Winter 2001-02

Features

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England, Mike
For a moment, a brief, dark, terrifying moment, I am trapped under ice. My breathing accelerates, my heart pounds, every muscle in my body goes rigid. The blood roars through my veins like a river undammed. I’m looking upward at a vast, impenetrable sheet of bluish-white; but I see nothing, feel... Details
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Sinay, Ken
As if in a dream, I’m gliding down a snowfield, the silence caressed by the gentle sound of the powder snow moving beneath my feet. The slope is so steep that, in reality, I’m falling, but the pillow of snow on which I’m balanced, and the shear volume of snow, cushions all hazards.The momentum of... Details
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Orms, R. Kent
As you hike slowly up through the deep snow, the cold air stinging your face, you hear a CRRRAAACK so loud and deep it echoes down the canyon and shakes the new snow off the trees. You turn to move, but, before you can, you’re tumbling. Down and down the slope in a tidal wave of ice and snow chunks... Details
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Megan Ault
Best skiing of the year.A big Nordic party for hearty outdoorsy types, the Yellowstone Rendezvous, held each March in West Yellowstone, lures over six hundred competitors from all over the world. Racers often stay a night or two, visiting with friends and children, listening in at prerace meals and... Details

Departments

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Ford, Peter
For the third year, assigning closure to several local extreme sports and introducing many others, The Best of Bozeman Slideshow will be visiting a “to be determined at a later date” theater in the Bozeman area come the first part of April. The past two years the slide show has been held at the... Details
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England, Mike
Resting on my ski poles atop a small knoll, I survey the white-and-green landscape below, with its broad ravines and gentle, pine-flecked slopes. Between the trees, the layer of snow is thick and even, interrupted only by the occasional long and narrow profile of a fallen pine or fir. Right now, in... Details
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Smith, Phyllis
Eastern Montana has its lengthy cold spells, Livingston its winds, Great Falls its temperate weather-but the Gallatin area has a little bit of everything. Part of a semiarid weather zone that experiences the greatest variety of climates in the state, the Gallatin region can be subject to sudden... Details
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Harris, Jim
I don’t remember when we first met, but it was sometime in the early ‘90s, after Hans graduated from Yale and returned to Bozeman. We first crossed paths at a friend’s house and eventually wound up working the night shift together at Dana Design. This was the ultimate place to work—ski all day,... Details
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Mike England
A great way to visit the Park.It's wintertime in Yellowstone, and few places in the world are as uniquely beautiful. Bison gather around steaming springs, their coats drenched in snow and frost; condensation billows from a thousand hotpots; herds of elk roam the river valleys, their massive heads... Details
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Shannon Kelley
Two-stroke, four-stroke, what's the difference? I found out on my two-day adventure on snowmobiles through Yellowstone National Park. It was a cold winter day when a couple of friends and my boyfriend and I began our trek. As we entered through the west entrance late afternoon, my excitement grew,... Details
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Brad Carpenter
A cold trickle of ice water runs down my cheek, freezing me back into reality. I look upward into blue overhanging gobs of frozen water. Stupid. The ice water runs smack between my eyes and fills my right ear. I take a few steps to the side and drier ground. Looking back up I see my partner, Bill,... Details
Bridger Bowl, Gallatin Historical Museum
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Regnerus, Megan
Bozeman's original extreme skiers.Bozeman’s original ski pioneers invented extreme, just by the fact that they skied.Imagine strapping on six-foot-long pine or hickory boards—“shaped” skis of the 1930s and 1940s—using leather thongs or a bear trap binding to attach the boot. The boot exterior isn’t... Details
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Sanford, Ashley
It’s happened a countless number of times. Two guys will head past the north boundary of Bridger Bowl to Hardscrabble, anxious to do some backcountry skiing. Wanting to ski light, they leave everything but a beacon and a shovel behind, thinking those items cover the basics. One guy falls and... Details
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Davis, Seabring
Think of Montana. Get the image in your mind: steepled mountains high enough to hold skiable snow even in summer, meandering rivers chock full of crafty trout, and hundred-mile vistas in every direction.Now picture this: fresh Hamachi with a glass of flowery sauvignon blanc; a rare French Burgundy... Details
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Fast, Annie
A ticket at the local ski hills will get you many things: cold smoke face shots, miles of vertical, a nice moving chair to sit on—but one thing you will not get is access to the backcountry. It’s true that the terrain at our resorts can satisfy most of our needs, but for better or worse, the flimsy... Details

