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That’s What She Said

 You know how your grandma says you’ll know immediately when you’ve found “The One”? She was right. It took only a few turns and I fell deeply in love with my DPS Yvette 112RP carbon skis.

 DPS – Heard of them?

Yes, smart guy, I’ve heard what you think DPS stands for. Thanks for telling me anyway and grossing me out on the chairlift. I don’t know you and it’s creepy.

 In 2005 pro skier/ski designer Stephan Drake joined forces with ski engineer Peter Turner and DPS was born. It stands for Drake PowderworkS, and the company seeks to “create the perfect skis worthy of those who live and breathe the sport”.   DPS is known worldwide for its trailblazing technology, shaping, and durability.  They are the world’s only company to create a “Pure prepreg carbon fiber sandwich ski”. Their Pure3 skis are manufactured at their factory in Salt Lake City. Made in the USA!

 Big and Pink and Beautiful

 If you don’t recognize the name, I bet you’d recognize the skis. In contrast to the industry standard, DPS has chosen solid top sheets in optimistic colors with minimalist logos. They stand out in both looks and performance.

 The Pure carbon Yvettes are HOT pink, and just looking at them makes me happy. It’s not just their shimmery unicorn candy heart color, but for their shape and feel. I've always been more tomboy than princess – but these Pure carbon skis are beauty and beast. DPS doesn’t dumb down the technology and slap on a pretty top sheet for the ladies. The Yvettes are based on the geometry of the acclaimed DPS Wailers: 141/112/128. The tip rocker is 480mm, which enables the Yvettes to shine in the powder. They’re responsive and do well in a variety of snow conditions.

Confession

 I should admit that I telemark. I’ll wait while you tell an out-of-date telemark joke. Haha, done? I think I rode the chairlift with you earlier.

 I mounted my Yvettes with TwentyTwo Design’s Axl bindings.   It’s my dream set up. The Yvette 178cm weigh 1700 grams, or 3.75 pounds each. My Axl bindings (small) weigh 1.9 pounds each. SO combined they weigh 5.65 pounds, which is less than a six-pack. They’re so light that in contrast it felt like there were no skis on my feet.

 Ski the Space Age

DPS pioneered the carbon ski technology utilized at its Salt Lake factory. Similar technology is used in jet fighters and spacecraft. The prepreg carbon used by DPS is spawns freakishly lightweight, torsionally stiff skis. My Yvettes float like a dream in the pow, bust the crud, and carve the corduroy. Ideally we would all have an assortment of skis for different conditions. But if you have to survive with one pair, this would be my pick.

Don’t believe me? Demo a pair 3/21 at Big Sky Resort from 9:30am to 3:00pm, or swing in to Grizzly to check them out.

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The Powder Blast

For years, the Gallatin National Forest Avalanche Center (GNFAC) has offered data on winter backcountry conditions, as well as provided basic avalanche education. The GNFAC provides information for several mountain ranges surrounding their headquarters in Bozeman and beyond. Grizzly Outfitters actively supports the GNFAC, and works with them to educate skiers, snowboarders, and snowmobilers in the Big Sky area.

The GNFAC daily avalanche advisory is available at their website (www.mtavalanche.com), via email updates, Facebook and your Smartphone (of course!). On average, the advisory reached 4,491 people each day during the 2012-13 season.

The Friends of the Gallatin National Forest Avalanche Center (FGNFAC) is a non-profit that works to support the GNFAC through fundraising and educational efforts (I blatantly stole that sentence from their Facebook page).

This fall marks the GNFAC’s 24th season in operation, and tomorrow the FGNFAC will hold the 15th annual Powder Blast benefit. It’s my favorite party of the year (after the ones that I throw for Grizzly, obviously). It’s always nice for this Big Sky bumpkin to throw on a dress (ok, more likely a Patagonia sweater of some type) and head into the big city for a night out. The event is held at the Emerson Cultural Center, and always includes phenomenal food, drink, music (bluegrass, due to the high infestation of telemarkers), and a stellar silent auction.

Many a ski bum might balk at the $30 donation cost for entry – but let’s think this through together. A Tasty meal (a buffet, nonetheless), beer/wine, awesome music (Holler n’ Pine), PLUS daily advice that will save your life and education for your friends (so that maybe they can save your life) – all for only $30?

It’s a no-brainer (meaning snowboarders should come too). I’m guessing that folks who don’t frequent fundraisers might be timid – but this is not the time. Do you enjoy the backcountry? Do you love someone who does? See you tonight.

