Prepare Your Home For Winter


Cold mornings followed by warm sunny afternoons must mean it’s fall in Montana. And with occasional white-tipped mountains, it reminds us that winter is on its way.

Just like we (try to) prepare ourselves for endless ski runs at high elevation, we need to get our homes ready for whatever winter has in store for us this year. In order to protect your investment and keep it in tip-top shape, consider these five suggestions to get your home ready for winter:

home-log-exteriorPrepare the home’s exterior: Making sure everything is in good shape on the outside will help keep the “weather” on the outside, where it belongs. Check gutters to make sure they are clear. Ensure that roof shingles and siding are secure; high winds can loosen them over time. If you have heat tape or something similar to prevent ice dams on the roof, ensure that it’s in working order and secure before it’s covered in snow so it will be effective. Drain irrigation systems, and all exterior spigots if they aren’t frost proof. Water can freeze and crack the fixture.

Weatherproof doors and windows: A simple and inexpensive way to make sure cold air isn’t seeping in is by making sure the weather strips on doors and windows are in good shape. That means not cracked, in one piece, and fitting snugly when the door or window closes. In older homes, adding storm doors and windows adds another layer or weather protection and helps keep energy costs down.

Check the heating system: Furnaces and other heating sources should be serviced annually. Furnace filters need to be cleaned, and the efficiency should be monitored to make sure it’s operating effectively. Gas-burning fireplaces and stoves should be checked and cleaned. Companies like Ambient Air Solutions offer maintenance programs to keep your home on an annual schedule so you don’t have to remember.

Wood Burning Fireplace

Maintain Chimneys: There’s nothing like relaxing in front of a cozy fireplace or wood stove after a successful day on the mountain, but chimneys that are used regularly need to be kept clean of dangerous creosote buildup to prevent chimney fires. Have your chimney swept and inspected for foreign objects each year before you  use it; and if you own a wood stove, make sure and clean it on a very regular basis to keep it energy-efficient.

Stock up on winter necessities: Don’t wait until the last minute to make sure you have salt or ice melt, shovels and other handy items for winter. Many of us wait until the first big storm to rush out and buy them, but we often find the stores are out of stock. It’s never too early once you begin to see those items in the stores. And don’t forget things like candles and matches, and batteries for flashlights in the event of a power loss.

For those who would like some assistance in completing these important items, property management companies like Two Pines Properties and Big Sky Home Management are great resources to help you.

Remember, the sooner you prepare your home for winter, the sooner you can start praying for snow!

Get To Know Gallatin Gateway, Montana

Get to Know Gallatin Gateway, Montana

With gorgeous peaks as the backdrop and a world-famous fly-fishing river babbling through the trees, Gallatin Gateway is the quintessential Montana community. Only twelve miles southeast of thriving Bozeman, Gallatin Gateway is close to the international airport, Big Sky Ski Resort, Yellowstone National Park, and plenty of wilderness to hike, bike, ski, fish, and relax. The local community is friendly and passionate about the beautiful outdoors and the being involved in the culture of nearby Bozeman and Belgrade. Gallatin School, established in 1884, enrolls approximately 150 students per year in grades K-8 and these students have shown higher than average student scores in reading, math, and science.

The community is small and intimate, but has plenty to see and do for everyone:

Little Bear School House Museum
This adorable one room schoolhouse has been restored and turned into a museum to replicate what school looked like in 1912. Take a look at local memorabilia from the local baseball team, old lunch boxes, and an antique merry-go-round.

Axtell Bridge
A destination place for anglers as well as those looking to ditch the heat, this beautiful bridge through the trees and over the Gallatin River is a great place to spend the day by the river. Pack a picnic, a book, or a few flies for the rod and take a dip in the cool waters.

Inn on The Gallatin
Just down the beautiful Gallatin Canyon is the famous Inn on The Gallatin, a resort with cabins, campsites, and a wonderful cafe. Established in 1955, the Inn is a tourist and local favorite for its iconic vintage signs and it’s delicious food.

Gallatin Gateway is truly the “gateway” to the mountains and your next Montana adventure. Whether you are looking to live in the area year-round or own your mountain escape, let our agents show you the beauty of southwest Montana.

