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Hiking the Swimming Woman Canyon area of the Big Snowies WSA.

Mine the wilderness?

In December, Sen. Steve Danes introduced a bill that would strip protection from nearly a half-million acres of Montana’s public lands that, if passed, would compromise fish and wildlife habitat, community drinking water, and the quiet backcountry that underpins our $7 billion outdoor recreation economy.

Come, stay for a while

Lodging tax collections were up 7 percent in the Big Sky Resort Area District, and 5 percent statewide from the year before, according to a recently released report from the Montana Office of Tourism and Business Development.

In Big Sky’s resort area district, $2.27 million in bed tax was collected from $56.8 million in 2017 revenue.

A common scene calling for common sense. PHOTO BY MAE MADISON

Whatcha Seeing Out There?

Late winter is a very good time for wildlife viewing along highway and river corridors. The animals move to the open edges for food that is more easily accessed. Good wildlife viewing opportunities will be within or close to the road right-of-way.

Arrowleaf Balsamroot Sunset. This vibrant photo was taken at 8:45 p.m. in early June. After putting the kids to bed Coyle noticed the sunset was building so he headed up to a spot that overlooks Jack Creek, Ennis, and the Madison Valley. This group of arrowleaf balsamroot stuck out from the sage brush, so captured the magic. It was published as a full page image in a Montana Outdoors photo issue.

Just go shoot

If you follow Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks on Instagram, you’ve probably seen Ennis photographer Ed Coyle’s work recently. He was invited by FWP to “take over” the feed in late February and early March, highlighting his Montana winter with photos of cougars, landscapes and more. 

Ramcharger 8’s roomy bucket seats will zoom skiers and snowboarders up Andesite Mountain in comfort, shortening the current ride by two-thirds. According to Boyne Resorts President Stephen Kircher, each chair weighs 2,200 pounds and “costs more than a Porsche.” Photo Courtesy Big Sky Resort

North America’s first eight-seater chairlift, night skiing coming to town

Before announcing Big Sky Resort’s official upcoming moves in its 10-year plan, Taylor Middleton, Big Sky Resort general manager and president Taylor Middleton touched on another recent milestone - for the first time in its 45-year history, Big Sky Resort will exceed 500,000 skier visits by the end of this season.

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