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.
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.
Most of us who have spent some time in the mountains know the amazing splendor of a great alpenglow. An experience that comes to mind for me was while snowboarding through knee deep powder, at what felt like 140 mph, with my hair on fire. At that moment I was so exhilarated.
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.
Rich Stage passed away peacefully in his sleep after a brief illness at home on Anna Maria Island, Florida. Surrounded by family, he left this earth without fear or regret. This was a man who loved and lived life to the fullest. He leaves a great many stories, and fond remembrances.
Bradford Lartigue and I met to chat at Caliber Coffee. He knew everyone – every single person already there and every person who walks in.
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.
Emery Miller is an amazing young lady in many ways. The Lone Peak High School junior has been described as “creative” and “determined” and this accurately describes her both in and out of the classroom.
It is clear that to Brett Ozment art is freedom and freedom is art. He left the familiarity of his Missouri home with long nights spent fishing on the Jacks Fork River and moved to Montana over a decade ago to chase the powder and carve into slopes. Fishing had been his only artform – he’d skip high school classes to cast a line.
The decision was made at the December 21 Big Sky Resort Area District Board of Directors meeting to move forward in drafting legislation with Taylor Luther Group, PLLC that – if approved at the legislative session – would raise the threshold of resort tax at the state level from three to four percent.