Winter 2018-19

Features

Snowkiting, Montana, Bozeman
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Noah Poritz
Snowkiting in Montana. The temperature lingered just above zero while the wind howled and gusted well over 30 miles per hour. The snow was deep and the ground blizzard felt like a firestorm of white. Overhead, I could see glimpses of blue sky, but at ground level the visibility was under 100 yards... Details
Montana Ski Towns, Maverick Mountain, Ski Discovery
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Tom Reed
Before skiing was a scene, people skied in jeans. The man who taught me how to ski was a child of the Rockies himself, born in the shadow of 14,000-foot peaks, helping his family scratch a living from serving the whims of the few tourists who could afford a vacation during the Great Depression.His... Details
Backcountry Skiing, Big Sky, Yellow Mule Cabin
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Jimmy Lewis
Finding clarity in the oft-obstructed views of the backcountry. “I’m in,” Evan said, finishing off his espresso in what he’d dubbed the “Poet’s Corner” of what was at the time the only bohemian cafe in Belgrade. It was November 2012, and we were teachers taking an extended lunch hour before jumping... Details
Lone Mountain, Big Sky, Lone Peak, Montana
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Thomas Turiano
These days, Lone Mountain is a ski-world icon. But before they built a tram to the top, you had to earn your turns. Few other mountains, even the great Cascade volcanoes, exhibit as perfect a cone shape as Lone Mountain. Whereas the volcanoes have truncated summits and craters, Lone Mountain has a... Details
Backcountry Skiing, Downhill Skiing, Bozeman, Ski Town, Montana
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Drew Pogge
Anticipation is happiness. In the best of times, snow is a slow and quiet tease. Each lily-white flake that spins down brings with it an avalanche of possibility. Every inch that accumulates amplifies the drumming beat of our collective mountain rites. Snow compels us; it provokes our sense of... Details

