An unprecedented gathering of around 50 canyon residents and business owners and other interested parties met at Buck’s T-4 on Jan. 23 for the “Canyon Water Resources Meeting,” a gathering regarded as the first official meeting of its kind.
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.
Like it or not, the controversial Saunders Outdoor Advertising billboard in the Beckman Flats area of the Gallatin Canyon will likely remain.
Beneath the surface is one of this community’s – and the world’s – most valuable resources: groundwater. National Geographic research has shown that only 2.5 percent of the nearly 70 percent of the water covering the world is fresh water.
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.
The U.S. government shutdown may have been in full swing, but it was business as usual on New Year’s Eve day for Gallatin National Forest Avalanche Center Director Doug Chabot.
Yellowstone National Park rests beneath a blanket – much earned respite from the nearly 4.2 million visits it now typically accommodates. If the trend holds from 2012-17, visits will crawl to just about 20,000 this winter - a sharp decline from the almost 2.5 million occurring June, July and August, on average.
John and Toni Delzer, owners of Delzer Diversified, a long-standing Big Sky snow and ice maintenance company, will soon get to fly in a Chinook or Blackhawk helicopter – a surprise which led to many high fives and mile-wide grins.
The human body is a remarkable machine which alters depending on surroundings. We started asking questions at a recent staff meeting in anticipation of a cold snap: How do locals fair so much better playing in the cold than people from warmer climates? Why do visitors from flatter areas struggle so much with elevation?
Headed south towards Firelight Meadows on Ousel Falls Road it’s easy to overlook Streamside Way, an unassuming road that leads up to a mountainous residential development known as Greathorn Ranch. Likely, not many passersby opt to turn left and head up the hill.