Big Sky Sotheby’s International Reality New Office in Bozeman Montana

New Bozeman Office Opening April 2016Bringing Bozeman Real Estate “The Essence of Extraordinary”

In April 2016 Bozeman will welcome Big Sky Sotheby’s International Realty to the Gallatin Valley. Owners, Cathy Gorman and her husband Tim Cyr will open an office in the heart of Bozeman with ten full-time professional, dedicated agents. The new location will specialize in listing the finest ranches and luxury homes in southwest Montana. “We have requests from buyers and sellers all over the state,” says Gorman, the broker and owner of Big Sky Sotheby’s International Realty.

Gorman and Cyr established the Big Sky franchise in 2002 after having lived in the area for twenty years, and are excited to open another office in Bozeman. “We have seen both communities grow so much over the years,” says Gorman, “and we feel we can better serve the Bozeman and Southwest Montana residents with local professional agents who specialize in the Bozeman area.” Through 25+ years of experience as an agent and broker, as well as 30+ as a resident, Gorman recognizes the need for agents who specialize in ranches and luxury homes outside of Big Sky. The Bozeman office staff will have, at their disposal, all of the tools Sotheby’s International Realty provides to take their listings to the most affluent buyers in the world. In ranching communities such as Paradise Valley, the Madison Valley, Big Timber and Red Lodge, Big Sky Sotheby’s International Realty will be able to offer the most specialized support to clients.

Cathy and Tim are thrilled to have Broker, Michael Morgner, manage the Bozeman office. He is a local resident of Bozeman and brings with him years of successful experience as a broker and agent with Sotheby’s International Realty. He is looking forward to opening the Bozeman branch.

Big Sky Sotheby’s International Realty has listed some of the most prestigious homes in the region – from ranches to luxury homes – but everyone deserves the finest care when buying and selling home, says Gorman. “Everyone who approaches us will be given the utmost care and attention to detail for which Big Sky Sotheby’s International Realty is known, no matter what their property is worth.”

Stop by the office in April (location announced shortly!) or reach out to Cathy or Michael with questions. Let Big Sky Sotheby’s International Realty represent you and your home and discover the place “Where the essence of extraordinary is defined.”

Cathy Gorman: (406) 580-2318

Michael Morgner: (406) 551-0713

Ski Gear Trends in Big Sky, Montana

Ski Gear Trends in Big Sky, MontanaSki gear is constantly evolving. What was once a novelty, such as fat skis, is now mainstream, and according to Ken Lancey co-owner of Grizzly Outfitters in the Big Sky Town Center, the trend now is leaning towards more limited production, high quality gear.

Those interested in more exclusive ski brands may want to look to the smaller companies that have adopted a more hands-on approach to the design and output. Instead of a big factory production, smaller ski companies are creating innovative lines that are laminated and crafted by hand. They happen to be quite a bit more expensive, but as the old saying goes, you get what you pay for.

Ken recommends Kästle skis, a company that lives by the motto “quality over quantity,” and the Salt Lake City-based DPS skis. “Both of these brands have limited production; they’re not pumping out 20,000 pairs like the more well known brands, so there’s more attention to the process of making them,” Ken says. “It’s like small batch bourbon; can you taste the difference between that and Jack Daniels? Yes, you can.”

In addition to the quality of the construction, skiers will enjoy a smoother ride. The skis are stable at high speed with lower vibration. They are also favored by those who want to ride on something more unique than the brands most often seen in the lift lines.

