Winter 2005-06

Features

  • Hard Road to Hyalite

    11:00 am. It feels early. I squint my eyes and look through the bedroom window. It’s snowing. Lucian and I had planned on climbing today, but if there’s fresh powder at Bridger, he might want to ski. The phone rings. “Let’s…
  • Connections

    The shared psyche of skiers.I could tell she was a skier by her legs. Sleek and muscular, they looked like they’d spent plenty of time fighting the pull of gravity. The party was small and formal; eventually we were…
  • The Pinhead Classic

    Creative costumery, copious cross-dressing, amazing music, parades, parties, prizes, and pandemonium—it’s not New Orleans, it’s Mardi Gras in Montana: the Montana Telemark Corporation’s Pinhead Classic, affectionately…
  • Pack Mentality

    Our small group of wildlife watchers is on dawn patrol in Yellowstone National Park’s Lamar Valley, searching for that charismatic carnivore, the wolf. We unsheathe our binoculars and start looking near the juncture of the…

Departments

  • Canine Cappuccino

    It snowed last night, I can smell it. The dry air, the chill nudging the back of my throat. The tip of my nose feels numb. Engulfed in a lair of blankets I retreat into sleep. It’s way too early. And I forgot to set the…
  • My Life as a Pioneer

    Remembering the early days at Bridger Bowl. Once upon a time, long, long ago—with the greatest chagrin I realize I’m talking a half-century here—a magic chariot would arrive at our house on winter Sunday mornings and whisk…
  • The Hounds of Heaven

    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…
  • Fly Reorganization

    When the temperatures plunge to frighteningly low numbers and even the desire to tromp out onto the ice begins to wane, take heart—this is the time to partake in an annual reorganization of your beloved fly collection. This…
  • A Quiet Ride Through Winter

    Winter recreation in Yellowstone.I had driven the stretch of Highway 191 between Four Corners and West Yellowstone countless times. I knew all of the best places to pass, and resisted the urge to hone my backseat driving…
  • Warming Trend

    Embracing Montana's multiple personalities. A warm spell in midwinter is a strange and disorienting experience. You go to sleep after a long day riding powder and as you lay in bed you can still feel the float in your legs…
  • Winter Waterfowl

    Fowl Weather n. Local duck and goose hunting opportunities that can create memorable times afield and delectable gastronomic experiences throughout the winter months.The idea of waterfowling as prime winter recreation…
  • Writing on the Wall

    Bozeman. It’s definitely not a jungle out there. Nor is it particularly urban. But thankfully it’s not just empty landscapes and cows either. Sprayed on various walls and dumpsters, furrowed in the deep grime of windows,…
  • Bozeman Nightlife

    More than hot tubs and house parties.Anyone who’s been around the Bozone for more than a few years knows that entertainment options used to be pretty thin: a few smoky, half-empty bars; roaring bonfires in the back yard; or…
  • Saving Your Skin

    Prevention and treatment for frostbite.Physiologically, humans are tropical beings, better suited to losing heat than retaining it. When naked and at rest, a person's neutral environmental temperature is 28°C (82°F)… In…
  • Jackasses

    I forget which guy said he climbed a mountainbecause it was there. That always seemed like a lameexcuse to me. I know some dudes who standon ledges and lean out over chasms in a little gamewhere thermals hold them up—or not…
  • Bison Hunt

    On November 15, a bison-hunting season opened in Montana for the first time in 15 years. Two months prior, the Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Commission approved the issuing of 50 licenses for the much-disputed hunt,…
  • Avalanche Dogs Fundraiser

    The Bridger Bowl Ski Patrol and local artist Craig Hergert, owner of the Montana Panoramic Company, have teamed up on a fundraiser for the ski patrol's avalanche dog program. Since last winter, over 28 prints have been sold…
  • Vanity Fur

    On January 14, 2006, the town of Baker, Montana will have its annual coyote calling contest. No, this isn’t the kind of contest where you can win a t-shirt for moaning in public. This is a chance to win a few hundred bucks…
  • Bona Fide Bozeman

    I am a man for whom the outside world exists. –Théophile GautierMy first day on tele skis wasn’t pretty. Kent and I skinned four miles to the Potosi Alpine Yurt on a butt-cold February afternoon, arriving in time for a…
  • Soaring with Spirit

    Eagle Mount's life-changing ski program.The ski experience is full of stories, from bottomless powder and deep blue skies to boilerplate moguls and train-wreck wipeouts. Eagle Mount embodies not only this enthusiastic…
  • Trains and the Treasure State

    No form of transportation has had a more profound impact on the Treasure State than the train. Like the rest of the American West, the history of Montana is closely linked with railroads; trains provided the most effective…
  • Balance for Life

    Four years ago I sat down with a potential client to review her medical history and assess her current level of fitness. When I asked if she’d ever broken any bones, she relayed to me a physical history that can only be…
  • Better Boot-Fitting

    Ask most serious skiers what their most valuable piece of equipment is and more often than not they’ll tell you that it’s their boots. Boots are the starting point of all your pressure to your skis; how well they fit…
  • Balance Training and Physical Performance

    Few people would argue the importance of muscular strength and cardiovascular conditioning to overall health and well-being. But what about balance training? How important is balance to the performance of everyday…
  • Alex Lowe Peak

    On September 12, the U.S. Board on Geographic Names (BGN) bestowed an honor upon a late Bozeman resident whom Outside magazine once crowned “World’s Best Climber.” “Alex Lowe Peak” is the new name for a mountain in the…
  • Find Your Balance

    The need for balance is fundamental to almost all outdoor pursuits. While making turns down the mountain, a skier stays balanced over his skis. A rock climber maintains balance over her holds on the rock face. Mountain…

Gear Reviews

  • Steepwater Plow 164

    If you’re in the market for a new snowboard that performs well in powder, crust, ice, and crud, check out the Steepwater Plow 164. This board is designed for those looking to ride outside of the park and among the peaks…
  • Rossignol B3 and Z9

    The Rossignol B3 is the Montana all-mountain ski—it’s as if Rossignol designed this ski specifically for Big Sky, Moonlight, and Bridger terrain and snow conditions. With enough width in the tip, tail, and underfoot, the B3…
  • Atomic Saipal and Tacora

    The Atomic Saipal (new version of the Femme Fatale) is wide enough for great powder days yet shaped enough to carve it up in corn or crud. Combined with the Dynafit binding system, it’s hard to imagine a lighter package for…

Book Reviews

  • Montana Folks

    Montana FolksBy Durrae and John Johanek, Kurt KellerGuilford, ConnecticutTwo Dot, 2005231 pagesBozeman residents Durrae and John Johanek hit the road with Helena's Kurt Keller to photograph and profile 57 Montanans with…

Columns

  • The Stem Turn

    A tactical trick for the steeps and tight spots.A stem turn is a great trick for skiers of all levels. It can be used to help start a turn that you’re uncertain about, or help you catch your balance when the snow conditions…
  • Cheap Gear

    You can afford to just do it.Any working stiff who’s tried to pick up a new sport knows how intimidating the outfitting process can be. Love skiing the backcountry but can’t stomach the thought of shelling out $1500 for a…
Outside Bozeman Winter 2005-06

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