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Ramcharger 8’s roomy bucket seats will zoom skiers and snowboarders up Andesite Mountain in comfort, shortening the current ride by two-thirds. According to Boyne Resorts President Stephen Kircher, each chair weighs 2,200 pounds and “costs more than a Porsche.” Photo Courtesy Big Sky Resort

North America’s first eight-seater chairlift, night skiing coming to town

Before announcing Big Sky Resort’s official upcoming moves in its 10-year plan, Taylor Middleton, Big Sky Resort general manager and president Taylor Middleton touched on another recent milestone - for the first time in its 45-year history, Big Sky Resort will exceed 500,000 skier visits by the end of this season.

These eye-catching signs are staked just under the Conoco sign on Lone Mountain Trail at the entrance of Big Sky.  Photo by Jolene Palmer

You’ve seen the signs

J.D. Bingman, Montana outfitter license number 614, says he’s not much for making ripples in the pond when it comes to the controversial topics of the day. It’s just that he earns his living on rivers, including the Yellowstone.

MINER OF THE WEEK

Dezi Putnam is this week’s Miner of the Week. Dezi is an 8th grader at Ophir Middle School. Dezi is an active part of our school community. You can often find her fundraising for the 8th grade D.C. trip or any other events we have at school. 

Beth Cox chats with a young racer, one of thousands who’ve come through her starting gate over the last 24 years.  PHOTO BY DAVID MADISON

59716 VOLUNTEER

Beth Cox stands like a sentry, guarding the timing gate and little bar ski racers push through to begin each timed run. It’s the start of the Lone Peak Speed Series super-G and she works with others on the volunteer race crew to sync the timing system so everything proceeds with the precision Cox expects. 

Tess Lewison with the Flathead Valley Ski Education Foundation comes through the super-G gates on Hangman’s during the recent Lone Peak Speed Series. PHOTO BY DAVID MADISON

Students of speed

It’s the second day of “speed camp” and Jeremy Ueland is the designated “dye guy.” He skis off the Ramcharger lift with a plastic tank and a spray wand like the kind you use to zap daffodils and other weeds on your lawn. 

 (L to R) Seniors Ethan Schumacher, Liam Germain and Jackson Wade.  PHOTO BY DAVID MADISON

Ethan’s evolution

With 1:10 left to play in their final home game as Big Horn basketball players, Jackson Wade, Ethan Schumacher and Liam Germain watched as Head Coach Austin Barth called time out and sent in the underclassmen. The crowd roared and the underclassmen charged ahead, with freshman Nick Brester swatting away a Sheridan shot in the lane. 

Senior three-point specialist Jayleen Cole will be missed—but still has time to shine in the upcoming District 11C Tournament hosted by Manhattan Christian Feb. 15-17. PHOTO BY DAVID MADISON

Farewell KP and Jayleen

It was Senior Night, but the Lone Peak High School girls’ varsity coach was also thinking about her younger players. At the start of the second half vs. the Sheridan Panthers, Head Coach Ausha Cole started freshmen Ruth Blodgett and Sara Wilson, then brought in freshman Ivy Hicks.

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