Got Gear?

blog_gearAs the snow builds up on Lone Mountain and Big Sky Resort sets its sights on a Thanksgiving Day opening, it’s time to take stock of the ski closet. Is your gear up to date or are you still rocking those skinny skis and rear entry boots? Still wearing that old neon ski coat?

It might be time to refresh your gear and on-slope style so you can look and ski your best this season. Here’s what to look for at one of Big Sky’s outdoor shops:

Ski Gear
“By now, every ski company has settled on the early rise and/or rocker, so it’s definitely more than a fad,” says Alex Buecking from Big Sky’s East Slope Outdoors. “It’s now integrated into every line.”

This early rise is also referred to as “reverse camber,” which means that the front and back of the skis rises up so that there’s less ski on the snow.

“In soft snow, it makes it so everybody can ski powder,” Alex says. “Now you don’t sink, there’s no more wallowing in it, and it’s more maneuverable.”

Ski companies are also starting to focus on alpine and touring ski combinations. That means that they are making gear that can fluctuate seamlessly between ski resort and backcountry skiing.

In boots, this year’s trend is more of a hybrid ski-walk mechanism instead of traditional fixed fit, Alex explains. This fit offers more comfort in between runs and also aligns to the alpine touring gear trend. Many boot companies are also featuring an upgraded intuition style liner that molds to the foot better and keeps the feet warmer due to better insulation.

Ski Wear
What kinds of trends will you see on the slopes this year? We asked Jennifer Radick, Lead Buyer at Big Sky’s Gallatin Alpine Sports.

“For guys we are seeing brightly colored jackets—orange and lime green are a hit,” Jennifer says. “If they are wearing a dark top, then bottoms are a fun pop of color, or maybe they go for a brighter colored two-toned coat with the bottom of the jacket matching the pants.”

And for the ladies?

“In women’s styles, midnight blue, turquoise, and bright pink are popular,” Jennifer says. “If they have a neutral jacket, they might go with fun pants; we have a tropical print with green leaves and tropical flowers.”


Ski/Snowboard Shop Roundup
In Big Sky, we are lucky to have a selection of amazing outdoor gear shops that feature sales, demos, rentals, tunings, and repairs. All of these shops listed below have knowledgeable staff members to safely guide you through the gear updating process.

Grizzly Outfitters: Sales, demos, rentals, tunings & repairs, located in the Big Sky Town Center at 11 Lone Peak Drive, Ste. #101, 406-995-2939.

Lone Mountain Sports: Sales, demos, rentals, tunings & repairs, located slope side in the Arrowhead Mall at the base of Big Sky Resort in the Mountain Village, 406-995-4471.

East Slope Outdoors: Sales, demos, rentals, tunings & repairs, located in the Big Sky Town Center at 32B Town Center Ave., 406-995-4369.

Gallatin Alpine Sports: Sales, demos, rentals, tunings & repairs, located in the Big Sky Town Center at 3091 Pine Dr., 406-995-2313.

Boyne County Sports: Sales, demos, rentals, tunings & repairs, located in the Mountain Mall at the base of Big Sky Resort, 406-995-4471.

Big Sky’s Complete Holiday Report

blog_holidayEarly winter in Big Sky, Montana means experiencing all that the holidays have to offer against the backdrop of one of the most beautiful places on earth. This year, several new events round out Big Sky’s traditional holiday offerings, meaning you won’t have to travel far to catch the holiday spirit. Read on for Big Sky’s complete holiday event list, and make sure to enjoy every moment.

Nov. 27: The 5th Annual BSSEF Turkey Trot, Big Sky
There’s nothing like working for your feast, and this annual 5K run is the perfect way to do so. Not only are you burning some calories before the big Thanksgiving Day meal, but you’re also supporting the Big Sky Ski Education Foundation and relishing in a homegrown community event. Registration starts at 8 a.m. at the Firepit Park in the Big Sky Town Center, and the race starts at 9 a.m. For more information, check out

Nov. 29: Christmas Bazaar, Bucks T-4 Lodge, Big Sky

A new Christmas Bazaar will be held at Bucks T-4 to benefit Women In Action Big Sky, a local organization that supports programs for children and families in the Big Sky area. Check out art, handmade goods, treats, gifts, and more. For more information or to sign up as a vendor, email

Dec. 4: Madrigal Dinner, Bucks T-4 Lodge Ballroom, Big Sky
Kick off the holiday season with Big Sky’s annual Madrigal Dinner, to be held at 5 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 4 in the Bucks T-4 Lodge Ballroom. Now in its 18th year, the event features a three-course gourmet meal and music by several outstanding Montana State University groups, including the MSU Chorale and the MSU Brass Quintet. The Old English-themed evening also includes a full program of festive holiday customs, including a ceremonial procession, Wassail bowl, and a Christmas toast complete with a flaming pudding dessert. Tickets are $55. Call 995-2742 for information.

