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PHOTO COURTESY OF ROB LEIPHEIMER

35 tram laps in one day

Valentine’s Day began as just another aggressive ski day for 50-year-old Butte native Rob Leipheimer. Clouds continued to move in and visibility at the top of Big Sky Resort was more pea soup than blue bird, so there was hardly a wait in the tram line. 

PHOTO BY DAVID MADISON

An impressive run

The final District 11C tournament game in Churchill for the Lady Big Horns began with the team huddling up and cheering “Fight! Fight! Fight!” It ended with a second-place trophy. 

(L to R) Ivy Hicks, Brooke Botha, Jayleen Cole, Sara Wilson, Emma Flach, KP Hoffman, Solae Swenson and Reilly Germain. 

MINER OF THE WEEK

Dezi Putnam is this week’s Miner of the Week. Dezi is an 8th grader at Ophir Middle School. Dezi is an active part of our school community. You can often find her fundraising for the 8th grade D.C. trip or any other events we have at school. 

Beth Cox chats with a young racer, one of thousands who’ve come through her starting gate over the last 24 years.  PHOTO BY DAVID MADISON

59716 VOLUNTEER

Beth Cox stands like a sentry, guarding the timing gate and little bar ski racers push through to begin each timed run. It’s the start of the Lone Peak Speed Series super-G and she works with others on the volunteer race crew to sync the timing system so everything proceeds with the precision Cox expects. 

Tess Lewison with the Flathead Valley Ski Education Foundation comes through the super-G gates on Hangman’s during the recent Lone Peak Speed Series. PHOTO BY DAVID MADISON

Students of speed

It’s the second day of “speed camp” and Jeremy Ueland is the designated “dye guy.” He skis off the Ramcharger lift with a plastic tank and a spray wand like the kind you use to zap daffodils and other weeds on your lawn. 

Want a front row seat to what’s happening with Moonlight? Head over to Virginia City, Monday, Feb. 26 to watch the 11-member Madison County Planning Board review Moonlight’s overall development plan, or ODP. Starts at 6 p.m. at 103 W. Wallace in VC.

Three hotels proposed in Moonlight

As you wind down toward the Madison base area at Moonlight Basin, off to the right is a wild swath of land proposed to become the Overlook. It’s imagined to be a lower-density neighborhood between the “amenity centers” of Madison Village and Ulery’s Lake, offering both the solitude of the forest and convenience of a planned community.

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