Arizona Snowbowl depends on recycled water.

Flush to fluff

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.

In search of home

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.

To water or not to water?

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.

Special Olympian Skye Breitenfeldt rounds the corner during the afternoon snowshoe races. PHOTO BY JOLENE PALMER

More cowbell

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.


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.  


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