Winter 2019-20

Features

nordic skiing, cross-country skiing,
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David Tucker
The ascent of cross-country skiing.Push, glide, kick. Push, glide, kick. Repeat.At its roots, cross-country skiing is as simple as that, a discipline born of function, a mode of transportation more than a concoction of recreation.And in that simplicity lies the appeal. Get to a trailhead, put on... Details
Joe Josephson, ice climbing, conservation, Hyalite
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An interview with Joe Josephson.In 2006, Joe Josephson was an avid ice climber, pioneering routes in Hyalite Canyon. By 2018, he was tackling some of the most complex land-management issues facing southwest Montana. How did he make the transition from recreation to conservation, and what challenges... Details
skiing, illustration, winterland
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Holden Sieler
That’s the scandalous question.There is nothing like a long Montana summer. The air smells sweet when the combines run, the birdsong fills the morning and evening light, and the rivers are open to wade or float or cast in. Best of all, though, are the long days. Every memory of summer conjures up... Details
Saddle Peak, Bridger Mountains,
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If you’re a backcountry traveler, every morning, all winter long, a life-saving tip arrives in your email inbox. You open it, review its contents, take note of its particulars, then delete it. Despite its import, it’s gone as instantly as it arrived.It’s the avalanche forecast, and while little... Details

