Winter 2009-10

Features

  • Feeling the Burn

    The forest, once too thick to ski through, had thinned and opened itself up, granting us the opportunity to explore its altered terrain. Standing on top of the ridgeline, we look down at the burn, toward the ruins and all…
  • Yurts So Good

    Comfy digs and steep lines at the Bell Lake Yurt.It’s not hard to understand why most people don't take ski-camping trips in the winter. It can be uncomfortable: alternately sweating and freezing, then more freezing. It…
  • Gallatin to the Ganges

    After one very early morning phone call to cancel our ice-climbing plans (too warm for ice), Conrad Anker and I agreed to meet at a coffee shop and head out to some rock instead. At just a little past 8:30 on a crisp fall…

Departments

  • Snowmobile Ski Rack

    I recently started skiing Bozeman's backcountry via snowmobile. Sort of a dream come true, but because my buddy and I share the snow machine and we're new to this, we've had to do a lot of experimenting. Packing our skis…
  • Seasons of Change

    Every year West Yellowstone welcomes winter visitors from throughout the county and around the world. They will come, as they do each winter, to see timeless wonders of nature, such as Old Faithful geyser, the Grand Canyon…
  • Bozeman Vs. Bellingham

    A scant 90 miles north of Seattle and 21 miles south of the Canadian border, Bellingham, Washington is home to about 75,000. Let’s see how this west-coast hamlet hangs with a real Rocky Mountain town.All-Encompassing-Race…
  • Winter Bike Commuting

    Bike commuting in winter definitely takes commitment. Sure, spring, summer, and fall can all have their wet and cold days, but most of the time it's dry, the days are longer, and the temperature is above freezing (usually…
  • Honoring the Exiles

    A community needs a soul if it is to become a true home for human beings. You, the people, must give it this soul. -Pope John Paul IIOf all the stories that stream into Outside Bozeman's editorial inbox each season, the…
  • Remembering the White Knight

    This past October marked the 10th anniversary of Alex Lowe's passing, after a tragic avalanche in the Himalayas in 1999. A Bozeman local, Lowe was known throughout the climbing community and the world for his extraordinary…
  • Ski The Season

    West Yellowstone has long been famous as a hub for cross-country skiing and hosts two awesome events every year that draw skiers from all over. Closing out the winter tourist season is the 31st annual Rendezvous Ski Race,…
  • Winter Vittles

    Now it's a little easier to support the valley’s farmers in the dead of winter. Starting January 17, 2010, the Emerson Center hosts a winter farmers’ market every Saturday from 10 am to 1 pm. Through March, the winter…
  • Lucky Duck

    Well, you've driven miles and miles to spend a long weekend freezing your ass off, growing more and more irritated with your buddies as you sit humbly waiting for at least a few ducks to fly by so that you might have the…
  • Paradise Lost

    From the time of the proposed boundary expansion at Bridger Bowl to the moment I first arrived at the Schlasman’s lift line, I was nothing but ecstatic. But in the minutes leading up to my first ride, I began to waver. It…
  • Contests

    Geocaching ContestStolen caches, bad coordinates, three-foot-deep snowdrifts… the2009 Outside Bozeman Geocaching Contest was definitely dealt its share of mishaps. Nevertheless, dozens of intrepid navigators scoured…
  • Booze Beat

    Jack Frost nipping at your nose? Frostbite nipping at your toes? Nothing beats back the cold like a Thermos full of hot, delicious liquid. Especially if it’s boozy. Whether you're curled up next to the fireplace or charging…
  • The Pig Pen Leech

    A winter fly.I designed this streamer pattern several years ago for fishing stillwaters for trout. Every part of this fly, the marabou tail and the bunny fur body, has a ton of movement and makes the fly look alive,…
  • Spot the Gaper

    Bozeman-area skiers and snowboarders have plenty of hazards to deal with on the hill: rocks, ice, tree wells, unmarked cliffs, poor visibility, half-stoned trust-funders poaching your line. The last thing you need is an…
  • Blinded By the Light

    Winter in Montana can present some unique challenges when taking photos outdoors. Every situation is unique but there are some general guidelines that will help you take consistent photos during the long winter months.How…
  • Rifle Segregation

    I’m not a gun nut. I’m a regular nut who owns guns, but only to hunt, not to defend my home and family, join the militia or fight the forces of tyranny.Gun nuts don’t scare or intimidate me. Instead, I’m learning a few…
  • Caught on Tape

    If you watched any of the 2008 Beijing Olympics or the 2009 world track and field championships, you probably couldn't help but notice that dozens of those celestial bodies were adorned with brightly colored athletic tape…
  • Snowmobiling the Park

    Last February, a motley crew of four couples from the Gold Coast of Florida convinced me that taking a snowmobile tour into Old Faithful was a good idea. I'd been living in Bozeman for nearly 10 years and never been on a…
  • Go Spew it on the Mountain