Departments

Bridger Bowl, Family Skiing, Ski Instruction
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Karin Kirk
Family harmony on the ski hill. A family day on the slopes: it can forge new memories of whooping it up in powder, giggling your way through the trees, and high-fiving over hot cocoa. Or, it can invite chaos, bruised egos, parking-lot tantrums, and the hot sting of tears on a freezing-cold day. And... Details
Snowmobiling, Buy, Borrow, Bozeman, Montana
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“He that goes a-borrowing goes a-sorrowing.” —Benjamin FranklinWhile it’s true that borrowing is sometimes more trouble than it’s worth, there are times when you just have to do it. Take the snowmobile, for instance. Sure, we’d all love to have one (or two), but oftentimes, it’s not practical—we... Details
Winter Wildlife Tracking, Mountain Lions
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E. Donnall Thomas, Jr.
Reading secrets in the snow. The day began with a cougar track in the snow, followed by a mystery. The solution to that puzzle once again demonstrated how tracking during the winter reveals startling insights into the behavior of Montana’s wildlife.The conditions weren’t the best for the mission,... Details
Lone Mountain Ranch
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Mike England
A weekend at Lone Mountain Ranch. Sliding across the snow, a gentle stream beside us and the big blue sky above, we make our way toward the mountain. All is quiet. An hour passes, then another, and what was once an amorphous mass slowly takes shape: gentle glades rise to steep, open slopes;... Details
Saddle Peak, Bridger Range, Bridger Bowl, Bozeman
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Alex Marienthal
The lift-accessed sidecountry of Saddle Peak. Saddle Peak sits south of Bridger Bowl as a pair of equally high points on the ridgeline. The familiar eastern slope rises 3,500 feet above the highway on the way to Bridger Bowl, and provides an iconic view to those at the ski area. The peak’s... Details
Bozeman, Montana, Backcountry Skiing
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Drew Pogge
Change your perspective. “The world is full of magic things, patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper.” ―W.B. Yeats It’s midnight on a Thursday in February. From a ridge crest in the northern Bridgers, the lights of Bozeman sprawl across the Gallatin Valley while a stiff wind blasts... Details
Yellowstone National Park, Snowshoeing Winter, Montana
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Maggie Slepian
Enjoying winter in Yellowstone. The crowds have dissipated, snow has softened the landscape, and access is limited throughout the Park: this is winter in Yellowstone. Keep in mind that road access is weather-dependent and some passes will be closed. Old Faithful and Mammoth are open, and employees... Details
Cross-Country Touring, Backcounty Skiing, Bozeman, Montana
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Mike England
Kick, glide, and drop a knee with this burly backcountry setup. “Specialization is for insects,” science-fiction superstar Robert Heinlein famously penned, and when it comes to winter travel in the backcountry, I couldn’t agree more. Skinny skis sink in deep snow and suck at descents; AT gear is... Details
The M Trail, Bozeman, Skiing, Montana
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Ann Vinciguerra
Skiing the M. Some ski descents are desirable because they’re great lines. Other objectives are appealing because they are so seldom in. And some things you ski because they’re right there. Skiing Bozeman’s M is a combination of all three.Although I’ve lived in Bozeman since 2005, until last year I... Details
Big Sky Wind Drinkers, Jungle Bell Jog, Bozeman, Running
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Wangmo Tenzing
Winter running in the Bozone. Fall running is fantastic—the leaves are changing and you wake up in the morning looking forward to hitting the trail. Winter running, on the other hand, can suck. There’s ice lurking around every corner and snow piled high along the trail. When the temperature drops,... Details
Barrel Mountaineering, Barrel Book, Bozeman, Ice Climbing, Alex Lowe
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Joe Josephson
Re-reading the Barrel Book. In the fall of 1995, Brent Bishop and Chris Naumman opened a new climbing shop in Bozeman: Barrel Mountaineering. Taking up space in the same building as Jack Tackle’s Bridger Mountain Sports, Barrel Mountaineering was named in honor of Brent’s father, the great Barry... Details
Cross-Country Skiing, Hyalite Canyon, Bozeman, Montana
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Jenny White
Crossy-country skiing in Hyalite. The ski trails in Hyalite will boast a few upgrades this year, but for those who relish the backcountry feel of this nearby recreational haven, don’t worry. This won’t lead to resort-style cross-country skiing.“Hyalite ski trails are intended to provide rustic... Details
Bike Commuting, Winter, Bozeman
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Kirk Ahlberg
Tips for cold-weather bike commuting. For many southwest Montana residents, winter means the start of ski season, but that doesn’t mean that cycling season has to end. Here are some tips for winter cycling to keep it safe, warm, and fun.VisibilityAs the days are shorter and cars sometimes drive... Details
Woody Ridge, Cooke City, Backcountry Skiing
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Traute Parrie
Shared joy in the face of risk.As I climb this ridge in an angry wind, with friends who are alternately grimacing and grinning, it occurs to me that these are the unkind conditions most of my steadfast friendships have been formed in.For example, Lisa, with whom I forged a bond on a Colorado fire-... Details
Ice Climbing, Yellowstone National Park, Montana
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Sam Magro
Ice climbs beyond Hyalite Canyon. On the northern fringes of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, over 225 ice and mixed climbs lie easily accessible in what has become an ice-climbing mecca: Hyalite Canyon. Hyalite’s classic climbs are consistently in shape December through April, making it the most... Details
Two Top Mountain, Snowmobiling, West Yellowstone, Montana
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Carol Polich
