Flying down the slopes of Moonlight Basin, Belgrade High School sophomore Kami was often leaving her Big Sky Youth Empowerment crew in the dust. But they didn’t seem to mind, since it gave them the option to catch up, make a quick stop and blast her with snow.
Visit Big Sky’s impressive work with the consulting firm Destination Think! has created a double helix of revealing insights about this community’s DNA. It’s foundational to the tourism master plan still in the works, and it’s formed using two strands of content.
With the recent addition of licensed clinical psychologist Hillary Morin, Women In Action (WIA), Big Sky’s social services provider, can now deliver a higher level of mental healthcare to the community.
It’s the rarest of wildlife found—and not found—in the forests around Big Sky, and recently the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced its intent to begin the process of removing protections for Canada lynx under the Endangered Species Act.
“Have a nice day!” Those words, while seemingly simple, can really hit home for someone who could use some positivity. While “random acts of kindness” are welcome year-round, Big Sky School District teacher Erika Frounfelker is inviting Big Sky to expand its kindness quota by participating in the Great Kindness Challenge Jan. 29–Feb. 2.
The last time the Lookout caught up with Trevor House he was 16 years old, one of the first students at Lone Peak High School, and just back from Cambodia where he had participated in an American Youth Leadership program. Four years later, he’s majoring in economics with a minor in computer science at Stanford University.
When it comes to Highway 64, the stakes are high because it’s Big Sky’s one link to the outside world.
“If that road fails,” said David Kack, with Montana State University’s Western Transportation Institute.
“Then the whole community is going to fail.”
After 17 years of selling mountain attire, souvenirs and gifts, Big Horn Boutique owner Dorothea Jude announced recently she will close at the end of January. She put all her wares at a 50 percent discount, and things have been clearing out quickly since then.
Wendy Sullivan remembers when Ketchum, Idaho first started to wrestle publicly with its affordable housing issues. It was around 2000 and Sullivan was working as a planner for Blaine County in nearby Hailey.
Over the last year, the Big Sky Resort Area District has been challenged to make sure it’s not missing out on revenue by declining to tax certain things, like dues paid by members of the Yellowstone Club, Moonlight Basin and Spanish Peaks.