Winter 2016-17

Outside Bozeman Winter 2016-17 
Winter has arrived, and with it, another issue of Outside Bozeman. It's full of exciting adventure stories, in-depth columns covering a variety of outdoor skills, and engaging gear reviews of all the season's best. We also take time out to look back at 20 years of the Bozeman Ice Festival, an exhibition and celebration like none other, and check in on Spark R&D, a home-grown splitboard binding company with international acclaim. As always, there's enough humor to go around and more information than you can digest in a single sitting. So grab a copy around town, leaf through it, and pick and choose as you see fit—keep it on the coffee table through the holidays and you're guaranteed outdoor inspiration all season long.



Features

Ski-touring Yellowstone, Cross-country Skiing Yellowstone
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Orville Bach
A Yellowstone ski tour.In February of 1974, I embarked on an 18-day ski trip through Yellowstone that coincided with a strong La Nina weather event, producing some of the deepest snow in decades. My skis were waxable wooden Tronderskis with lignostone edges. My boots were the high-top leather... Details
Friends of Hyalite, Hyalite Plowing
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Smith, Katherine
Hyalite Canyon plowing timeline.A drive up Bozeman’s beloved Hyalite Canyon provides locals and visitors with a smorgasbord of winter-activity options. Each winding curve reveals pullouts and trailheads packed with skiers and snowshoers ready to explore never-ending groves of pine and spruce that... Details
Bozeman Ice Festival, Friends of Hyalite, Hyalite Ice Climbing
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Josephson, Joe
Ice Fest clinic areas.Hyalite holds a lifetime of ice and mixed climbs to discover. Ice Fest clinics take place at just four of the core venues: Genesis, Mummy, Amphitheater, and Unnamed Wall. Although I recommend exploring other areas like Twin Falls, Dribbles, Winter Dance, East Fork, and... Details
Spark R&D, Splitboarding Montana, Cooke City
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Mike Harrelson
Spark R&D celebrates ten years.Bozeman is home to quite a few reputable outdoor brands: Schnee’s, Mystery Ranch, Oboz, Kenetrek, and other high-end, high-profile businesses that have sprung up over the years. One company that’s kicking ass—albeit a tad more under the radar—is Spark R&D.... Details
Yellowstone Ski-touring, Fawn Pass
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Krueger, Ryan
Up & over Fawn Pass.Wolves.At first I mistake them for any other variety of large mammaly creature that might be wandering around Yellowstone at 4:30am in the dead of winter. Their sheer height throws me off. You often hear about how big wolves are, but leaving it up to the imagination is an... Details
Bozeman Ice Fest, Hyalite Ice climbing
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Smith, Katherine
Two decades of BIF.This year the Bozeman Ice Festival turns 20. It has grown from a rag-tag effort to sell a few pairs of crampons over Christmas to one of the largest and most innovative ice-climbing event in the world. Here’s how we got there. A Tale of Two FestsIn the early 1990s, Hyalite Canyon... Details
Maverick Mountain, Ski Road-Trips, Bozeman
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David Tucker
Small-town skiing and old-school environs at Maverick Mountain. Unloading at the top of the double chair, we hang a right and run into a patroller. He hollers something I can’t hear, but apparently he wants us to follow him. We do, dropping into a mellow blue run called Thin Air before banking... Details

Departments

Cooke City, Backcountry Skiing, Snowmobiling
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Phil Knight
And the beginning of winter fun. If you like your fun in the frozen, slippery form, Cooke City has it in spades. Take your pick: backcountry or cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, ice climbing, snowmobiling, or winter wildlife-watching.In the ’80s and early ’90s, Cooke City was my promised land for... Details
Bozeman Fat-Biking, SWMMBA, Custer-Gallatin National Forest
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Cronin, Mel
Fat-biking around Bozeman.Last winter, my husband had a near-catastrophic Nordic “yard sale” while skate skiing out of Sourdough. In addition to his hat and glasses flung far and wide, one pole had somehow separated from its wrist strap, one binding dangled from his boot, and one ski was 20 feet... Details
Storm Castle, Mille Burn, Montana Skiing
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Drew Pogge
