David Kack started getting texts on the afternoon of March 6 congratulating him on the news the U.S. Department of Transportation will award Big Sky with a $10.3 million TIGER grant.
Of all the unsettling statistics and observations about climate change, this one seems particularly disorienting, given how common it is for snow and ice around Big Sky to melt a little during the day, then re-freeze at night. Plunging temperatures after sundown feel like a given, but are far from it.
On Christmas Eve, MJ the horse was shot and killed on the Flying D Ranch. The horse was found dead under a dusting of new fallen snow on Christmas Day, not far from where the horses were fed just off Gateway South Road.
If it weren’t for manmade snow, there’d be little snow at all for Arizona Snowbowl ski resort this season. But thanks to the use of reclaimed water, the resort remains open for business with seven lifts and more than 30 trails.
Greg Blaufuss is worried about his son Spencer, who lives in a 1984 Bluebird International bus near the corner of Gooch Hill Road and Highway 191 in Gallatin Gateway. A few weeks back, Spencer—who is 24 and works at Big Sky Resort—bought a load of green wood and that triggered an unfortunate cascade of events.
There is no debate that Big Sky is drought-prone. Swaths of yellow, orange and red on drought reports and maps paint the picture for Montana. Even with a currently above average February snowpack, long-term drought risks are a reality.
All proceeds from the event will go to Protect Our Winters (POW), an environmental nonprofit aimed at uniting and mobilizing the global winter sports community to combat climate change through educational initiatives and political advocacy.
Heavy, windblown snow came down sideways at times, but that didn’t discourage 11-year-old Special Olympian Payton Fulton. He flew down the Cupajo run, whipping through the gates with ease as his volunteer helper pulled up the rear and Lone Peak High cheerleaders celebrated from the sidelines.
That was the average sales price for a Big Sky residence sold in 2017, up just over $32,000 from the year prior. Gross sales volume for the 388 units sold topped $264.7 million.