Winter 2005-06

Features

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Mike England
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 introduced. After the usual small-talk came the standard lull-buster: “So, what do... Details
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Fischer, Hank
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 Lamar River and Soda Butte Creek, an area frequented by the Druid Peak wolf... Details
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Beggs, Brad
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 go climbing,” he says.It’s early afternoon as I toss my pack into Lucian’s... Details
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Schmidt, HJ
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 referred to by freeheel fanatics everywhere as “the Pinhead.” Every spring,... Details

Departments

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Orem, Tina
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 for killing the most coyotes. The coyotes are apparently begging for it,... Details
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Mcdonald, Cheryl
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 described as a complete and total train wreck. Her injuries included one broken... Details
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Lewis, Jimmy
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 begins with the season, which begins October 1st and continues into mid-January,... Details
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Heil, Dan
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 activities or to physical performance during exercise? Balance is the ability to... Details
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Stewart, Lucia
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 beers and brats on a friend’s couch. With the same local bands week after week, and only the occasional touring... Details
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Conant, Steve
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 bikers rely on the ability to stay above their tires as they work their way up... Details
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Callan Wink
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 from the board pushing through each fluffy turn. The next morning the steady drip, drip, drip, of snow melting off the... Details
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Smith, Marjorie
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 my brother and sister and me away to an enchanted wonderland where we... Details
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Center, Dean
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 comparison, the Arctic fox can maintain a steady thermal state within an external temperature of -40°C (-40°F) —... Details
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Barkas, Vaia
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 coffee machine.I hear it softly at first, a whimper, thin, rising. Maybe it... Details
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Lewis, Jimmy
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 anal-retentive spree has become a regular tradition in my life, typically... Details
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St. Thomas, Mike
Twenty-five years ago, the US Cross-Country Ski Team encountered a problem with their early-season training in Cooke City, MT: too much snow. The solution? Move down the road to West Yellowstone and continue training there.They’ve been coming back ever since. And why not? West Yellowstone offers... Details
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Hill, Pat
For a break from cabin fever, plan a visit to the Wild West WinterFest at the Gallatin County Fairgrounds in February.The Wild West WinterFest fills the furrows left by the Montana Winter Fair, which took place at the fairgrounds for more than half a century. Though the farm- and ranch-oriented... Details
Winter Astrology, Bozeman, Zodiac
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Manning, Jim
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 the heavens on a clear, dark night.The four-legged woofer’s exhalted status... Details
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England, Mike
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 single run before darkness settled over the Tobacco Roots. Our beat-up loaner... Details
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Edwards, Becky
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 skills on my guide and snowshoe companion for the day, Ken Sinay of Yellowstone Safari Company. Being a typical... Details
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Drozic, Bennett
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, and marked on pale green and grey electrical boxes are the clear (yet not... Details
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St. Thomas, Mike
The newest kid on the ski resort block is creating quite a stir on the north face of Lone Mountain: “What we’ve done in our third season is pretty exciting,” beams Andy Goggins, marketing manager of Moonlight Basin. The most electric improvement of the resort’s 2005-2006 expansion is the Lone Peak... Details
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Keeler, Greg
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. Theywould hang from a jet’s landing gear by their teethif they saw some... Details
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St. Thomas, Mike
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 Gallatin National Forest formerly identified by its elevation: “Peak 10,031.”... Details
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Maffly, Brian
Logging trucks may roll again in Hyalite and Sourdough canyons, the busy recreation destinations in the Gallatin Range just south of Bozeman. The Gallatin National Forest (GNF) and the City of Bozeman are jointly sponsoring a plan to clean out diseased, dead, and overgrown timber stands in the... Details
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St. Thomas, Mike
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, which lasts 90 days. Each year, hundreds of bison leave snowy Yellowstone... Details
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Outside Bozeman
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, and over $500 has been donated to the fund. The print, titled “Dog Days of... Details
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Gallagher, Liam
Late last April, Big Sky was blessed with some of the best snow of the season. Trouble was, the resort had closed a week prior and there was no one around to enjoy it—well, nearly no one.Meet Big Sky’s terrain park crew: Pope, Jake, Junior, Jed, Noah, and me, Liam.We’d waited all season for this... Details
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Weisner, Kevin
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 determines when, where, and how quickly your skis turn. Ill-fitting boots turn an... Details
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Outside Bozeman
354 – estimated number of homes and “overnight” units to be erected in new development around Bridger Bowl; 0 – percent wolf offtake among Gallatin Canyon elk herd, 1991-1996 (before reintroduction); 15 – percent hunter offtake among Gallatin Canyon elk herd, 1991-1996; 10 – percent wolf offtake... Details
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Holder, Jill
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 pursuit of fun and adventure, but also a deep sense of camaraderie. Whether the sport is skiing, snowshoeing, swimming,... Details
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Hill, Pat
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 and reliable means of shipping goods, services, and people around the vast... Details
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St. Thomas, Mike
On a late October day in West Yellowstone, sun-drenched mountains and temperatures that creep into the sixties are convincing enough to lull any thoughts of bitter cold back into summer sleep. It is difficult to imagine that in a matter of weeks, the tourist town of one thousand will undergo a “... Details