Skiing the Millie burn. It’s oddly quiet as we skin between sooty trunks, split and seared by flame. No pine boughs rustle. No branches squeak. No birds chirp. It’s still—too still, with stiff, blackened snags standing rigidly in the wind, as if seized by rigor. In the air there is a distinctive... Details
Southwest Montana Mountain Bike Association, SWMMBA, Mountain Bike Advocacy, Montana
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Cronin, Mel
Southwest Montana's newest trail advocates.Before 2014, Montana and Wyoming did not have representation within the International Mountain Biking Association (IMBA). In February 2014, IMBA realigned their regional boundaries and added an office in Missoula. With the new representation in-state and... Details
Ski Tuning, Ski Bozeman, Bozeman Ski Shops
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Coulthard, Ashley
Keep 'em sharp.When preparing for ski season, you’ll want to think about the condition of your skis, especially the edges. You need your edges to be sharp enough to grab onto that cold, dry, Montana snow that we know and love, but also smooth enough to allow you to toss those fat skis sideways in... Details
Hyalite Canyon, Cross Country Skiing, Friends of Hyalite
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Tucker, David
Friends of Hyalite releases new map.Being that Hyalite is in our proverbial back yard, you’d think a map of the place would be redundant. Not so. With all the new trail development happening in the canyon, an updated map is exactly what we need, whether we’ve lived here for 30 years or 30 days.... Details
Hyalite Shooting Ban, Custer-Gallatin National Forest, Bozeman
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Mike England
Target-shooting in Hyalite.For as long as most people can remember, Bozeman has been hard to define. Cow town, college town, ski town, tourist town, New West yuppie town—just what is this place, anyway? The answer, of course, is that Bozeman is all these things. It’s a town of rich history and... Details
dog-joring, Sled Dogs, Montana
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Marcuzzo, Tony
Skijoring with canines.Picture yourself on a hike with your dogs, trying to keep up with them. Much to your chagrin, you can’t. Your dogs become one cohesive blur as they vanish around the next turn. Streamer-like tongues cascade from their mouths dragging a vapor trail of saliva to advertise where... Details
Bozeman Ski History, Big Sky History, Bridger Bowl
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Huntsman III, Art
These days, it’s all about progress. But it’s tough to know where to go if we forget where we’ve come from. Here’s a look at some important dates in Bozeman’s skiing timeline. 1900 – Michael Langohr, ranger for Hyalite Canyon, uses skis to patrol1910 – Pine Hill area (Story Hills) is being used by... Details
Skier code, Bridger Bowl, Outside Bozeman
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O/B's downhill dos and don'ts.Ski areas have their own rules, and while we won’t publicly advocate breaking specific ones, there are always shades of grey. Some rules are sacred, though, and we all know a few jerks who routinely break them. What follows are those that must not be broken, lest ye be... Details
Tracking Gobi Grizzlies, Doug Chadwick, Patagonia Books
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Tucker, David
Books for the season.Around here, winter is reserved for skiing. Skiing gets us up early, keeps us occupied throughout the day, and sends us to bed early, in anticipation of doing it all over again. At O/B, the one thing we do make time for is reading—we are in the business of putting words on... Details
Bridger Bowl, Skiing, Montana
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Drew Pogge
Getting older sucks.I slide in above the slot, fresh snow hissing down the steep gash like sand from an hourglass. Below the four-foot-wide entry, there’s a small cliff and then the line curves away from an enormous left-leaning rock wall—not a turn you can miss. I shuffle my skis and wait for it:... Details
Ice-boating, Canyon Ferry
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Drews, Debbie
Winter on the Missouri.Each winter, the watersport party venue Canyon Ferry Lake becomes the ice-sport capital of Montana. The 25-mile long reservoir on the Missouri River is just over an hour’s drive from Bozeman, off Hwy. 287. As one of the largest and longest lakes in Montana, with easy access,... Details
Winter Dogs, Frostbite, Hypothermia
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Sid Gustafson
Winter ailments in dogs.While the cold of winter presents a host of dangers to us humans, it also threatens the health and wellness of our canine companions. In light of that fact, there are specific ailments that are more common and should be watched for as the temps start to dip and the snow... Details