    Hyalite… the Wild Rockies… land of frozen falls, bristling buttes, U-shaped valleys of glacial grace. We are headed deep into the heart of it, in search of solid, vertical water—also known as ice.Gripping the wheel of my…
  • Dogs in Paradise

    I'm standing in chaos. Twenty-some Alaskan Huskies lurch and leap amid a morass of trucks, trailers, sleds, and riggings. Kennel doors open and close; rope, webbing, and harnesses line the ground; blankets and duffel bags…
  • Money For Nothing

    "There's Nothing Here." That was the 2009 tagline for the state's Travel Montana advertising campaign to attract tourists. "Nothing but grizzlies and wolves and bison and trout," one of the magazine ads continues, "Nothing…
  • The Snow Atop McKinley

    I feel a snort. A wet misting of doggie mucus slightly scented with Eukanuba and a deer carcass that McKinley happened upon on the trail the day before. As I was unresponsive to the canine hydrating-facial-mist, my aging…
  • Split It

    For years I sat in humble awe on the chairlift, content to be carried to the tops of runs. Content to sip coffee and eat overpriced french fries in lodges with noisy tourists. At some point, all that chair-gazing awakened…

Gear Reviews

  • Targa Ascent Binding-G3

    Backcountry telemark touring just got easier. The new G3 Targa Ascent binding combines the renowned Targa T9 platform with a stainless steel, free-pivot toe bar; the result is a freeheel trail-breaking machine. The platform…
  • T1 Telemark Boot—Scarpa

    Ah, the T1. Amazing how such a simple letter-number combination can evoke so much unbridled lust. Like most developing tele skiers, I’ve always wanted a pair. And now, thanks to the established protocols of gear-review…
  • Seth Morrison Pro—Full Tilt

    The reincarnation of the original Raichle boot design, the Full Tilt Seth Morrison Pro may just be one of the most practical boots on the market, no matter what your skiing style. The Full Tilt 3-piece design features heat-…
  • Seneca Boards

    With the exception of a few larger, less personal companies, the custom ski market is modest—and it shows in the lack of customizable options available today. For a person who spends the better part of their season, or year…
  • 49R Goggle Case—Tailgate Industries

    The Tailgate Industries 49R goggle case is a handy design that holds a pair of goggles in one compact enclosure. The hard plastic shell protects your lens and keeps your goggles from getting crushed in a bag full of gear,…
  • S7 Ski—Rossignol

    One of the most innovative designs to make its way into the market in years, the Rossignol S7 uses a combination of rocker, camber, sidecut, and tip shape to bring us the best of all worlds. Underfoot, the S7 has a…
  • Backcountry Bomb

    In one compact design, the Backcountry Bomb allows you to cut cornices quickly and efficiently. This ingeniously simple backcountry tool—which is basically a long, thin cable with two handles—lassos and cuts overhanging…
  • Point Success Jacket

    Few things make a Bozemanite as giddy as a brand-new winter fleece. It’s our security blanket, a grown-up version of the Woobie from the movie Mr. Mom—except that we’re not giving it up for anything. This definitely holds…
  • Merrell Alloy Jacket

    I enjoy inclement weather. Most people stay inside when the cold front hits, but in my opinion, that's the best time for a run or a bike ride. Merrell's Alloy jacket is built for people just like me. With its wind-blocking…
  • Review: Mountain Khakis

    At long last, a pair of pants designed for any activity and built strong enough to last through all of them. The Mountain Khakis Original Mountain Pant is the best pair of pants I have ever owned. After getting a pair of…
  • Mystery Ranch Fuze Pack

    Once again, the people at Mystery Ranch have built a ski pack that raises the bar. The Fuze is a larger-volume version of the famous Saddle Peak pack that hit the slopes last season. Designed for a day in the backcountry or…
  • Jetboil Flash

    This might just be my new favorite piece of gear. With a burner and cooking vessel combined into one compact design, the Jetboil Flash is easy to use and store, enabling me to break for a meal and then throw it back in my…
  • New Balance Extreme Jacket

    I was looking for a lightweight jacket with about everything you could ask for when I found the New Balance Extreme Jacket. Talk about extreme—this jacket definitely has durability, a great fit, and performance features. It…
  • Gear of the Century

    Every so often, the stars align, fickle Fortuna deigns to smile upon us, and we somehow score the ski gear of our dreams. Praise the snow gods! After years of fumbling around on skinny sticks, ill-fitting boots, and…
  • Osprey Kode 38 Pack

    New this season is the Kode 38 pack by Osprey, specifically built for those who prefer to play in the backcountry. Designed for winter tours and backcountry trips, I was impressed at how Osprey has put together a winter…
  • Double Front Jeans

    I’ve had enough Old Navy jeans fall apart in a matter of months to appreciate a truly well-made pair of pants. Which is why I love my new Arborwear Double-Front Blue Jeans. Not only are they about as durable a jean as you’…
  • Run Snowshoe—Atlas

    Does your running routine screech to a stop once winter sets in? Do icy pavement and drab urban environs lack a certain romance, driving you to you opt for other activities—all the while ruing your diminishing fitness level…

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