Winter 2001-02

Features

  • Avalanche!

    As you hike slowly up through the deep snow, the cold air stinging your face, you hear a CRRRAAACK so loud and deep it echoes down the canyon and shakes the new snow off the trees. You turn to move, but, before you can, you…
  • Yellowstone Rendezvous

    Best skiing of the year.A big Nordic party for hearty outdoorsy types, the Yellowstone Rendezvous, held each March in West Yellowstone, lures over six hundred competitors from all over the world. Racers often stay a night…
  • Stepping Into the Wild

    As if in a dream, I’m gliding down a snowfield, the silence caressed by the gentle sound of the powder snow moving beneath my feet. The slope is so steep that, in reality, I’m falling, but the pillow of snow on which I’m…
  • Dancing on Ice

    For a moment, a brief, dark, terrifying moment, I am trapped under ice. My breathing accelerates, my heart pounds, every muscle in my body goes rigid. The blood roars through my veins like a river undammed. I’m looking…

Departments

  • Powder Pioneers

    Bozeman's original extreme skiers.Bozeman’s original ski pioneers invented extreme, just by the fact that they skied.Imagine strapping on six-foot-long pine or hickory boards—“shaped” skis of the 1930s and 1940s—using…
  • Best of Bozeman Slide Show

    For the third year, assigning closure to several local extreme sports and introducing many others, The Best of Bozeman Slideshow will be visiting a “to be determined at a later date” theater in the Bozeman area come the…
  • Frost Heaves

    A cold trickle of ice water runs down my cheek, freezing me back into reality. I look upward into blue overhanging gobs of frozen water. Stupid. The ice water runs smack between my eyes and fills my right ear. I take a few…
  • Remembering Hans Saari

    I don’t remember when we first met, but it was sometime in the early ‘90s, after Hans graduated from Yale and returned to Bozeman. We first crossed paths at a friend’s house and eventually wound up working the night shift…
  • Backcountry First Aid

    It’s happened a countless number of times. Two guys will head past the north boundary of Bridger Bowl to Hardscrabble, anxious to do some backcountry skiing. Wanting to ski light, they leave everything but a beacon and a…
  • Yellowstone by Coach

    A great way to visit the Park.It's wintertime in Yellowstone, and few places in the world are as uniquely beautiful. Bison gather around steaming springs, their coats drenched in snow and frost; condensation billows from a…
  • Different Strokes

    Two-stroke, four-stroke, what's the difference? I found out on my two-day adventure on snowmobiles through Yellowstone National Park. It was a cold winter day when a couple of friends and my boyfriend and I began our trek.…

Gear Reviews

  • Review: Mountain Hardwear Trango 2

    There’s something about a new tent that makes a guy giddy. Maybe it’s that first whiff of brand-new nylon, or the big-mountain fantasies that fill his head upon such a significant gear acquisition. Or maybe it’s simply the…

Additional Articles

  • Polar Bear Club

    Wintertime catharsis.Scroll through your mind on a frigid January afternoon for something fun to do and chances are it won’t involve stripping down to a bathing suit and completely submerging yourself in the neighborhood…
  • Leading the Way

    When it comes to local controversies, last year’s announcement of the Yellowstone Park snowmobile phase-out is hard to beat for right-wing rancor, left-wing quixotism, and just about every reaction and viewpoint in between…
  • Winter Safety Tips

    Few things in Montana have the power to get an adventure lover’s blood pumping and adrenaline racing as much as a field of fresh powder or an undiscovered frozen waterfall that begs to be climbed. But few things also have…
  • Birds of Winter River Walks

    "One must have a mind of winter," the poet Wallace Stevens says, to “see the nothing that is not there and the nothing that is.” If you hike along the frosty water outside Bozeman this winter, you won't need much…
  • Orion in Winter

    Whether you prowl the winter landscape in snowshoes, skis, or your favorite pack boots, look skyward whenever your adventures keep you outside at nightfall. You’ll find a fellow sportsman in the heavens in the glittering…

Book Reviews

  • Book: Big Sky Ice

    Written by local Bozeman author and noted climber Ron Brunckhorst, Big Sky Ice: Montana Ice Climbs reads like a transcribed version of around-the-campfire stories, tips, and legends from local ice climbers. Eschewing…
  • Book: Last Year's River

    With the recent release of his first novel, Last Year's River, Missoula-based Allen Morris Jones emerges into the novel writing scene with absolute luminosity. His extraordinary eye for detail and intuitive sense of old-…
  • Into the Wild

    Originally an article in Outside magazine, Jon Krakauer’s Into the Wild was received rather contemptuously by many Alaskans. It is the true story about a young man from a well-to-do family who starved to death in the shadow…
Outside Bozeman Winter 2001-02

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