Winter 2014-15

Like all things in southwest Montana, winter is intense and grand and often unforgiving. And that's how we like it. Not to be outdone, our winter issue is just as big and full of adventure. It features an in-depth take on avalanche airbag efficacy, more gear reviews than you'll have time to read, and tons of inside info on the season's best outdoor activities. For those looking to explore beyond the Bozone this winter, check out our ski road trips and area attractions. While the cold temps and deep snows aren't reason enough to stay inside, some couch time never hurt anybody. This winter, kick back with one of our suggestions from the all-new Required Montana Reading column. 

 

 

 

 

 

Features

winter, waiting, Outside Bozeman, Montana
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Reed, Tom
Waiting out winter.Autumn ended in December, and with it came that same old wash of emotion that has followed you like a lonesome dog almost all of your life: melancholy. Hunting season is over.This one ended on a patch of limestone and cheatgrass. It ended with the final bark from the 20-gauge... Details
Bridger Bowl, the Ridge, Schlasman's, Outside Bozeman
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A mini-guide to Bridger's expert terrain.It’s a powder day at Bridger and you’re craving the white like Pacino in Scarface. Where do you go? Here are nine tried-and-true Ridge zones: three for Ridge freshmen, three for the upperclassmen, and three for master’s candidates only. Keep in mind that... Details
snowshoe, winter, Montana, Outside Bozeman
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Clayton, John
The wide, wide world of snowshoeing.“Let’s go over that way,” I say to the dog, pointing to a slight gap in the trees that seems to run for ten or 20 yards. On this hillside thick with lodgepole, it’s the only direction that’s both relatively flat and wide enough for me to shimmy through.The dog... Details
winter, ski, Montana, Outside Bozeman
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Baril, Lisa
The life and times of Frieda Johnson.If you were to meet Frieda Johnson while cross-country skiing on one of Bozeman’s many groomed trails this winter, the encounter would be brief. She’d probably whiz by you with a wave and a smile, a chubby yellow lab following in her wake. At 76 years old,... Details
winter, backcountry, Outside Bozeman, Montana
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Pogge, Drew
Avalanche airbags 101.It’s windy; you hear it whistling across the ridge as you kick into your skis and stare down at 2,000 feet of untouched powder. You’ve hiked all day for this shot, and the reward is going to be sweet. One turn, two turns, three turns and the snow is perrrfect. But on your... Details

