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Elevating the Norm

Photo by Noah Howell

While the view from the lift line rarely changes, the backcountry experience is new every time. Elevation, the newest film from Salt Lake City–based Powderwhore Productions, premiers in Bozeman on October 1, taking viewers from one backcountry adventure to the next in search of elusive, untracked lines.

The film documents a diverse mix of riders and locations across North America: telemark skiing in the Teton Valley, snowboarding in the Wasatch, lightweight touring in Washington and Wyoming, and deluxe camping in the Tordrillo Mountains of Alaska.  

The film highlights elite riders who spend their time exploring the terrain in their own backyards. Jake Sakson skis in the Teton Valley and talks about areas so vast he rarely comes into contact with other riders. “It’s sometimes a lot of work to get out to ski the stuff you want to ski," he says, "but that’s what makes it special.” 

Photo by Noah Howell

The people featured in Elevation are alike for one reason: they love riding in the backcountry, earning turns under their own power, and exploring new locations along the way.  

“There’s the act of skiing, but then there’s the whole act of discovering and I like mixing the two together," says backcountry skier Andrew McLean. "There’s just this sense of exploration that you really can’t get anywhere else.” 

The Dorais brothers are featured prominently in the film, holding notable speed records on the Grand Teton and Mount Rainier. They claim they “just want to ski a lot, try and go fast, push ourselves, and go to some pretty places.”

As the natural skiing experience becomes more prevalent, Powderwhore has chosen to stay fixated on the authentic element of the sport, creating a film without the use of helicopters or large-scale productions. Their newest film portrays the real skiing experience, not just an intangible reality that the majority of viewers will never grab hold of.

Photo by Jonah Howell

In this most relatable of ski films, it's refreshing to see that the everyday skier is not lost. While the athletes featured are talented in their own right, it’s not always about the best trick or the biggest line, rather the people themselves who spend their time in these places.

Backcountry riding requires no validation—it’s out there waiting for anyone that’s up to the challenge. Elevation shows us what it means to get out under our own power in places where nothing comes easily... and it’s that much better for it.

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Favorite Fall Races

Fall in Bozeman offers that Goldilocks zone for great road running: crisp temps, plenty of daylight, and no snowdrifts to bust through (yet). We’ve got races of every distance and theme coming up in the blessedly cool next few months—here are a few you don’t want to miss. Stay up to date with the full race schedule at outsidebozeman.com/community/events.


Alive, the grizzly is a symbol of freedom and understanding—a sign that man can learn to conserve what is left of the earth. Extinct, it will be another fading testimony to things man should have learned more about but was too preoccupied with himself to notice.

 —Frank Craighead

Changing Seasons

The coming of the hunt.

Dusk comes earlier these days, the red sun casting long shadows across the valley. Dawn is a late riser; her timid light overtakes the darkness at a later hour each day.

End of the Season

Over my morning coffee, I sat staring out the window at the Madison River and thinking about things that needed to be done: my job, packing, cleaning, storing things for the winter—and then it occurred to me that this would be a damn fine day to go fishing. The mid-October weather had taken a turn for the better with a forecast for clear skies, light winds, and temperatures reaching the mid-60s.

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Chubby Chipmunk

In The Descent of Man, Charles Darwin wrote, “...The more intelligent members within the same community will succeed better in the long run than the inferior.” While Darwin was talking about the evolution of man, a recent hike up Storm Castle Peak showed that same principle at work... in a chipmunk.

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Lessons Learned on the Bridger Ridge

Adrenaline pumped through my body as I took my first step on the infamous Bridger Ridge Run. The runners in the front set the pace for a long climb up the narrow path up Sacajawea Peak. I blew past the aid station and onto the loose shale field, trying to remember to stay low and confident as I stumbled and surfed down the jagged rocks.

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Fun in the Foothills

Running The Bangtail 38k 

Market Matters

All You Need to Know About Local Farmers' Markets

Produce so fresh you have to scrape off the dirt, a jittery sugar-high from melon-sized cupcakes, and that necklace with the elephant you just can't resist. Summer is the season of farmers' markets, and with five unique markets in the area, any intrepid marketer can be kept busy for most of the week. Here's a rundown of what you can expect from each one. 

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Running Yourself Bored: Shake It Up

The dark clouds gathered in the sky as runners lined up in single file, taking off in 10-second intervals. I looked up as the raindrops fell more quickly (Ten…nine…eight…), the nervous excitement running through the line (seven…six…five…), up and over those steep hills (four…three…), the rain turned to hail (two…one…), here we go!


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