Book: New Backcountry Ski Guide

Guidebooks are like treasure maps to outdoor enthusiasts, promising rich adventures in previously unknown locations. And Ben Werner’s new book, The Bozeman and Big Sky Backcountry Ski Guide (WS Publishing, $40) offers insights into many of the best backcountry skiing locations in our area. From ascent information and shaded maps of skiable terrain to GPS waypoints and statistics on each location, this book will prove extremely useful for earning turns in southwest Montana. Likely to help local skiers break out of the rut, this guide is a well-formed collection of the mainstays in our area but also provides inspiration to get out and discover some lesser-known locations to make tracks in this season. An admirable first edition. Available locally at Northern Lights and Grizzly Outfitters, and online at