Winter 2008-09

Features

  • Centennial Slogging

    One last clunking pull on the starter cord makes it clear that the sled won’t be ferrying us home. It’s nearly dark, we’re eight miles (and one Continental Divide crossing) from the car, and our packs are already feeling…
  • Skiers Welcome

    At our home mountain in southern Montana, even on the cloudiest day, we always knew our way. But on that morning at Fernie Alpine Resort, I felt a little shaky. The clouds hooded the lift towers. From the chair, we could…

Departments

  • The Lift Line

    A sociological examination of behavior in the queue.Sigmund Freud should have studied the ski area lift line. If he had, rather than screwing around with silly Oedipus theories and catering to his clear obsession with…
  • We Got the Funk

    When the temp hits zero or below, as it frequently does at Bridger Bowl, sweat tends to freeze before it hits the ground, sometimes accumulating on the hair of the head or face creating an icy cocoon-like helmet about the…
  • There's Something About Trail Creek

    After traveling in different directions for 15 years, Jo and I reconnect in the spring of 2007. We burn up the summer and fall hiking and biking and skiing together throughout December. When she suggests a trip to Trail…
  • Avoiding Recession Depression

    The economic crisis, shorter days, and the stress of the holidays can be enough to trigger depression for many people. Regular exercise in the beautiful surroundings of southwest Montana offers a great way to battle the…
  • Five Great Ski Trails

    The Greater Yellowstone region is chock-full of cross-country ski trails. Whether you want to ski with your pup, watch wildlife, or spend a night in a yurt, we’ve picked out some of the best trails in the area.Trail 1:…
  • Ski-Season Strengtheners

    What do yoga and skiing have in common? The need for balance, flexibility, and focus. Yoga helps cultivate these qualities, so it follows that practicing yoga can improve ski technique. Think of yoga as injury insurance and…
  • The Timorous May Stay at Home

    Think twice before suing the ski hill. In 1929, the New York Court of Appeals issued an opinion rejecting a personal injury claim brought by a plaintiff injured in a fall on “the Flopper,” a Coney Island amusement park…
  • Praise the Lard!

    With gas prices jumping up and down, we figured we'd better check in with our old pal Scott Brown, owner of Desert Rose Biodiesel in Bozeman, and see if he's rich enough yet to buy us whatever we want at the gear shop.Scott…
  • Dog Safety: Cold-Weather Tips

    Keeping your pooch safe come winter.Do you ever wonder, “What temperature is too cold for my dog to be outside?” The answer varies depending on several factors. A lot has been written about gear, workouts, and calories, and…
  • Saving the Solitude

    Spending her childhood summers in the cabin her grandparents built on Hebgen Lake in 1932, Lynda "Lyndy" Caine developed a deep, abiding love for Montana. The summers were a chance to experience an entirely different way of…
  • The Galligreen Undulator

    INGREDIENTSOlive zonker strips (bunny)Olive leech yarnOlive polar chenilleTMC 9395 size-4 streamer hookGamakatsu Octopus, size 2 (#02409)1/30 oz. dumbbell eyesFlyline backing (25 lb.)Sili Legs, clear/pearl-silver flake Zap…
  • Tree ID

    Life would be a bummer without trees. They provide shade, water storage, wildlife habitat, food, wood, soil protection, and innumerable other benefits. But do you even know what type of tree you are sitting under? Is that…
  • Tips From the Lens of Oz

    Bozeman's Stan Osolinski (aka “The Lens of Oz”) has learned a few things about nature photography after 40 years of capturing images in the field. Take, for instance, a possible shot of a bird in a tree. When he frames that…
  • Stayin' Alive

    Hypothermia, Frostbite and Other Cold Injuries: Prevention, Survival, Rescue, and Treatment (Second Edition)by Gordon G. Giesbrecht, Ph.D., and James A. Wilkerson, M.D.excerpt pages 125-126The backcountry in winter is a…
  • A Change in the Weather

    When I moved to Bozeman five or so years ago, the thought of donning running tights had never crossed my young impressionable mind. During my sophomore year I transferred from a small, Midwestern college to MSU for the…
  • Dog-Joring 101

    Imagine being whisked down your favorite trail by your faithful companion, exploring new terrain in the backcountry, and getting exercise all at once. Dog-joring, like ski-joring, is one of the fastest-growing winter sports…
  • Hometown Hopefuls

    Three local athletes going for gold.A hawk makes loops above the cottonwoods at the back of the pasture, surveying the unusual scene below: three figures on horseback, one with a pair of skis on his shoulder. Another horse…
  • Confessions of a Winterphobe

    Every year, around October, maybe late September, the same things happen. I wake up in the dark, wondering if perhaps I accidentally awoke at 3 A.M. instead of 7 A.M. I have to wear a jacket, sometimes all day. I rustle…
  • Is it an Emergency?

    You finish a hike and notice your dog’s face is swelling like a basketball. You’re backcountry skiing and your friend’s ski slices your dog’s leg open. You see your cat holding up one leg when he comes in.Chances are good…

Additional Articles

  • Keepint it Clean

    Think meth and the outdoors are unrelated? According to the Department of Fish, Wildlife & Parks; various game wardens; and several forest-service professionals, significantly less meth lab debris has been found in…
  • Coloring Outside the Lines

    Over 8,000 vehicles travel Interstate 90 between Bozeman and Livingston each day, posing a significant threat to wildlife. According to the Bozeman-based Craighead Environmental Research Institute, vehicles kill over 180…
Outside Bozeman Winter 2008-09

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