Big Sky

It was the perfect sunny day for a track meet Friday with Ophir Middle School Track competing in Livingston. The strong headwind hitting the athletes as they rounded the turn for the last 100 meters added to the challenge of the day. PHOTOS COURTESY KURTIS KOENIG

Track & field update

Lone Peak High School and Ophir Middle School Track and Field is starting to pick up with a few meets every week for a while. The young team, composed of mostly freshmen and sophomores missed out on track last year due to COVID-19.

In spite of challenges

Lone Peak High School (LPHS) spring sports have proven challenging thus far, according to LPHS Athletic Director John Hannahs. Less than ideal weather did not help, nor did Spring Break running right down the middle of an incredibly active week in the season. Also, Covid-19 has continued to plague planning.

 An iconic photo of the late Curtis Guillford, former head of lift operations at Big Sky Resort, when he was starter of an All Lifts Race in the early days of the competition. PHOTO COURTESY OF 1995 DIRTBAG KING BILL HICKEY

Hail the dirtbag

Intrinsic to the Big Sky Dirtbag culture is continuity. Beneath the crazy capes and crowns there exists a sense of homage for the wild ones who came before. Local lore is that Dirtbag Kings and Queens are selected for being the last ones to leave the party and the first ones to make tracks on the mountain.

Angela Enriquez with her fiancé Walter Pettiford and their two dogs: Baby and Camo. PHOTO COURTESY OF ANGELA ENRIQUEZ

The escape home

Angela Enriquez has carved out a life for herself in Big Sky far different from the one from which she escaped. She says that many people are running from something when they land in the area. As for her, she was getting away from an abusive relationship.

The vaccination push

Sixty two doses of COVID-19 vaccine were delivered to Big Sky School District 72 faculty and staff. This came as a result of a March 17 vaccination clinic held in the Ophir Elementary School gym. The effort was a part of the federal allocation of vaccines earmarked for educators and school staff.

Top Shack Whackers are thus far undefeated and are last season’s league and tournament champions. Player Jeff Knaub says they are “the best whackers in town!” He also bragged that “people even come to watch us whack it!” PHOTO COURTESY OF SCHUYLER KNAUB

A whacking good time

It is a little like hockey, but without ice skates. Instead people wear shoes with decent tread. Some purchase the special broomball shoes and others creatively come up with ways to jury rig an old pair of boots – by conducting surgery to create better traction.

Skier death in Big Sky

A Texas man died in a skiing accident at Big Sky Resort on Friday, March, 5, 2021.

Kirby Smith, 60, from Dallas, Texas, was skiing with his son at the time. He died from blunt force injuries to the head. He was wearing a helmet.

The details of how the accident occurred are being investigated by Big Sky Ski Patrol.

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