and ski equipment had surpassed those from last season, according to Big Sky Chamber of Commerce members. “Compared to last year at this time, we are way ahead,” said Seth Turner, of Black Tie Rentals. “Not only with online reservations, but with our phone call inquiries and bookings, as well. We’re used to having commitments through the Christmas season already, but we’re also seeing signups for rental equipment in March.”   Big Sky Vacation Rentals has experienced significant growth this past year, and is seeing increased demand for high-end rental properties, according to Kirsten King, co-owner with her husband Mike. “Summer bookings in 2013 were up 85 percent over 2012, and we are on pace to see a recordbreaking winter season,” King said BSVR’s total income for reservations to date for Jan. 1-Apr. 30, 2014 has already passed last year’s total for the same timeframe, King added. In total for 2014, the company we will welcome more than 10,000 guests into its rental properties.   Buck’s T-4 Lodge co-owner David O’Connor noted excitement among guests calling in to book

hotel nights about the Big Sky Resort/Moonlight Basin Resort merger. Statewide, Big Sky’s bed tax collections are outperforming all but one other community in the state, Sidney, which has the highest percentage increase in bed tax collections since January of 2012. The oil boom in eastern Montana has produced nearly 100 percent occupancy rates in Sidney. Visit Big Sky recently launched its national winter campaign, which aims to increase visitation to Big Sky, as well as dollars spent in the community, and encouraging longer stays. The multime-

dia campaign sends people directly to, where they can navigate the latest ski packages, download coupons, read blog posts, and plan their vacation. Since the Oct. 14 launch, the campaign has tallied more than 18,000 visitors, 30,970 page views and 15,800 direct hits from ads. Compared to last year’s campaign, these are increases of 172 percent, 56 percent, and 1,537 percent, respectively. This piece was adapted from Visit Big Sky’s monthly news report.

Nina’s Pin-up Cakes BY RACHEL ANDERSON


BIG SKY – Where there’s a whisk, there’s a way – and Nina’s Pin-up Cakes has both. A new addition to the Big Sky business community, the bakery is located in the Westfork Meadows, and will be preparing a variety of fresh items made from scratch. Anyone looking for a hot cup of coffee and tasty eats can swing in, says owner Nina Trevino, or stay and enjoy an assortment of breakfast burritos, cupcakes and donuts. “My skills and passion for baking have grown in the last decade,” said Trevino, a native Texan who relocated to Big Sky three years ago. As first time business owner, she hopes the bakery will “grow as a small business within the Big Sky community.”

Trevino attended Texas Culinary Academy and has worked in bakeries and fine-dining restaurants, and as a pastry chef for the Hilton Convention Center in Austin, Texas. Recognizing a PHOTO COURTESY OF NINA'S PIN-UP CAKES need, she began sellaging attendees to wear “ugly” holiday sweaters. ing her flavorsome Free treats will be available, and a prize will be confections at the Big Sky Farmers Market. given for the ugliest sweater. Other products will include birthday and wedding cakes, as well as seasonal event items and specialty goods like cake and pie pops. Trevino will host a ribbon-cutting event on Dec. 17, and in the spirit of the season, she is encour-

Hours of operation will be Tuesday through Sunday, from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Trevino expects to have a grand opening before Christmas. For more information, contact Nina’s Pin-up Cakes at (406) 995-7100, or visit

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Grizzly Outfitters expands rental, repairs

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The rental area will have seven full-time employees including Turner, and one part-timer. The tuning shop, which previously was in the basement of the building, is now behind a glass window in a room separate from the rental shop.

Grizzly Outfitters Ski and Backcountry Sports co-owners Andrew Schreiner (L) and Ken Lancey tag team the ribbon with giant scissors on Dec. 4 during the outdoor shop’s official ribbon-cutting ceremony. PHOTO BY


BIG SKY – Local outdoor store Grizzly Outfitters spent six weeks this fall renovating the 15,000-square-foot space in the RJS Tower Building next door to its main shop in Big Sky Town Center. Formerly home to the Charsam Gallery, the rental/repair space opened in late November and is effectively triple what it was last year, said Rental and Repair Manager Nick Turner. “It was just coming to a point where we couldn’t handle our capacity anymore,” said Turner, who’s been with Grizzly for four seasons. “We needed to grow and have more space.”

“Now people can actually view us tuning their equipment,” Turner said. “It’ll be fun for kids to watch sparks fly and see the process.”

He expressed pride in Grizzly’s topof-the-line Wintersteiger Sigma SBI tuning machine, which will grind ski and snowboard bases and sharpen edges. “We’re hoping this will boost our repair work, because when people see service they buy service.” He also noted the shop’s high-tech boot drier, which uses UV heating elements to sterilize, warm and dry boots, and also the rental software system, which Turner says helps employees have a more personal connection with repeat customers, saving information on what equipment they’ve skied on in the past. –E.W.

On Dec. 10, East Slope Outdoors celebrated the grand opening of its new space in Town Center, next to Lone Peak Cinema and Ousel and Spur Pizza Co. The owners and staff look forward to reaching more people with high quality gear, competitive prices and great customer service. “We all love sharing our passion for the outdoors, and we can’t wait to have a more accessible location for locals and visitors alike,” said owner Katie Alvin in a press release.

New clothing boutique opens in Town Center BY EMILY WOLFE


BIG SKY – When Amy Langmaid and her sister Alison were young, they loved dressing up, putting on fashion shows, and dancing to Ricky Lee Jones. It’s perhaps natural that Langmaid, 30, would open a women’s clothing boutique. Formerly a Nordic ski instructor and manager of Lone Mountain Ranch’s retail shop, Langmaid has lived in Big Sky for seven years. When a spot in the new building, 32 Town Center Avenue, came open for rent in late September, Langmaid jumped at it. “The whole thing was a very quick, between me deciding to do it and it coming into shape,” she said. “It’s been a little whirlwind-ish but great.” Rhinestone Cowgirl will have “a Western feel with a little bit of an urban twist,” Langmaid said. On Dec. 3, she and her father Dwayne were installing steel shelving in the open 1,350-square-foot space. Local friends had already helped her paint the walls pink and the ceiling buttery yellow; install wood flooring and track lighting; and build wooden ladder shelves and sliding barn doors, which hang on tracks from an old barn in Vermont, Langmaid’s home state. Before the Dec. 10 ribbon cutting, she hung four chandeliers and brought in her clothing line, which includes cowboy boots from Ariat and Liberty Black, clothing from Blu Pepper and Tulle, KUT From The Kloth and Second Clothing Co. jeans, and Montanamade jewelry. “I’ve always really liked retail and am very into clothing,” said Langmaid, who has also worked at JP Woo-

lies in the Mountain Mall, spent three summers as a wildland firefighter and has an education degree from Elmira College. Set between Ousel and Spur Pizza Co. and East Slope Outdoors – which recently relocated from Highway 191 – Rhinestone Cowgirl is one of two businesses in the new 9,000-square-foot, two-story building that will also have four apartments upstairs. “We’ve got all kinds of activities in Town Center – restaurants, famers markets, ice skating, concerts – but I think it’s important for people to have something interesting to buy, something that reminds them of Montana,” said the building’s developer John Romney. The approximately $2 million project, which abuts the east side of Lone Peak Cinema, is being developed and built in coordination with Romney’s TNG Development and Rotherham Construction. It is phase 1 of a two-part project that will include a second building of the same size next door, slated for construction next summer. Big Sky resident Michelle Horning says having more local shopping is a plus for Big Sky as a whole.

Amy Langmaid and Mary Lou Schreiner putting the finishing touches on Rhinestone Cowgirl, a new clothing boutique in Big Sky. PHOTO BY EMILY WOLFE

“I think it’s great to have more retail options, especially clothing and accessories in the Big Sky area,” Horning said after visiting the shop on Dec. 9. “Town Center is really evolving and having more mainstream retail that

is focused on year-round apparel with a contemporary flair is a wonderful addition to our community.” Find Rhinestone Cowgirl online at Facebook/rhinestonecowgirls.

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The Other Yellowstone Ecosystem How ecosystems adapt for success Just as natural resource-based bio-ecosystems operate in a complex natural balance, business ecosystems require deliberate, conscious management and shepherding of their resources to thrive.


prosperity, as Jobs indicated, lies in knowing what customers really want.

they’re highly dissatisfied will yield big changes in preference for a product or service.

But customer needs and wants can be hard to understand.

