Big Sky

A few years ago, Betsy Rondeau saw perfectly good items no longer needed by Big Sky Resort, destined for the landfill. Rather than letting the items end up in the dump, she decided to do get them to people could put them to good use.

Behind the scenes support

I had heard tale of a mysterious group of do-gooders in Big Sky, initially thinking they were linked to another volunteer organization within the community. I was wrong. There’s no name for the group. No scheduled meetings. No 501c3 status. No minutes.

Piper Carrico

Miners of the Week

This week we would like to recognize four fifth grade students who, on their own, organized a drive to support families who were affected by the California fires. Dylan Manka, Maddy Wilcynski, Piper Carrico, and Poppy Towle showed empathy and compassion for those families who lost their homes in the devasting fires last fall.

Kira Fercho describes her work as a combination of Imposto, Russian Impressionism as well as Western Tonalism.

A calling to create

Billings native Kira Fercho either loves or hates things. There is no in-between. Exercising self-control, she makes one New Year’s resolution per year to do something she hates. One year that was to endlessly listen to Mariah Carey’s music. “And now I love it,” she said.

BEST OF THE BLOTTER

January 6, 2019

A deputy could not locate a black GMC Yukon that was reportedly moving slowly, swerving and braking randomly on Lone Mountain Trail at around 10 a.m.

A skier was apologetic after accidentally dialing 911 from his pocket just before 1 p.m.

Lenay didn’t start snowboarding until 2007, but has taken the snowboard bull by the horns since then. “Follow your passion. Don’t let anybody ever tell you that you can’t do it. If they do, just use that as motivation to make it happen,” he said.

Bound for B.C.

Big Sky local Chance Lenay was busy recently, packing up his gear and snowboard and heading to Revelstoke, British Columbia to compete in the Freeride World Qualifiers held on January 10.

Bustling in Big Sky 

While many companies are inclined to shut down for the holidays due to paying a premium for workers: from time-and-a-half to double-time or overtime wages, according to a study by the Society of Human Resource Management, Big Sky and resort communities in general operate differently.

Lee Griffiths skied almost every ski area out west before settling on Big Sky as his home. Like many residents, he is determined to do his part to improve the Big Sky community and the world.

Bettering Big Sky

There is nothing Lee Griffiths does that is not well thought-out. His move to Big Sky years ago was quite researched and intentional. He knew he wanted to escape the rat race of the East Coast and settle in a ski community out west, so he spent an entire season visiting many resort areas.

A walking miracle: 16-year-old Gus Hoffman survived a horrific accident a year and a half ago, but has never stopped pursuing his dream of becoming a horse trainer.

Riding on resilience

Gus Hoffman believes it was a grizzly which spooked his horse, Soldier, after he dismounted for trail cleanup in June of 2017. He was alone, the lead rope in one hand and a saw in the other, when the 15-hand horse’s powerful rear hoof launched to his throat. Gus fell back, dropped the rope and felt disoriented – like he couldn’t breathe.

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