Big Sky Resort

Economic impact of the J-1 visa exchange visitor program reduction following presidential proclamations and lack of prioritization for nonimmigrant visas in Montana. Information is from a survey conducted by the Alliance for International Exchange. PHOTO COURTESY OF ALLIANCE FOR INTERNATIONAL EXCHANGE

Nonimmigrant visa decline

Two companies that help facilitate Summer Work Travel (SWT) programs, the Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE) and InterExchange, reached out to Chambers of Commerce throughout the country, concerned about a presidential proclamation that extended the limitation of the number of J-1 visa applicants able to come to the United Stat

Just before the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, Big Sky Resort purchased RECs to retroactively compensate for energy used to operate its 38 ski lifts. PHOTO COURTESY JON RESNICK

RECs

On Feb. 2, Boyne Resorts announced a purchase commitment with CMS Enterprises which resulted in 100% renewable electric energy at all Boyne resorts and facilities as of the first of the new year. This was possible in part by the purchase of renewable energy credits, or RECs.

A component of Big Sky Resort’s Big Picture initiative would install keycardbased thermostats that regulate in-room temperature when guests are out. PHOTO BY CODY WHITMER

ForeverProject

On Tuesday, Boyne Resorts announced a purchase commitment with CMS Enterprises, a CMS energy subsidiary, that 100% offsets electric energy at all Boyne resorts and facilities in North America as of Jan. 1.

Big Sky Chamber of Commerce Community Building Forum series

The Big Sky community showed real fortitude this spring, according to Brian Wheeler, vice president of Real Estate and Development at Big Sky Resort. The pandemic forced thoughts of prioritization for many people and businesses – an essential step when the world faced so much uncertainty. That time also allowed for core work to be done.

COVID-19 Big Sky Resort

After Sunday March 15, ski operations at Big Sky Resort will cease. Restaurants will remain open situationally and lodging will close by Sunday March 22. The Resort emphasized a relaxed cancelation policy. All future reservations will be automatically processed for refunds.

Photo by Jana Bounds

A joyful reunion and competition

It is an epic reunion – a celebration of snow and friendship. High fives, thumbs-ups, squeals of happiness, name chanting and so much cowbell, grace this gathering of extreme athletes at the 2020 Area Winter Games. The eleventh year of this Special Olympics Montana competition is a time of near-constant grinning and pure joy.

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