Departments

ski road-trip, Montana skiing, winter road-trip
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Mike England
The ultimate two-day ski road-trip. It’s tempting to wax nostalgic about the old days of Montana skiing, of tow-ropes and creaky double-chairs, of wide-open roads leading to unknown powder stashes, of small-town saloons where Carhartt-clad skiers swapped stories with cowboys and nobody called it “... Details
sledding, Bozeman
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Harrison, Melynda
Top sledding spots around Bozeman.Whether on a toboggan, saucer, kicksled, or trashcan lid, sledding is a beloved winter pastime in Bozeman. Here are our favorite places to plop down and slide. Peets Hill. The best-known sledding spot in the Bozone, this is also the place where you’re most likely... Details
fly-fishing, fly tying, winter, Outside Bozeman, Montana
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Bingman, J.D.
Tying the Soft Hackle Sow Bug Bead Head. Some might think fishing in winter is akin to hot-tubbing in Hell, but we addicts understand. Winter is a reprieve from the crowds and an opportunity to experience our favorite waters in a unique setting. But different conditions call for different tools, so... Details
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There’s no bad season for beer, but winter has to be one of the best—at least in the top four. Here’s a look at what’s on tap this winter around the Bozone.Bitter Root Brewing: Enjoy a taste of Hamilton with Bitter Root’s Winter Ale, a malt-forward beer brewed with grains of paradise, juniper... Details
Teton Pass, Montana ski road-trip
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Gayle Fischer
A long weekend ski road-trip.The high-altitude mountains of western Montana usually get all the attention come it comes to skiing. But nestled away in central Montana are two of the state’s best-kept ski-resort secrets: Showdown and Teton Pass. Take a long weekend and kill two birds with one stone... Details
bobcat, winter, Outside Bozeman, Montana
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Haring, Mike
Following a photogenic bobcat.It was a rather balmy January day by Montana standards: temperature in the mid 20s, a hazy sky, and a fresh four-inch layer of snow covering the landscape. I was at my desk in my apartment in Big Sky when a slight movement caught my eye.I peered through the window and... Details
Elk, brucellosis, Fish, Wildlife & Parks
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Jones, Andrea
Understanding brucellosis.Increasing numbers of elk in southwest Montana are testing positive for brucellosis (a bacterial infection responsible for aborted pregnancies and other harmful symptoms), and FWP has been conducting a multi-year study to help understand why. State Lab Supervisor Neil... Details
ice climbing, winter, Outside Bozeman, Montana
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Phil Knight
Climbing around Cooke City.At the end of the winter road through Yellowstone National Park you’ll find the unique and isolated town of Cooke City, Montana. Beyond this snowmobiler’s mecca lies a winter playground unparalleled in remoteness, beauty, and recreational potential. Ice climbing around... Details
skiing, powder, Montana, Outside Bozeman
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Krueger, Ryan
Stay grey.The best time to be a skier is not amid blue skies and a fresh layer of snow, when the best turns are behind us and all that accumulates are tracks.The best time is deep within the grey and consuming abyss—where each run is better than the last and tracks vanish before our eyes.Winds pick... Details
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Slepian, Maggie
Apps to try this winter. It’s hard to believe that a few years ago, most people weren’t glued to a ubiquitous, palm-sized device containing a wealth of downloaded information. These tech-savvy days, a bevy of programs can be loaded straight onto your smartphone. Here’s a list of the more... Details
ice fishing, Montant, Subaru
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Jelinski, Jack
Six lines out at Canyon Ferrywith jumbo perch stacked aroundtwo hot holes like cordwood,while the other four iced-upand got cold at noon maybebecause the fish stopped thinkingthat maggots looked like shrimp,or became afraid to eat the eyeballsof their kin who lay with bloody socketstwenty feet... Details
Cliff drop, Big Sky Resort, Montana skiing, ACL injury
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LeGrand, Alex
All about the ACL.Kevin was excited, and if he was honest with himself, more than a little nervous. This was his first time. All of his friends had done it, some of them more than once. He wasn’t positive about Ben, who said he’d done it with a girlfriend from Canada when none of the gang was... Details
rollerblade hunting, Outside Bozeman, Triple Tree
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Rollerblade Recap.To paraphrase the immortal words of Hannibal on The A-Team, “We love it when a prank comes together.” Yep, every so often (read: all the time), we like to pull the editorial wool over our readers’ eyes—and last issue we freakin’ nailed it, with our rollerblade-hunting spoof, “... Details
Nordic Skiing, Snowshoeing, face-off
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A battle for the ages.If alpine skiing is the Brad Pitt of winter sports, Nordic skiing and snowshoeing are Steve Buscemi and Randy Quaid—even on their best days, they’d never be confused for the glistening, handsome hero of the slopes. But that’s not to say Nordic skiing and snowshoeing are bad.... Details
bare trees, plowing
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Pogge, Drew
Hours ‘til dawn,coffee’s all gone.It’s snowing and blowingand carryin’ on. Been at it since three,just the night and me.Moving snow into piles,clearing the streets. Spinning black tunnels.Black-bottomed runnels.I saw giant white buffalo,then plowed ‘em under. Hallucination,deprivation,diesel fumes... Details
Backcountry skiing, Bozeman, Montana
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Werner, Ben
Low-risk backcountry spots.In Bozeman, we’re fortunate to have ample backcountry skiing and riding within striking distance of town, ranging from mountaineering adventures on high peaks and wide-open bowls, to gladed tree skiing and low-angle alpine meadows. Regardless of where you go, there will... Details
