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Avalanche expert Tom Thorn started ski patrolling in Big Sky in 1997. This year, he left ski patrol to focus on sharing his avalanche safety knowledge with the backcountry community.

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In his 20 years of ski patrolling at Big Sky Resort and skiing in the backcountry, Tom Thorn has seen his fair share of avalanches. But one harrowing event remains fresh in his memory—when his partner was fully buried in a massive slide while doing avalanche control at Big Sky Resort in December 2003.

The Powder Light subdivision: Where developers hope a lawsuit will clear the way for more affordable housing in Big Sky.

Suing for pillows

Just after the Gallatin County Commission shot down his planned commercial subdivision, Realtor and Developer Scott Altman buried his frustration under a friendly smile. The project included as many as 40, four-bedroom units.

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On a table in the kitchen at Buck’s T4 is a device that looks like something you might find in a chemistry lab at Montana State University. It’s called a sous vide and it’s a short, boxy device with a winding tube and panel of buttons.

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