Fritz Sperry has been backcountry skiing for 35 years and co-launched a Facebook group called “The Avalanche Room” to increase backcountry safety and avalanche education. PHOTO COURTESY OF FRITZ SPERRY

Grit and glory

Playing in backcountry powder often feels like connecting to the primal rhythm of the wilderness. At its greatest, it can even become an emotional and spiritual practice, according to avalanche survivor Ken Wylie, who is a writer, speaker, guide and human factor risk management specialist.

PHOTO COURTESY OF VISIT BIG SKY/MARK LAROWE

Hold fast, skijorers

Cowboys, ski bums, and horses anxious to run: skijoring is a crowd-pleaser. The high speed, high action sport has been steadily gaining traction in western communities. There is no mystery as to why: A cowboy on horseback propels a skier holding a rope through jumps and gates – resulting in cringe-worthy spills and thrilling saves.

Mistretta flips through the panel display inside the Historic Crail Ranch Museum. She conducted the research for the displays herself and was assisted by an outside contractor, Glenniss Indreland, who helped design the displays. PHOTO BY KEELY LARSON

First women to…remember

This month, a little pop-up under the Google search bar included a link to a video commemorating Women’s History Month. Its caption stated that in the past year the phrase ‘the first woman’ was searched more than ever before. The video went on to highlight some feminine firsts, ranging from coronavirus vaccination research to scaling peaks.

Tax time

Taxes are often regarded as one of the less desirable certainties of life. Some folks are eying paperwork with trepidation – and with tax day only around a month away.

Taylor Cummings started running marathons a few years ago and has now run the Boston Marathon twice. PHOTO COURTESY OF TAYLOR CUMMINGS

Back in the game

Lone Peak High School Big Horns Varsity Girls Basketball Coach Taylor Cummings reflects on her life and realizes how much basketball has shaped her. From nearly the time she was old enough to walk, the game has always been there.

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