The same “Job-To-Be-Done” view holds true in value delivery for a business ecosystem: We need to understand what a visitor to our ecosystem is trying to do, and then make it as pleasing and easy to accomplish as possible. By providing a whole

Anthony Ulwick, founder of the consulting firm Strategyn, came up with a way to approach this problem through the concept of “Jobs-ToBe-Done.” Instead of asking a customer what he or she wants, Ulwick proposes asking first what job the customer is trying to do. Next, he says, ask the customer how satisfied he or she is with the process of doing that job today, and the importance of each step.


Steve Jobs of Apple was famous for saying that you can never ask the customers to tell you what they want, because they rarely know. The best they can do is tell you what they think they want, based on current solutions. The iPod, for example, wasn’t an extension of what we already knew: It was an entirely new concept that let us do what we really wanted – carry our music collection around with us.

We need to understand what a visitor to our ecosystem is trying to do, and then make it as pleasing and easy to accomplish as possible.

In natural ecosystems, the species that flourish are the most adaptable to outside influences and change, adjusting their numbers and behaviors in the face of new environments.

This combination of importance and satisfaction, Ulwick wrote in a 2008 article in Harvard Business Review, gives participants in a business or business ecosystem a clear view of where additional value is most needed.

Businesses and business ecosystems must also exhibit this kind of adaptive behavior, based on constantly changing customer needs and competitors’ offerings. The secret to survival and

Improving areas of existing customer satisfaction that customers rate of low importance will have little impact on customer preferences, but improving the value delivered in an area where

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product including everything a customer needs to accomplish their “job”– from gas, to lodging, to guides, to food to ski rentals – the ecosystem insures that the customers want to come back.

Greg Ruff has consulted for Fortune 500 companies and startup businesses on management, market and growth strategies since 1987. He first visited Big Sky in 1993 and recently relocated here. In this column, he writes about how business- and bio-ecosystems can mutually benefit from creative thinking.

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The Big Horns will carry 14 players on the roster this year and will compete with a varsity and junior varsity team. Class-C rules allow athletes to play up to six quarters a day, so some players will compete for both teams. Juniors Quinn and Trevor House, Cooper Shea and McKillop agreed the team is faster this year and is shooting for a state championship. “We have high expectations,” Shea said. PHOTOS BY TYLER ALLEN

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Coach Al Malinowski debriefs the team at the end of practice. “We’re further along with installing offenses and set plays [than last season],” Malinowski said. “It’s more review than introduction. We’ve got enough depth where they can understand more advanced concepts.”

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Junior Justin McKillop, a returning All-District guard, lines up a free throw at practice Dec. 4. “We’re going to be more competitive this year,” McKillop said. “We have better shooters.” The Big Horns finished last season with an 8-13 record and play their first home game versus Harrison Thursday, Dec. 19.

Photo byThe LPHS girls’ varsity basketball team won their first game against Belgrade on Dec. 9. With five freshmen and three juniors, the team is small but fast and working hard with new head coach Cyle Kokot, practicing hard for the season. PHOTO BY TORI PINTAR

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I got some news I didn’t like. I was pissed. But I didn’t let it show. After all, anger isn’t a nice, ladylike thing to show. I don’t get angry. So I reached in the cupboard for a box of cookies. Ahhh, that’s better, I thought. And then it happened again. I was pissed. But the box of cookies was all eaten up. What could I eat that had sugar in it? Mmmm, raisins don’t quite cut the bill. How about some cocoa with lots of sugar?

But if you suppress your anger, deny it, or use it to manipulate, resent, blame or “get back” at someone with it, then you suffer. You feel uncomfortable, you feel angst – you feel angry. Anger is something almost everyone has on some level, and it’s something that can cause disease if not worked with on a conscious level. If you’re

places where you judge others; I used to judge people for eating too much at a potluck, but when I looked at myself, I was always at the dessert table. How many more cookies were OK to eat without people noticing? Feel it in your body. Notice where anger sits in you – is it your chest, stomach, head or neck? Where do you feel it?    Take a deep breath and be kind with yourself for having it.

Unpleasant-feeling emotions like anger, shame, guilt, jealousy or envy are part of the human experience. When you deny them, you are denying yourself.

Ahhh, that’s better, I thought again. For years this went on. Anger = eating sugar. That’s how I dealt with it. Because anger isn’t something I have. My dad was angry sometimes, but not me, I thought.

This was all unconscious, of course. I had no idea I was doing it. I’m now awake to it and know how to work with it. Here’s the thing: Anger is not bad, it’s not wrong and it’s not evil. It just is. It’s part of being human. In saying that, I’m not saying to go get angry all the time and live from that place. Being angry all the time doesn’t bring you peace and joy.

in one of these two categories: suppressing anger and judging those that are angry as being “bad,” or letting it fly and being angry a lot of the time outwardly or through sarcasm, criticism, yelling or blaming, then here are some tips on how to work with it: Acknowledge this is part of being human. Recognize that you feel it. Say, “I’m angry right now.” Unpleasant-feeling emotions like anger, shame, guilt, jealousy or envy are part of the human experience. When you deny them, you are denying yourself. Carl Jung called this our shadow side. You can find your shadow in the

Let it move through your body. Yell out loud (by yourself), hit a pillow (more than once), shake your hands and arms (I love this one). Let it out. If you’re someone who gets angry at the drop of a hat, then look at the truth of what you’re angry about. Are you resisting what is – the situation that is “causing” the anger? Again, be kind with yourself for having anger. Over and over and over again.  As a transformational coach and spiritual mentor, Angela Maria Patnode inspires and awakens her clients to their own extraordinary wisdom and potential through one-on-one programs, meditation classes, specialty workshops and transformational retreats. This piece was adapted from one on her blog,


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Preparing to ski: What you may have overlooked BY EDWARD M. DAVILA RIDGE PERSONAL TRAINER

With winter here, many people are preparing for another ski season, acquiring new gear and starting ski-conditioning programs. However, a major component that’s often overlooked is nutrition. Adequate nutrition and hydration before and during skiing can have huge impacts on ski performance and safety.

requirements. Research shows that when temperatures are low enough to cause a shivering response, carbohydrate utilization increases to maintain core temperature. Further, with increasing altitude, there is a shift toward greater utilization of blood glucose, both at rest and during exercise when compared to sea level. Without nutritionally accounting for this, carbohydrates quickly become a limiting fuel source for skiing and, in turn, accelerate the onset of fatigue. This becomes important since low amounts of this fuel source may predispose a skier to injury, particularly late in the day. Fat is important as an energy source during submaximal exercise, but researchers indicate carbohydrate utilization, particularly in the cold and at altitude, is of greater concern. Athletes also need adequate protein intake to preserve lean body mass and aid in recovery.

Consuming carbohydrates 30-45 minutes prior to skiing may help maximize glycogen stores and help delay the onset of fatigue during extended periods of skiing.

There are many factors to consider when preparing for ski season. Altitude, temperature, skiing discipline, hydration status and energy expenditure can all influence ski performance and safety. Energy requirements across winter sports vary. Alpine skiers can burn anywhere from 45-55 kcal/kg/day, whereas cross-country skiers report even higher energy expenditures – the highest of all winter sport athletes. Consequently, macronutrients such as carbohydrates, fats and proteins, along with hydration status before and during skiing, are important considerations during the ski season. Cold exposure alone has been shown to increase energy expenditure and, as a result, energy

Fluid balance during skiing also plays a crucial role. Researchers have found that altitude, thirst suppression in cold weather, and increased body temperature with sweat production during skiing may all contribute to dehydration. In 2006, a ski

study by Montana State University’s Dr. John Seifert and colleagues reported that dehydration may adversely affect cardiovascular efficiency, extend recovery requirements and reduce muscle blood flow. As a result, ski performance and safety may be compromised. Adequate nutrition and hydration strategies should be implemented to optimize ski performance and safety. Consuming carbohydrates 30-45 minutes prior to skiing may help maximize glycogen stores and help delay the onset of fatigue during extended periods of skiing. To maintain ski intensity and prevent dehydration, skiers are advised to ingest items with carbohydrates and electrolytes in intervals of 30-60 minutes. Foods should include easily digestible, carbohydrate-rich sources such as gels, sports drinks or bars. Furthermore, the addition of approximately 15-20 grams of protein has been shown to enhance muscle repair and rebuilding, both of which are critical for recovery. Edward Davila is a Registered Clinical Exercise Physiologist and Certified Health Fitness Specialist at the Ridge Athletic Club. He enjoys bridging the gap between science and practice to promote health, performance and education.