1245 Gateway South Road

50365 Gallatin Road

54660 Gallatin Road

280 Karst Stage Loop

95 Vita Court


Golf Courses under the Big Sky

What better way to spend a gorgeous warm day than on a pristine golf course? When one thinks of Montana they may not think of great golfing, but Montana is very lucky to have championship courses with gorgeous views, that are without crowds, and that remain challenging to even those with the lowest handicaps. Grab the clubs and make the rounds to the Montana links!

Big Sky, Montana Golf Courses

Big Sky Golf Course

Big Sky Golf Couse

Big Sky Resort Golf Course
Combine classic links-style golf and the stunning natural beauty of Big Sky country to witness a golf experience like no other: the award winning scenic 18 hole par-72 golf course at Big Sky Resort. The Arnold Palmer course is 6,500 feet above sea level, offering long drives and spectacular views. Winding along the wildlife-rich banks of the West Fork of the scenic Gallatin River, tee up with deer, moose, and other wildlife as your gallery.


Yellowstone Club
The 18-hole “Yellowstone” course at the Yellowstone Golf Club facility features 7,300 yards of golfing from the longest tees for a par of 72. Designed by Tom Weiskopf, the Yellowstone golf course opened in 2005. Yellowstone Golf Club offers terrific views and challenging play for golfers at every skill level. Well-groomed fairways and greens keep Yellowstone Golf Club difficult yet friendly. Enjoy the incredible views of Lone Peak!


spanish peaks signature hole

Spanish Peaks Signature Hole

Spanish Peaks
This course is a masterpiece of mountain design. Situated on 300 acres that utilize a true mountain golf experience. This course will test your ability on the fairway and the greens. Located at 7,000 feet elevation, there is abundant wildlife and views of several mountain ranges. The Spanish Peaks course has excellent playability and keeps every golfer having fun.


Reserve at Moonlight Basin
The Reserve is a par-72 Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course that blends 8000 yards of nature-inspired golfing into an arresting high-elevation setting. As one of Jack Nicklaus’s finest alpine golf creations, each of the course’s 18 holes perfectly frames an array of unique vistas. The course’s PGA Professional, Greg Wagner, is on hand to help members take their game to the next level with specialized clinics, tournaments, and private instruction.


Bozeman, Montana Golf Courses

Black Bull Run
Tom Weiskopf, former British Open champion, and award-winning golf course architect, designed an amazing 19-hole, 7200 yard, par-72 championship course for Black Bull Community that is ultimately challenging yet eminently playable. In this signature ‘modified links’ style course, Tom has woven together native landscaping, an abundance of water features, and breathtaking backdrops to ensure each hole has a strong identity. He considers the bunker layout as being, “reminiscent of the style that was prevalent during the turn of the 20th century.”


Cottonwood Hills
Established in 1984, Cottonwood Hills is the Gallatin Valley’s finest and foremost club open to the public. Admire the endless natural beauty and staggering mountain views while testing your skills on our 7,053 yard Premier Course, or delve into the game on the valley’s only 1,181 yard Executive par-3, perfect for the beginner and short game artist alike.


Anaconda, Montana Golf Course

Old Works
A Jack Nicklaus Signature designed course, the Old Works Golf Course has been reborn on the site of Anaconda’s historic century old copper smelter. Jack Nicklaus incorporated many historic relics in his signature design. With its affordability, course conditioning and friendly service, Old Works has built a reputation as one of the premiere daily fee golf experiences in the Northwest region.


Interested in gorgeous properties in Montana near a golf course? Or simply want to chat about golfing in Montana? Reach out to realtor and broker associate, Allison Gilley at Big Sky Sotheby’s International Realty: 406-672-6115 and

Find your Favorite Fishing Hole in S.W. Montana

Riverside  Property Roundup

Home is in-between the brown and white signs. Riverside Properties in S.W. Montana

Fishing in Montana is something akin to heaven. From majestic rivers and lakes to crystal clear alpine streams, the vast amount of fishing in southern Montana is almost unfathomable. You can hopscotch one to the other, and never run out of fishing holes.

