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Snow on the brain

Checking in with GNFAC 

Big Sky got blanketed over the past week, and while it’s deep out there, the good news is the slopes around us are mostly stable and open for backcountry business.  

Tess Lewison with the Flathead Valley Ski Education Foundation comes through the super-G gates on Hangman’s during the recent Lone Peak Speed Series. PHOTO BY DAVID MADISON

Students of speed

It’s the second day of “speed camp” and Jeremy Ueland is the designated “dye guy.” He skis off the Ramcharger lift with a plastic tank and a spray wand like the kind you use to zap daffodils and other weeds on your lawn. 

Want a front row seat to what’s happening with Moonlight? Head over to Virginia City, Monday, Feb. 26 to watch the 11-member Madison County Planning Board review Moonlight’s overall development plan, or ODP. Starts at 6 p.m. at 103 W. Wallace in VC.

Three hotels proposed in Moonlight

As you wind down toward the Madison base area at Moonlight Basin, off to the right is a wild swath of land proposed to become the Overlook. It’s imagined to be a lower-density neighborhood between the “amenity centers” of Madison Village and Ulery’s Lake, offering both the solitude of the forest and convenience of a planned community.

Sweet inspiration for pie auction

The biggest fundraiser for the Big Sky School District, the 38th Annual Pie Auction, is Saturday, Feb. 10 at the Rainbow Ranch wedding barn, 5:30-8:30 p.m. 

The Hungry Moose Market and Deli's Ashley Dodd has been creating and donating sweet treats to the cause for years. Here’s a winning recipe she passed along for inspiration. 

A rainbow trout’s markings allow it to disappear into the crystal-clear waters of the Gallatin River near Swan Creek. This prized fishery is now the focus of debate about whether or not Big Sky should directly discharge treated waste water into the Gallatin.

Questions Remain

In the recently released Big Sky Area Sustainable Watershed Stewardship Plan, the authors write, “Water Forum stakeholders affirmed that direct discharge of treated wastewater effluent to the river systems would need to provide an ecological benefit and result in no negative impacts to the river systems.

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