Winter 2010-11

Features

  • Leader of the Pack

    After 35 years of making packs, longtime Bozeman local Dana Gleason is busy. And his company–Mystery Ranch–shows no signs of slowing down, ramping up production to meet the massive demand and expanding into new fields. With…
  • A Yellowstone Winter

    With three million people swarming its gates every year, Yellowstone can get a little crazy in the summertime. Not so in winter, when the endless human hordes are replaced by open roads, vast fields of white, and a cold,…

Departments

  • DIY Epic

    Anyone can succeed.It takes a rare and special talent, however, to fail—and fail with such gusto that the failure becomes secondary to the triumphant achievement of mere survival. This is the definition of epic failure—…
  • Girls on Patrol

    There are some places that many women try to avoid, and let’s face it, a locker room full of sweaty guys—along with their stinky, unwashed capilene—is one of them. And some women would shy away from waking in the wee hours…
  • Save Your Skis!

    No pair of devoted, loyal skis should ever be left to rot in the garage—no matter how unshaped, heavy, geriatric, or neon. Fortunately, there are more than a few ways to reincarnate your skis and give them a useful second…
  • Chair to Nowhere

    Why is there a chairlift in that one guy's front yard? If you've lived in Bozeman in the last 20 years, you've probably noticed it—Greg Beardsley's two-chair setup in his front lawn on Church Street. As a 30-year veteran of…
  • Top Dog

    Who’s bad to the bone? Round two of the annual Top Dog contest brought in photos by the dozen of Bozeman’s most beloved beast—Canis lupus familiaris, that happy-go-lucky, four-legged friend who shares and enriches our…
  • Key Nutrients for Winter

    In winter, it's just as important to consume Vitamin D and Vitamin C as it is to keep up physical activity. However, intakes of these micronutrients tend to decline in winter due to limited sunshine (for Vitamin D…
  • Winterize Your Skin

    Hooray, winter is here! Get out your skis, snowshoes, and ice skates—it’s time for fun in the snow. As an outdoor enthusiast, you might ready your body, strengthening knees, legs, and arms for the activities ahead. But do…
  • Ridge Rules

    We've all seen him: the guy up on the ridge who looks like a total mess. He's holding the line up, he's swinging skis and poles everywhere, and he's stopping in the middle of everything to fix his gloves. His I've-never-…
  • More than a Ski Town

    While Big Sky has a reputation as a ski town, there are plenty of other diversions in this little mountain hamlet. For starters, there's skimming for skiing discounts. Big Sky Resort offers a Half-Price Week from January 3-…
  • Ruffer Maddness

    Getting your dog high might sound like a funny thing to do, but it’s ultimately no laughing matter. “The dogs that come in are not having a good time,” says Sean East, emergency veterinarian at PETS in Bozeman. Since the…
  • Bozeman Vs. Moab

    As the snow piles up around Bozeman, the touristy outdoor town of Moab in the deserty south of Utah starts to look like a welcome respite from the cold. But does this climbing and biking haven have what it takes to take…
  • Uplift

    I turn my face skyward to soak in a little reassurance before I cross into the Ridge’s shadow. I’m riding the Pierre’s Knob chair at Bridger Bowl by myself on a weekday. Empty chairs ahead of me glide silently out of sight…
  • Powder Hounds

    It’s no secret that Bozeman is a dog-friendly town—make that dog-loving town. In the summer months, dogs are everywhere—on the trails, in the streams and lakes, downtown, and in the parks. Like their handlers, they crave…
  • The Avalanche

    Skiing down through deep powder snowSpinningAnd as I spun, the mountain fell,Laid down at its foot like the curve of a bell,Crumpled and dead, and fearsome to seeThe power of tension and gravity,Rocks lay exposed, trees…
  • Cabin Life

    Licks of window frost, blue in the darkness of morning, frame the distant glow of Gallatin Peak. You roll over in your sleeping bag, and the ancient bunk mattress beneath you squeaks in the cold. The fire is out. You hear…
  • Cheap Fun on the Hole

    Ice fishing in southwest Montana.Typically, the term ice fishing conjures images of crotchety geezers hunched around a hole in the ice, slapping back macro-brews, and jawing about the good ol’ days. But you don’t have to be…
  • Owl and Eagle