Departments

historic, ski, skiing, photo
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Cordelia Pryor
When the going gets tough, Montanans go skiing.Long before these days of “high-tech” fabrics and heated boots, there were rickety wooden skis, soaking-wet wool, and badass Montanans still itching to ski the steep and deep. Every season since the sport went mainstream, the resorts and gear improve... Details
wood duck, Livingston, Sacajawea Park, Livingston Lagoon
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Carol Polich
Sacajawea Park’s winter waterfowl.With orange landing gear stretched forward and webbed feet spread apart, dozens of Canada geese, mallards, and wood ducks made their descent. Wings moved into a silent glide position as they drifted downward from the sky. Their wings rapidly unfolded in a back-and-... Details
nordic, cross-country, skiing, Yellowstone Rendezvous
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Mike England
Finding one’s place at the Yellowstone Rendezvous.“You should do the Rendezvous with me,” your sweetie says, before heading up Sourdough for a training run. “I don’t wear spandex,” you retort, as if that settles the matter.But it doesn’t. You think about it all day. You’ve always wanted to do this... Details
dog, chocolate lab, wild game, health
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Zach Mills
Wild-game dog food.One of the most exciting parts of the hunt is not the hunt at all, but processing the animal you’ve worked so hard to harvest into usable pieces for the whole family to enjoy. Sadly, hunters seldom use all the resources their quarry provides. I find myself thinking about this... Details
pets, pet safety, winter, frostbite, dog, poisoning
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Dr. Julie Oghigian
And avoiding other winter hazards.For outdoor enthusiasts and their pets, Montana winters are magical. However, they’re also filled with hazards, especially as temperatures drop. Frostbite is a common problem, and one we can avoid. It can affect almost any mammal during cold weather, most commonly... Details
Mt. Zimmer Yurt, Bearthooth Mountains, skiing
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Samantha Weber
Finding powder at the Mt. Zimmer Yurt.When my buddy Lewis asked me to join a hut trip at the Mt. Zimmer Yurt in the Beartooth Mountains, I did some quick calculations. Would I have to skip some classes? Only one. Despite my limited backcountry experience, could I avoid holding my friends back?... Details
light, power station, Gear Aid ARC Light & Power Station
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Mike England
Re-Review: The stuff we once loved and still do.Like everyone, we love our gear, and we love telling readers about items we’ve enjoyed. Problem is, we only have a few weeks—if we’re lucky, a couple months—to test the gear before it’s time to write a review. Sometimes, an item that was great for a... Details
ice climbing, tips
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Pete Tapley
Climbing tips & tricks.Once the domain of hardened alpinists, ice climbing has come a long way in its evolution and now virtually anyone (thanks largely to modern equipment and Gallatin County snowplows) can enjoy a sense of adventure, complete with warming afternoon sun and hot cocoa between... Details
burger, Bacchus Pub
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Marco Marciel
Cooking a better burger.Few things are more satisfying after a long, cold day in the mountains than a juicy hamburger. Whether you’re using local Montana beef or meat you bagged yourself, it’s the perfect way to replenish and indulge this time of year. Next time you get a hankering, try this recipe... Details
Ikon Pass, Big Sky
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Victor DeLeo
Living with collective ski passes.In my decades at Big Sky, we did what we had to do to get a season pass. Forget a career, you just needed a job that provided the pass. It was a lifestyle of low-paying gigs you could never leave for fear of losing the pass. That plastic card was more than a winter... Details
fat tire, biking, snow, winter
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David Tucker
Winter biking around the Bozone. Come winter, most people prefer two skis to two wheels, but avid cyclists aren’t “most people.” If they can’t push miles no matter the weather, they aren’t themselves. Luckily, the Bozeman area’s got a bounty of winter options, from town-trail rides to small-town... Details
Life, Transitions, Youth, Journey, Knowledge
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Kent Kasting
The knowledge we have is outdated.The experience we have, underrated.Our stamina, such as it is, goes ignored.Our desire to keep up, underscored.The young replace the old.An unkind process: but direct, obvious, and cold.Youth seems oblivious to transition from fit to fat.Youth is focused on now and... Details
skiing, outdoor photography, photography, camera, flat light
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Simon Peterson
Flat-light photo tips. Outdoor photography in the flat light of winter can make a vertical world look, well, flat. Here in southwest Montana, we don’t see a great deal of sunshine during the winter months, but we can’t always leave our cameras at home just because it’s overcast. Flat light is... Details
Skiing, Bozeman, Montana
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Drew Pogge
Destiny, faith, self & skis.  Some questions, by their very nature, tear at the fabric of what we think we know. They cause us to turn inward, to examine who we are and who we want to be. They lay bare our faults; expose our fears; test our relationships; challenge our beliefs. These questions... Details
fishing, fly fishing, winter
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Doug Casey
Tips & tricks for winter fishing.One reason Bozeman is such an amazing trout town is that the surrounding waters offer great fishing 12 months out of the year. On mild winter days, predictable fishing and nonexistent crowds provide anglers with prime opportunities to catch trout. This is the... Details
skiing, nordic, cross-country, Salomon
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Mike England
Upgrade your skis—and your skiing—with this high-performance package.Whether it’s a daily workout, an upcoming race, or just an occasional foray into the winter woods, good ski gear makes all the difference. Last year, when it was time for me to ditch the old hand-me-downs and upgrade my classic... Details
exercise, physical therapy, winter, injury prevention
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Dr. Maggy Burns