Exploring a haunted winter wonderland. As the cold air wrapped itself around me, I had second thoughts about climbing another 2,000 feet of elevation. But my excitement about a new adventure prevailed and I buried my face in my scarf. I threw my snow-suited leg over the seat, straddled my steel... Details
Montana Wildlife Federation, Conservation, Public Land, Hunting
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Nick Gevock
Staying active in the public-lands fight. As we roll into winter, Montanans are preparing for the 2019 Legislature. That means that once again, every hunter, angler, hiker, biker, backpacker, wildlife-watcher, and anyone else who values our public lands, waters, and the abundant fish and wildlife... Details
Canyon Ferry, Ice Skating
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Mike England
Traversing terra incognita on skates. We all have them: places that call to us, from near or far, for reasons that defy easy explanation. What draws us toward yon mountain, beyond the tawny foothills? That land across the sea, about which we know nothing save a few photographs—why does it reappear... Details
Nutrition, Outdoor Recreation, Fitness, Bozeman
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Emely Lambert
Fueling up for winter activity. Bozeman provides endless opportunity for outdoor recreation. For those of you exploring the mountains in winter for competition or adventure, your mood, cognition, and overall performance will reflect your fueling choices.The average downhill skier burns 300-600... Details
Snowshoeing, REI, Bozeman, Montana
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the editors
Long coveted as a rustic-chic cabin-wall decoration, snowshoes are again gaining traction—ha—as a cheap and fun modern means of winter travel. And why not? Jon “Snowshoe” Thompson famously delivered the mail across California’s massive Sierra in the mid-1800s; Robert Redford made ’shoes look pretty... Details
Ski Racing, Community Race Series, Bridger Bowl, Bozeman
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Jack Ballard
You get out what you put in. In ski racing, whether contesting the Olympic downhill or aiming to bury your buddy in the Community Dual GS at Bridger, mass is your friend. But it’s also your enemy. Under the influence of gravity, heavy objects moving downhill attain velocity more quickly than those... Details
Johnny Bozeman, Gear Guru, Bozeman, Montana
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the editors
Q&A with the gear guru. After a several-year hiatus, #overlanding across the Mongolian steppe, Johnny Bozeman is back, ready to answer your most pressing gear-related queries. Bozeman’s unbridled growth and demographics shift has thrown him for a bit of a loop, so bear with us while he gets his... Details
Skate Skiers, Cross-Country Skiing, Bozeman, Montana
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Calling out the jerks of winter. In the days of yore, citizens who committed offenses against society were condemned to the pillory—so long as that offense wasn’t grave enough to warrant the gallows. The pillory offered the one punishment severe enough to dissuade future transgressions: public... Details
Barre Method, Pure Barre, Bozeman, Montana
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Emily Stifler Wolfe
The beta on barre for injury rehab. Early into the second set of thigh work, I start shaking. Think uncontrollable sewing-machine legs and the screaming burn of a climbing forearm pump, except in the quads.The class is lined up beside a ballet barre, each person standing on tiptoes, knees bent,... Details
Winter Camping, Bozeman, Montana
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Maggie Slepian
Helpful hints for winter camping. From exceptional icefalls for climbing to vast expanses for backcountry skiing, southwest Montana is a hallowed winter-recreation destination. Winter camping is not one of those destination activities. It’s cold, wet, and you may have to posthole to a campsite,... Details
Lunar Eclipse, Bozeman, Montana
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Jim Manning
This winter's lunar eclipse. The mortal moon hath her eclipse endured. —William Shakespeare, Sonnet 107In the old days, when life was truly an endurance test, people sought stability wherever they could find it, as in the sky—nice, neat, and predictable. So when things changed up there, it was... Details
Duck Hunting, Duck Blind, Bozeman, Montana
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Gordon "Butch" Lehmann
Three strikes, I'm out. For the Salesville River Bottom Duck Hunter’s Club (SRBDHC), an ultra-exclusive outfit based in Gallatin Gateway (formerly known as Salesville), the first week of the 2017-18 waterfowl season was off to the best start ever. A couple of geese and a few ducks kept the club... Details
Winter Fly Fishing, Wally's Pool Pig, Bozeman, Montana
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Jake Walbridge
Tying the Wally's Pool Pig. When I’m asked about sculpins, a few things always come to mind. They have fat pectoral fins, they lack an air bladder so they can’t maintain their position in a water column without effort, they live in nearly every trout stream, and trophy brown trout can’t get enough... Details
Astrophotography, Night Photography, Bozeman, Montana
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Ian Roderer
Astrophotography tips. It’s no secret that whenever it’s not snowing, Montana winter nights are long, cold, and crystal clear, creating a winning combination for spectacular images of the night sky. Astrophotography is the general term used to refer to vibrant images of the Milky Way or star trails... Details
Old Fashioned Recipes, Montana Spirits, Bozeman, Montana
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Mark Lewis
Simple twists on a classic cocktail. There are currently 18 distilleries operating in Montana, including three right here in the Gallatin Valley. With that much variety, why go beyond the borders of the Treasure State when mixing your next cocktail? The simple answer: don’t. Here are a few to try.... Details
Dogs, Winter, Exercise, Health
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Michelle Pogge
Keeping your pooch safe this season. Winter’s here and we’re scrambling to find ways to keep our pups exercised and happy, even in the cold and snow. Rather than tell you what NOT to do, here’s advice on how to be active and safe. Your pet may have individual limitations, but these are good general... Details

