Winter 2003-04

Features

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Ripley, Leigh
Bear Canyon is one of Bozeman’s greatest treasures. Home to the area’s first ski hill, Bear Canyon is now one of the most convenient recreation sites around Bozeman. A mere eight miles from downtown, Bear Canyon offers large tracts of state and Forest Service land, miles of hiking trails, and a... Details
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Lakatos, Dan
It’s 7:30 am and a frigid 14 degrees below zero at the Yellowstone Mountain Club. In the lingering morning darkness, despite the extreme cold, Rocco Altobelli and his canine colleague, a black lab named Japhy, load an idling snowmobile and race toward the summit of Pioneer Mountain to begin their... Details
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Sundem, Garth
At Bohart Ranch, there’s a point at the bottom of Psycho Pit when the groomed trail bends hard right. Only one pair of skinny tracks jumps the ruts, heading straight into the trees. I have chosen the path less traveled, though unfortunately “chosen” implies more of a conscious decision than is... Details
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Center, Dean
I’ve helped hundreds of people travel to literally every corner of the globe, and my pre-trip visits with some of them continue to amaze me. The eager explorer is always smiling and happy—and why not, he’s going on an adventure he’s dreamed about for years, he’s worked eight months getting straight... Details

Departments

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Orms, R. Kent
Telemarking is one of those things, like rock climbing or perhaps fly fishing, that can’t be easily explained to outsiders. I mean, why make skiing harder than it has to be? It may be beautiful to watch someone telemark well—the deep balanced lunges, the graceful swoosh of a transition—but you know... Details
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England, Mike
As dusk creeps down the southern flank of the Spanish Peaks, the gusty alpine wind subsides and a pervasive calm settles over Big Sky. The day’s pale blue sky has turned gray; light snowflakes begin to fill the air. They descend slowly, drifting toward the ground like tiny paratroopers. Within... Details
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Harrison, Melynda
Go to your bosom:Knock there, and ask your heart what it doth know.—William ShakespeareIt’s three months since I last visited the Lionhead area, and now, in the mid-December sunlight, snow sparkles around my skis like broken glass on the trail where there was only dusty dirt months before. The... Details
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England, Mike
"The aging process has you firmly in its grasp if you never get the urge to throw a snowball."  –Doug LarsonMaturity and responsibility—as we age, it becomes increasingly difficult to defy the societal expectations that attend these brave new realities of adulthood. The conditions of modern life... Details
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England, Mike
From the top of Big Sky Resort’s Challenger lift, the steep chutes, pitched ridgelines, and broad bowls of Lone Peak’s striking northern exposure come into view. A thousand feet below, undulating foothills reveal exposed meadows and sloping, powder-filled tree runs. Tumbling and weaving through the... Details
Elk Winter Range, Paradise Valley
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Sinay, Ken
Where the wild things go.Now that it’s winter, it’s easier to observe some of our large grazing animals. Elk, mule deer, bighorn sheep, and bison cluster at lower elevations to spend the winter season. Biologists and range managers refer to these areas as “winter range.”There is no way these... Details
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Steinbrook, Krista
It all comes down to flow and feel. “I’d think about riding and a movie would unfold in my mind’s eye… I’d watch a movie taking mental notes on the overall flow and feel of the film,” Erik Morrison told me when I interviewed him a month ago. And thus began Storm Shadow Productions, a production... Details
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Thielman-Ibes, Kim
Connoisseurs can take ski waxing to an elevated art form; here we’ll just cover the basics. Before you wax you have a few simple equipment choices: ski support or vice, waxing iron, and lastly some scrapers and brushes. Most people prefer to skip right over the ski support and go straight for the... Details
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Chabot, Doug
I get excited at the thought of fresh powder and start to salivate every time I hear, “a winter storm warning is in effect.” Obviously others share my obsession since each storm is followed by a shortage of workers in Bozeman, as folks call in sick and play hooky. Let’s face it, we all live here to... Details
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Outside Bozeman
Lindley “World Cup” RacesThe Bridger Ski Foundation and First Security Bank are teaming up again this year to bring the Lindley “World Cup” Nordic Ski Racing Series back to the Lindley Park cross-country ski trails.If you’ve ever wished for a low-cost, low-key way to see how fast you can make your... Details

