Big Sky

Kira Fercho describes her work as a combination of Imposto, Russian Impressionism as well as Western Tonalism.

A calling to create

Billings native Kira Fercho either loves or hates things. There is no in-between. Exercising self-control, she makes one New Year’s resolution per year to do something she hates. One year that was to endlessly listen to Mariah Carey’s music. “And now I love it,” she said.

BEST OF THE BLOTTER

January 6, 2019

A deputy could not locate a black GMC Yukon that was reportedly moving slowly, swerving and braking randomly on Lone Mountain Trail at around 10 a.m.

A skier was apologetic after accidentally dialing 911 from his pocket just before 1 p.m.

Lenay didn’t start snowboarding until 2007, but has taken the snowboard bull by the horns since then. “Follow your passion. Don’t let anybody ever tell you that you can’t do it. If they do, just use that as motivation to make it happen,” he said.

Bound for B.C.

Big Sky local Chance Lenay was busy recently, packing up his gear and snowboard and heading to Revelstoke, British Columbia to compete in the Freeride World Qualifiers held on January 10.

Bustling in Big Sky 

While many companies are inclined to shut down for the holidays due to paying a premium for workers: from time-and-a-half to double-time or overtime wages, according to a study by the Society of Human Resource Management, Big Sky and resort communities in general operate differently.

A walking miracle: 16-year-old Gus Hoffman survived a horrific accident a year and a half ago, but has never stopped pursuing his dream of becoming a horse trainer.

Riding on resilience

Gus Hoffman believes it was a grizzly which spooked his horse, Soldier, after he dismounted for trail cleanup in June of 2017. He was alone, the lead rope in one hand and a saw in the other, when the 15-hand horse’s powerful rear hoof launched to his throat. Gus fell back, dropped the rope and felt disoriented – like he couldn’t breathe.

BEST OF THE BLOTTER

December 24, 2018

Someone at the Yellowstone Club accidentally called 911 from their Apple Watch at 9 a.m. The SOS feature was then disabled so this issue would not reoccur. Similar issues via iPhones occurred at Big Sky Resort throughout the day.

Chris Kamman puts soul into his filmmaking. “I wanted this life and I’m surprised that it actually coming to fruition. If someone would have told me I could make a living shooting skiing, snowboarding and fly fishing in college I would have been pretty pumped,” he said.

For the love of the mountain

Chris Kamman spent every summer of his childhood in Big Sky, selling golf balls lost by the family home on the 17th hole of the golf course and admiring Warren Miller’s filmmaking skills.

He never thought he would one day own his own Big Sky-based production company and travel the world shooting ski films.

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