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*I should admit that I am a telemark skier and I date a snowboarder. Any stereotypical references to either subculture were intended to be loving and lighthearted. Feel free to send me a mean email if you'd like - I love hearing from you either way.*

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Off-season is upon us here in Big Sky. After the chairs stop spinning at Big Sky Resort and Moonlight Basin, tourist traffic slows, seasonal employees vanish, and locals travel. Big Sky becomes a mellow hideaway. Some associate off-season with desolation and chaotic weather, but it’s an incredible time of year.

At Grizzly Outfitters, we pack up our ski rental fleet and set up our bike and fly shops. We mark down our winter gear and set up for summer. Locals hit the backcountry, or voyage to warmed climes to hike, bike, climb, surf, etc. I took my boys for a week of camping in Southern Utah. We biked the Slickrock Trail, jumped off hidden waterfalls, and climbed on the Swiss cheese rocks at the San Rafael Swell. It could not have been a more perfect getaway.

Mother Nature has been treating us to wonderful weather since our return. We’ve gotten enough moisture to help the gardens grow, but enough sun to draw us outside. Right now, my purple hyacinths and daffodils are bursting. It’s time to rake the yard and check the sprinklers – but, I probably won’t (sorry neighbors).

As you may know, Grizzly has a full-service fly shop and guide service. I’ve made it out for a couple floats on the legendary Yellowstone River. I stripped my first streamer, and caught my first decent Montana native cutthroat trout. Our guides are busy already, and it’s going to be a great summer. Stay tuned for gear reviews, casting clinic and demo information, as well as our area fishing report.

Back in the shop, we’re geared up for summer. We’ve received most of our 2013 summer clothing and gear. Our buyers have picked out some gorgeous clothing, so keep an eye on our Facebook page to check them out.

I got my bike tuned and have been hitting local trails to whip myself back into shape. The snow has melted from the lower elevation trails in Big Sky. To celebrate Mothers Day, I met up with a bunch of friends for a great early season ride up the Buck Ridge Road, and down the Doe Creek trail. It was a great ride and great company. On the ascent, we came upon grizzly bear tracks up the center of the trail. Remember, bear spray season is here, so don’t forget yours as you explore around Big Sky. 

Considering we had a group of 12, we forged on until we hit snow. The cruisy downhill was a blast, and the beers at The Corral were cold as usual. Our bike shop is up and running. We’re planning to bring back Grizzly’s weekly mountain bike ride, and some basic bike repair clinics. Have you ever used a chain tool on the trail?

As you know (hopefully), Grizzly Outfitters has an expert boot fitting staff. We can also help you find the perfect fit for your summer footwear. Our state-of-the-art custom Amfit footbeds can also be used in slippers, sneakers, hiking boots, or almost any shoes you want to feel great. I put my extra pair in my roller skates. They’re performing incredibly.

This morning, I went for a run and let the dogs splash in the river. When I was just about to head to the shop, Marc Lange (our magical bootfitter and bike repair geek) told me that our long-time rep from Kona Bikes was in town. I figured the only polite thing to do was join them on a bike ride.

Trying to keep up with Kevin and Marc was a challenge, but the only way to get stronger is to ride, right? We laughed, we cried (not really), we talked bikes. I stumbled into an incredible day during off-season.  

Are you in?

 

As I coordinate our busy summer schedule, I’d love some input! Would you be interested in weekly mountain bike rides, casting instruction, fly tying, gear maintenance clinics, kids events, running or triathlon training?

 

We want to get like-minded locals together and outside!

 

Drop me a line anytime: Amy@grizzlyoutfitters or message me on Facebook

 

 

 

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I was letting the Montana sun saturate me when I realized that spring was upon us. I thought about all the wonderful moments I’ve enjoyed this winter: days of incredible powder, cruising scenic trails at Lone Mountain Ranch, fresh lines in the backcountry, snowshoeing with my dog, wobbly afternoons at the ice rink, winter smores at the fire pit, New Year’s Eve fireworks, watching my boys race with the BSSEF, attempting to skate ski, and many other unparalleled moments. On Sunday alone, I skied Big Sky Resort and Moonlight Basin, then fly fished the Gallatin River until sunset. Suddenly, it hit me - I’m the worst blogger ever. I’ve enjoyed so much, and neglected to share it.