Gear Reviews

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Fahlgren, Andy
Look at a map of your area, and what do you see? Can you find every fishing access site you’ll ever need, or all the best hard-to-find creeks the locals won’t tell you about? Most maps can’t show you topographical features, game species dispersion, ownership status, and obscure landmarks all in one... Details
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England, Mike
Hot Water On Demand - $180oleman.com800.835.3278If you spend any amount of time camping, chances are pretty good that you’ve used something made by Coleman. From lanterns and camp stoves to portable space heaters, Coleman products—and those little green propane bottles that often go with them—have... Details
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England, Mike
Tracker DTS Avalanche Beacon - $300www.bcaccess.com303.417.1345I have to admit, it took me awhile to embrace the Tracker DTS from Backcountry Access. I’ve always been quite happy with my old yellow Pieps, and I saw no reason to dole out another three hundred bucks on some highfalutin apparatus just... Details
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England, Mike
Alp Wing Ice Axe - $220www.grivelnorthamerica.com801.463.7996What better place to try out new ice-climbing gear than the Genesis area up Hyalite? Using the wide range of routes available—from easy slopers with super-solid ice, to steep mixed routes, to overhanging, highly technical icefalls—my... Details

Additional Articles

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Lakatos, Dan
Formed in the mid-1980s by a handful of die-hard hockey enthusiasts, the Bozeman Amateur Hockey Association (BAHA) is a nonprofit organization that provides the Gallatin Valley with affordable, high-quality organized youth and adult hockey programs. Growing with the community, today BAHA consists... Details
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Thompson, Nelle
With this latest installment, the award-winning author of The Song of the Dodo and The Boilerplate Rhino presents readers with another sharp and informative masterpiece of natural history. In Monster of God: The Man-Eating Predator in the Jungles of History and the Mind, Quammen travels across... Details
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Thompson, Nelle
This winter, the MSU ski team will benefit from a newfound recognition in the NCAA: for the first time in 17 years, the men will be eligible to join their female teammates in Slalom, Giant Slalom, Skate, and Classic competition at the national level.In 1986, the MSU ski team’s NCAA membership was... Details
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Outside Bozeman
ENDURANCEShackleton's Incredible Voyage to the Antarcticby Alfred LansingNew York, NYCarroll & Graff/Avalon Books, 1999278 pagesMagellan, Columbus, Peary, Hilary, and Norgay. History has always lauded these men for their achievements: the waters crossed, the land discovered, the mountains... Details
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Thompson, Nelle
Established in February 2002 by climber Erin Taylor and his wife Rebecca Hoddkin, Montana Mountaineering Association (MMA) is a Bozeman-based nonprofit organization that strives to promote the values associated with mountaineering, rock climbing, and backcountry travel. The proceeds support... Details
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Fahlgren, Andy
For the past 20 years, the Gallatin National Forest travel plan has been evolving as a result of myriad management decisions. As a result, the current plan is an ungainly tangle of rules that may or may not accurately reflect the best way to manage our forest resources. The GNF now includes 3,300... Details

Columns

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Center, Dean
For the last four years I’ve been teaching one day a week in Billings. Remarkably, there has been just one day when weather kept me from making the trip. There have been many days when I’ve driven past a dozen cars stuck in the ditch, though, and one day when I went down the hill to Livingston... Details
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Jim Manning
Montana—in a normal winter—is nothing if not cold. Snow drapes the mountains like a powdery blanket, the air is sharp and brittle, and even the stars huddle together for warmth. Just look at the Pleiades and you’ll see what I mean.The Pleiades, or “Seven Sisters,” sails high on the frigid evenings... Details
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Smith, Chrysti
Twice a year, on June 21st and December 22nd, we observe the summer and winter solstices. In June, when the sun is farthest north of the equator in our hemisphere, it rises at its northernmost point on the horizon and appears to halt in its progression. It then reverses its movement, rising farther... Details

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