Improving Your Cross Country Skiing Experience

Dave Pecunies Photography

The town of Big Sky, and Big Sky country in general, is a mecca for Nordic skiing. Between Lone Mountain Ranch and the miles of groomed ski trails around the greater Gallatin County region, nordic skiing, and specifically skate skiing, is one of the best activities for getting into the woods and away from the crowds, fast. But unlike downhill skis, skate skis require more frequent waxing and at-home care. This may sounds overwhelming, but don’t worry; waxing is one of the sublime pleasures of being a nordic skier. Here’s a quick primer on the basics of waxing skate skis:

Lone Mountain Ranch

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What you’ll need:

  • Ski vice or clamps, homemade or store bought
  • Glide wax
  • Scraper
  • Waxing iron
  • Cork block

Tuning supplies available at local shops like Grizzly Outfitters, East Slope Outdoors and Lone Mountain Sports. They also offer tuning services if you don’t want to do it yourself.

The Process:

Before being stowed away every spring, skate skis should receive a coat of “storage wax”, which needs to be removed every fall. After affixing your skis to your chose work surface, set your wax iron to medium heat and begin slowly heating the base of your ski. As the iron and the ski get hotter, the existing wax with turn ghostly white and stand out. Scrap off all the old wax to give yourself a new start.

After the ski is stripped and ready for wax, it’s time to give your skis their first coat of glide wax for the winter. Begin the waxing process by holding your wax block at a steep downward angle to the face of the iron, allowing hot wax to drip onto the ski.

Cover the ski with little blotches of wax from tip to tail. After the ski is fairly covered, begin spreading the wax around the ski’s base by running your iron in circular motions across the ski’s base. You will see the wax melt and spread. Continue this waxing motion until the ghostly white wax covers the ski base entirely. Because nordic skis have relatively soft bases, be careful to not melt the ski’s base.

Now it’s time to scrape. Hold your wax scraper at 45-degree angle to the ski as you pull the scraper towards yourself. You’ll see satisfying curls of excess wax pull from the ski. Once the excess is pulled from the ski, the bases should appear shiny and smooth. If you want to put some additional elbow grease into the work, buff the skis bases with a cork block to work the wax into the base.

Now get your skiing clothes on and get out the door!


Photos © Dave Pecunies Photography


8 Reasons Why Your Home Deserves The Sotheby’s Trusted Brand

Your home is your special place, whether you have owned for two years or twenty. So when it comes time to listing your property, your home deserves the utmost respect, appreciation, and attention.

Big Sky Sotheby’s International Realty is devoted to highlighting each individual home in the international spotlight, with marketing tactics unique to each homeowner. Rest assured that listing your home with Big Sky Sotheby’s International Realty places it, “Where the essence of extraordinary is defined.”

When you list your home or property with Big Sky Sotheby’s International Realty, you will not only receive the absolutely most professional care possible, but you also receive an internationally trusted brand for luxury real estate. The Sotheby’s brand includes:

Embracing the tradition, character, and equity of the Sotheby’s brand name.

The collaboration between auction and realty utilizes a combination of unique and exclusive marketing efforts that provide targeted exposure to a coveted and influential audience.

Global Reach
Sotheby’s has more than 15,000 independent sales associates in approximately 720 offices and 52 countries and territories.

Media partnerships whose innovation, experience, and international impact help drive awareness for the extraordinary properties our networks represent drive over 800 million media impressions for the Sotheby’s International Realty brand, such as: The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Architectural Digest, Financial Times, dwell, and Google.

Clients receive distinctive marketing, custom-tailored for each unique client, including a combination of powerful interactive and direct mail efforts to generate additional customer interest, both locally and globally.

In an ever-increasing global marketplace, attracts more consumers to search, view, and inquire than any other luxury real estate website. Properties may also be found on our network of interconnected, locally focused, and globally aware members’ sites.

Property Distribution
Our online exposure includes the most significant media companies and real estate focused websites in the world, in addition to our global marketing and world-class innovation including our eGallery and Global Distribution Programs.

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Your home is unique. Marketing a listing such as this takes an exclusive set of skills, as well as an integrated marketing plan. Our exclusive global marketing partnerships are designed to create maximum exposure for your property. All the resources that are available to our firm are utilized to present your home in an extraordinary and targeted manner.

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For more questions, call one of our very experienced agents, at Big Sky Sotheby’s International Realty, at (406) 995-2211.

Roundup: Slope Side Homes

Slope Side Homes in Big Sky Montana


There’s nothing like skiing right from your front or back door and onto the slopes. Big Sky, Montana is the ideal place for slope side ski homes, with a variety of options, ranging from custom homes and cabins to condo units. Here are some great ski-in-ski-out Big Sky homes that are on the market right now.

90 Diamond Hitch, Moonlight Basin, Montana (click to view YouTube video)
The quintessential Big Sky Cabin. This majestic log home is perched on a wooded promontory with panoramic views to the Spanish Peaks. Locati designed and masterfully created by an engineer/owner, this home exudes Old World warmth and charm while offering the highest standard of finish and impeccable attention to detail. The home is being sold completely furnished including artwork. Ski access is great to both ski resorts.