I started working for Grizzly Outfitters in 2001, when I stumbled upon the shop and found myself applying for a job. As I filled out the application (like a 3rd grader), I wondered why I was doing it. I’d secured (what I thought would be) an incredible waitressing job. Fate funneled me to Grizzly Outfitters, and it was one of the luckiest flukes of my life.

After 12 years on and off, Ken and Andrew are still kind enough to employee me. Sometimes I wonder why exactly. I’ve realized that despite all my flaws, I share their vision and passion for the outdoors. Grizzly Outfitters was founded on a love of these mountains and rivers, and a drive to help others experience them. That is what fuels them; why they continually invest in their business, employees, and community. They want those who happen upon Grizzly Outfitters to leave happy, stay content, and return as friends.

Over a year ago, I began planning events and giveaways. It is my favorite part of the job. In winter 2012-13 alone, Grizzly Outfitters gave away around $15,000 in prizes. We donate to countless organizations and events in the community and beyond. We partner with organizations like the Friends of the Gallatin National Forest Avalanche Center and the Lone Peak Booster Club to fundraise and educate our customers. It is awesome.

Our buyers are constantly searching for innovative brands and equipment. We’ve instituted an online reservation system to make rentals more convenient. We constantly seek education about products that promote the overall health and comfort of our customers. Why? For the love of the outdoors, and a drive to share it. It’s incredible to work at a place where you can honestly say that. Honestly.

Oh yes, now to reveal the lie. I’ve run into a handful of people who read my blog. Some have asked with surprise, “You’re Mountain Girl?” I realize that my face may not be that of a girl; my mind may not be either (thank heavens). However, no one can deny that my heart is still that of a girl. Life has passed by in a blur, but I’m still just a girl who loves to be outside.

How did you end up in Big Sky? How did you find Grizzly Outfitters?

Please stay tuned for blog posts about what’s new in Big Sky, notable clothing and gear, and upcoming events!

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A chill is in the air, in Big Sky, Montana. The hot summer of 2012 has given way to frosty mornings, but winter isn’t quite here yet. September is a glorious month. The chilly mornings turn into warm afternoons perfect for hiking, biking, fishing, golfing – whatever! The kids are back in school, the tourist season is slowing, and the trout are hungry again. Ahhhh, Montana.

August was another hot and dry month overall. The Pine Creek and Millie Creek fires devastated their areas. Big Sky was relatively smoke-free, compared to the Bozeman area, but still suffered smoky days due to other fires burning to the west. Our thoughts are with those who were affected by the wildfires. The firefighters and others who help are true heroes.

I avoided some of the smoke when returned to my birthplace in upstate New York. When I visit New York, I’m always surprised by the water that seems to hang in the air. The lush growth, hot nights, and cadent crickets make me feel like a kid again. But it also recalls memories of wet, cold, cloudy winters. The dry cold of a Montana seems friendly when compared to an ice storm. Yes, Big Sky has also spoiled me with its fluffy powder and blue bird days. I dearly miss my friends and family back east, but when it comes to skiing Big Sky, Montana is hard to beat.

I guess it’s obvious I’ve been obsessing about ski season already! The new winter gear and clothing has been pouring in at Grizzly Outfitters. It makes it difficult to resist sneaking out of the office to try on clothes and bend skis. Of course, I do need to check out the merchandise for marketing purpose, right? Our customers near and far, need to know this information!

I finally took the plunge and bought a jacket I have been eyeing for a while – The Patagonia Ultralight Down Jacket. It’s a great all-around piece, great for layering or on its own. It’s filled with just the right amount of premium 800-fill goose down to make it a useful coat in warmer temperatures. The shell is a special edition nylon that is half the weight and twice as strong as Patagonia’s other down fabrics! It will fit perfectly under my ski jacket!

I know, I know, I am jumping the gun as far as ski season is concerned. September is my secret favorite month of “summer” here in Big Sky. The days are delightful and the perfect temperature for getting active outdoors. The nights are cool and perfect for campfires, hot tubs and sleeping. The aspens are turning gold, and the willows into their autumn wine color. The smell of wood stoves burning lingers in the night air. A bear swats my grill of the back deck, and a mother moose tries to trample my dog. Ahhhh, Big Sky. I love this place.

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The stars shine brightly here in Big Sky, Montana. Late Saturday night, I was lucky enough to enjoy a
brilliant natural display, the Perseid meteor shower.  Relaxing in the hot tub, I zoned out and watched dozens of meteors streak across the sky. Some were just simple lines of light, others thick and sparkly.