Winter Astrology, Bozeman, Zodiac
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Manning, Jim
Winter astronomy.I’m convinced that there must be an obscure Montana statute stating that anybody who owns a home—or a pickup—must also own at least one dog. For canines abound in the Montana landscape the way stars litter the heavens on a clear, dark night.The four-legged woofer’s exhalted status... Details
Winter Photography, Bozeman Camera, Photographing Montana
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Glesner, Conor
Shooting the winter landscape.Winter’s here and some photographers are retreating indoors. And that’s not surprising, as winter is the hardest season to shoot outdoors. However, for the brave few, winter can offer extraordinary images. Here are some basic rules and tips to help keep your gear in... Details
Grand Targhee Resort, Wydaho, Bozeman
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David Tucker
A Grand Targhee road-trip. Last winter, with an early-season snowpack about as shallow as a roadside mud-puddle, I decided it was time to search for snow someplace else. The plan: load up the car and head south to Targhee—simple as that. I wasn’t chasing storms, but rather going for a drive. If it... Details
DIY Pete Ski Rack, DIY Ski Rack
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Pete Sveen
DIY ski storage.If you’re a skier, keeping your abundant pile of gear organized and accessible can be a challenge. For years I just tossed my skis in a corner at the house, and I needed a simple ski-rack solution to get things in order. I came up with an easy-to-create ski rack made out of 2×8... Details
Cold-Weather Tips, Winter Survival
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Ballinger, Adrian
Five tips for staying warm.In these parts, it takes negative temps to qualify as extreme weather. At least a few times each winter, the mercury falls and doesn’t go back up for days at a time. When that happens, a trip to the grocery store can require more layers than your typical day at Bridger.... Details
Crazy Mountains, Earth's Treasures, Bozeman, Montana Geology
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Albrecht, Patti
Crazy Mountains geology.The shorter days of winter have once again settled in, providing extra time to reflect on options for next summer’s adventures. We live in an outstanding area surrounded by many tantalizing mountains, but, perhaps, we have gotten into a rut and explore the same ones that we... Details
Lee Metcalf Wilderness, Snowshoeing, Winter
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Adam Parkison
Improvising in the wilderness. A few winters back, I eagerly planned a week-long road-trip to the Escalante canyons of southern Utah. I ordered a pile of custom maps and a mountain of new trekking gear, but just before I was scheduled to leave, an unexpected accident devastated my financial... Details
Jump Turn How-to, Steep Skiing, Bridger Bowl
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Kirk, Karin
Jump-turn technique.If you spend time in places like Bridger Bowl's Madman’s, Hidden Gully, or the 4th Finger, you already know how handy it is to execute a turn within a tiny patch of real estate. A good hop turn can get you through cruxes without having to sidestep or sideslip, and it can save... Details
Skiing Couples, Madison Range, Montana Backcountry
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Cassidy Randall
Learning from a (way) better skier. Let’s get one thing straight, if only to save my own ego: I’m no slouch of skier. My ski education took place at Missoula’s Snowbowl, widely known for its single green run, ongoing treasure hunt for a consistent fall line, and challenging melt-freeze southern... Details
Grizzly Outfitters, Boot Fitting
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Pogge, Drew
Your feet are worth the investment.The reasons people need professional help fitting their ski boots are simple: performance and pain. Getting a precise fit—in which the shape of your foot is matched exactly by the shell and liner—not only provides the necessary stability for powerful skiing, but... Details
Fly Tying, Bozeman Fly Fishing, Drake-a-Nator
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Jeff Hostetler
Saving your fishing universe. One weary late morning in the duck blind, as ducks flared high above my decoys, I daydreamed about the patterns in the clouds, and how flies were a lot like clouds. They were impressionistic: blobs of stuff that look sort of like dragons and mermaids, or mayflies and... Details
Nordic Skiing, Injury Prevention, XC Skiing, Bozeman
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Lunden, Jason