Exercises for injury prevention.Winter sports take us to the ice, the slopes, and the snowy backcountry for continued recreation. Pond hockey, skiing, backcountry hiking, running, and navigating icy parking lots require core strength, trunk and pelvic stability, lower-extremity control, and... Details
Snow, Cold, Driving, Tumbleweeds, Wilderness, Trash
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Orion Kubat
December dust whips,piling in drifts,particulate tornadoes,burning my eyes.colder under cyan skies—I caught the blues,snowblind and frozen,clearing the driveway.more bitter than usualin the spinning chaos today. I used to see prairie tumbleweedsflying down snowy roads on their toes—getting lost in... Details
snowmobiling, illustration, shoveling, crash
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Winter's best-laid plans.Big horsepower, high speed, deep powder, and the ability to go virtually anywhere on the landscape: what’s not to love about snowmobiling? A far cry from the toy sleds of yesteryear, today’s technological marvels can jump, wheelie, carve, and rip the crap out of anything in... Details
ski safety, injury prevention, skiing accidents
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Kelsey Housman
Staying safe on the slopes.This year’s early snows got the powder hounds barking in collective anticipation, and a buzz of excitement spread through town for the season ahead. Now that winter’s here for good, it’s time to talk about mountain etiquette, safety concerns, and injury prevention,... Details
rabbit hunting, winter,
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Lou Walters
Luck and patience combine in the winter woods. The snow was deep, requiring snowshoes. The task ahead was not easy, but nothing worthwhile ever is. Having hiked in under the cover of darkness, I was well concealed and ready for action at shooting light. Other than a squirrel, the forest was still.... Details
skiing, skiing tips
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Karin Kirk
Tips for winter stoke.Are you new to town? Welcome to Bozeman! We have a long and storied ski culture, and while you may hail from Colorado or Utah or upstate New York, we do things a little differently here. Here are some tips for fitting in.1. We love our ski patrol and strive to support them.... Details
skiing, learning to ski, teaching, parents, kids
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Pete Petry
Easing your kids into alpine skiing.It’s easy to embrace the love of skiing once you’ve mastered a few skills, but parents often face challenges when introducing kids to the sport. Here are five tips to help you out.Rehearse at HomeFamiliarity with odd and unusual ski equipment is essential. Spend... Details
martini, christmas, drinks
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Mark Lewis
Making the White Christmas Martini.One of the many great benefits to living in southwest Montana is that we are almost certainly guaranteed a white Christmas (and often a white Thanksgiving, and even a white Halloween). Celebrate this good fortune with a great drink: a White Christmas Martini. This... Details
tootles, ski tour,
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Ann H. Vinciguerra
The joys of a long, mellow ski tour.Not long ago, I did what many Bozeman backcountry skiers do—I focused on challenging tours with steep slopes and demanding terrain. My days centered on elapsed time, vertical feet, and miles covered. I captured the stats on electronic devices and announced my... Details
driving, winter, snow, ice, icy, drivers
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In winter, there's nothing worse.As the saying goes, “Preparedness is close to godliness,” or something like that. Who can be sure—we aren’t great with quotes. Or any words, really. Regardless, when it comes to outdoor recreation, the sentiment holds true. Being ready for whatever Mother Nature may... Details
"Boiling River" by Kelsey Dzintars Boiling River, Art, Yellowstone, Bozeman, Night
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Kelsey Dzintars uses art to connect.Beauty abounds across the American West, but for local artist Kelsey Dzintars, nowhere is more a muse than southwest Montana. From the river valleys to the high peaks, local landscapes spur the creative process, offering inspiration for everything from commercial... Details
nordic skiing, tips
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Andrew Morehouse
Tips to enhance your Nordic season.Bozeman is a world-class Nordic skiing community. Trust me—after four years on the road with the U.S. Ski Team, I am looking forward to a winter playing in the snow around this town. If you’re planning to hit the trails as well, consider these tips—they’ll help... Details
white cross, highway, symbol, death marker
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David Tucker
The American Legion’s Fatality Marker program.Après: it’s hard to picture skiing without it. For some, it’s the best part of the day, while for others it’s a social obligation, a custom, more habit than anything. While post-turns happy hours are largely an afterthought, its important to consider... Details
ice climbing, accident, mishap, safety
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Tanner Jackson
A first date to forget.So there I was, leading the second pitch, the crux pitch, of Guinness Gully. Normally grade 4 but today in grade 6+ condition. There was a thin veneer of ice spit over the rock. More frost than ice really, like a freezer needing to be defrosted. Screws were out of the... Details
Alpacas of Montana, Big Sky Mountain Products, Schnee's, Mystery Ranch, Sauce
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Winter gear & apparel from the Gallatin Valley.It could be argued that no season defines Bozeman better than winter. After all, what’s more iconic than the Ridge at Bridger, Big Sky’s Tram, or ice climbing in Hyalite? That’s why it should come as no surprise that several winter-sport gear and... Details
Rock Climbing, Fly-Tying, Safety Classes, Bike Maintenance
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Dawn Brintnall
Classes & Courses around the Bozone.Some of us dream about days of endless turns in deep fluffy powder, effortlessly gliding down a steep backcountry slope while the winter sun glitters on the fresh snow. But that’s just some of us. The reality for the rest of us is wheezing and lagging behind... Details
backcountry skiing, eSkiing
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Joe King
E-skiing gains traction.Have you always wanted to backcountry ski, but been turned off by the amount of backcountry skiing that it requires? A new Bozeman-based electric-ski company may change all of that. You’ve probably seen e-bikes on Bozeman trails—bicycles powered by small electric motors that... Details