The Perseid meteor shower is named for the constellation (Perseus) from which the falling meteors seem to originate. The shower happens when earth’s orbit moves through a cloud of debris left by the Swift-Tuttle comet. Check out this composite of 23 images taken by David Kingham in the Snowy Range of Utah.

It’s been a hot and gorgeous summer in Montana! But hot + dry = wildfires. Luckily we have avoided the burn around Big Sky, and hope to keep it that way. On the up side, drifting smoke from far-off wild fires dyes the sunsets and sunrises. Monday morning’s sunrise was glaring neon pink. Over the weekend, we enjoyed (that’s right, enjoyed) some rain and cooler temperatures. Today, our blue bird Montana sky is back.
 
Grizzly Outfitters is excited to have a tenkara fly-fishing gear from Tenkara USA. Tenkara is the traditional Japanese method of fly-fishing that is ideal for mountain streams. The angler uses only a rod, line, and a few flies – no reel. Tenkara is about fly-fishing simplicity and mountain-stream effectiveness, though the rods can be used anywhere.  Watch this video featuring Tenkara USA founder Daniel Galhardo playing a 20” brown on the nearby Madison River.

The boxes of fall and winter gear are rolling in. Stop in to check out the newest gear and clothing from all of your favorite brands – what do you want to try on?

Select clothing/gear is also on SALE now!!!

 
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Wow, it’s been an amazing summer so far in Big Sky, Montana. Summers are always insanely beautiful and packed with events…..that’s my excuse for taking way to long to blog!

            July 18 was an especially fun night for Grizzly Outfitters, Lone Peak Cinema, and a lot of friends (old and new). We held a party to celebrate summer, and the grand opening of our new fly shop and guide service. Daytime events included free bike demos, a bear bag throwing challenge, and knot tying instruction. Fly rod demos and casting instruction spilled into the night.

            We were lucky to be joined by some of our favorite folks- reps from Dr. Slick, Costa del Mar eyewear, Sage, Rio, Redington, Patagonia, Umpqua, Smith, and many more. We held a huge giveaway, casting contest, and champagne toast in the evening. Ken Lancey and Andrew Schreiner (owners of Grizzly Outfitters) shared a keg of Pilsner from our local Lone Peak Brewery. Our giveaway table was packed with thousands of dollars in merchandise from Montana Fly Company, Redington, Rio, Adventure Medical Kits, Quikclot, Sage, Beartooth Publishing, Hatch, Buffs, Black Diamond, Camelbak, GSI, Osprey, and Big Sky’s Wild Bear Designs.

            Casting ninja, Mike Atwell brought killer rods and held a casting contest and instruction. He and his wife Diane operate Atwell & Associates, and rep several of our most popular brands. Costa del Mar joined us and offered great deals and giveaways. The crew from Dr. Slick brought their tricked out drift boat to the party as well. They’re known for their precision fly tying tools and fishing accessories, and operate out of Belgrade, Montana. Thanks to all for coming!

            As part of the grand opening event, we teamed up with Lone Peak Cinema to show an amazing film, Where the Yellowstone Goes. We were lucky enough to be joined by the director, Hunter Weeks, and producer/wife Sarah Hall. The film chronicles Robert Hunter, Shannon Ongaro, and friends as they float a 600-mile stretch of the Yellowstone River. Located a short drive from Big Sky, the Yellowstone is incredibly scenic, and the longest undammed river in the lower 48. Calling it a fly fishing movie would be selling it short. Where the Yellowstone goes chronicles a beautiful river and moreover a memorable group of people.

            Mike Sprague of Trout Headwaters, Inc. also made it to the party.  Thanks so much for your work, and it was great to meet you!

            After the giveaway at Grizzly, Lone Peak Cinema arranged for a local ripping (Indie-folk-rock-alt-country-bluegrass) band, Holler ‘n Pine to play under the marquee. It was another gorgeous night in Big Sky, and the talented musicians added a wonderful vibe.

            The Lone Peak Cinema was packed. It has to be one of the coolest new theatres in existence, and every seat seems to be the best one. Before the movie, we held another giveaway! Grizzly Outfitters raffled more amazing items including: a Sage rod, Montana Fly Company reel, guided trip with our own Brian Kimmel Fly Fishing, copies of Where the Yellowstone Goes, and threw lots more swag into the crowd. Geez, that NEVER gets old. A million thanks to everyone who made this possible!

            After the movie, Hunter and Sarah held a Q&A, then Holler n’ Pine geared up for a full set. It was the perfect night, and I met a lot of people I hope to know for years!