Injury prevention in cross-country skiing.Nordic skiing is a great way to enjoy the outdoors in winter, and while it has a comparatively low injury rate, overuse injuries can occur, due to repetitive stress. These injuries are preventable, however, through proper training. Here are some tips to... Details
Hyalite Canyon, Friends of Hyalite, Grotto Falls
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Plowing pros & cons.Hyalite is arguably the most treasured recreational resource in the region. But is plowing the road necessarily a good thing? Undoubtedly, ice climbers and backcountry skiers revel in the easy access, but is their presence disrupting wildlife, and adding more trash and... Details
Custer-Gallatin Forest Plan Revision, Bridger Range, Montana
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Leuschen-Lonergan, Mariah
The Revision Plan after a year.The initial year of Forest Plan Revision is coming to a close with the release of the Assessment of Existing Conditions for public review. The Assessment document is a snapshot in time of the existing conditions on the Custer Gallatin National Forest. It’s meant to be... Details
Bozeman Snowfall, Bridger Bowl Snowfall, Big Sky Snowfall
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By the numbers. With the high probability of a La Niña winter for 2016-17, we thought it appropriate to take a look at some snowfall numbers throughout the years. Here’s what we found. 91”: Annual snowfall in Bozeman15”: March snowfall in Bozeman, highest of any month56”: Record snowfall in Bozeman... Details
Winter Running, Bozeman, Run Bozeman
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David Tucker
Tips for winter running.Let’s get one thing straight: running is a summer sport—at least for normal people. But we all know many outdoor enthusiasts who are far from normal, and the craziest of them all might just be runners. For those of you who hate yourselves and plan on running through the... Details
Skiing Lingo, Bozeman Lingo
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Drew Pogge
A guide to skiing lingo.In the shop, lodge, or liftline, there are words being thrown around at ski areas that, frankly, don’t exist. Seriously. Skiers and snowboarders just make shit up all the time. It’s ridiculous. So check out the list below to get up-to-date before you look, like, totally... Details
Cooke City Backcountry Skiing, Skiing Injury, Montana
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Natalie Van Dusen
Dislocation in the Cooke City backcountry.Some people love their birthdays—I’m not one of ’em. But my bad birthday mojo hasn’t stopped me from trying to have a great time, and last winter, for my big 3-5, I decided to go skiing in Cooke City with some friends.The morning was perfect: crisp winter... Details
Bozeman vs., Bridger Bowl, Grand Targhee Resort
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Ski hill showdown.“How can you compare Bridger to anywhere?” you might ask. “You’re not being loyal to Bozeman!” you could criticize. “This one’s a no-brainer,” you’ll probably assume. However, while Bridger Bowl will always be our backyard ski hill, the Rockies are vast, laden with high-elevation... Details
Lost Remedy CBD Cream
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Karen Sheady
It does the body good. After a long day of skiing, you’re probably ready to kick back and ease into the couch. But before you do, follow the lead of athletes who use cannabidiol (CBD)-infused products to stave off some of the negative effects of rigorous exercise. Here are five reasons they do.... Details
Great Grey Owl, Yellowstone Wildlife, Montana Wildlife
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Lee, Barbara
The red fox & great grey owl.Southwest Montana’s snowy winters are great for humans who love being outdoors, but they can be brutal for animals simply trying to survive. Some species get by living under the snow, and some species stay alive by hunting those invisible critters—generally by... Details
Haynes Pavilion, Gallatin Ice Foundation, Bozeman Hockey
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Tucker, David
Haynes Pavilion adds ice.For several years, hockey players and ice skaters in Bozeman have waited for a second sheet of ice at the Haynes Pavilion. Now, that hope has finally become a reality. Through tireless fundraising and increased community interest, a second sheet of ice will be available to... Details
Night Snowfall, Bozeman Winter
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Pogge, Drew
When the weather changes, so do we.“Freedom is something that dies unless it’s used.” —Hunter S. ThompsonWhen snow is falling, the world changes in ways real and perceived. Our streets hush as normal life forfeits to the frigid siege. Muted voices carry through the storm unseen; passing cars swoosh... Details