Gear Reviews

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Herrin, Nick
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 will take you wherever you want to go on the mountain, in any and all... Details
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Lange, Stuart
Skiers nowadays seem to be searching for that one ski that will perform in all conditions and push their skiing ability to the next level. With that in mind, we’ve picked out a few skis that will open your eyes, push your limits, and handle any snow condition on the mountain this season. The Head... Details
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Hassman, Alex
For this season, Rossignol has combined new technology with previous ski designs to create possibly their best telemark ski yet. The Sick Bird sports an overall fatter profile, 128-98-121, with 30 degrees of sidecut. In addition, they have stiffened up the construction and added a full twin tip.... Details
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Milford, Brandon
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 that surround it and who therefore need a board that can handle a variety of... Details
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Fortner, Jason
If you like to drop your knee, there are some great telemark ski options this year. Black Diamond introduces the Verdict, their new big-mountain crusher. The Verdict features dimensions of 128-98-116 in the 180 cm length. It boasts the least weight of any ski its size, yet still maintains... Details
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Wilson, Courtney
The Gnu Barrett Pro is one of my favorite women-specific boards of all time. This board rips and so fun! It's soft enough to let you butter around with the boys, yet knows when it's time to get aggressive. Catering to the ladies, the Barrett is narrow enough in the waist to let our dainty feet... Details
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Lussier, Alex
My preferred tele ski is the K2 Mod Something-or-Other, circa 2000. These skis are not too fat, not too skinny... juuuust right. Fat skis are nice in the powder but useless on the hardpack. If you wanna be able to carve it up in a GS course, you need your ski a little skinnier underfoot for... Details
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Outside Bozeman
G3 SkisThis winter marks the first full year for the new G3 ski line. Introduced to North America midway through the 2004/2005 season, the first run sold out quickly and garnered rave reviews. This year it should be much easier to find G3 skis due to increased production and more retail outlets.... Details
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Wall, Jeannie
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 all-around touring. I highly recommend it to anyone getting started with AT... Details
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Garcia, Mike
Superlight would be the best way to describe the Dynafit Freeride 10.0 Carbon. At just over six pounds a pair, the 178 cm version has a nice 118-88-110 profile and will both hold a hard edge and float your boat when it’s one of those 24-inch, three percent days at Bridger Bowl and in the... Details
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Moore, Jay
If you like the feel of Burton boards but have size 11-13 feet, try the Burton Baron. With this model, Burton has finally come up with, as they say on the spec sheet, “a freestyle board for larger-footed riders.” True, but this board is so much more than that—it rides like a dream, and feels like... Details

Additional Articles

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Orem, Tina
Bozeman’s book and music lovers always have a lot of events to choose from. Here are some of our picks for the coming months.MusicIn December and February, the Vigilante Theatre Company brings you Chapeau, a musical comedy that begins with Miss Katty’s Annual Social and involves a Western lawman’s... Details

Book Reviews

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England, Mike
RoosterPhotographs by Dale C. SpartasBozeman, MontanaDCS Publishing, 2005128 pagesIf you’ve got a hard-to-please hunter on your Christmas list this year, look no further. Rooster: A Tribute to Pheasant Hunting in North America, by renowned Bozeman photographer Dale Spartas, is sure to find a proud... Details
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Orem, Tina
Where the Hardwood DrawsBy Kim Thielman-IbesBedford, IndianaJaNa Books, 2004278 pagesThis is Bozeman resident Kim Thielman-Ibes’s story of Joe Washington, who returns to Cutbank Creek, Montana after the death of a childhood friend. Washington’s return sparks a string of murderous events centered... Details
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Olson, Kristy
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 unique jobs. Part Studs Terkel, part The Horse Whisperer, Montana Folks... Details

Columns

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Matt Kraska
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 new randonnee setup? Think hockey looks cool but don’t feel it’s worth... Details
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Herrin, Nick
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 throw you off. Keep in mind, this is not a turn you want to use on all terrain and in all conditions—but it sure does come... Details

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