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Skier death in Big Sky

A Texas man died in a skiing accident at Big Sky Resort on Friday, March, 5, 2021.

Kirby Smith, 60, from Dallas, Texas, was skiing with his son at the time. He died from blunt force injuries to the head. He was wearing a helmet.

The details of how the accident occurred are being investigated by Big Sky Ski Patrol.

The Porcupine herd photographed last winter in their usual winter habitat north of Riverhouse BBQ & Events and east of Hwy. 191. The area was impacted by a wildland fire late in the fall of 2020. PHOTO COURTESY OF MICHELLE NIERLING

Spring survival

So far so good for the Porcupine elk herd that garnered concern from wildlife officials. Six hundred fifty acres of the herd’s winter habitat went up in flames in a late season wildland fire.

Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport to offer Southwest flights from Bozeman to Denver and Las Vegas beginning in May. Flights are now available for purchase at southwest.com

Southwest Airlines heads to Bozeman

Local residents may be saying “What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas” a little more frequently. Starting May 27, Southwest Airlines will bring nonstop flights between Bozeman and both Denver and Las Vegas “and include same-plane or connecting service to and from more than 50 other Southwest cities,” according to a press release.

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.

Ken Morton, owner of Canyon Auto Repair & Towing, turns around in the Cinnamon Lodge parking lot in route to help another stranded traveler. PHOTO BY JANA BOUNDS

Winter finally arrives

The snow gods smiled upon Big Sky and the bulk of Montana over the past week and a flurry of avalanche warnings went out. Excited skiers faced treacherous driving conditions when they headed to the slopes for storm skiing.

Pam said Tom takes giant steps while hiking. “I call him my mountain goat,” she said. PHOTO COURTESY OF PAM URELL

Jack Creek hero

Tom Urell and Jim Singer were out hiking up Jack Creek Trail, U.S. Forest Service Trail 6317, about 10 miles east of Ennis, Mont on Jan. 27. Both men were familiar with the area and were experienced outdoorsmen— both hunters and Singer formally employed at Glacier National Park.

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.

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