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Mountain Outlaw magazine release party at El Patron Winter Issue on stands now PHOTOS BY JOE PAULET

The Outlaw Partners on Dec. 6 threw down for the release of the winter 2014 Mountain Outlaw magazine, at El Patron Cocina y Cantina in Big Sky. A packed house boogied to music by the Hooligans featuring Little Feat founder Bill Payne, enjoyed margaritas and tacos, and rallied for a gear giveaway from Grizzly Outfitters – including a pair of Rocky Mountain Underground skis.


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Stop by and visit us at our open house in Big Sky’s Town Center suite during the annual Big Sky Christmas Stroll on Friday, December 13, from 5:30–9:00 pm. Enjoy appetizers and refreshments, while taking a peak at the much anticipated schematic drawings of the new Big Sky Medical Center!

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A legacy of Western art burgeons in Bozeman A cove in the west wall of Legacy Gallery with bronzes by John Coleman, and paintings by R.S. Riddick, William Ahrendt, Gary Lynn Roberts and David Mann. PHOTO COURTESY OF LEGACY GALLERY


BOZEMAN – A new business on Bozeman’s Main Street showcases the work by many top contemporary Western artists. Legacy Gallery opened the doors to its nearly 4,000-square-foot space on Nov. 27, and features representational cowboy, Native American, landscape, wildlife and sporting art, bringing a tradition of more than two decades of art sales from Scottsdale, Ariz. and Jackson, Wyo. to southwest Montana.

$650 when he was 16 years old. He spent all the money he made landscaping that summer on the painting, after buying a rifle and shotgun with his previous summer’s earnings. His folks thought he was crazy. Jones, 55, moved to Bozeman part-time to open the new gallery, and he still has the painting. “When my parents come to dinner [now], I look up at that painting and say,

‘Hmm, I wonder where that rifle and shotgun are.’” Between the three galleries, Legacy now represents more than 100 artists, and Jones says there’s a geographical difference in what type of art patrons seek. In Scottsdale, collectors pursue more figurative work, landscapes and cityscapes, where

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Legacy has hosted the single-day Scottsdale Art Auction the first Saturday in April for the last nine years; it grossed more than $27 million in just the past two. With a growing number of Montana clients, recent changes in the art market in Bozeman, and a continuing uptick in home construction and real estate sales, the timing was right to make the plunge into downtown Bozeman.

“We’ve been interested in the Bozeman market for an additional gallery for about eight years,” said Legacy owner Brad Richardson, who opened the Scottsdale gallery with his wife Jinger 26 years ago, and the Jackson space two years later. Scott Jones, general manager of the galleries, bought his first piece of art – a Richard Van Wagoner watercolor – for

General manager of Legacy galleries Scott Jones and Sales Associate Angela Prond pose next to Walter Matia’s bronze A Point of Honor. PHOTO BY TYLER ALLEN

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John Coleman’s bronze Leader of Men is displayed in the center of the gallery. PHOTO BY TYLER ALLEN

Continued from p. 33 as in Jackson, wildlife art collectors dominate the scene. The Bozeman market is likely to look a lot like Jackson, Jones said. “It’s also a comfort – in the Bozeman market – to us having the gallery in Jackson,” Richardson said. “It seems logical that what sells on one side of Yellowstone National Park should sell on the other side.”

is optimistic about the impact Legacy’s opening will have on the local art community. “I think it’ll be real good for the town [and] make us more of an art destination,” Scheibel said. “I know they’re very highly thought of in the Western art community. It’s a good thing for art in general, and downtown business.”

Legacy’s Bozeman gallery features the work of more than 25 artists, including members of the Cowboy Artists of America, the Russell Skull Society of Artists, Prix de West artists and Masters of the American West (Autry) artists. Montana painters and sculptors featured include Gary Carter, Tim Shinabarger, Gary Lynn Roberts and Rod Zullo. Well known by the seasoned art collector, Legacy also prides itself on helping new collectors break into the Western art scene, Jones said. He expects to host about 10 Montana artists at the grand opening reception and sale, as well as a number of collectors traveling from as far as Whitefish. Contact the gallery at (406) 577-2810 for a copy of the grand opening sale catalogue or visit for more information.

Legacy Gallery grand opening and reception Legacy Gallery at 7 West Main Street in Bozeman will celebrate its opening on Dec. 28 from 3-7 p.m. Owners Brad and Jinger Richardson will be in attendance and the event will feature new artwork from more than 25 artists. Legacy Gallery is at 7 West Main in Bozeman, next to the Ellen Theatre. PHOTO BY TYLER ALLEN

Greg Scheibel’s 24x30-inch oil landscape, Autumn Along the Shields River, dominates one of the spaces on the new gallery’s east wall. Scheibel is a landscape painter who’s lived in Bozeman since 1973 and

Richardson, too, welcomes more spaces showcasing art in the area. Even with all the competing galleries in Jackson, Legacy sells plenty of artwork from that location, he said.

Legacy represents seven artists from the Russell Skull Society of Artists, a new, elite group of contemporary Western artists: Michael Coleman, Charles Fritz, John Gawne, Greg Kelseychad Poppleton, Gary Lynn Roberts and Brett James Smith.


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Heather McPhie fundraiser at Big Sky Resort


BIG SKY – 2014 Olympic hopeful and Montana native Heather McPhie will be at Big Sky Resort Dec. 21, for a fundraiser to help her reach her Olympic dreams. A member of the U.S Freestyle Ski Team and Big Sky Resort’s 2013/14 Athlete Ambassador, McPhie is a favorite to qualify and compete in the women’s freestyle moguls event at the Sochi Olympic Games in February 2014. Open to the public, the reception will begin with a limited edition McPhie poster and Mountain Outlaw magazine autograph signing, followed by a relaxed Q-and-A session. There will be music, spirits and appetizers courtesy of The Peaks at Big Sky Resort.

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A silent auction will include a four-night stay at a Village Center condo, a Yellowstone snowcoach tour for two, and a night stay at The Eagle’s Nest. McPhie will donate a portion of the proceeds from ticket sales and the silent auction to Big Sky Youth Empowerment and Eagle Mount. Both organizations will be available at the event to offer more information about their services for area at-risk youth and disabled athletes.   McPhie has five qualifying events leading up to the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. The Olympic team will be announced by Jan. 24.

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In 2013, McPhie had five World Cup podiums with three first place finishes – defending her title as National Champion – and finished the season ranked third overall on the World Cup tour. She was the first woman to complete a back-full and D-spin in the same run at the World Championships in Voss, Norway. The reception will be from 4:30-7 p.m. in the Talus Room at the Summit Hotel.

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Chicks on Sticks organizers (from left) Sarah Strommen, Hannah Victory and Liz Welles. PHOTO © 2013 RYAN DAY THOMPSON WWW.RYANDAYTHOMPSON.COM

International Women’s Ski Day at Big Sky All gals welcome at Chicks on Sticks Dec. 14 Ladies, this one’s for you. The inaugural International Women’s Ski Day, organized by K2 Ski Alliance together with ski industry partners and friends, is Dec. 14, and a group of lady skiers from Big Sky are hosting a local event called Chicks on Sticks. The plan is to meet at the bottom of the Triple chairlift by the chapel at 10 a.m., said Liz Welles, who’s organizing the event together with Sarah Strommen and Hannah Victory. “We’re looking mostly to push it as an informal way to get gals to meet new friends, and find people that ski at their ability level and just go out and enjoy the day,” said Welles, also an ambassador for the resort.


BIG SKY – Ladies of all ages and skill levels are invited to an exciting new event: Big Sky - ‘Get the Girls Out!’ Set for Jan. 3 at Big Sky Resort, it promises to be an adrenaline-charged day of activities on Lone Mountain. The day is hosted by SheJumps, a nonprofit that works to increase female participation in outdoor activities. Their approach includes three programs: Jump In for females who’ve never participated in these activities, Jump Up for those who want to grow at activities they already do while sharing what they know, and Jump Out for elite athletes who are positive female role models wanting to share skills and knowledge. “This brings a fresh opportunity to the Big Sky community,” said Melinda Turner, a Big Sky resident and the event coordinator. Turner joined SheJumps Clubhouse, an online portal for community initiatives, because she wanted to get actively involved in an organization that embodies both her passion for the outdoors and desire to encourage others. When contacted by Cristy Watson, SheJumps’ Southeast Regional Coordinator, Turner leaped at the chance to head up this event in Big Sky. “I am so stoked to be bringing SheJumps to Big Sky!” said Watson, who has been skiing Lone Mountain for years and has family ties to the area, in a prepared statement. “I can’t wait to spend a day on the mountain that I love, with all women that call Big Sky their home or ski destination.”

The first run will be en mass down Mr. K, a beginner run, and “whoever you end up at the bottom with is who you should go skiing with,” Welles said.