Gear Reviews

Review: Pearl Izumi Versa
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Wangmo Tenzing
The Pearl iZUMi Versa Quilted Hoodie is bright in color and dim in disappointment. With a softshell fabric and insulated core, it provides welcome relief on cold, windy days. Use it as a middle layer this winter, and as an outer layer once spring rolls around. The lightweight hoodie features... Details
Review: Scarpa Maestrale RS
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David Tucker
If you’re looking to upgrade your ski-touring boot, look no further than the Maestrale RS from Scarpa. With a 130 flex, this boot is burly enough to handle even the most aggressive lines; but at just three pounds, it’s light enough for southwest Montana’s notoriously long approaches. The upper cuff... Details
Review: Gregory Praxus 45L
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Wangmo Tenzing
Whether you’re going home for a weekend, traveling abroad for a month, or taking a road trip across the country, you’re going to need a pack that is functional and efficient. The Gregory Praxus 45L is that pack. It's great for traveling light and fast, and you can carry it as a suitcase or wear it... Details
Review: MSR Dynalock Explore
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David Tucker
MSR has branched out into the pole market and their Dynalock Explore model is a burly three-piece number with winter exploration in mind. It packs down short, which is convenient for storage, and durable foam extends from the handle, making for extra grip when you need it. One caveat: while the... Details
Review: Smith Quantum
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David Tucker
Two seasons ago, when skiing through some trees, I cracked my helmet colliding with an overhanging branch. I wasn’t going that fast, and its flimsiness was disconcerting. Now, I’ve upgraded to the Quantum from Smith. It’s a tank, and comes with a hefty pricetag to prove it. But if you’re willing to... Details
Review: Kavu Inland
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Ian Roderer
This winter, when you find yourself reaching for an extra layer, reach for Kavu’s Inland jacket. With a down-like vest over the torso and the warmest sweatshirt sleeves I’ve ever worn, the Inland has four-season warmth in all the right places, with wind-resistance to boot. The fit is just right,... Details
Review: Pieps Micro
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Mike England
If you’re due—or overdue—to upgrade your transceiver, check out the PIEPS Micro, a compact, easy-to-use beeper that makes the company’s old yellow jobber resemble a Betamax player. Now owned by Black Diamond, PIEPS has stepped up its game to compete with the innovations of recent years. To wit: a... Details
Review: Outdoor Research Prologue Refuge
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Chris McCarthy
The Prologue Refuge from Outdoor Research was created with Bozeman in mind. This everyday jacket has enough protection for a venture down the trail, but looks great while out on the town. The insulation provides breathability and warmth on the coolest of days, and the outer shell, which looks like... Details
Review: Hydrapak Stow 1L
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David Tucker
I was skeptical of the collapsible-bottle craze, but after a recent trip into the backcountry, I now see the light. Hydrapak’s Stow 1L actually fits in my pocket, making it easier to hydrate in the skintrack. As I drink, the bottle shrinks, eventually rolling into a ball the size of a roll of... Details
Review: Lezyne Super Drive 1500XXL
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David Tucker
Cold, dark mornings and long, frigid nights: such is Montana come winter. But that doesn’t keep me off my bike, and that’s why I sprung for the Super Drive 1500XXL from Lezyne.This bike light is incredibly powerful, but it also comes with several intensity settings, so you don’t need to blind... Details
ESPRO Ultralight
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Courtney Miranda
In southwest Montana, we’re never short of coffee or trails—and when given the chance, I combine the two. And so it was with great anticipation that I headed out for a brisk ski up Bear Canyon with my new Ultralight Press by Espro, a miniature insulated French press. Although it’s designed for... Details
Review: Dakine Ranger 60L
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David Tucker
Before hitting the road for a powder-chasing road-trip, grab a Ranger 60L duffle from Dakine.This thing is like a black hole when it comes to sucking up gear. Its simple design allows you to toss everything into one compartment, so packing is a breeze; but separate organization pockets keep... Details
Review: GSI Microlite 500 Twist
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Wangmo Tenzing
The MicroLite 500 Twist stainless-steel vacuum bottle from GSI Outdoors is coming out to play. This trim little thermos weighs only half a pound and holds 17 ounces, making it a great companion for mini-trips on the trail. Water, coffee, beer, whatever—it keeps cold drinks cold for 20 hours and hot... Details
Review: Petzl Bindi
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David Tucker
From dawn patrol to post-work dog walks, the Bindi from Petzl hasn’t left my pocket since I got it. And why would it? It’s the size of a ping-pong ball and weighs about as much. The ultra-thin headband cord grips whatever surface it comes in contact with, and the lamp rotates inward so it won’t... Details
Review: Ridge Merino Aspect
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David Tucker
Finally, a baselayer brand has figured it out: no interior tags on skin-tight clothing. Ridge Merino won we over immediately when I realized its Aspect thermals have no itchy tags; the garments’ next-to-skin comfort was icing on the cake. They’re hands-down the most comfortable baselayers I’ve ever... Details

Book Reviews

Sheriff Longmire, Longmire Series, The Western Start
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the interns
Books to get you through the season. Longmire SeriesIf you can’t get enough of the Netflix original series Longmire, pick up the latest installments of Craig Johnson’s written versions: The Western Star (Penguin Random House, $16) and Depth of Winter (Penguin Random House, $28).In the Wyoming-based... Details
Round Trip Book Review
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Thomas Elpel
What if you were pursued through the mountains by killers and tracked by dogs? Could you outrun them? Could you outwit them? Could you turn and defeat them? Many a young man has had the flight of fancy of an extreme survival adventure. Author Stephen Ore brings this scenario to life in Round Trip (... Details

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