Each area is unique and none less beautiful than the other. Bring your fishing gear along as we take you on a tour of riverside properties available in S.W. Montana.


Madison River

The Madison River, one of the few rivers in the U.S. with the blue-ribbon designation, begins in Yellowstone National Park at the confluence of the Firehole and Gibbon Rivers. It then meanders 140 miles until it reaches the Missouri River in Three Forks, MT. The river flows into and Hebgen Lake, Quake Lake and Ennis Lake before continuing on through the narrow gorge of Beartrap Canyon and quietly ends at the confluents. Trout fishing is exceptional with large browns and rainbows. The Madison accommodates boating or wading and can be easily accessed by either. The upper Madison is all catch and release to maintain the wild trout populations. You can easily access the river from the towns of West Yellowstone, Big Sky and Ennis.

Sun West Ranch, Portfolio of Home Site Parcels, Cameron, MT


Gallatin River, Gallatin Range and Spanish Peaks

Beginning at Gallatin Lake, in the high mountains of Yellowstone National Park, the Gallatin River runs 115 miles to the Missouri in Three Forks, MT. The bulk of the river is closed to float fishing, which gives rise to some of the finest wade fishing waters in Montana with less fishing pressure. The scenery along the Gallatin is spectacular. Flowing through Gallatin Canyon, you’re surrounded by towering rock walls and National Forest. The river opens up and skirts the outside of Bozeman, MT where you’ll find a variety of accesses and scenic mountain ranges all around.

The Gallatin Range and Spanish Peaks are riddled with mountain lakes and hungry fish. You’ll find good sized Cutthroats, the occasional Golden and even some Arctic Grayling; a beautiful and rare species with a shimmering blue dorsal fin found at Grayling Lake. These lakes are generally accessed by hiking; some a short in and back, while others could be multiple night backpacking trips. Some of the more popular lakes in this area include Hidden Lakes, a series of 8 beautiful waters. Golden Trout Lake, which, true to the name, is full of Golden’s. Lava Lake is home to some good sized cutthroats. Deer Lake and Diamond Lakes are a bit more challenging hikes, but well worth it. You’ll also want to check out Dudley and Albino Lakes which are more family friendly hikes. No matter if you are a spin, fly or bait fisherman, fishing these lakes will not disappoint.

280 Karst Stage Loop, Big Sky, MT

Heeb Road, Ranch, Manhattan, MT


Hyalite Canyon Recreation Area

Hyalite Canyon hosts alpine lakes, small streams and the beautiful reservoir tucked up at the base of the Gallatin Range. Hyalite, Emerald and Heather Lakes contain Cutthroat and Grayling, while Blackmore Lake maintains a nice supply of introduced Rainbow trout. Streams are full of Brookies and the reservoir is stocked with Rainbow and Brook trout. The reservoir maintains a no wake rule which keeps speeds low for trolling.

TeePee Ridge Ranch, Bozeman, MT


Yellowstone River

The Yellowstone has big fish and a lot of them; brown, rainbow, cutthroat and whitefish. Couple that with monster hatches and you can see why it’s one of the premier trout waters in the United Staes. Beginning in Yellowstone National Park it flows 692 miles into North Dakota where it meets the Missouri. This river is best experienced by boat, but is very technical, so until you know the river yourself, go with someone who is experienced in navigating these waters. From Yellowstone Park to Livingston, the river flows through Paradise Valley. True to it’s name, you’re surrounded by the Absaroka Mountains, high plains and cottonwood trees that endlessly line the river. Fall is utterly spectacular.

Paradise Valley, Livingston, MT


Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness Area

The Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness area is 900,000 acres full of alpine lakes, streams and rivers. Lakes are home to Cutthroat, Brook, Rainbow and occasionally a Golden trout. Both the East Fork and West Fork Rosebud Creeks run into the Stillwater, which ends in Columbus, MT and joins the Yellowstone. The Boulder River, also stemming from the Absarokas, ends in Big Timber and joins the Yellowstone as well. Both of these rivers have less fishing pressure, but the locals know they are full of rainbow, brown and cutthroat trout.

175 Lower Luther Road, Red Lodge, MT