The event is free of charge, but participants must purchase lift tickets and rentals. Local sponsors will offer discounts on retail, rentals and other services to all attendees. Following a full day of skiing and snowboarding at the resort, an après ski gathering will be open to all volunteers and participants.

An informal après ski gathering is scheduled for around 3 p.m at Whiskey Jacks.

All females are encouraged to reach their highest potential with this inspiring opportunity in our local community.

In celebration of Big Sky Resort’s 40th anniversary, lift tickets will be $40 all weekend. –E.S.W.

For more information, to register, or to sign up as a local sponsor, contact Cristy Watson at cristy@ or Melinda Turner at Donations are welcome on the day of the event.

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BIG SKY FRIDAY, DEC. 13 Turkey for a Ticket BSR Mountain Village & Madison Village Base Area, 8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Military Appreciation Weekend Big Sky Resort, 9 a.m. (thru Sun.) BSR 40th Bday Party Celebration Big Sky Resort (thru Sun.) Mike Haring Whiskey Jack’s, 3:30-5:30 p.m. Lauren Regnier Carabiner, 4-6 p.m. Bonfire Firepit Park, 5 p.m. Big Sky Christmas Stroll Town Center, Meadow Village, 5:30 p.m. Rocky Mountain Pearls Gallatin Riverhouse Grill, 7 p.m. Christmas Stroll After Party One Leaf Clover Choppers, 8 p.m. Kevin Fabozzi Carabiner, 8:30-11 p.m. Tom Merino Ousel & Spur, 9-11 p.m. SATURDAY, DEC. 14 Kent Johnson Whiskey Jack’s, 3:30-5:30 p.m. BSSEF Ski Bash The Teka Brock Band Buck’s T -4, 7 p.m. Mike Haring Gallatin Riverhouse Grill, 6 p.m. Lone Mountain Trio Carabine, 4-6 p.m. & 8:30-11 p.m. Milton Menasco Big Sky Resort, 9:30 p.m. – 12 a.m. DJ Night Broken Spoke, 10 p.m. SUNDAY, DEC. 15 Yoga, Ski & Lunch LMR, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Advent Service Big Sky Chapel, 9:30 a.m. Library guest Big Sky Community Library, 2 p.m. Winter Season Open House LMR, 5-7 p.m. Free Cake & Ice cream Whiskey Jack’s Live Music TBA Chet’s MONDAY, DEC. 16 Bluebird Sky Carabiner, 4-6 p.m. TUESDAY, DEC. 17 Mike Haring Whiskey Jack’s, 3:30-5:30 p.m.

THURSDAY, DEC. 19 Big Sky Songwriters Festival Big Sky Resort (thru Dec. 22) Mike Haring Carabiner, 4-6 p.m. Menasco Duo Chet’s, 4:30-6 p.m.

FRIDAY, DEC. 13 Big Brothers Big Sisters Gift Wrap Booth Gallatin Valley Mall (thru Dec. 24)

FRIDAY, DEC. 20 Educator Appreciation Weekend Big Sky Resort (thru Sun.)

Christmas Caroling on Horseback Senior Center (807 N. Tracy), 11:30 a.m. Mountain View Care Center , 12:30 p.m.

Mike Haring Whiskey Jack’s, 3:30-5:30 p.m.

Christopher Vance Art Reception Emerson Grill, 4 p.m.

Lauren Regnier Carabiner, 4-6 p.m.

Emerson Art Walk Jessie Wilber Gallery & Weaver Room, 5-8 p.m.

Bonfire Firepit Park, 5 p.m. 2nd Annual Tony Horton Weekend Wellness Studio at BSR, 6-8 p.m. Kevin Fabozzi Carabiner, 8:30-11 p.m. Bottom of the Barrel Gallatin Riverhouse Grill, 8 p.m.

Bad Art Show Wild Joe’s, 6 p.m.

Ben Macht & Friends Ousel & Spur, 9-11 p.m.

MSU One O’Clock Jazz Band Feat. Jeni Fleming Reynolds Recital Hall, 7:30 p.m.

SATURDAY, DEC. 21 2nd Annual Tony Horton Weekend Workout w/Tony Missouri Ballroom, 8-10 a.m. (and Sun.) RAMP Ski & Snowboard Demo Day BSR Mountain Village, 9 a.m. Kent Johnson Whiskey Jack’s, 3:30-5:30 p.m. Lone Mountain Trio Carabiner, 4-6 p.m. Heather McPhie Fundraiser Big Sky Resort, 4:30-7 p.m. Kelly Ash Band Big Sky Chapel, 7 p.m. One Leaf Clover Whiskey Jack’s, 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. DJ Night Broken Spoke, 10 p.m.

Bob’s Holiday Office Party The Verge, 8 p.m. (and Sat.) Bomb Snow Magazine Release Party Music by The Riot Act, Jonser Dave & The Dirty Pockets, The Salamanders Upstairs Eagles, 8 p.m.

18 Piece Jazz Big Band Feat. Adam Greenberg & Friends The Zebra, 7-9:30 p.m. MONDAY, DEC. 16 Improv on the Verge The Verge, 7 p.m. Bridger Creek Boys Colonel Black’s, 7 p.m. Live Trivia Bacchus Pub, 8 p.m. Monday Madness The Bowl, 9:30 p.m. TUESDAY, DEC. 17 International Folk Dance SOB Barn, 6:30 p.m. Bingo Night Rockin’ R Bar, 7:15 p.m. Kenny Diamond Bacchus Pub, 8 p.m. WEDNESDAY, DEC. 18 Jawbone Railroad Bridger Brewing, 5:30 p.m. You Knew Me When 406 Brewing, 6 p.m. Ladies Night w/DJ Bones The Zebra, 10 p.m. THURSDAY, DEC. 19 Bells of the Bridgers First Baptist Church, 7 p.m. Bozeman Film Festival Enough Said The Emerson, 7:30 p.m. Two Bit Franks Pilgrim Church, 7:30 p.m.

Flatt Cheddar & Alex Koukov Filling Station, 9 p.m.

Bob’s Holiday Office Party Verge Theatre, 8 p.m. (Fri and Sat.)

Pulse X Theory Magazine After Party The Zebra, 9 p.m.

Derek Plaslaiko, Keishie, Jackson Lamer vs. Brian Derham Filling Station, 9 p.m.

The Dirty Shame The Legion, 9:30 p.m. (and Sat.) Cosmic Fridays The Bowl, 9:30 p.m.

Trivia w/Missy O’Malley Colonel Black’s, 9 p.m. Live DJ Pour House, 10 p.m.

SATURDAY, DEC. 14 Morning w/Santa Fundraiser Gateway Community Center, 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Advent Service Big Sky Chapel, 9:30 a.m.

Holiday Ukulele Play-Along & Caroling Party Eckroth Music, 10 a.m.

Nutcracker in a Nutshell The Emerson, 6:30 p.m.

Not Your Usual Charles Dickens Christmas Community Theatre Warren Miller Performing Arts Center, 7:30 p.m.

DG House Open House & Art Sale Big Medicine Art Studio, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Calista Singley Wild Joe’s, 7 p.m.

‘Twas the Night Before Christmas Belgrade High School, 1:30 & 4:30 p.m.

White Christmas Ellen Theatre, 7:30 p.m. (and Sat.)

Bert & Charlie’s Christmas Carol The Verge, 2 p.m.

Riot Act & Sim Bitti Filling Station, 9 p.m.

Sip Before the Symphony Wine Tasting The Emerson, 5:30-7 p.m.

Cosmic Fridays The Bowl, 9:30 p.m.

Bozeman Folklore Society Family Contra Dance, 5 p.m. Evening Contra Dance, 7:30 p.m. Bozeman Senior Center

Sauce Experimental Electronica, 10 p.m. The Zebra

MONDAY, DEC. 23 Dan Dubuque Whiskey Jack’s, 3:30-5:30 p.m. Bluebird Sky Carabiner, 4-6 p.m. Kenny Diamond Chet’s Bar, 4:30-6 p.m. TUESDAY, DEC. 24 Mike Haring Whiskey Jack’s, 3:30-5:30 p.m. Kenny Diamond Carabiner, 4-6 p.m.

St. Joseph’s Catholic Mass Yellowstone Conference Center Big Sky Resort, 5 p.m.

Toast and Roast Rainbow Ranch, 5:30 p.m.

White Christmas Ellen Theatre, 7:30 p.m.

Christmas Gift & Clothing Exchange The Legion, 4 p.m.

SUNDAY, DEC. 22 RAMP Ski & Snowboard Demo Day Madison Village Base Area, 9 a.m.