Elk Roast, Elk recipe, Smoked Elk
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Radd Icenoggle
Smoked elk roast.Every fall, hunting season means the possibility of game on the table come winter. No other cooking technique brings out the awesome in an elk roast like smoking, and a good cherry-wood smoke requires a great rub to add the flavor. This “moist” rub features a Scotch ale, but any... Details
Skin Track How-to, Backcountry Touring, Montana
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Drew Pogge
Strategy in the skintrack. As a backcountry skier, nothing is more irritating than following an inefficient, poorly-set skintrack. But as a guide, setting a good track is even more important; it allows my clients to ski longer and take more runs, stay more comfortable, and ultimately take greater... Details
Nordic Skiing, Cross-country Skiing
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the editors
A guide to XC skiing.As outdoor enthusiasts, people are always putting us in boxes. Dirtbags, trout bums, sledheads: the list goes on and on. Though occasionally annoying, labels can help when trying to determine disciplines within a given sport. Cross-country skiing, for example, is made up of... Details
RideSwell Project, Carpooling Bozeman
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Tucker, David
An app for carpooling.You wake up at 6am on a mid-week powder day. There’s no bus up the canyon and you’re tired of the solo commute, as it’s boring and environmentally unfriendly. None of your dirtbag friends are up yet, so you’re thinking you’re SOL—and before now, you would have been.... Details

Gear Reviews

Osprey Kamber 22
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Logelin, Michael
If you’re looking for a good Ridge-hiking pack that can also handle hitting the sidecountry, look no further than the Kamber 22 from Osprey. With a diagonal attachment for carrying skis and a vertical option for snowboards, the stable suspension of this pack carries your gear with ease. But it’s... Details
Ruffwear Singletrak Pack
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McCarthy, Chris
I’m in the mountains a lot, running a trail, bagging a peak, or shooting a grouse. Typically, my dog Seamus is with me, but rarely by my side. His off-trail adventures generally leave him thirsty and me short of water—but not anymore. The Singletrak Pack from Ruffwear is a sleek dog pack that holds... Details
FlyLow IQ Pant Review
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Tucker, David
Come winter, I wear my ski pants more than any other item of clothing. That means they need to be durable, they need to be comfortable, and they need to be functional. The IQ from Flylow checks all those boxes and then some. These pants are designed specifically for backcountry travel, so they’re... Details
Stio Environ Bib
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Pogge, Drew
I have a heck of a time with ski pants. Since I put a lot of days in, durability is a huge factor, but since I ski primarily in the backcountry, so are weight, venting, and range of motion. Last year, I went through three pairs (two succumbed to ripped crotches and one to a gash in the thigh). Stio... Details
Stone Glacier Avail 2200 Pack
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England, Mike
These days, versatility is the name of the outdoor-gear game, and Bozeman-based Stone Glacier has nailed it with their new pack, the Avail 2200. Designed primarily for backcountry skiing and ice climbing (at which this bag excels), it can also be used for hunting—alone, it’s a simple daypack;... Details
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Howlett, David
I’ve put many expensive boots and shoes to the test over the years, so I was quite surprised at the performance, fit, and features of the moderately priced Mount Diablo i WP waterproof hiking boots from Hi-Tec. At a price point that won’t break the bank, these boots pack an impressive amount of... Details
Smith I/O Goggle Women's
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Mio Alt
ChromaPop, meet the I/O. This season, Smith is adding their patented sunglass lens technology to their goggles, making for an even better winter experience. The I/O still sets the bar for interchangeable-lens models, and easy-to-switch options come included with your purchase. Dial in your setup... Details
Toad & Co., Boxcan Shirt
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Angie Mangels
Boxcan Sherpa OvershirtSometimes it’s nice to have a warm layer option that’s not another rendition of the fleece hoody. This winter, stay cozy and warm with the Boxcan Sherpa Overshirt and break out of your sweater-and-hoody rut. The wool exterior makes for a unique and casual look, and the jersey... Details
