Helping people have a good day 

BSCO volunteer Dean Nally guides the way as trail ambassador

Next time you’re out on the Community Park ski trails, watch for Big Sky Community Organization Winter Trail Ambassador Dean Nally—he’s there several times a month volunteering his time to make every trail user’s experience a positive one.

Nally is one of the first BSCO winter trail ambassadors, a program started this winter to provide a regular presence on
ski trails and to better educate trail users.

“It might sound crazy to people who live here, but I’ve actually found people lost on the golf course ski trails,” he said. “I was able to turn them in the right direction. If you’re going to be out there skiing anyway, why not help people? It’s just a way to help people have a good day.”

Nally recalled recently meeting a group from North Carolina on the cross-country trails, giving them ski maps and helping orient them on their journey.
“It’s nice to meet people from other places, to talk to people and find out their stories.”

Nally said on a given day on the trails he meets about 20 to 30 people, a number he passes along to BSCO and Lone Mountain Ranch so they can track usage. 

He’ll also be at the soon-to-be-open warming hut yurt near the skate park in the Community Park, serving hot chocolate, handing out maps and giving advice to visitors. 

Nally is out volunteering in the warm months as well, donating his time as a summer trail ambassador, hitting the BSCO-managed trails to look for maintenance issues as well as to simply say “hello” to fellow hikers and give them directions. 

“You know, what you would normally do on the trail,” he said. “Not to sound cheesy, but this is a beautiful place we live in, why not get out and enjoy it?”

Nally stays busy, working full-time at Ace Hardware, as well as part-time at The Country Market. He also drives the Buck’s T4 shuttle. “It keeps me out of trouble, and they’re great, social jobs.”

To learn more about BSCO’s volunteer opportunities, visit www.bscomt.org.

—JP

 

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