An Evening in Song WMPAC, 6:30 p.m.

Kevin Fabozzi Carabiner, 4-6 p.m.

Skate w/Santa Haynes Pavillion, 5 p.m. Theory Magazine Launch Party & Art Show The Loft Spa, 5 p.m.

Big Sky Christian Fellowship Big Sky Chapel, 5 p.m.

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 18 Rik Steinke Whiskey Jack’s, 3:30-5:30 p.m.


Belly Junction Broken Spoke, 10 p.m.

Kenny Diamond Carabiner, 4-6 p.m.

Trivia Night Broken Spoke, 8 p.m.

THURSDAY, DEC. 26 Mike Haring Carabiner Lounge, 4-6 p.m. Menasco Duo Chet’s Bar, 4:30-6 p.m.

Big Sky Resort Ministries Interdenominational Worship Service Yellowstone Conference Center Big Sky Resort, 7 p.m.

Bozeman Symphony & Symphonic Choir Willson Auditorium, 7:30 p.m. Nesquiter w/Disembodied Messiah & Archeron Thodol The Complex, 8 p.m. DCYE Radio Theatre Cancer Benefit Peach Street Studios, 8 p.m. Tomorrow’s Today Filling Station, 9 p.m. Gravity The Zebra, 10 p.m.

Candlelight Service of Carols & Lessons Big Sky Chapel, 8 p.m.

Tomorrows Today with M.O.T.H. Filling Station, 10 p.m.

Christmas Eve Torchlight Parade Big Sky Resort, 8 p.m.

SUNDAY, DEC. 15 Musical Dreamtime Journey Pilgrim Church, 7 a.m.

2013 Winter Showcase WMPAC, 6:30 p.m.

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 25 St. Joseph’s Catholic Mass Big Sky Chapel, 8 a.m.

Whiskey Wed. & Karaoke Night Broken Spoke, 8 p.m.

Christmas Day Service Big Sky Chapel, 9:30 a.m.

Scottish Jam 406 Brewing, 3 p.m.

Mike Haring Carabiner, 8:30-11 p.m.

Kenny Diamond Chet’s Bar, 4:30-6 p.m.

White Christmas The Ellen, 3 p.m.

Bozeman Symphony & Symphonic Choir Willson Auditorium, 2:30 p.m.

FRIDAY, DEC. 20 Barleywine Party Bridger Brewing, 5 p.m.

SATURDAY, DEC. 21 DG House Open House & Art Sale Big Medicine Art Studio, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Holiday Bazaar Emerson Ballroom, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Bert & Charlie’s Christmas Party The Verge, 2 p.m. Diamond Pour House, 9 p.m. Sugar Daddies The Legion, 9 p.m. Skavocado The Zebra, 9:30 p.m. SUNDAY, DEC. 22 Scottish Jam 406 Brewing, 3 p.m. White Christmas The Ellen, 3 p.m. 18 Piece Jazz Big Band Feat. Adam Greenberg & Friends The Zebra, 7-9:30 p.m. MONDAY, DEC. 23 A Bird Hunter’s Table Dinner Emerson Grill, 5:30 & 8 p.m.


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Improv on the Verge The Verge, 7 p.m.

Steph Yeager Pine Creek Café, 7-10 p.m.

THURSDAY, DEC. 26 Live DJ Pour House, 10 p.m.

Holiday Vaudeville Extravaganza The Shane, 8 p.m. Russ Nassett & The Revelators Chico Hot Springs, 9 p.m.


Brett Mosley Murray Bar, 9:30 p.m.

FRIDAY, DEC. 13 Rodeo Run Sled Dog Races Old Airport, 9 a.m. Rodeo Run Dog Sled Races Junior Division Old Airport, 12 p.m.

SUNDAY, DEC. 15 Get the Christmas Blues Dance Music by “Shufflebums” Wilsall Dance Hall, 2-5 p.m.

SATURDAY, DEC. 14 Kids’n’Snow Weekend Pioneer Park (and Sun.)

Holiday Vaudeville Extravaganza The Shane, 3 p.m.

Christmas Bird Count Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center, 8:30 a.m. Rodeo Run Sled Dog Races Old Airport, 9 a.m.

Gypsy Lumberjacks Murray Bar, 9 p.m. Sean Michael Devine Whiskey Creek, MONDAY, DEC. 16 PHS Holiday Choir Concert Ranger Rec Plex, 5:30 & 7 p.m.

Winter Snowshoe Program Boundary Trailhead, 11 a.m. SPAM Cup #1 Rendezvous Ski Trails, 11 a.m.

TUESDAY, DEC. 17 PHS Holiday Band Concert Ranger Rec Plex, 7 p.m.

Rodeo Run Sled Dog Races Junior Division Old Airport, 12 p.m.

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 18 Gypsy Rhythm Writers Club Pine Creek Café, 7 p.m.

GWDC Program “Ready, Set, Snow” Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center, 1 p.m.

THURSDAY, DEC. 19 StrangeWays Murray Bar, 9 p.m.

M120 Kids Snowmobile Rides Pioneer Park, 1:30 p.m., 6:30 p.m.

FRIDAY, DEC. 20 Christmas Dinner & Concert Michael & Cierra Myers Beef/Pasta Buffet Music Ranch Montana, 6:30 p.m.

Geocache/GPS Tutorial Visitors Center, 3 p.m. S’mores & Skating
Pioneer Park, 6-9 p.m. SUNDAY, DEC. 15 W. Yellowstone Entrance opens to “overthe-snow travel”

Holiday Vaudeville Extravaganza The Shane, 8 p.m. Jerry Joseph The Mint, 8 p.m. (and Sat.)

Wilderness Safety Program Visitors Center, 10 a.m.

StrangeWays Murray Bar, 9 p.m.

M120 Kids Snowmobile Rides Pioneer Park, 10:30 a.m.

Ironfront Band Chico Hot Springs, 9 p.m.

Sled Dog Rides for Kids Chamber of Commerce, 11 a.m.

SATURDAY, DEC. 21 Speakeasy Naughty Christmas Show Pine Creek Café, 7-10 p.m.

FRIDAY, DEC. 13 Holiday Vaudeville Extravaganza The Shane, 8 p.m.

Quenby & West of Wayland Band Wilsall Dance Hall, 8 p.m.


Holiday Vaudeville Extravaganza The Shane, 8 p.m.

Chekhov’s Squirt Gun Blue Slipper Theatre, 8 p.m.

Ironfront Band Chico Hot Springs, 9 p.m.

Russ Nassett & The Revelators Chico Hot Springs, 9 p.m.

SUNDAY, DEC. 22 Holiday Vaudeville Extravaganza The Shane, 3 p.m.

Milton Menasco & The Big Fiasco Murray Bar, 9:30 p.m. SATURDAY, DEC. 14 Emigrant Winter Festival Emigrant Hall & St. John’s, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Emigrant Winter Festival Musicale St. John’s, 12 p.m. Jam Session & Potluck Senior Center, 1 p.m. Nutcracker Tea Depot, 3 p.m.

Sean Michael Devine Whiskey Creek, 4 p.m. WEDNESDAY, DEC. 25 30th Annual Christmas Dinner Fairgrounds, 12-2 p.m. THURSDAY, DEC. 26 StrangeWays Murray Bar, 9 p.m.


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James Sewell Ballet opens WMPAC debut Dec. 28 BIG SKY – The Warren Miller Performing Arts Center, located in Big Sky’s Gallatin Canyon, is launching its debut season on the evening of Dec. 28 with a performance by the James Sewell Ballet, the dance troupe the New York Times calls “the company to see.” Founded two decades ago in New York City, the troupe’s innovative work explores the technical boundaries of ballet. Choreographer and co-founder James Sewell has been called “one of American ballet’s most inventive choreographers.” Sewell’s works range from comic reenactments of Garrison Keillor’s “Guy Noir, Private Eye” and family-friendly renditions of Miss Spider’s Tea, to contemporary works that combine music, movement and boundarybreaking excitement. WMPAC is located at Big Sky’s Ophir School campus, and is a collaborative initiative of the Big Sky School District #72, the Friends of Big Sky Education and the Big Sky community. The Arts Council of Big Sky is also a presenting partner for some of the season’s shows.


