Volunteers install a park bench on Uplands Trail during National Trails Day.

French draining dirt stompers

Judging by the lack of even a solo cloud in the sky on June 2, it appeared Mother Nature is a fan of Big Sky’s trails. Which made for a perfect outing as nearly 50 volunteers helped out during National Trails Day, organized locally by the Big Sky Community Organization. 

U.S. Senate hopeful Troy Downing prepares to be interviewed by Kaitlin Corbett of KBZK CBS local news on election night when vote totals showed Downing stuck in third place.

Downing out

In his third-place finish behind Russ Fagg and winner Matt Rosendale, Troy Downing succeeded in staging the most ambitious political campaign ever mounted by a resident of Big Sky.

He’s only been flying for a couple of years, but local tile setter Todd Zimmerman appears right at home cutting through the morning mist as he scouts the LZ at Community Park. The grass on the soccer field is covered with morning dew, allowing him to slide in for a smooth landing. PHOTO BY DAVID MADISON

Winging it

In the winter, they ski launch off of Yellow Mountain and in the warmer months, members of Big Sky Mountain Flyers take off from an open spot atop Tick Ridge. On May 25, just before 9 a.m., Michael Firth and Todd Zimmerman made graceful banking turns as they piloted paragliders off the ridge and down to Community Park. 

David Kack (left), Big Sky Transportation District coordinator, describes the partnership that helped bring in federal TIGER funds to benefit Highway 64—also known as Lone Mountain Trail—a dead-end highway straddling two counties. “It’s really the Main Street of the community,” he said.  Webb Brown, president and CEO of the Montana Chamber of Commerce stands by. (In case you’re wondering, TIGER stands for Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery.)

The year of the TIGER

National Infrastructure Week doesn’t exactly sound like a time to get out and celebrate, but that’s just what Big Sky did on May 17. And for good cause—the community has much to look forward to in terms of infrastructure as part of the $10.3 million TIGER grant, which was awarded to the community earlier this spring.

Jeremiah Dawson and Colleen Helm take a break while getting Enoteca ready for business. They’ll be managing the wine bar, which reopens June 1. PHOTO BY JOLENE PALMER


Wine lovers rejoice. After a bit of a hiatus, Big Sky’s wine bar—Enoteca—is reopening with new management on June 1.


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