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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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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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