The center’s namesake, the iconic ski filmmaker Warren Miller, and

his wife Laurie spend half of their time in Big Sky. The center’s mission is to establish and maintain a clear and stable artistic infrastructure to grow a community of confident performers and inspired audiences. The theater was named in honor of Miller’s ability to bridge skiing and the arts. WMPAC’s debut season lineup is an eclectic mix of national and international acts, showing at the 280-seat venue from December 2013 through March 2014. The nine acclaimed shows will include the Chicago-based Second City comedy improv group, the Portland Cello Project, the Brubeck Brothers Quartet and the Moth Mainstage. Each show will feature custom hors d’oeuvres catered by Bucks T-4 and a cash bar. Tickets for the first three shows went on sale Dec. 1; the next three go on sale Jan. 1, and the last three on Feb. 1. Doors open for the James Sewell Ballet at 6:30 p.m., and the show starts at 7:30 p.m. For more information and tickets, visit

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Pearl Jam concludes North American leg of tour Pearl Jam on Dec. 6 completed its 21-city North American tour to promote its new album, Lightning Bolt, in Seattle, Wash., where the band first got its start back in 1991. EBS has been following this tour and reporting from various locations includ-

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Legendary band slays Spokane BY E.J. DAWS

blistering three-hour set for a crowd of 12,000.

After a 20-year hiatus from playing in the Lilac City, Pearl Jam brought its Lightning Bolt tour to Spokane, Wash. on Nov. 30, and played a

The band burned through 34 songs spanning its 23-year career, and threw in covers from classic acts such as Lou


Reed, Tom Petty and Van Halen. Ranging from campfire acoustic to ear-shredding riffs of the grungeera, the band played something for everyone’s palette. Highlights included new music from their recently released Lightning Bolt, six songs from their early ‘90s debut album Ten, and a few from each subsequent LP. The sold–out crowd represented a cross-section of ages and fans from all walks of life. Former New Orleans Saint’s safety and Spokane native Steve Gleason, who is suffering from ALS, attended the show. A diehard Pearl Jam fan, Gleason was given

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the opportunity to write the set list for the show. In a tear-jerking finale, lead guitarist Mike McCready walked into the crowd and wailed a “Yellow Ledbetter” guitar solo in front of Gleason as the lights came on and the show ended. There wasn’t a dry eye in the house. Earlier in the show, a fan in one of the front rows held a sign that read, “[Will] cut dreads, if you play Brain of J?” Frontman Eddie Vedder obliged. Veering from the set, he brought the man with 12-year old dreadlocks to the stage where they head banged to the fastpaced song from the album Yield . In the middle of the number, Vedder sat the young man down and clipped off the matted cords with a hair trimmer. Lightning Bolt, the band’s 10th studio album, reached No. 1 on the Billboard charts on Oct. 23, selling 166,000 copies in its first week.

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powder playlist BY MARIA WYLLIE


Find out what tunes we’re bumping! In “Powder Playlist,” Explore Big Sky staff and guests suggest a soundtrack for a day on the mountain, and guests have a chance to share what they listen to when they shred. The holiday season in Big Sky is pretty awesome – you’re guaranteed a white Christmas, there are daily sleigh rides and there’s a Christmas Stroll (we don’t usually have those where I grew up in Virginia). And in the background is always holiday music. m rOpenS

ecto As much as I love Christmas, the music can get a little old if you’re playing the www.V same 20 songs on repeat. So here are some new tunes, combined with some classics, to keep your playlist fresh and the party going even after the eggnog’s dried up.

1. “All I Want for Christmas,” Dirty Boyz 2. “Santa Claus Goes Straight to the Ghetto,” Snoop Dogg, Daz Dillinger, Nate Dogg, Bad Azz, Tray Dee 3. “Christmas Madness,” The Rocket Summer 4. “Christmas in L.A.” The Killers, (featuring Dawes), 5. “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home),” Michael Buble 6. “Wintersong,” Sarah McLachlan 7. “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus,” Jimmy Boyd 8. “Santa Claus is Coming to Town,” Diana Ross, Jackson 5, & The Supremes 9. “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree,” Brenda Lee 10. “Baby Boy,” for King and Country“Christmas for Cowboys,” John Denver

American Life in Poetry: Column 455 BY TED KOOSER U.S. POET LAUREATE


I don’t remember ever having a blind date, but if I had, I suspect it would have gone just as the one goes in this poem by Jay Leeming, who lives in New York state.


Blind Date


By Jay Leeming Our loneliness sits with us at dinner, an unwanted guest who never says anything. It’s uncomfortable. Still we get to know each other, like students allowed to use a private research library for only one night. I go through her file of friends, cities and jobs. “What was that like?” I ask. “What did you do then?” We are each doctors who have only ourselves for medicine, and long to prescribe it for what ails the other. She has a nice smile. Maybe, maybe . . . I tell myself. But my heart is a cynical hermit who frowns once, then shuts the door of his room and starts reading a book. All I can do now is want to want her. Our polite conversation coasts like a car running on fumes, and then rolls to a stop;


we split the bill, and that third guest at the table goes home with each of us, to talk and talk. American Life in Poetry is made possible by The Poetry Foundation (, publisher of Poetry magazine. It is also supported by the Department of English at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Jay Leeming’s most recent book of poems is Miracle Atlas, Big Pencil Press, 2011. Poem copyright © 2011 by Jay Leeming and reprinted by permission of the author and the publisher. Introduction copyright © 2013 by The Poetry Foundation. The introduction’s author, Ted Kooser, served as United States Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress from 2004-2006. We do not accept unsolicited manuscripts.


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On Netflix: I can stop any time I want, man. BY JAMIE BALKE


I try to spend my time in meaningful ways. The glaring exception to that rule is the horrifying amount of time I spend watching Netflix. Living in Montana, a place with overwhelming natural beauty and the possibility of adventure at every trailhead, the guilt is acute when I find myself browsing the “Watch Instantly” selections.

forget anything involving middleaged British women solving mysteries, as well as completely unscientific shows about predatory animals.

Currently, I’m weighing River Monsters against a reality TV show about an extended family of modern-day homesteaders called

I can remember a time when I had to check the TV guide in order to make sure I didn’t miss the latest West Wing episode. Now, I receive emails alerting me when Whisker Wars is available. Given my limited willpower to resist the absurd, I don’t stand a chance.

I tell myself that everyone needs to check out and relax sometimes. That thought is usually followed by a selfcongratulation for not spending time on Facebook. However, these rationalizations swiftly fall away when a Netflix prompt appears on the screen two or three shows into a series to ask if I’m still watching. Apparently even Netflix, which automatically starts the next episode at the end of a show, doesn’t believe that anyone should watch as many shows in a row as I do. I like to think it’s not my fault. If there wasn’t so much stand-up comedy available, I might actually spend my time more productively. But there are tons of irresistibly bizarre shows to check out. Apparently, I have to watch every survival show with the word “wild” in the title. And let’s not

I tried limiting myself to one episode at a time. This effort lasted for less than a week, and I’m realizing that what I considered relatively harmless entertainment may actually be a brain-rotting addiction.

In the face of my ever-growing queue, it may be best to quit cold turkey. Then again, as I was perusing Netflix options in the interest of research, I stumbled across a movie called Sharknado, so maybe not.

Balke resists the urge to watch Netflix, barely. PHOTO COURTESY OF JAMIE BALKE

For example, I recently found a show called River Monsters, where the host pours unspecified blood into a pool occupied by piranhas and climbs in. How am I supposed to stand firm against that kind of delightful nonsense?


Alaska: The Last Frontier. When last I tuned in, winter was relinquishing its hold on the land, and the frantic hunt for fresh food and supplies was beginning. I’ll understand if you need to stop reading in order to log on and check it out.

It is possible to find substantive programs that allow glimpses into fascinating places and cultures, but it’s also possible to waste entire afternoons. I’ll never get back the time spent watching Toddlers & Tiaras. While writing this column, Jamie Balke realized she should probably cancel her Netflix account immediately.

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Big game seasons closes without extension


Montana’s 2013 general big game hunting seasons ended as planned on Dec. 1 and will not be extended, according to state wildlife officials.

If specific population or damage problems emerge, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks will use management seasons or game damage hunts to address them, said Ken McDonald, FWP wildlife bureau chief. Registration for the game damage roster closed in July.

This is how Big Sky gets into hot water.

Montana’s wolf hunting season continues in open wolf management units through March 15, 2014. As of Dec. 2, hunters had killed 94 wolves, and all WMUs were open. The wolf trapping season runs Dec. 15 through Feb. 28, 2014.


