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Tuesday, February 2, 2016 - 10:36am Karin Kirk

Bridger Bowl edition.

I was behind you in the lunch line at Deer Park Chalet. You ordered the last black bean burrito. I lamented to my sister (note – that was not my girlfriend) that I was going to order that. You offered, jokingly, to give me half. Our eyes met briefly as you were applying salsa. I wondered if we might share a backpack lunch someday. I would totally split all my food with you.

Couples Skiing, Bridger Bowl
Lunch-line Juliet: this could be us.

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Friday, January 22, 2016 - 11:50am Gallatin River ...

Winter fly-fishing tips.

While there might be a few fair-weather fishing days ahead, it's still a little on the cold side. Here are a few tricks to make your winter fishing a bit more enjoyable:

 Winter Fly Fishing Montana, Montana Fishing Outfitters

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Tuesday, January 19, 2016 - 12:21pm Anna Cohen

Your new favorite season for camping.

For many outdoor enthusiasts, camping and backpacking season is over once December rolls around. In reality, winter's a great time for these activities—don’t let the cold temperatures scare you off.

Winter Camping, Bozeman, Montana

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Wednesday, January 13, 2016 - 1:01pm Lea Brayton

Skijor’s coming to town.

Do we even need to question the appeal of a sport that combines galloping horses, packed powder, and fast skiing? Let’s face it, this is Montana—home to eight-month winters, cowboys, and powder junkies—and skijoring is simply a natural evolution. In fact, skijor hails from Scandinavian roots, originally developed as a means of travel but has now been adapted as a sport where a skier is hauled around a designed course, navigating jumps, gates, and rings as fast as possible. It may be more commonly recognized with dogs ahead, but equine skijoring is gaining new speed in Bozeman—thanks to a local nonprofit.

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Friday, January 8, 2016 - 2:58pm NRDC

History made for wild Montana bison.

Two weeks ago, the State of Montana made history when Governor Steve Bullock announced year-round habitat for wild bison outside Yellowstone National Park. This is huge, huge, huge news, and it's a giant step forward for bison management and the State of Montana.

 Yellowstone Bison

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Tuesday, January 5, 2016 - 11:24am Jessica Tuttle

New year, new you.

You definitely don’t have to hike up a mountain on skis to keep fit during the winter here. You don’t have to hunt, ice climb, or slay trout on the frozen riverbanks either. Here are a few less extreme winter exercises that will get your heart pumping outside just the same. Remember that the first five minutes are the hardest, and then it gets easier once you’re warmed up.

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Sunday, January 3, 2016 - 12:34pm David Tucker

Things to consider in the new year.

Every year, we make promises—promises to ourselves, to our partners, to our bosses, and to our friends. And then we promptly ignore all those promises. Now there used to be a code that kept a man to his word, but things done changed in the West. These days, your word is rarely your bond, and people are loath to hold you accountable for much—they're probably planning to bail on you somewhere down the line and don't want to appear hypocritical. But unkept promises are opportunities lost, especially when considering outdoor pursuits left unaccomplished. This year of our Lord 2016, make promises and keep them. Here are a few to consider.

New Year's Resolutions
Good riddance, 2015

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Tuesday, December 29, 2015 - 2:51pm GNFAC

A rotten way to start the season.

The snowpack is a record of weather events that take place during the winter. Heavy snows, wind, and even long dry spells, help create unique layers in the snowpack. The order in which these weather events occur determines both the structure and stability of the pack. The layers that tend to cause the most avalanche problems generally form between storms. Known as persistent weak layers, depth hoar, surface hoar, and near-surface facets are all problem layers that form in southwestern Montana. Each of these can exist in the snowpack for long periods of time.

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Tuesday, December 22, 2015 - 11:18am John Todd

Congress's inaction threatens Montana way of life.

Last week, news began to leak that an agreement to end what’s known as fire borrowing was starting to crumble. At the same time, we learned Congress was, yet again, missing an opportunity to permanently reauthorize and fully fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), which expired in September.

Montana Wilderness Association, Wildlife
Haze from a wildlife obscures the view over the Big Belts

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Tuesday, December 15, 2015 - 2:05pm Ann Vinciguerra

Skiing's unsung gear.

Skiing has worked its way into my life most months of the year, so it's little wonder that gear takes up a good bit of space in my garage and closets. I spend hours researching new technology and talking about gear with friends, dreaming of the newest, lightest backcountry binding, singing the praises of my favorite pair of skis, and hoping to find the perfect pack that I intend to have forever.

Backcountry Skiing Montana
New boots: check. New pants: check. New poles: not so much.


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