    Walking through a Jefferson County ranch one summer day, I inadvertently flushed a great horned owl. Before I could clear out so she could return to her roost, two ravens and a golden eagle swooped in from above. The eagle…
  • Action Shots

    Getting good action shots can be tricky—if you don’t do it right, your high-speed freeriding friend will look like he’s creeping down the bunny slope. Here are a few things to think about when you’re trying to capture those…
  • Same-Sex Snowboarding

    There’s a wise older woman in my life who told me, “Don’t give advice, just tell your story.” So as we head toward winter and the plethora of outdoor recreational activities associated with cold smoke, I can’t help but give…
  • By the Numbers

    87: reported avalanche incidents in our area last winter21: people caught in avalanches9: partial burials3: full burials3: fatalities35: total avalanche fatalities last year in the U.S.0: days the avalanche danger was rated…
  • Surf and Turf

    Here’s a great winter recipe that’s simple, tasty, and hearty. After a hard day of skiing or snowshoeing, come home and fire up the BBQ for this classic meal.Ingredients: TURF1 12-16oz Montana natural New York beef steak1…
  • Bring on the Snow

    In seed time learn, in harvest teach, in winter enjoy. –William BlakeIn most parts of the country, people dread the winter season. Griping about the “God-awful weather,” their faces contort into stubborn scowls as they rush…
  • Montana Jamboree

    People generally don't associate Boy Scouts with ice climbing. But Bozeman's Troop 679, composed of eight boys all around the age of 14, is far hardier than most: last winter, the boys went ice climbing with Ron Brunckhorst…
  • Warming Trend

    Winter is a fine time in Montana, not just for skiers, but for wilderness aficionados as well. Elk are in the low country, bison are often on the move, and wolves are visible against the pale palette of snow. And tracks…
  • So Close You Can Taste It

    Without a doubt, offering local and organic food is definitely a trend in Bozeman's restaurants these days. Norris Hot Springs, Wild Joe’s Coffee House, the Emerson Grill, Weebee’s Café, Nova Café, and John Bozeman’s Bistro…
  • Board Burns

    As the temperatures cool down, the age-old rivalry heats back up: skiers versus snowboarders. Both have an unjustified sense of superiority over the other, and jokes abound about each type. Here’s a short list of some good…
  • Winter 2010-11 Contests

    Bozeman’s Top DogWith dozens of enthusiastic entries, this year’s Top Dog Contest again proved one of our most popular. Proud humans from all over southwest Montana praised the virtues of their beloved canine companions.…
  • O/B Photo Contest Art Show

    It’s the contest that just keeps on giving! On display at Sola Café for the months of December and January: The winners of the 3rd annual Outside Bozeman Photo Contest. Nearly 300 of the Bozeman area’s best photographers…

Gear Reviews

  • Mentor Jacket

    Outdoor Research has made some great improvements in its Mentor jacket this year. Built with Gore-Tex Pro Shell and fully taped zippers, moisture stays out but the jacket still breathes well. The double-sliding TorsoFlo hem…
  • Whisper Hoodie Vest

    Most people don’t think a hood on a vest is necessary—sort of like screen doors on a battleship. To the contrary, however, I found the hood on the Whisper Hoodie Vest delightful. I wore the vest for a week straight as a…
  • Perfect Leash

    If you’re looking for an indestructible option to the woven dog leashes on the market, look no further. The Perfect Leash is like a chew toy made for hard-core dogs. It’s made of 100% polyurethane that stretches when your…
  • Cloud Ripper Packs

    The Talus and Salish are two sweet little packs from the Jansport Cloud Ripper series. Both are small and snug and tight on the body, resulting in high functionality no matter the activity. They’re attractive, good for…
  • Byte

    Night hiking, camping, or biking, the Byte keeps you going after the sun stops shining. Weighing in at a mere 64 grams, its lightweight structure and comfy elastic headband let you forget that it’s strapped to your skull.…
  • Baikal GTX

    After ten years of reviewing boots, I’ve become a shoe snob. So when it came time for a winter boot review, I had very specific requirements: it had to be comfortable, warm, water-resistant, and breathe well; it must…
  • Skookum

    For years I struggled with AT boots that were only good at one thing or another. They climbed well but skied terribly, or vice versa. Finally, I found a boot that bridges the gap. During a month-long ski expedition, the…

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