I also met someone who reads this very blog – this one goes out to you, Seth! Let’s all get together soon!

 

            Come see us at Grizzly Outfitters, and stay tuned for more events. “LIKE” us on Facebook to get in on secret sales and special GIVEAWAYS!

 

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In the fly fishing world, Hardy is a true institution. The company has been in business since 1872, and is know worldwide as a historical innovator of fly fishing equipment. In the 1880s, Hardy became the first company to build hexagonal rods from bamboo. In 1891, they patented their first “Perfect” reel, a design that is basically still manufactured today. Pioneers in the fly fishing industry, their innovations have won countless awards and honors over the 140 years they’ve been in business.

Here at Grizzly Outfitters, we are thrilled to be carrying the Hardy line of fly rods and reels, including the SINTRIX series. SINTRIX fly rods are up to 60% stronger and 30% lighter than conventional carbon fiber rods. Read more about SINTRIX at Hardy’s website, and watch this poorly made video featuring Ennion Williams casting Hardy's Zenith one-piece rod.

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In Big Sky, summer is finally upon us.  The snow falling in early June has given way to deep azure skies and warmer weather.  We're thought of as a winter destination, but summertime in Big Sky in unparallelled.  There are so many activities from hiking to zip-lining.  Mountain bike out your back door.  Fish the country's most iconic rivers.  Enjoy a horseback ride or cowboy cookout with Cache Creek Outfitters.  This summer, Big Sky Resort will offer rides to the top of Lone Peak via the tram!  Disc golf, skateboard, shoot hoops, or play on the swings at one of the most scenic community parks in existence.  Dig for crystals and fossils.  White water raft or try rock climbing.  It's all right here in Big Sky.  Day trips to Yellowstone National Park are a piece of cake, and you avoid the swarm of tourists.  Yes, Big Sky is a secret summertime jewel here in the Treasure State!

This time of year, I am usually still getting my legs under me for mountain biking.  Big Sky has great trails for everyone - from first timers to experts.  Lots have easy warm ups on roads and cruisy single track finishes.  This year I am making an effort to really learn how to fly fish.  I've dabbled in it for years - first back in the Adirondcks of upstate New York, and now here.  As a younger person, I thought of it as a little boring, but considering it involved water and friends (and sometimes beer), I went anyway.  I depended on friends to help and never really caught anything.

I caught my first trout on a fly rod in late May on the Gallatin.  It was snowing and the fish was little, but it was a complete thrill!  The rush of catching a beautiful (even little) fish is immense, and I was hooked (ha ha ha).  Anyway, this summer I am lucky enough to have award winning, world-class guides right here Grizzly Outfitters.  They've been helping me to become an independant fly fisherwoman, so thanks guys!

Mountain biking is still my first love, but it always takes a few rides to regain my concentration and balance.  "Drunk Driving"  the the phenomenon when a biker wobbles their front tire around in an attempt to balance.  This is the stage I am at right now:)  My biking season started late, but it will all come together sooner or later!  

Speaking of which, we are trying to organize the return of the Grizzly Ride.  For years, we had a group ride for bikers of all levels.  Stop into the expanded bike shop or drop us a line via facebook and let us know you are interested.  Right now, we are considering a Tuesday morning ride.  What works for you?  We have some other exciting events planned for summer.....so stay tuned.  Hope your day has been beautiful!
It’s offseason here in Big Sky. The G.O. crew has been hard at work setting up for a stellar summer season. We have all kinds of new and exciting merchandise for your outdoor pursuits.

We are psyched to be carrying award-winning footwear from Salewa. As a company, Salewa is best known for it’s             backpacking, climbing, and mountaineering equipment. It has created a line of approach and running shoes offering a 100% Blister free guarantee.

That’s right: SALEWA = 100% BLISTERFREE GURANTEE

How can a company be so bold? Salewa’s design focuses on what they call their 3 Functions System.   In their words, the system “…offers an unbeatable combination of ankle flexibility, lateral support, and perfection in fit.”

The highlight of the fit system is an anatomically positioned cable that achieves perfect heel retention, which Salewa explains is crucial in blister prevention. Shoes also come with a “Multi-Fit Footbed” which easily adjusts to suit higher or lower-volume feet. Salewa footwear boasts great flexibility while retaining stability. Drawing on climbing shoes as inspiration, laces extend down to the toes for the best fit.