Winter astrology, Bozeman, zodiac
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Bilverstone, Bill
Bozeman winter astrology.AriesMarch 21 – April 20The stars understand that you aren’t evil; you just want a closer look at the rare beast. Best, though, not to chase that wolverine with your snow machine. He will likely ambush you and take off your face. TaurusApril 21 – May 21You didn’t listen... Details
Canyon Ferry, biking, winter camping
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Estela Villasenor
Winter camping by bike.The doldrums of 2011-12’s El Niño hit in February. Little snow had fallen since Christmas and a persistent high-pressure system reduced the skiing to hard and scratchy snow at the resorts, or a backcountry plagued with a thin and hollow snowpack. The Nordic tracks were... Details
Bridger Bowl, snowboarding, Montana
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Tucker, David
Bozeman’s young rippers.Bozeman has long been a breeding ground for mountain-sport talent. With big terrain and six months of snow cover, it’s no wonder that skiers, snowboarders, and other winter athletes start early, achieving mastery of their chosen sports at a very young age. Here are a few... Details
"Bare Trees #17", Illustration by Kathy Bonnema Lesile, winter, Montana
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Jelinski, Jack
Six lines out at Canyon Ferrywith jumbo perch stacked aroundtwo hot holes like cordwood,while the other four iced-upand got cold at noon maybebecause the fish stopped thinkingthat maggots looked like shrimp,or became afraid to eat the eyeballsof their kin who lay with bloody socketstwenty feet... Details
winter, crockpot rabbit, Outside Bozeman, Montana
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Bilverstone, Bill
A tale of bad friends and splintered stew.It was Saturday evening and I couldn't have been living in Montana more than a month when the big guy I was talking to at the Korner Klub shouted over the music, “Hey, you wanna go rabbit hunting tomorrow?”His ginger-colored hair fell to his shoulders and... Details
Paradise Valley, winter, Outside Bozeman, Montana
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Maggie Slepian
The winter wonderland of Paradise Valley.Whatever you’re looking for this season, Paradise Valley has you covered. Just a short jaunt over the pass, this amazing swath of grandeur between Livingston and Gardiner offers major recreation, complete with postcard-worthy views in every direction. Here... Details
Winter Roads, Montana Driving
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Pogge, Drew
There's no shame in crashing.Winter in Montana is the season of snow and ice, skiing and snowboarding, ice climbing and snowmobiling. It’s the season of shoveling and scraping, plowing and salting. And for many Montana drivers, winter is the season of the ditch.I’m no expert—I have no statistics... Details
Montana Fat-biking
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Tucker, David
Fat-bikers have a new winter home in Bozeman: Bohart Ranch. The cross-country ski center will open its 30-plus kilometers of trails to bikers for the 2014-15 season in response to the growing popularity of the sport. “We saw an opportunity for us and the biking community, because bikes aren’t... Details
downhill ski, winter, Outside Bozeman, Montana
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Tucker, David
If time’s short and all you can spare is a single day, point the car east and head for Red Lodge. Be sure to get an early start: it’s about a 2.5-hour drive. On the way out of town, stop by Sola Café for coffee and a breakfast sandwich. You’ll need both kinds of fuel for the driving and the skiing... Details
Bozeman Olympics
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Pogge, Drew
During the nationalistic fervor of the Sochi Winter Olympic Games last winter, word on the street was a that formal bid to bring the 2026 Winter Games to Bozeman was underway. In fact, it’s been in the works since at least 2010, but recently a new potential site in Montana has taken center stage:... Details
winter, etiquette, Outside Bozeman, Montana
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Urie, Wendi
Winter etiquette on public lands.Bozeman is home to a broad spectrum of athletes ranging from world-class to couch-class. No matter where you fall, our public trails are here for everyone to use. Winter road closures confine recreationalists to smaller areas as trailheads become more difficult to... Details
Bridger Biathlon Club
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Hamilton, Felicia
Some combos just seem right—peanut butter and jelly, Jack and Coke, and now in Bozeman, skiing and shooting. This season at Bohart Ranch, thanks to the efforts of the Bridger Biathlon Club (BBC), Bohart pass holders will be able to test their mettle at an all-new Olympic-caliber shooting range. “We... Details
hibernation, human, Outside Bozeman, Montana
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Wozer, Jeff
A vision of a better world.I have a friend with a lively mind. To save money on Christmas lights, she parks her car in the driveway with the hazards blinking, creating a warm Martha-Stewart-shacked-with-the-Pep-Boys holiday look. She’s always a good person to ski with for offbeat chairlift... Details
survival, ice, Montana
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How to survive a fall through the ice.One minute you’re strolling across seemingly solid ground, and the next you’re fighting for your life—you’ve plunged into 35-degree water and are turning hypothermic. What do you do? Follow these steps to rescue yourself and live to see another day.Article and... Details
Gallatin Ice Foundation, Haynes Pavilion
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Tucker, David
Demand for ice time in Bozeman is on the rise, and in response, a second skating rink is going in adjacent to the Haynes Pavilion at the Gallatin County Fairgrounds. This new rink will be open all year and service both hockey leagues and figure-skating clubs, as well improving the local youth... Details
winter, history, Outside Bozeman, Montana
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Pogge, Drew
