Hiking the Swimming Woman Canyon area of the Big Snowies WSA.

Mine the wilderness?

In December, Sen. Steve Danes introduced a bill that would strip protection from nearly a half-million acres of Montana’s public lands that, if passed, would compromise fish and wildlife habitat, community drinking water, and the quiet backcountry that underpins our $7 billion outdoor recreation economy.

Come, stay for a while

Lodging tax collections were up 7 percent in the Big Sky Resort Area District, and 5 percent statewide from the year before, according to a recently released report from the Montana Office of Tourism and Business Development.

In Big Sky’s resort area district, $2.27 million in bed tax was collected from $56.8 million in 2017 revenue.

Craig Krzycki and his dog Elmer by an impressive stash of raw material.

Picking for pieces

Big Sky Antler owner Craig Krzycki’s art studio is a one-room cabin likely relocated from the Twin Cabins trailhead and now situated against the hillside just north of Big Sky in the Gallatin Canyon. This is a fitting space in a fitting place—It’s where Krzycki makes his art and useful items out of antlers. 


This week’s Miner of the week is Devan Miller. Devon participated in the Special Olympics two weeks ago at Big Sky Resort. Devon works hard both in the classroom and on the slopes. “She overcame a lot of fear to get to the finish line. She was ecstatic when she finished, and was welcomed by the Lone Peak cheerleaders,” one of her teachers said.

A common scene calling for common sense. PHOTO BY MAE MADISON

Whatcha Seeing Out There?

Late winter is a very good time for wildlife viewing along highway and river corridors. The animals move to the open edges for food that is more easily accessed. Good wildlife viewing opportunities will be within or close to the road right-of-way.


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Lone Peak Lookout

235 Snowy Mtn Circle
Big Sky, MT 59716

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