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The gift-giving season is upon us. Among Christmas strolls, tree cuttings, office holiday parties, occasional early season powder days, and a few hours on the stream, many of us spend time finding gifts for the important people in our lives. Here’s a little help for those who want to buy anglingcentric gifts, but know little about fly fishing and what will help us enjoy it even more. The gift of gear. With some due diligence, finding the gear your angler wants is easy, it just takes a little recon. Either ask friends in secret, or better yet, find a Montana’s Smith River is a world-class angling destination and the trip of a lifetime. PHOTO COURTESY OF GALLATIN RIVER GUIDES convenient time to visit a local fly shop together and pay attention. This can be hard even nearby ones such as Montana’s Smith River if you typically don’t visit fly shops as a team. If you don’t have the time for a recon mission, find canyon, see if you can make it happen. Fishing travel The excuse of a mutual “gift-finding mission for your angler’s gear stash. Make some notes – models is not cheap, but the memories last. My wife and I friends” is a good one. Once in the shop, observe of rods and reels, waders, boots, rain jackets, fly reminisce often about the first bonefishing trip we your angler. If he or she spends a good bit of time boxes, etc. – enough to get a rough idea of the items’ took together, and a photo of our sun-tanned toes in checking out a new wader model or the hot new conditions. Next, call your local fly shop for advice the foreground, the setting Bahamian sun behind, rod … hint, hint. on what to purchase as a gift. The more information hangs in our bedroom. On the day we took that about their current gear situation you can obtain, the easier it will be for the shop folks to assist you. Have a budget in mind, enjoy the purchase, and be ready to be Santa of the Year. Instruction and knowledge. Money spent on instruction is never misspent. Our area is home to dozens of fantastic guides and outfitters. Your angler will learn something new about our local waters and gain some valuable personal time with a guide or outfitter who can assist with his or her fishing. For anglers who live here but who don’t fish as much as they’d like, spending a day or two with a local guide gives them a resource down the road. Travel. One of my go-to Key West guides once told me – after he and I spent a fruitless day of pursuing permit – “At least the fish we pursue live in beautiful places.” That certainly rings true here in Big Sky, and we’re very fortunate to live in this beautiful place. But sometimes it’s nice to get out of town once in a while.

Instruction is a great gift to give. In the short term your angler will learn; in the long-term they may gain a friend and a valuable local angling resource. PHOTO COURTESY OF EAGLE EYE EDWARDS PHOTOGRAPHY

If the angler in your life peruses websites for far-off fly-fishing destinations, or

picture, we each caught 10-pound-plus bonefish and went to bed punch-drunk and giddy. Time to fish. As our lives become more hustled with jobs, kids and responsibilities, time simply may be the best gift of all. Any way you choose to do it – a gift certificate for a fishing weekend or a coupon book of “get out of the house to go fish” cards – acknowledging your angler and giving him or her time to fish is a perfect gift. Hopefully, gift giving is enjoyable and not burdensome. For the angler in your life, the challenge may lie in learning what he or she really needs or wants, as is the case in my house, where things usually unfold like this: “What do you want for Christmas this year?” my wife asks. “Nothing really,” I respond. “Just time with you and the family. I’ve got most everything I need.” But there are a few more things on my wish list in addition to family time, like a week in Mexico chasing tarpon out of Campeche, and a week pursuing steelhead in the coastal streams of southeast Alaska. After that the Seychelles to hunt Giant Trevally, with a jaunt to New Zealand to sight-fish trophy brown trout, rounding out the trip by adding a stopover in Chilean Patagonia where two-foot browns eat hoppers all day long on poorly presented drifts… Pat Straub is the author of six books, including The Frugal Fly Fisher, Montana On The Fly, and Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Fly Fishing. He and his wife own Gallatin River Guides in Big Sky.

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Horny Toad Smithereens Hoody Maybe I just wear it well, but all my friends want my Smithereens Hoody. Hoodies are one of my favorite things to wear, but let’s face it – they’re not always the cutest. Horny Toad changes that with this chic sweatshirt that’s versatile enough to wear to the gym or to the bar. Made from an organic cottonpoly blend, the Smithereens is a speckled heather grey featuring a super soft, green-and-whitestriped fleece interior, rib-knit cuffs and hem, hood with draw cord, and a split kangaroo pocket with rib-knit trim and a hidden zipper stash pocket. This is also a great jacket for taller people, who need length but not always bulk. At 5’9,” size medium fits me just right, and the sleeves are extra long (you don’t have to worry about them shrinking in the wash). Horny Toad’s high quality construction and attention to detail makes this a stylish, cozy piece you’ll wear all year. – M.W. $92

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Climbing Fitz Roy, 1968: Reflections on the Lost Photos of the Third Ascent Patagonia Books September 2013 In 1968, four climbers drove south from Ventura, Calif. through Mexico and Central America, surfing and skiing as they went. The men were Yvon Chouinard, who later founded the clothing company Patagonia; writer and ski racer Dick Dorworth; climbing historian Chris Jones; Lito TejadaFlores, who later made an awardwinning film of the trip; and Doug Tompkins, who went on to found The North Face and Esprit. In Peru, they picked up Chris Jones, a friend who’d recently completed a first ascent in the Cordillera Huayhuash. “We were just another small group of mountain and ocean yahoos off for

a long On The Road, Kerouac-type adventure, with all kinds of spurious excuses that this was what life was really about,” wrote Tompkins, in the new book co-authored by the five, Climbing Fitz Roy, 1968. This was an important time in American history: 1968 was the height of the Vietnam War and the civil rights movement; Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert Kennedy were assassinated; the civil rights and feminist movements came to a head; and the astronauts on Apollo 8 captured the first ever photograph of Earth in its entirety. But the “funhogs,” as they called themselves, were on their own journey. “I admit it, we were drunk on our own self-righteous justifications for doing something significant, when in truth it was really about skirting

doing anything that had some social or environmental worth,” Tompkins wrote. The crew bought supplies in Bariloche, Argentina, and after 16,500 miles and 3 ½ months on the road, they finally saw the Fitz Roy Range jutting some 8,000 feet from the Patagonian steppe, silhouetted by the setting sun. In a trip report for the 1969 American Alpine Journal, Tompkins described how he felt at that moment: “Had we somehow made a mistake? We hadn’t known it would be like this! So big! So beautiful! So scary! ... To the south of the range, at the end of Lago Viedma, spilling into this lake, more than sixty miles long, was a Himalayan-sized glacier! Those first few minutes were perhaps the most mentally debilitating of the whole trip.” The men spent 60 days climbing Fitz Roy – 31 of those waiting out the weather in snow caves high on the mountain. Their route, The California Route, was the third up the iconic granite peak and was one of the most important climbs of that year. The trip had a profound affect on each of them, says Dorworth, who

lives part-time in Bozeman. “That climb kind of structured my life … . I climbed and became a guide for the next 30-some years because of [it].” Now 45 years later, the book offers insight into a moment in mountaineering history, and a turning point in the outdoor industry. Published by Patagonia Books – an offshoot of the clothing company – the 144-page linen-bound hardcover includes writing from Dorworth, Jones, Tompkins and Tejada-Flores, and captions from Jones and Chouinard. True to form, however, it’s mostly photos – Jones took them all, but lost them in a house fire in 1996. When Dorworth produced duplicates several years later, the book was born. Although the men spent so much time in close quarters, Dorworth now recalls that each of them had different experiences. “[It’s perhaps] true in any group of people who climb, that they’re doing different climbs because they’re coming from different places.” Perhaps this is true not only for climbing, but for life. - Emily Wolfe $35


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DEEP: The Story of Skiing and the Future of Snow DEEP is a book about skiers, written and produced by skiers, with a message that reaches beyond the mountains. In its pages, author Porter Fox takes an in-depth look at the sport, and at the mountains and snowfall that make it possible. This is not a tale of the end. It is a beginning – a reminder of how dynamic and fulfilling the skiing life is – and a wake-up call for how to save it. The concept for the book came from two Jackson Hole, Wyo. skiers who in 2012 contacted Fox, a longtime ski magazine editor and writer. They asked if he would write a book about climate change and snow. A year and a half later, DEEP: The Story of Skiing and the Future of Snow was born. “Skiing offers a good barometer of the trouble we’re in – and, as this book reminds us, one more good reason for wanting to face that trouble,” said environmental writer Bill McKibben, also founder of Fox’s narrative follows the unlikely rise of skiing from prehistoric Norwegian hunters to nobility in the Alps in the 1800s, to present-day freeriders in the Rockies. Touring the most celebrated peaks in the northern Hemisphere – from the Cascade Range to Mont Blanc and the Matterhorn – and with a stop in Big Sky – Fox talks to alpinists about the allure and mysticism of the sport, and to scientists about climate change and its effect on snow. Ultimately, he finds a story far larger than the impending demise of skiing.

