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A group of BSSEF athletes enjoy their summer camp in the Beartooth Pass. PHOTO COURTESY BSSEF FACEBOOK

Let them ski

June 24 was decision day. The Big Sky Ski Education Foundation (BSSEF) had a difficult task of deciding whether to close their annual firework stand due to fire danger in the area. They eventually decided to do so in a press release sent out on the morning of June 24.

PHOTO COURTESY OF VISIT BIG SKY/MARK LAROWE

Hold fast, skijorers

Cowboys, ski bums, and horses anxious to run: skijoring is a crowd-pleaser. The high speed, high action sport has been steadily gaining traction in western communities. There is no mystery as to why: A cowboy on horseback propels a skier holding a rope through jumps and gates – resulting in cringe-worthy spills and thrilling saves.

Photo courtesy of MARK LAROWE

AN EFFORT OF THE PEOPLE

One of Big Sky’s most exciting snow focused events comes in the midst of a snow crisis. Lack of new snow coupled with unseasonably warm temperatures presents unique issues for Big Sky Skijoring Association’s 3rd Annual Best in the West Showdown.

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. 

Avalanche expert Tom Thorn started ski patrolling in Big Sky in 1997. This year, he left ski patrol to focus on sharing his avalanche safety knowledge with the backcountry community.

DIG IT

In his 20 years of ski patrolling at Big Sky Resort and skiing in the backcountry, Tom Thorn has seen his fair share of avalanches. But one harrowing event remains fresh in his memory—when his partner was fully buried in a massive slide while doing avalanche control at Big Sky Resort in December 2003.

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