Gear Reviews

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Ashley Sanford
Andy Tuller got into the clothing gear business out of necessity. The brochure for his Bozeman-based gear company, Outa Ware, reads like a mantra against commercialized adventure clothing. “I began making clothing because I was tired of buying over-priced, foreign-made garbage that fell apart while... Details
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Sanford, Ashley
I’ve never really been into sports drinks or energy bars. Being an unathletic woman from the South, I had always believed that if you had gotten to the point where your energy was depleted and you were sweaty, it was simply time to sit down.All of that changed when I moved to Montana. People in... Details
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England, Mike
There’s something about a new tent that makes a guy giddy. Maybe it’s that first whiff of brand-new nylon, or the big-mountain fantasies that fill his head upon such a significant gear acquisition. Or maybe it’s simply the complete and utter absence of buyer’s remorse. After all, a tent is hardly a... Details
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Garcia, Mike
I like to go light because I like to feel light-of-foot. Hills are easier, up or down, and you’re not working overtime to balance so you can actually look around—which, after all, is why you came out here.The Snow Peak Giga Power Stove epitomizes the go-light philosophy. In its carrying case it is... Details
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Mike England
Day breaking over a high ridge; shadows slowly receding across a snow-filled basin; limber pines snaking skyward, their deep, earthy smell holding in the crisp alpine air—these are just some of the images that make backcountry skiing such a wonderful and rewarding respite from the hustle and bustle... Details

Additional Articles

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Ault, Megan
Scroll through your mind on a frigid January afternoon for something fun to do and chances are it won’t involve stripping down to a bathing suit and completely submerging yourself in the neighborhood pond—a body of water sealed with thick ice, save a tiny inlet. But somehow a total-body ice cream... Details
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England, Mike
When it comes to local controversies, last year’s announcement of the Yellowstone Park snowmobile phase-out is hard to beat for right-wing rancor, left-wing quixotism, and just about every reaction and viewpoint in between. But while the condemnatory salvo from West Yellowstone merchants came fast... Details
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Becker, Mike
"One must have a mind of winter," the poet Wallace Stevens says, to “see the nothing that is not there and the nothing that is.” If you hike along the frosty water outside Bozeman this winter, you won't need much imagination to discover lots of bird activity beneath the glitter of the January sun.... Details
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Outside Bozeman
Founded in 1990 to “provide the public with current snowpack and mountain weather information and avalanche education,” the GNFAC is a tremendous resource for any backcountry visitor. Based in Bozeman, Montana, the GNFAC covers an enormous area, including the Bridger, Gallatin, Madison, and... Details
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Sanford, Ashley
Few things in Montana have the power to get an adventure lover’s blood pumping and adrenaline racing as much as a field of fresh powder or an undiscovered frozen waterfall that begs to be climbed. But few things also have the power to be so potentially dangerous. People from all over the world... Details
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Manning, Jim
Whether you prowl the winter landscape in snowshoes, skis, or your favorite pack boots, look skyward whenever your adventures keep you outside at nightfall. You’ll find a fellow sportsman in the heavens in the glittering figure of the constellation Orion, the hunter.Orion is easy to find thanks to... Details

Book Reviews

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England, Mike
Large ranches aren’t quite as common around Bozeman as they used to be; beyond the trophy-cabin fragmenting that’s visible roadside, the proliferation of “Cows not Condos” bumper stickers around the Gallatin Valley is evidence enough. But by and large, southwest Montana is still home to lots of... Details
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Ford, Peter
With the recent release of his first novel, Last Year's River, Missoula-based Allen Morris Jones emerges into the novel writing scene with absolute luminosity. His extraordinary eye for detail and intuitive sense of old-fashioned storytelling assist tremendously in telling the story of two people,... Details
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Smith, Ashley
Written by local Bozeman author and noted climber Ron Brunckhorst, Big Sky Ice: Montana Ice Climbs reads like a transcribed version of around-the-campfire stories, tips, and legends from local ice climbers.Eschewing climbing magazines and the pop culture that surrounds the sport, Brunckhorst urges... Details
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Orms, R. Kent
Originally an article in Outside magazine, Jon Krakauer’s Into the Wild was received rather contemptuously by many Alaskans. It is the true story about a young man from a well-to-do family who starved to death in the shadow of Denali. They said he was an idealistic fool. He didn’t have the proper... Details

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