11 Saddle Ridge Rd., Big Sky, Montana
Saddle Ridge Townhomes are a delightful place to spend your leisure time while enjoying the amenities at Moonlight in Big Sky. This is a beautifully furnished 3BR/2.5BA townhome with incredible mountain views. There is a spacious master suite and the master bath area has been redesigned by McPhie Cabinetry Bath Design out of Bozeman. You have 2 decks on which to relax, a hot tub and you are within close proximity to the Moonlight Basin Lodge, with ski access Big Sky Resort.

39 Renegade Rd., Big Sky, Montana
Sophistication and warmth personify this Cowboy Heaven home. This is where rustic meets luxury. Five bedrooms and seven and half bathrooms makes this home an ideal basecamp for your winter and summer activities. Perfect ski-in, ski-out access on the Natawista ski run, straight to the Six Shooter lift. The 6,300 sq.ft. home is a pleasing combination of reclaimed wood and chiseled stone with custom, craftsman finishes and abundant views of the Spanish Peaks.

For more information about these and other ski-in-ski-out properties, contact Big Sky Sotheby’s International Realty today at 406.995.2211.

Big Sky Sotheby’s Welcomes Callie Pecunies to the Team


Big Sky Sotheby’s International Realty is excited to welcome Callie Pecunies to their real estate sales team. Callie is a Broker with ten years’ resort real estate experience and will assume a full time role within the main office in Town Center.

Callie is a recent arrival to the Big Sky area, but has spent half of her life working within the ski resort industry, the last decade of which was selling resort real estate at one of the largest eastern ski resorts. Since 1996, Callie worked at Sunday River Ski Resort in Maine, a company operated by Boyne Resorts, the company that owns Big Sky Resort.

In her lengthy tenure at Sunday River, where she managed the Human Resources department, presided over marketing events and national ski and snowboard competitions, hosted a live TV show on the resort’s Outside Television station, and sold real estate for Sunday River Real Estate, she gained the skills that made her a powerhouse broker at the resort with a fiercely loyal client base. Those are the skills she is looking forward to putting into action at Big Sky Sotheby’s International Realty.

Callie’s extensive experience has given her a realistic perspective of what it takes to be successful. “An effective resort real estate broker needs to be familiar with not only the properties they are selling, but how to determine his or her Buyer client’s priorities so they are delighted with their home. There are so many things for Buyers to consider – whether or not to be slopeside, be in a condo or a home, be on the Mountain or in the Meadow – it’s different for everyone depending on their planned use for the property.” The same experience that makes her popular with Buyers, also allows her to assist her Seller clients to effectively prepare and market their property for sale.

Her move to Big Sky, with her husband, Dave, and their two sons, was prompted by their sense of adventure, but also their desire for better education opportunities for their kids. “Maine is a beautiful place to live, but we wanted a better school for the boys, while maintaining the same active life we enjoyed back east.” They enjoy mountain biking, hiking, telemark and alpine skiing, and camping in their free time.

In addition to being a Broker at Sotheby’s International Realty, Callie and her husband are also sole proprietors of Dave Pecunies Media, a full-service photography and video production company. Callie is an active volunteer at Ophir Elementary School, and looks forward to engaging in other volunteer community activities in Big Sky.

Callie lives in Big Sky, Montana, with her husband, two sons, and their two dogs.

Bozeman Montana Real Estate Agent : Michael Morgner

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Michael Morgner has been fishing the Gallatin River since he was 5-years-old; but it took him a few more years than that to make Montana his home. An accomplished agent who specializes in high-end properties, Michael and his family moved to the area in 2011 because of the quality of Bozeman’s schools and because they knew it would be “a wonderful place to live and raise a family.”

Michael got into real estate in 1998, in Santa Fe, New Mexico. It was something he enjoyed doing and the market was strong, he says. He is no stranger to Sotheby’s, having worked with Sotheby’s International Reality in Santa Fe on and off for several years.

When he and his family decided to relocate to Montana, it was a natural fit for Michael to transition to Sotheby’s International Realty in Big Sky. He continues to maintain his licensure in Santa Fe and work with clients in New Mexico on a limited basis.

Michel says he enjoys working with Sotheby’s in part due to “the respect that the brand commands.” “I do have a few specialty high-end clients. I thought this brand would serve them well,” he adds.

What type of buyer do you most enjoy working with?
“I love meeting people, so…they’re all different. We always end up having a good time.”

What does it mean to be a Certified Residential Specialist?
“It’s kind of like the PhD of real estate,” says Morgner, who explains that the designation has to do with production and continuing education. This prestigious credential is only held by 3 percent of realtors in the nation.

Does working in several regions enhance what you do in any way?
“Absolutely,” says Michael. “There are a lot of similarities.” Michael adds that continuing to maintain his New Mexico licensure and practice have allowed him to provide unique referrals and connections to clients in both areas.

What excites you most about working in the Bozeman/Big Sky area?
“This region in general is just seeing a lot of progress,” says Michael, who sees more people moving to the area, booming construction, and the increase in airport traffic as signs that the Gallatin Valley will continue to grow and thrive. “And the market in general is very strong.”

What’s unique about Sotheby’s International Realty Big Sky?
“It offers a great team environment: working together to sell a property. It’s a strong support group, not a competitive one,” Michael says.

Michael works with buyers in both Bozeman and Big Sky; he lives in Bozeman with his wife and six children.

Click to view Michael’s current real estate listings and contact information.