Those looking for high-end, high performing ski gear, may also want to consider clothing, goggles and ski boots. Ken recommends the heated Hester gloves ($400+) and Kjus clothing, which is technical and performance oriented, while also being stylish, with a classic and refined look. For high-end goggles, look for those with a built in GPS and displays that interface with your phone or iPod so you can see what track you’re on. Grizzly OUtfitters also specializes in ski boots, and they completely customize a factory boot in house with custom footbeds, liners and heaters for the ultimate ski boot comfort. Located at 11 Lone Peak Dr #101,

Nature Inspired Jewelry in Big Sky

Natured Inspired Designs

Nature inspired, Big Sky influenced modern designs. It’s not easy to describe the eclectic selection of jewelry you will find at Ari O’s in the Big Sky Town Center. In an open studio connected to the store, Big Sky artist Ariane Coleman designs the jewelry and she and her talented staff handcrafts each piece using a variety of metals, gemstones, and beads to create one-of-a-kind works. Most of her materials are sourced from the U.S., and all of the design ideas come from her head, to her sketchbook, and then to life. “I’m designing in my head all the time,” she says. “Because I’m a 3-D artists, I’m constantly taking shapes and spinning them around in my head,” she explains. “Hopefully, I get it to my sketchbook in time, and then refine it from there.”

Ari O’s Signature Series is a Big Sky must-have for collectors of fine jewelry. “This is the highest end line that we create with shapes based off positive and negative space,” Ariane says. “These are wearable art pieces that integrate gemstones and semiprecious and precious mixed metals.”

These unique and artfully crafted contemporary pieces also blend textures, and have a hint of Western flair while still leaning more towards modern shapes. The Long Turquoise Pod Necklace ($1,400) is a standout piece that features 14 long strands of turquoise beadwork that comes together with a three dimensional handcrafted pod that’s been dipped in rhodium (a cousin of platinum). The Triple Ring Lucky Wishbone Necklace ($300), in rose gold or grey, is a blend of sterling silver and 14 karat gold, with a unique wishbone pendant circled by three rings. Other three dimensional pod carved necklace pendants and earrings are showcased in the store, along with a variety of hand woven wrap bracelets ($205) that are made from Czech beads and fine-grain leather, inspired by Native American beadwork.

Ariane’s work has been featured in group exhibitions at the Museum of the Rockies and the Yellowstone Art Museum. With the ideas constantly flowing, the inventory at Ari O is ever changing, and Ariane is often on hand or available by appointment to explain her inspirations for the different designs. Located at 50 Ousel Spur Road, Unit 2,

The Perfect Wines to Pair with Big Sky


Pairing wine with Big Sky

Vino per Tutti means “Wine for Everyone,” and owner Colleen Helm takes that to heart. With an extensive wine background—she’s a Certified Sommelier and a Certified Wine Specialist—her passion is to educate interested wine novices and make suggestions to connoisseurs. “We try to educate people in a fun, non threatening way,” she explains. And she and her staff are always furthering their own educations; they taste more than 4,000 wines per year, many from smaller vineyards, and pride themselves on finding a home for the tastiest, hand selected labels.

Located in a modern storefront on Main Street in Downtown Bozeman, the walls are lined with unexpected wine finds, not the labels you’d see on the supermarket shelves. The back wall features wines under $14 with 100 bottles under $20 throughout the store, and other wines are organized like a progressive wine list, by style and weight. Downstairs is the real treat, a 1,300-bottle cellar where the high end wines are stored. “Down there we have a lot of famous, hard to come by selections, and even some that only total wine geeks or connoisseurs might know about,” Colleen says.

Looking for a special wine to get you through the upcoming Big Sky winter? Colleen suggests the Gaja Barbaresco for a small batch wine that’s truly unique. “It’s one of the most famous, yet most difficult to get wines in the world,” she explains. “It’s allocated, so all of Montana only gets a few bottles, and we will have some it stock.” Another one to have one hand? She recommends going Italian with a Dal Forno or Quintarelli. “These are wines that you may want to have in a collection, they are so revered,” she says. The deep purple floral notes mixed with a little tar give you a warming feeling in the winter time.

Colleen and her staff can help customers choose wines to pair with a meal or an event, and offer private consultations for those building or adding to a cellar. Located at 315 E. Main in Bozeman,

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