Big Sky Resort's 11th Annual Dummy Jump was my first Dummy Jump experience. When first place finisher, Mutt Cutts hit the lip of the jump my heart skipped a beat. Not only was Mutt Cutts a piece of artistic-wonder, it was huge. Made mostly from newspaper and cardboard, Mutt Cutts didn't look like it would make it down the jump, let alone fly as far as it did. However, its fate was sealed: Mutt Cutts would destruct into thousands of pieces of newspaper. Although many Dummies destroyed on impact, such as Belarus Ballerina Tatiana Miller, face planting way before being hauled up the hill, and others, such as Side Jumpin' Joey, who face planted on the lip of the jump, Mutt Cutts was just plain exciting to watch. Other notable Dummies included: Big Red (I helped build this one!), Sweet Home Alabama, Hiley Vyrus, Tipsy Tipy, Turbo the Snail, Wile E Coyote, Flying Photo Goose, Checking Out, Weiner Thing a.k.a. Sweet Weiner, and many others including Dummy Jump's own sponsor, popchips' Barbie Q. (I also had a ton of delicious popchips that day and cannot wait to try the nacho cheese tortilla chips). Check out the results and then take a look at photos from the event:
6- Bubbly Betty by Alpha Hot Tub Maintenance, The Cain Family
5- Tipsy Tippy by Big Sky Resort Mountain Hosts
4- Wile E Coyote by Karst Kids
3- Tobi McFly by Team Shocker
2- Weiner Thing by Grizzly Outfitters and Ace Hardware
1- Mutt Cutts by Big Sky Resort Mountain Services
Heart and Soul Award- Sweet Home Alabama by Team Allen
Team Spirit Award- Better Together by Team Retail
Repeat Offender Award- Flying Photo Goose by Crystal Images
Second-place finisher Weiner Thing a.k.a. Sweet Weiner
Wile E Coyote
This Saturday evening, MT Living Health Coach Melinda Turner joins us once again at Big Sky Resort for "The Art of Eating for Energy." Not only is eating for energy vital to a community that thrives on snowsports and non-stop summer fun, but healthy eating (and drinking) does not always go hand-in-hand with such communities. It's easy for me to find an event where I can grab a beer and watch Dummy's jump or enjoy a margarita while listening to an awesome band at Whiskey Jack's, but I'm looking forward to more events at Big Sky Resort that involve a female expert on healthy eating and living as this is something I strive to improve in my own life.
Big Sky local Melinda Turner is the founder of MT Holistic Living, and helps so many of us in this small town find passion and purpose with our health. Turner's Pinterest page is the inspiration for today's Living Big post. Here are is my favorite recipe repined by Turner, and a great workout pin from Turner's Clean Eating Pinterest Board and Keep Moving Board.
Roasted Veggie and Black Bean Burritos:
• 2 whole Sweet Potatoes, Peeled And Cubed Small
• 2 whole Jalapenos Diced
• 1 whole Red Pepper, Diced Small
• 1 whole Red Onion, Diced Small
• 2 teaspoons Olive Oil
• 1 teaspoon Cumin
• 1 teaspoon Chili Powder
• 1 pinch Salt And Pepper
• 1 can Black Beans, Rinsed And Drained (15 Ounce Can)
• ½ cups Fresh Cilantro, Chopped
• 2 teaspoons Fresh Lime Juice
• 2 cups Shredded Cheddar
• 1 package Burrito-Sized Wheat Tortillas Or Wraps (6-10 Count)
In a bowl, toss your raw veggies in olive oil and season with spices. Place in a large baking dish and roast in 425 degree oven for 20 minutes, tossing around halfway through.
Let cool. Add your roasted veggies to a can of rinsed black beans. Add cilantro and squirt of lime juice. Combine gently. At this point, mixture can be stored for later use.
Warm your wheat tortillas or wraps in microwave according to directions on package. Spray a casserole dish with nonstick spray or olive oil spray.
Add two heaping tablespoons of vegetable and bean mixture to center of wrap. Top with shredded cheese. Fold over, fold in sides, place in pan and continue to roll the others. Place into your baking dish, seam side down so that they stay together.
Bake in 375 degree oven for about 15 minutes or until golden brown. Baking this way will make the tortilla wrap crisp. For a softer burrito, spray burrito with nonstick spray, then wrap in aluminum foil and bake for same amount of time.
Makes about 6 burritos.