Re-visiting history above Quake Lake.Shuddering, rumbling, groaning, the mountain fractured and the slide began. Minutes later, amid terrible chaos, 28 people were dead and a landscape was transformed. Now, almost 50 years later, I shuffle my skis and look down at the snow-covered gash and the... Details
vegetables, seasonal, winter diet
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Walters, Dr. Lou
An omnivore’s delight.The global economy affords us certain luxuries, such as cantaloupe in Montana in January. However, having the same fruits and vegetables year-round is not a natural phenomenon. When we eat the same foods all the time, it increases the risk of our immune system reacting to... Details
Montana, Skiing, Outside Bozeman
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Pogge, Drew
Only the experience matters.The man who is dissatisfied with himself, what can he do? —Henry David Thoreau If there’s one thing I hate about skiing (and I LOVE skiing), it’s that skiers are totally, completely obsessed with gear. In the lift line, on the chairlift, at the lodge, it’s always, “How... Details
Coldsmoke Awards, winter, Outside Bozeman, Montana
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Tucker, David
With Coldsmoke Winter Film.Bozeman is quickly becoming America’s outdoor capital. The city plays host to an internationally sanctioned ice-climbing competition, our mountains set the stage for the Freeride World Tour qualifiers, and our back yard is the most famous national park in the world.... Details
Seasonal Affective Disorder, Massage Therapy, Bozeman
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Cheryl McDonald
Avoiding Seasonal Affective Disorder.We’ve all woken up on a pitch-black winter morning to get ready for work or school. Eight short hours later, we drive home and what do you know? It’s already dark. The majority of Montanans go about their lives with low levels of Vitamin D during the winter... Details
night sky, winter, Outside Bozeman, Montana
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Manning, Jim
Riding high in the heavens.Ol’ man river,Dat ol’ man river,He mus’ know sumpin’But don’t say nuthin’Joe, the dock worker in Show Boat, was thinking about the Mighty Mississippi when he sang these words, but the song applies to any of the great rivers of the world—our own Missouri among them. Rivers... Details
Winter dogs, Pets, Bozeman
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Lavelle, Dr. Sarah
Cold-weather tips for your dog.With winter underway, you’ve probably spent time winterizing your home and vehicle. But have you thought about winterizing your pet?Frosty FurYour dog won’t notice frostbite developing on its footpads, nose, ear tips, scrotum, and tail, so it’s up to you to keep watch... Details
reusable, sustainability, Bozeman
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New ways to reduce, re-use, and recycle."Waste is a tax on the whole people."—Albert W. AtwoodSustainability is the name of the game these days, and the outdoor industry is attempting to rise to the challenge. While top brands are starting to take responsibility for the environmental impact of... Details
Spanish Peaks, Avalanche, Beehive Basin
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Jauquet, Kala
A close call in the Spanish Peaks.We’ve always been backcountry addicts—skiing a perfect line is so much better when you’ve worked your butt off to get there. With this in mind, my boyfriend Chris and I, his two buddies, and our snowboarder friend Christina headed up Beehive Basin on a perfect... Details
ice climbing, winter, Outside Bozeman, Montana
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Joe Josephson
Opening access to our backyard playground.Hyalite Canyon is one of the most utilized and best-loved canyons in Montana. Locals and visitors alike flock here each winter for every activity imaginable: sledding, Christmas-tree hunting, ice fishing, snowmobiling, Nordic skiing, backcountry skiing,... Details
xc skiing in montana, women in sports, outdoors trails, Bozeman
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Harrison, Melynda
Close-to-home ski trails. Whether you are training for a Nordic ski marathon or just need to work off a few microbrews, cross-country skiing is a great workout with plenty of options to fit any schedule. Pull on your spandex, don those lobster gloves, and raise your heart rate.Lunchtime LapsThanks... Details
weasel, winter, Outside Bozeman, Montana
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Lee, Barbara
Pine marten with a sweet tooth.Pine martens are silky-haired, cat-sized members of the weasel family that are native to Montana’s mountainous terrain, but rarely seen by humans. Shy and generally solitary, martens are known for distance travel, large territories (especially the males), and what is... Details
Yellowstone forest fire, backcountry skiing Yellowstone
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Pogge, Drew
Skiing the Yellowstone burn.Trees reduced by flame scrawl charcoal shadows on the deep winter snow. My skis etch their own mark onto the mountainside as I silently pass beneath the ebony skeletons of yesterday’s trees, sentries beautiful as they are disfigured. It’s amazing to consider that life... Details
patrol dog, winter, Outside Bozeman, Montana
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Bergeron, Alex
A day in the life of a patrol hound.When will he wake up? It must be time to go! I’ve been up and waiting all night to go to work, but I don’t have thumbs, so I can’t drive myself. Come on! We have to go! I’m going to jump on the bed. Then he’ll get up and realize the team needs me, and we’ve got... Details
Powder Skiing, Montana, skiing myths
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Kirk, Karin
A closer look at common skiing lore.We have a catchphrase around the ski-school locker room: “Friends don’t let friends teach friends.” In other words, mythical tidbits of skiing wisdom passed along from one friend or family member to another often do more harm than good. Let’s examine a few... Details
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Krueger, Ryan
The great burrito battle.The burrito: arguably the most well-loved handheld meal. It’s versatile, healthy, and delicious, and its combination of heartiness and portability makes it the ultimate outdoor culinary indulgence. With an abundance of burrito options popping up around southwest Montana, we... Details

