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The Ikon Pass, which offers unlimited and limited access to a total of 38 resorts, will go on sale for the 2019/20 season this spring. The full Ikon pass sold for $899 and $599 for the full and base passes, respectively, for the 2018/19 season. Seven days with no blackouts were included at Big Sky Resort.

Clues from Colorado

Local skier morale seems to be falling as quickly as the snow on deep powder days. Tensions are high as locals struggle to come to terms with an influx of multi-resort pass holders and those who found Big Sky on the map last year–when the resort kept a steady blanket of snow as most other areas struggled.

Winding road ahead! Mind the signs in the Gallatin Canyon, and take a tip from our editorial intern in this column tackling the challenges inexperienced drivers face along the dangerous roadway.

Drive safely, please

Editor’s note: Here are five utterly simple, straightforward, and well, mandatory driving guidelines for Gallatin Canyon commuters. Enjoy them with a couple grains of salt, and perhaps a bit of jadedness as well.

Melissa “Mo” Ostander rides Itchy while pulling Glenn Hutchinson.

Cowboys and ski bums

There’s something decidedly romantic about skijoring – where the Wild West meets modern ski technology and skilled skiers. Single digit temperatures didn’t keep spectators away from Big Sky Skijoring Association’s Second Annual Best in the West Showdown February 9 and 10.

A seemingly innocuous day of sledding quickly turned serious when Big Sky youngster Elijah Brauer suffered a brain injury after hitting a tree. He was flown to Salt Lake for treatment, and is now back to his regular antics, but his parents want to spread the word that helmets really can save lives.

Helmets save lives

Elijah (Eli) Brauer just rode the tram and skied Liberty Bowl with his dad, Jeff. It’s an amazing feat for any seven-year-old. What makes it even more remarkable is that just three months ago young Eli was collapsed by a tree, virtually immobile and bleeding from his nostrils. 

You’ll need a pass code to access the private portion of Jack Creek Road, and 11-ish mile passage owned by Moonlight Basin that connects Big Sky and the Madison Valley.

A mutual benefit

Two hundred thousand dollars. That’s approximately how much it costs Moonlight Basin to maintain its 11-mile stretch of private roadway which connects Moonlight, and the rest of Big Sky, to Ennis and beyond.

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