Beginner Kettlebell Tips:
1) Two-handed kettlebell swing targets
2) One-handed kettlebell swing targets
3) Two-arm kettlebell row targets
4) Kettlebell figure-8
5) Kettlebell Russian Twists
Last Saturday Big Sky Resort hosted the 9th Annual Headwaters Spring Runoff. This was my first annual runoff and the first time a monoskier (two bindings on one board) took on The Headwaters. It was also a first for many competitors with 10 who had never competed in a big mountain competition before, and an additional half dozen who had never competed in the Headwaters Spring Runoff. I was not alone in my new surroundings, but gained a sense of belonging from this event's community. More than one-hundred spectators littered the snowy knoll above the finish line with youthful, albeit dirtbag, cheers. None of the 39 competitors came to the hi-vis finish without a cowbell, a yodel, or a friend handing out gummy bears to bring them home. Even Big Sky Resort's videographer, whose footage you're about to see, yelled out a congrats or two. The vibe was alive in the Stillwater Bowl that day. I can't wait to see what the juniors are going to bring this Saturday in the second leg of the Headwater Spring Runoff. Check out the two videos and the entire list of scores for the adult competition below.
Cinematography and Edited by Chris Kamman
Favorites ... Everyone has one. Mine just so happens to be a steep and twisted cirque on the north side of Big Sky Resort known as The Headwaters. After many years of hiking and riding the beautiful and sunny A-Z Chutes one day I found myself being strangely drawn to their darker and mysterious big sister The Headwaters. What I found was a whole new inbounds ski experience unlike anything I had ever seen. One that offered the relative ease of access provided by lifts, signage, a passionate and capable ski patrol and maintained hiking trails but... ended in obscurity. Standing atop the hike laid out before me was nothing short of a labyrinth. Interconnecting chutes, spines, rocky buttresses, hanging snowfields and massive amounts of exposure as far as my eyes could see were all open wall to wall. My partner and I sat a long time studying the cirque, watching other skiers and riders make their way, and getting comfortable with our new surroundings. The vibe of this place was intoxicating yet it's philosophy quite sobering: If you can see it you can ski it. In the world of resort skiing this was where the sidewalk ends. In The Headwaters the only limitations were my own.
It's been several years since that day and my passion and respect of The Headwaters has only grown. Each season I patiently watch and wait as the snow and winds shape and reshape the terrain. This season long study comes to a head each spring with the Headwaters Spring Runoff and the Subaru Freeride Series World Qualifier. These freeride competitions are held each year in the Headwaters venue and allow local and regional skiers and riders the chance to compete for fun, prizes, points and even a chance to compete on the Freeride World Tour. These conditions blogs below are my weekly observations of the venue and will hopefully serve as a resource for other competitors to stay safe, get creative and prepare for these events. Tune in here as well as Big Sky Resort's Facebook Page, Twitter, and Event Calendar for the latest news and info on conditions and competitions.
March 15: Adult Headwaters Spring Runoff (Click HERE to register)
March 22: Junior Headwaters Spring Runoff (This event is FULL. Click here to be put on the Wait List)
April 2-6: Subaru Freeride Series FWQ
Last Update March 12, 2014:
It's a powder day! Big Sky Resort just received 22-29"/24 hours. Mid-mountain base depth is 76" and the upper mountain base is 109". Winds are out of the NW at 5 mph. Skies are mostly sunny with temps around 25 degrees. Snow is a little heavier than normal and control work left a lot of debris in the run outs, but overall the skiing/riding is good. Forecast is calling for sunny skies and highs in the low 30's the next few days.
The 9th Annual Headwaters Spring Runoff Adult Venue
Shots of The Headwaters from March 12, 2014:
Rob McCoury, 2013 Grammy winner for Best New Bluegrass Album, The Streets of Baltimore, plays Big Sky Resort's Big Sky Big Grass this weekend with The Travelin' McCourys. His 5-string banjo and bluegrass songwriting skills are the best in the business. When McCoury is not touring the country he makes his home in Nashville, where he has received numerous awards for his contributions to bluegrass music. Here are a few words from McCoury on his years in Bluegrass and his excitement at coming back to Big Sky Big Grass for the fourth time:
Where did you grow up and how did that place influence your music?
I grew up in southern Pennsylvania, in a house filled with music.
Who are your musical influences and style influences, whether musical or otherwise?
My father Del McCoury, Earl Scruggs, Sonny Osborne, JD Crowe, and the people they played with.
Can you tell us a little bit about your relationship with your instruments and strings?
My two main instruments were very special gifts given to me out of the blue. I use Daddario strings, they sound great and last a long time.
Can you tell us a story from being on the road?
Nothing juicy. Our first trip to Big Grass, we got snowed in, in South Carolina of all places, and arrived at the festival a day late.
This is your fourth year back to Big Sky Big Grass, what is unique to playing in Big Sky, Montana?
Its just an awesome event all the way around.
What keeps you coming back?
Steve Merlino, what a great guy.
What do you love about Big Sky outside of the festival?
Where do you see bluegrass music headed?
Bluegrass is steady growing in popularity.
What does the future of bluegrass look like?
The future looks great, better than ever.
Check out The Travelin' McCourys at Big Sky Big Grass in the Missouri Ballroom on Sunday. Get tickets here.
The Travelin' McCourys
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