Salewa also drew on its climbing/mountaineering past to develop unique designs that save weight and preserve durability. The line utilizes the industry’s best materials, including Vibram rubbers, Kevlar, and Gore-tex (depending on the model). The result is a line of footwear suitable for a professional mountaineer, a part-time trail runner, and every athlete in between.

Here at Grizzly Outfitters, we are carrying: the Alp Trainer Mid GTX, M’s Fire Vent, W’s Firetail, and M’s MTN Trainer. Other styles are available by special order.

Check out some pics from our Salewa rep's recent visit to Grizzly Outfitters.  Thanks to Brandon, and to G.O.'s own Kelly and Lucy for showing off the Salewas!  Not a bad-looking bunch of folks. 

For more info on Salewa footwear, visit: http://www.salewa.us/footwear

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Yesterday was a stunning, sunscreen-and-Capilene day on Lone Peak. The sun warmed the snow into fun creamy slush, commonly referred to as “corn snow’. Corn is characterized by large-grained crystals formed through repetitive melt-freeze cycles. When the temperature drops, corn snow hardens into an icy crust. As it warms, it transforms to a velvety texture that’s a dream to ski or ride.

As the temperature rises, this creamy corn can transform into dangerous slush and result in wet snow avalanches. In the most basic language, dry snow avalanches are caused when a dump overloads buried weak layers. Wet snow avalanches happen when the strength of the buried weak layers is decreased through melt.

Imagine corn snow crystals as grapes, and the vines are crystalline bonds between them. As the sun warms the snowpack, the “vines” transform into water. Now you just have a bunch of loose grapes floating in water. Add a slope and you get a wet snow avalanche, or “wet slide”. Surface tension is the property that holds molecules of the same liquid together (think raindrop). The surface tension of water will keep a slide from occurring until a certain point, when the amount of water percolating through the snowpack overpowers it.

When in the spring backcountry, beware of wet slides. The spring snowpack can transform greatly in short periods!!

At Griz, we’re still having a blast up at Big Sky Resort……BUT, we’re also pulling out our bike gear, and thinking spring. All winter clothing and last year’s spring/summer clothing is 50% OFF, and we have all sorts of deals throughout the shop.

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Our Spring Meltdown Sale continues! After a fun weekend here at Griz, Ken & Andrew have decided to keep the sale rolling.   Winter clothing, last year’s spring/summer clothing, and gloves will remain at 50% OFF! Most skis, poles, and helmets will continue to be 30% OFF, and we have assorted sale bins throughout the store. We’re supposed to get a nice hit of pow in the next couple days, so treat yourself and SAVE.

Thanks to everyone who came out for the “Spring in the Backcountry” event. We had Alex B. of Big Sky Resort Ski Patrol bring his avy dog, Charlie. The Friends of the Gallatin National Forest Avalanche Center sent Alex M. to hold a beacon practice clinic. Both were super fun and informative! We hope to hold a similar beacon clinic during the 2012-13 winter season, so stay tuned.            

The store is flooded with NEW Spring inventory from all of our vendors. This spring we are pleased to add Carve Designs and Chico Bags to our list of vendors.

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Ha, it snowed - nine inches on Lone Peak! I’m sure this was disappointing to many folks who have been lusting for spring, but too bad. It was beautiful. The snow clung to every tree and shone in the sunlight.

I realize that the 2011-12 ski season was not the most powdery ever to hit SW Montana. Big Sky fared better than many areas, and I enjoyed a healthy amount of faceshots this winter (…..and I I'm not referring the house shots at the Lotus Pad, which are also delicious).

Lots of folks are over the winter, but they’re in DENIAL. Big Sky always gets pounded with snow after the resort closed. I did a little online research on Big Sky’s historical weather. The data from several sites showed snowfall into June, and showed June as the wettest month in terms of precipitation. Check out this summary from 1984-2012: http://www.wrcc.dri.edu/cgi-bin/cliMAIN.pl?mt0775           

It’s interesting to look at the inches of precipitation for each month versus the snowfall in inches. This is also known as the Snow Water Equivalent (SWE), which is the amount of water contained within the snowpack. An easy way to think about it is that it is the amount of water you would end up with if you instantly melted the snow. Obviously, deeper snow with less water = fluffier POW! That’s the technical explanation.

Some great sites to geek out on the local climate are:

Gallatin National Forest Avalanche Center: http://mtavalanche.com/

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration: http://www.noaa.gov/

US Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Site: http://www.wcc.nrcs.usda.gov/


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