Dec. 6: Pray for Snow Party, Big Sky Town Center
A Big Sky tradition hosted by Grizzly Outfitters, the Pray for Snow Party is a community celebration of the start of the winter season. The event begins at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 6, in the Big Sky Town Center.

Dec. 12: Turkey for a Ticket, Big Sky Resort
What’s better than skiing for free? Skiing for free and helping others in the process. This one-day mega-food drive benefits Gallatin Valley Food Bank, the Madison Valley Food Bank, and the Big Sky Food Bank so they can offer turkeys to those in need during the holiday season. Non-season pass holders can bring in 20 cans of food or one frozen turkey and get a free lift ticket good for the day (Dec. 12 only). For the same donation, season-pass holders get a free giant swing (valid Dec. 12 only) or half-off a winter zipline trip, valid through the base camp winter season. For more info, check out

Dec. 12: Big Sky Christmas Stroll, Big Sky Town Center & Meadow Village Center, Big Sky
Big Sky’s annual Christmas stroll begins with a tree lighting at 5:30 p.m., followed by open houses, sales, and activities at many local businesses, plus a “beer stroll.” Kids can get their pictures taken with Santa. Let the holidays begin!

Dec. 14: Big Sky’s Nutcracker Ballet, Warren Miller Performing Arts Center, Big Sky
The holiday season wouldn’t be complete without an evening at “The Nutcracker.” This year, Big Sky residents won’t have to travel to experience this classic holiday tradition: Montana Ballet will be presenting “The Nutcracker” locally at 4 p.m. on Dec. 14, at the Warren Miller PAC.

Dec. 17: Community Chorus, Warren Miller Performing Arts Center, Big Sky
Delight in the sounds of the season by attending the Community Chorus concert, 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 17. If you like to sing, the chorus is open to anyone; no audition necessary!

Dec. 24: Big Sky Resort’s Torchlight Parade
Have yourself a merry little Christmas Eve by attending the magical Torchlight Parade, starting at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 24. A church service will also be offered; details TBD.

Big Sky Artist Roundup

blog_artistsBig Sky Artist Roundup
For a relatively small community, Big Sky, Montana has plenty of artists per square mile. This is an example of three local talents who bring a contemporary spirit to their respective genres, but as with a lot of Montana art, the end result can’t help but be deeply tied to the landscape. So if you’re looking for art that is rooted in Big Sky and distinctly of the moment but still timeless, you don’t have to travel to the big city. Look no further than the many local artists with work in Big Sky galleries. And check in next month for another round…

Ari-O Jewelry by Ariane Coleman
Ariane Coleman, owner and founder of Ari-O Jewelry, is a Montana State University graduate who found her passion in metal smithing. Coleman combines rugged materials and refined details to create bracelets, necklaces, and other items that could be worn just as easily at a wedding as at a rodeo. Her love of Montana is reflected in many of her pieces, such as the “Going to the Sun” necklace and bracelets that echo Native American beading, but with a contemporary twist. Coleman also makes custom belt buckles and one-of-a-kind limited-edition jewelry. Her work has been featured in numerous galleries and publications nationwide. Coleman’s work is on display and for sale in Big Sky at the Gallatin River Gallery in the Big Sky Town Center, JP Woolies in the Mountain Mall, Ari O Jewelry Studio in the Big Horn Center in the Canyon (Hwy 191), and in Bozeman at the Museum of the Rockies. Learn more at

Eye in the Sky Photography by Kene Sperry
Artist Kene (pronounced “Keen”) Sperry has travelled all around the world in pursuit of his love of “human photography.” A seasoned wedding photographer, Sperry’s images are intimate and emotional, and manage to be both casual and elegant at the same time. Sperry also specializes in engagement shoots and family portraits, and says he is always looking to create “that magical, beautiful experience.” He has an eye for capturing the drama of the landscape as well as the spectrum of human emotion and existence. “Photography is life,” Sperry says. See his work at

Kelsey Dzintars
A Rapid-City native with a background in graphic design and a penchant for roller derby, Kelsey Dzintars has taken her passion for creative problem solving into the world of fine art. Her subject matter is wide-ranging, from Western and African wildlife to musicians, figures, and bikes. She works in bold lines and vibrant colors, with a style that ranges from straightforward to whimsical and graphic-novel inspired. Dzintars’s paintings are unapologetic and emotionally stirring, full of movement and surprises. She says she seeks to inspire both “escape and introspection” through her work. Dzintars is also a graphic designer and illustrator; her work can be viewed and purchased online at