Oboz Madison Boots
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Stoops, Kira
These comfy-cute snow boots belie a beastly survival instinct. I jumped into ankle-deep half-frozen puddles, and watched the water just roll off. Trekking up snowy, wet trails, I couldn’t keep them dirty. Icy concrete? No slipping. The Madison Insulated Bdry from Oboz kept my feet warm in a... Details
ExtremeStart Pine Mountain
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England, Mike
Yes, we know, every Bozemaniac worth his or her salt should be able to start a fire with a match—and ladies, beware the bumbling bloke who can’t—but sometimes you want a big flame right away, so you can move on to more important things, like eating and drinking. When convenience trumps survival... Details
Sauce Chill Toque
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Pollastro, Joyce
Baby, it’s cold out there—which is why I’ll definitely be wearing my Chill Toque from Bozeman-based Sauce while ski touring this winter. The soft fleece keeps my ears warm when the wind is biting, and the expandable hole at the very crown opens up if my outing gets a bit warm. Lots of great color... Details
Dakine Beretta Jacket
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Mio Alt
Charging burly lines demands burly apparel, and the Berreta line from Dakine offers just that. The jacket and bib both utilize three-layer GoreTex, meaning you’ll be dry and comfortable in even the heaviest conditions. But they’re both lightweight, making them the perfect match for uphill endeavors... Details
Lost Remedy Joint & Muscle Cream
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Tucker, David
My ski season usually begins with a week or two of sore thighs and aching knees. At the ripe old age of 31, I can’t recover as quickly as I used to. This season, I’m using Joint & Muscle Cream from Lost Remedy. The CBD-infused cream is this generation’s Icy Hot, without the weird (or great,... Details
Purps Vita T/H multi-vitamin
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England, Mike
Winter’s the dry season for overall health, as we enjoy far less sunshine, fresh air, and vegetable variety, which deprives our body of essential nutrients. One way to fill the void is with multi-vitamins, and the Purps’ Vita T/H (Travel/Home) single-serving powder packet is a great all-natural... Details
Ortovox 3+ Transceiver
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Pogge, Drew
Digital three-antenna beacons with marking functions are the baseline standard in transceiver tech—and the Ortovox 3+ performs very well (more on this in a sec). But Ortovox’s patented “smart” antenna means theirs are the only beacons that can actively help searchers find you, should you be buried... Details
Arborwear Campbell Hill Jacket
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England, Mike
The down puffy coat—that ubiquitous anorak beloved by outdoor enthusiasts everywhere—has always suffered two major flaws: one, at any temperature above freezing, it’s pretty much a dry-sauna for your torso; and two, the flimsy nylon skin opens up with the slightest of scratches, spewing feathers... Details
Salomon Qst Pro 120
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Chris McCarthy
As much as I picture myself a hardcore skier—the kind that searches for powder stashes well beyond ski-area boundaries—I know that I’m not there yet. I can handle myself in most situations, but when it comes to going out of bounds, I always let excuses stop me. At the top of this list has been my... Details

Additional Articles

Winter Poetry, Montana Poetry
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Jelinski, Jack
The ancient ritual is unknown to all but a chosen few,the strong, the bold, and the exceedingly bravewho tempt fate upon the frozen wasteswhere death awaitsin a final, terrible, dead-frozen grave. Light-footed they shuffle, over the thinnest ice of fallreflecting morning skies and pastel moonlike... Details
Montana Haiku
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Gustafson, Sid
mountain sheep graze thecold winter grass high aboveour indecency       Details
Snow Dance, Bozeman, Poetry
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Knight, Phil
Snow gods forgive meFor I have lustedAfter your supple powdery pillowsKnow that I have partedYour perfect driftsWith skis unwaxedAnd my edges grippeth notFor I have failed to file them.Gods lead me notInto total gearheadednessBut forgive me my faceplantsFor thine is the ski bum paradiseThigh-deep... Details

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