Gear Reviews

cold-weather onesie, Selk'bag LIte 6G, sleeping bag
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Annie Linderson
Whether it’s post-supper wood-chopping or heeding the call of nature at 3am, frigid high-alpine air can take all the fun out of a Forest Service cabin. Keep the cold at bay with a Selk’bag Lite 6G, a mobile, weather-resistant sleeping bag that keeps you warm and cozy despite the wintry weather.... Details
Petzl Dart, crampons
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Dawn Brintall
For as long as most climbers can remember, if you wanted crampons for multiple purposes, you bought several pairs—and dropped loads of cash on them. Petzl changes that with the Dart's interchangeable front points. Depending on configuration, the Dart works great for tackling ice in Hyalite, dry-... Details
shirt jacket, recycled
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Simon Peterson
Made from 100% recycled material (60% cotton, 40% polyester) that has a great feel against the skin, the Mason Shirt Jacket by Toad & Co. is officially one of the best pieces in my winter wardrobe. The fit is great, the sleeve length is just right, and the Mason is conveniently outfitted with a... Details
ski googles, Smith,
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David Tucker
Smith’s new 4D MAG goggles are a step forward for on-slope vision. They offer an advertised 25% more peripheral vision, and while I can’t verify that number scientifically, I do know that I can now see the tab of my chest pocket zipper without craning my neck too far. The 4D MAGs have swappable... Details
Scarpa Maestrale XT
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David Tucker
If your plans include charging hard in the backcountry, get a pair of Maestrale XTs from Scarpa. Scarpa has long been the standard-bearer for ski-touring boots, and the XTs continue to legitimize their legacy. Upgrades include a two-buckle alpine cuff for added stiffness and a RECCO-enabled power... Details
Salomon T STH2 WTR 13, ski bindings
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David Tucker
Salomon’s T STH2 WTR 13 binding has a low profile that keeps you close to the snow, ensuring more efficient power transmission edge to edge, and giving you a better feel for changing conditions when things are variable. This model employs Salomon’s patented WTR feature, meaning the bindings are... Details
Salomon QST 92, skis
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David Tucker
Salomon’s QST 92 skis feel anything but skinny, thanks to an oversized shovel. At their widest, they measure 130mm, lending extra floatation in powder. Slight tip and tail rocker make them a great front-side choice for all but the deepest days. They have a short turning radius at 17 meters,... Details
Gregory Targhee 32, backpack
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David Tucker
To stay safe in the backcountry, you need a lot of gear. While it used to be that you dumped everything in a backpacking pack and called it good, Gregory’s Targhee 32 is proof that design has come a long way. The Targhee has pockets galore and each serves a specific purpose—one for your probe, your... Details
La Sportiva Nepal Cube GTX, mountaineering boot
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Dawn Brintall
Whether you’re travelling across glacial crevasses or kicking ice in Hyalite Canyon, the La Sportiva Nepal Cube GTX is the lightweight mountaineering boot that will rise to the challenge. It features an insulating insole and breathable Gore-Tex membrane, ensuring your feet will stay warm and dry... Details
Swisswool Piz Boval, jacket, coat
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Mike England
Is it possible to find a high-quality, environmentally responsible touring coat without breaking the bank? Ortovox says so, and their Swisswool Piz Boval Jacket corroborates the claim. The lightweight, natural wool insulation breathes well in the skintrack, and its scuff-resistant, windproof outer... Details
Patagonia Macro Puff, jacket, coat
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David Tucker
After last February’s record-low temps, it was clear I needed a warmer winter coat. Enter Patagonia’s Macro Puff. Synthetic insulation provides all the warmth I need to combat the coldest days, and a durable water-repellent finish keeps me dry in all but the heaviest dumps. If the coat does get wet... Details
Orvis, shirt, button-up, flannel
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Chris McCarthy
In the sea of flannel, it’s hard to differentiate one shirt from another. Why not choose one that’s trying to make a difference? Orvis’s Flat Creek Tech Flannel is partially recycled oyster shells and plastic bottles. Yet, it’s still a soft, comfortable shirt that moves with you, wicks moisture,... Details
ski jacket, Dakine Gearheart
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David Tucker
Storm skiing requires durability, function, and comfort, and Dakine’s Gearheart delivers all three. Three-layer Gore-Tex and taped seams keep you dry; wrist gaiters and hand-warmer pockets keep you warm; and a powder skirt and adjustable hood make it perfect for a pow day. One note on fit: Dakine... Details
muck boots, Lacrosse
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David Tucker
Our winters are cold and snowy—protect yourself with a pair of Alpha Range boots from LaCrosse. These muck-style boots boast 5mm of neoprene insulation and 14 inches of leg coverage, keeping all but the coldest weather and deepest snows at bay. Reinforced rubber uppers provide traction and... Details
hunting jacket, Orvis Pro LT Hunting Pullover
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Chris McCarthy
Orvis’s Pro LT Hunting Pullover is a versatile hunting jacket, providing great protection from wind, rain, snow, and chilly mornings. The three-quarter zipper makes it easy to pull on, plus provides some temperature regulation. The double-weave fabric is breathable, resists punctures, and has great... Details

Book Reviews

Eight Master Lessons of Nature book review
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Stephanie Schmieding
In a world obsessed with “technology,” societies are moving farther and farther away from the nature world. In his book The Eight Master Lessons of Nature (Penguin Random House, $27), Gary Ferguson reminds us that nature is within all of us. He shows us why nature is an indispensible resource... Details
Voices of Yellowstone's Capstone book review
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Will Shepard
Editors Traute Parrie and Jesse Logan brilliantly compile over 30 essays written by local authors and professionals in Voices of Yellowstone’s Capstone: A Narrative Atlas of the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness (Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness Foundation, $45). Read the riveting history of the Absaroka-... Details
lady long rider, bernice ende
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Cordelia Pryor
It’s time to saddle up for a ride unlike any other. Lady Long Rider (Farcountry Press, $16) follows the incredible journey of Bernice Ende, a long-distance horseback rider with well over 29,000 miles under her belt. Having ridden through the Great Plains, the southwest deserts, the Cascade Range,... Details
First Rangers book review
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Stephanie Schmieding
Get ready to explore Glacier Country like you never have before with two men considered to be the “heroes of their era.” Derived from first-hand journals and historical photos and documents, First Rangers (Farcountry Press, $15) follows the adventures of Frank Liebig and Fred Herrig, who are... Details

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