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Big Sky Ski Education Foundation offers competitive Alpine, Freeride and Nordic skiing programs to kids. PHOTO COURTESY OF BSSEF

Ski Ball goes virtual

Big Sky Ski Education Foundation (BSSEF) is hosting its Annual Ski Ball fundraiser on Feb. 14 – the nonprofit’s biggest fundraiser of the year. The Ski Ball is going virtual, but the organization has creatively come up with ways for attendees to be engaged while socially distanced.

2014 Keep Montana Green Art Contest winner Madison Bauer’s artwork - "Don't be mean, keep it green!" PHOTO COURTESY OF KEEP MONTANA GREEN

Keep Montana Green

At the end of World War II, Montanans looked to the vast wilderness of the Treasure State and felt the urge to protect it. The nonprofit Keep Montana Green has focused on preventing humancaused wildfires with a big push toward education for the last 75 years.

Lee Winters on his sailboat Jargo during his journey around the world. A $40 gift in Cuba might have set up an entrepreneur with a business and saved a family from poverty. PHOTO COURTESY OF LEE WINTERS

Changing lives for under $50

Lee Winters circumnavigated the globe solo on a 39-foot sailboat called Jargo, named after the horse that saved his grandparents during a flash flood. The consummate entrepreneur, his pursuits have ranged from inventions, to farming, to soy protein packing and now to real estate investment with Spanish Moss Home Buyers in Savannah, Ga.

Gallatin County Sheriff ’s Office Search and Rescue Volunteers used a snow ambulance near Yellowstone National Park over Christmas break to get an injured snowmobiler help. PHOTO COURTESY GALLATIN COUNTY

No rest for Search & Rescue

When humans head to the wilderness, things can happen quickly. Weather shifts, lightning strikes, animals attack. This is not to say that nature has antipathy for humans, but more apathy. That might even be part of the appeal for outdoor enthusiasts – a thrill.

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