Gear Reviews

winter, down jacket, Outside Bozeman, Montana
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Morgan Solomon
Winter is upon us and with colder temperatures it’s getting harder and harder to play outside. I was able to buffer the chill with a Mojave Down Jacket from Brooks Range. With the power of 800-fill down insulation and a water-repellent exterior, this jacket is handy for those active adventures in... Details
winter gear, fleece, Outside Bozeman, Montana
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England, Mike
During the rigors of a cold Montana winter, comfort can be every bit as important as warmth—our snow-saddled psyches need a little insulation as well. To protect your temperament from Old Man Winter’s icy barbs, slip into a Staghorn Fleece from Arborwear. This cozy pullover wraps your torso in 300... Details
winter gear, Outside Bozema, Montana
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Slepian, Maggie
When your down jacket takes up more room in your pack than your sleeping bag, you know it’s time for a new coat. But finding a lightweight, compressible jacket that still keeps you warm is a tall order. One item that fulfills all of my nitpicky requirements is the Incandescent Hoody from Outdoor... Details
winter gear, Outside Bozeman, Montana
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Krueger, Ryan
Did you know that it’s possible to get the warmth of a giant puffy jacket without wandering the streets of Bozeman looking like the Michelin Man? As their warmest synthetic jacket, the Cirro Belay Parka from Brooks Range is a trim jacket built with water-resistant material on the outside and filled... Details
winter gear, Outside Bozeman, Montana
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Tucker, David
Fabric technology has changed the way we move in the mountains and Rab’s new Meco 165 Hoodie is no different. Made from a blend of natural merino wool and quick-drying synthetic fibers, this midlayer performs at a high level no matter the activity or conditions. It’s packed with subtle features,... Details
camp food, Outside Bozeman, Montana
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England, Mike
When it comes to camp food, convenience and healthiness tend to move in opposite directions—but not so with Good To-Go’s Dehydrated Meals. These slim packets contain loads of healthy ingredients, without all the chemical compounds you’ve come to expect from most packaged foods. Simply rip off the... Details
winter gear, fleece, Outside Bozeman, Montana
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Krueger, Ryan
It’s been a while since I’ve had a favorite fleece—one that I wore often and could count on for anything. A layer to throw on and head downtown while still being comfortable indoors, technical enough to use while recreating, and not so fragile that you’re afraid to abuse it. The KAVU Stevens Fleece... Details
Salomon Quest Max BC 120
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Krueger, Ryan
It used to be that you had one pair of boots for touring and one for the resort—each serving its own purpose well. But as technology began to catch up with demand, products bridged that gap. Such is the case with the Quest Max BC 120 from Salomon—a boot that is equally capable lapping downhill as... Details
winter gear, boots, Outside Bozeman, Montana
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Mangels, Angie
Every girl can use a good pair of stylish yet functional winter boots for when the weather turns cold. Merrell’s Captiva Buckle-Down waterproof boot is a great option, blending refined good looks with rugged all-day comfort. The full-grain leather feels luxurious while sealing out snow and other... Details
gear, belts, Outside Bozeman, Montana
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Tucker, David
The Jelt Belt is an ideal piece of gear, although calling it gear might be a bit of a misnomer as it is just as practical around town as it is on the trail. The belt is simple yet highly functional; its elastic design is lightweight and comfortable, and I never noticed the flat plastic buckle. When... Details
GPS, Outside Bozeman, Montana
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McCarthy, Chris
It’s been said that smartphones will eventually make GPS devices obsolete. Maybe when you can get continuous cell phone coverage, but for now, to rely on your smartphone while in the backcountry is just plain dumb. You want a GPS that is simple to use, easy to read, and built to handle some serious... Details
outdoors, Outside Bozeman, Montana
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Howlett, David
While filming footage of a beautiful trout with my iPhone, I quickly learned that reeling in a fighting fish is a two-handed ordeal, not conducive to fumbling with the touchscreen of a smartphone. These days, I’ve put my phone away in favor of the hands-free recording performance of the Virb Elite... Details
footwear, Outside Bozeman, Montana
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Solomon, Morgan
I want three things in an all-season hiking boot: a waterproof exterior, breathability, and a sneaker-like feel. The Verterra Mid Waterproof by Merrell fits the bill, allowing me to take a hike in any season. A simple lace-up system allows for tightening around the ankle, while leaving my toes... Details
winter, Outside Bozeman, Montana
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Howlett, David
In preparation for my first season on the Ridge, I needed a solid snowboard-specific pack that could also carry my backcountry gear. Research led me to the Ridge SB Pack from J.A. Gear. Jim Schipf and his wife Annette (hence the J.A.) have been producing custom outdoor gear in Bozeman for nearly 30... Details
ice climbing, boots, Outside Bozeman, Montana
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Pogge, Drew
For climbing ice and mixed routes in southwest Montana, a boot’s fit and comfort are key. Our approaches can be long, and the weather is notoriously cold and fickle, and with the inherent wetness and inactivity of climbing and belaying, it’s a tough job for any piece of footwear. The Weisshorn GTX... Details
backcountry, skiing, touring, Outside Bozeman, Montana
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Tucker, David
Backcountry touring has become a standard part of my snowboard experience, but I don’t do it enough to justify splitting my existing setup, which I ride at the resort. Enter MTN Approach’s System 3, an easy-to-use touring setup that gets me into the backcountry without having to use cumbersome... Details
hunting, Outside Bozeman, Montana
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Mike England
With waterfowl, special-weapons, and crop-damage hunts, it’s easy to remain afield well after the last leaves of fall disappear beneath the snow. And knowing whose land you’re on is vital—which is where the HUNT Premium Map from onXmaps comes in. Plug the chip into your Garmin and voila, you’ve got... Details
pets, Outside Bozeman, Montana
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McCarthy, Chris
Training your hunting dog requires patience, consistency, and good tools. One of the best tools I’ve found is the Delta Upland electronic collar from Garmin. With a multitude of stimulation settings, from simple tones and vibration to continuous correction (maximum eight seconds), you’re able to... Details
dogs, Skookum, Outside Bozeman, Montana
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McCarthy, Chris
I’m often envious of my dog: breakfast, nap, walk, nap, play, nap, dinner, nap. His is a lifestyle I could definitely tolerate. But now it’s gotten truly ridiculous—my dog sleeps on a better bed than mine. The Skookum Sheepskin Bed uses a memory-foam mattress covered in faux sheepskin with a rugged... Details