For the seven million skiers in America who dedicate their winters to tracking storms and waking at dawn to catch first chair, the lifestyle change will be radical, according to DEEP. Furthermore, he writes, it will likely be far worse for the rest of the world. Fox uses primary evidence and interviews, mixed with groundbreaking scientific studies, to explain exactly how and when the Great Melt will play out, the vital importance snow and ice have to Earth’s climate system and the tremendous groundswell rising up to fight climate change. “Without intervention, winter temperatures are projected to warm an additional 4-10 degrees Fahrenheit by the end of the century, with subsequent decreases in snow cover area, snowfall and shorter snow seasons,” according to a study by PhD candidates in the University of New Hampshire’s interdisciplinary Natural Resources and Earth System Sciences program.

In DEEP, Fox goes on to map a way to mitigate global warming, reduce human impact on the planet and repair the water cycle. As it turns out, the efforts to save snow and ice might end up saving the world. “This is the most important book on snow ever written,” said Jeremy Jones, a professional snowboarder and founder of the nonprofit Protect Our Winters. “It’s a wake up call to everyone in snow sports that the clock is ticking – we need to accept our reality and get busy fixing climate change.” 

The study, called “Climate Impacts on the Winter Tourism Economy in the United States,” also predicts snow depths could decline in the Western U.S. by 25-100 percent, and the length of winter in the Northeast will be cut in half.

Fox grew up skiing in northern Maine and graduated in 1994 from Middlebury College, where he ski patrolled for the Middlebury Snow Bowl and sold season passes at Mad River Glen. He has since written and edited for the Jackson Hole News , Powder Magazine, The New York Times Magazine, The Believer, Outside, Men’s Journal and National Geographic Adventure, been anthologized in Best American Travel Writing, and nominated for two Pushcart Prizes as well as the 2009 Robert Olen Butler Fiction Prize.

According to the European Union Center for Climate Adaptation, of 666 surveyed ski resorts in the

$14.95 paperback. DEEP is available in bookstores and digitally.

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In 1968 – a momentous year in history for many reasons – NBC newscaster and Montana native Chet Huntley conceptualized Big Sky. That was the same year the phrase “we’ve come a long way, baby” was coined. Five years later, on Dec. 15, 1973, the first chairlift turned at Big Sky Resort. In the four decades since, the resort has indeed come a long way. Celebrating 40 years is nothing to scoff at, and as they say, “you just keep getting better with age.” With this historical mile marker comes a weekend celebration, which also coincides with Big Sky Resort’s Military Appreciation Weekend held Dec.13-15. Lift tickets will be $40, and live music will take place all weekend with Milton Menasco playing Whiskey Jack’s on Dec. 14. Menasco’s music has been described as a cross between “a juke joint and a Jamaican beach bar with fiery guitar playing and gritty vocals blend.” Lone Peak Brewery created a special “Retro Red Ale,” available in cans and on tap at select locations all winter. Birthday cake, ice cream, and the best 70’s-style ski costumes round out the occasion. Later on this month, P90X creator Tony Horton will return to Big Sky Resort’s Wellness Studio for the second annual Tony Horton Weekend. Horton will lead three days of workouts Dec. 20-22. Ringing in its 40th anniversary, Big Sky Resort is truly the Biggest Skiing in America, after acquiring Moonlight Basin terrain and facilities in October and the Spanish Peaks’ Spirit Mountain terrain in July. We’ve “come a long way, baby” and by no means are we going to slow down, as more investments and improvements are slated for the future.

Bridger received a hefty 26 inches of new snow on Dec. 10, when the brutal cold snap gripping southwest Montana finally broke. Despite the cold, approximately 800 skiers braved the arctic temps that registered -19 F when the first chair loaded for the season on Dec. 6.

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“It may be -15 [F],” said Peter Foley, a 10-year Bridger Bowl skier as he rode the Bridger lift mid-morning on opening day. “But it’s a dry -15 [F].” Bridger’s special discounted passes – including the 10-time pass and Legend Card – are on sale through Dec. 24. “If you want to enjoy some good snow with discounted skiing, that’s the way to do it,” said Director of Marketing Doug Wales. Two new lifts opened this year – Alpine and Powder Park – and access

community-owned ski area this season. “The two new lifts are working great,” Wales said. “If folks haven’t visited Bridger in a while, there are some great cruisers over there accessed by [them].” – T.A.


West Yellowstone’s Kids’N’Snow program offers kid-friendly opportunities to get outside and try new winter activities like cross country skiing, and learn about Yellowstone National Park. The first full weekend, Dec. 14-15, includes the annual West Yellowstone Rodeo Run Dog Sled Races. Families have a chance to meet the mushers and their teams, and take a free sled dog ride on Sunday morning. The Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center is offering an interactive, handson winter learning class both days, and ice skates are available on Saturday evening during S’mores, Skating and Sledding. In the popular “Snowcoach Sampler,” local tour companies offer a 2½-hour ride over the snow into Yellowstone Park at no charge. A Yellowstone Park pass is required.

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Everyone loves a party. On Sunday, Dec. 15, Lone Mountain Ranch is hosting its second annual “Winter Grand Opening Party.” All are welcomed to join from 5-7 p.m. in the LMR dining room. The first two house wines or draft beers will be complementary. Come enjoy a legendary Big Sky experience during the holiday season, with LMR’s daytime sleigh ride running from Dec. 19 through Jan. 5, and Wednesday through Sunday for the remainder of the winter. Our famous breakfast and lunch buffets begin on Dec. 12, and we’ve doubled the items on our menu. The LMR Saloon will offer live entertainment five nights a week. My wife Karen and I, along with our entire staff, wish you and your family a Merry Christmas and a very prosperous winter season. Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!

Weekend events will be held at Pioneer Park, a new, centralized location for the program that offers more space for activities. New activities this season include Kids M120 snowmobile demo rides, “Lost In The Woods” search and rescue tips for kids and a chance to meet SAR dogs, and a geocaching program. This program will be offered once a month throughout the winter.

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Bohart Ranch has a season packed with events. The Bobcat Christmas Pole is Dec. 14 and will help support the MSU Nordic ski team. Test your speed in races ranging from 1K to 10K while enjoying the camaraderie of our wonderful ski community. After the New Year, the Subaru of Bozeman Skinny Ski Festival will take place on Jan. 5, with $5 trail passes and rentals for everyone. Space will be limited, so reserve lessons and equipment early. Have a great holiday season and, we look forward to seeing you on the trails!

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How to survive being an artist and mother in a most excellent ski town graduating at all.” Thanks, Mr. Hicks – those words have inspired me for years.) Here in Big Sky, everyone wants to play. The natives are always restless. We want to play hard, and we want to play often. I have a sign for my commercial studio that reads “Gone skiing. Be back at noon.” I often find myself on the slopes at 11:30, at the crossroads: One road leads to ski bum (I mean ski professional, part time) the other to responsible adult (I mean cheetah, full time). With Ol’ Mr. Hicks and The Accountant whispering over my shoulder, I pack up and head for my studio. After all, what’s more exciting than standing atop a triple double black diamond puckered with excitement and anticipation? The smell of failure in the air. The thought of coming home with a squirrel, and the zebra getting away. Coleman at work in the studio PHOTOS COURTESY OF ARIANE COLEMAN


(Ol’ Hicks found me in the hall on my final day as a senior and told me, “I can’t believe you are

Being a mother and a professional artist in a ski town means striking balance in a life surrounded by distracting passions. Being successful requires dedication and obsessive behavior. The demands of creating/executing a business as an artist, securing quality time with your family, and the immense desire to blow it all off and go skiing can pull you in many directions. However, as the old adage goes, success is part desperation, perspiration and above all, dedication. My desperation can be likened to a cheetah mother with cubs. It sucks to leave the cubs in the den, go bust your buns all day to find food, and come home with only a squirrel. When I think of my day, I’d like to fancy myself bringing home a zebra (roar). The perspiration is the excitement of doing it all. (Holla, if you’re with me on that!) For me, that means taking on the competitive world of artisan jewelry full-time; being a quality mother fulltime; being a good friend full-time (well, I’m trying); and being a professional skier (aka ski bum) part time. Dedication means trying to do all it at the same time, usually in the same day. As an artist, the stench of failure is perpetually in the air around me. But driven in part by my friend, The Accountant, who likes to remind me of the term, “starving artist,” and by my nay-saying high school science teacher Ol’ Mr. Hicks, I press on.

The Coleman family, plus grandma, on the slopes

Through her business, Ari-O Jewelry, Coleman creates original, handcrafted of metal artwork. Find her at, or in the Big Horn Shopping Center, next to the Bugaboo on Highway 191.

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