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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 explorebigsky.com. PHOTO BY JOE PAULET

DEC. 13-DEC. 26, 2013 VOLUME 4, ISSUE NO. 25 Owned and published in Big Sky, Montana

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SENIOR GRAPHIC DESIGNER Kelsey Dzintars ASSISTANT GRAPHIC DESIGNER Taylor-Ann Smith VIDEO DIRECTOR Brian Niles VIDEO PRODUCER Joe Paulet

SALES AND OPERATIONS CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER Megan Paulson DIRECTOR OF SALES E.J. Daws ACCOUNT MANAGER Katie Morrison

CONTRIBUTORS Jaime Balke, Loren Bough, Sheila Chapman, Ariane Coleman, Edward M. Davila, Bob Foster, Jerry House, Jody Koestler, Ted Kooser, Jay Leeming, Angela Patnode, Tori Pintar, Greg Ruff, Deborah Courson Smith, Katie Smith, Patrick Straub, Ryan Day Thompson

EDITORIAL POLICY Outlaw Partners LLC is the sole owner of the Explore Big Sky. EBS reserves the right to edit all submitted material. Printed material reflects the opinion of the author and is not necessarily the opinion of Outlaw Partners or its editors. EBS will not publish anything discriminatory or in bad taste.

Get out the vote! The Best of Big Sky survey is open Explore Big Sky is hosting its annual Best of Big Sky contest, and now is your chance to give love to your favorite local business, restaurant and watering hole. The idea is to get folks involved in the community where they live and recreate, in the economy of Big Sky – to get psyched about where we live, work and play. The Lotus Pad has won ‘Best Restaurant’ two years in a row, and is looking to defend its title. “We’ll fight for it!” said co-owner Alex Hoeksema, who encouraged regular patrons to vote at

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Letters to the editor allow EBS readers to express views and share how they would like to effect change. These are not Thank You notes. Letters should be 250 words or less, respectful, ethical, accurate, and proofread for grammar and content. We reserve the right to edit letters. Include: full name, address, phone number and title. Submit to media@theoutlawpartners.com.

ADVERTISING DEADLINE FOR NEXT ISSUE, DEC. 27 Dec. 20, 2013 CORRECTIONS Please report errors to media@theoutlawpartners.com.

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Explore Big Sky regional distribution Hundreds of drop points surrounding Yellowstone National Park

explorebigsky.com/bestof 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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