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Ramcharger 8’s roomy bucket seats will zoom skiers and snowboarders up Andesite Mountain in comfort, shortening the current ride by two-thirds. According to Boyne Resorts President Stephen Kircher, each chair weighs 2,200 pounds and “costs more than a Porsche.” Photo Courtesy Big Sky Resort

North America’s first eight-seater chairlift, night skiing coming to town

Before announcing Big Sky Resort’s official upcoming moves in its 10-year plan, Taylor Middleton, Big Sky Resort general manager and president Taylor Middleton touched on another recent milestone - for the first time in its 45-year history, Big Sky Resort will exceed 500,000 skier visits by the end of this season.

These eye-catching signs are staked just under the Conoco sign on Lone Mountain Trail at the entrance of Big Sky.  Photo by Jolene Palmer

You’ve seen the signs

J.D. Bingman, Montana outfitter license number 614, says he’s not much for making ripples in the pond when it comes to the controversial topics of the day. It’s just that he earns his living on rivers, including the Yellowstone.

WHAT'S NEW AT THE FOOD BANK

THANK YOU—A catastrophe was averted this week, thanks to the quick action of employees from the Country Market, Alpine Property Management and Buck’s T4. When the Country Market’s freezers went down briefly this weekend, the team was able to save the frozen turkeys by moving them to Buck’s to be smoked in their smoker.

MINERS OF THE WEEK

The Miners of the week are kindergarten teachers (L to R) Ms. Rose (Savannah Horwood), Ms. Mac (Kass McCarthy) and Ms. Gretchen (Goodman). These three ladies work hard to create a team approach in educating our youngest students in school. 

Yes, that's a kazoo.

How long, really?

KT Tunstall opened her recent sold-out benefit concert at Montana Jack with the song, “It Took Me So Long To Get Here, But Here I Am.” Before starting, she coached the crowd on how to sing along with the chorus, and wasn’t impressed with the initial effort. 

Arts Council of Big Sky volunteer Patty Rhea stands next to a Deborah Butterfield sculpture similar to the one coming to Big Sky this fall. This piece—on display at The Big Sky Real Estate Co. in Town Center—was originally made with wood gathered in Hawaii, where Butterfield spends her winters.

59716 VOLUNTEER

After relocating to Big Sky with her husband following her retirement as curator for the Rockford Art Museum in Illinois, Moonlight Basin resident Patty Rhea knew she wanted to remain active in the arts.

TRAILHEAD BRIEFS

New faces on the Gallatin River Task Force board of directors

 

JeNelle Johnson

Recently recognized for her GRTF volunteer work for “most pebbles counted,” Johnson decided to take her involvement to the next level, joining the GRTF board of directors in February. 

Hungry Moose baker of nearly five years Ashley Dodd puts the finishing touches on a custom-ordered birthday cake, one of her favorite things to whip up.

A Moose with a sweet tooth

The savory scents of fresh pie crust and whole baked chickens mingled with the sweetness of fresh cupcakes and banana bread on a Friday afternoon in the kitchen for the Hungry Moose, located across the parking lot from the market in the same building as the Big Sky Discovery Academy. 

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