Additional Articles

Rabbit Stew, Rabbit Hunting, Montana
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Bilverstone, Bill
Cooking cottontail.Tradition has it that one should hunt rabbits during months containing the letter R to avoid the infectious disease, tularemia. I stay well within the frost zone by limiting my rabbit hunting to November through March. It’s best to wear gloves while handling freshly killed... Details
wildlife car collisions, road kill, Montana
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Tucker, David
Wildlife Collision Stats.Vehicle-animal collision stats are out for 2014, and the numbers don’t look good for Montanans. While there has been a 15% decrease from deer-related collisions compared to last year, we still rank third highest in the country. Collisions are especially prevalent in late... Details
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Center, Dean
Just the essentials.For several years, I’ve been driving to Billings once a week—snow or sleet, rain or shine. There have been many icy days when I’ve driven past a dozen cars stuck in the ditch, and one when I slid sideways down the hill to Livingston. Oops. Between November and May, I pack a... Details
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England, Mike
Nothing warms both body and spirit like a fireplace or woodstove in wintertime, not to mention the boon to your electric bill. The standard process around here is to harvest a truckload from the national forest, or buy a cord from someone who has. But there’s more than one way to skin a cat, and... Details

Book Reviews

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A primer of classic Montana texts.“If you want to know a country, read its writers.” ―Aminatta FornaAs a people, we’re quickly becoming a society of non-thinking know-it-alls, content to recite snappy headlines and defer to 140-character facts and figures. Gone is immersive education; anecdotal... Details

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