Happy New Year everyone. While the world has been settling into the new year, we have been taking advantage of the new powder at Big Sky Resort. Check out the recent pics from around the mountain:
Photos: Cody Chesneau
Photo: Michael Stenberg
The top 10 resolutions Americans make every new year are:
1) Spend more time with friends and family
2) Fitness goals
3) Lose weight
4) Quit smoking
5) Enjoy life
6) Quit drinking
7) Get out of debt
8) Learn something new
9) Help others
10) Get organized
These resolutions are decent and all, but I wanted something more; something specific to my life and specific to my time here in Big Sky. My top 10 resolutions for 2014 pertaining to Big Sky Resort life are:
1) Ski more. Skiers often make resolutions or goals at the beginning of the ski season. However, no matter what time of year it is I also want to ski more. This will be the year.
2) Instagram more. Instagram is my favorite social network. Instagram is tough to beat for simplicity in photo and video sharing with my tight-knit group of friends and my tight-knit Big Sky community.
3) Buy a beacon (and brush up on my beacon skills). Safety first!
4) Ski the Big Couloir. With my new beacon in hand I will be able to head to "Big" (as many call it) and ski it with passion and guts. I cannot wait because I've never skied Big before, and what a perfect winter to do it.
5) Read The Big Sky by A.B. Guthrie, Jr. Guthrie was the first person to use the words "Big Sky" to talk about Montana. He wrote the award-winning screenplay for Shane, and published a number of award-winning novels about the American West. The Big Sky is waiting for me at home as I type this.
6) Après more at Headwaters Grille. Headwaters Grille is a fantastic, cozy spot in the Madison Base area with beautiful large format photos and a lovely little bar. Definitely a new lunch or après spot for me.
7) Buy new Rossignols. I love my K2 Misdemeanors. They're fun and turn well, but I cannot wait to get on some fatter skis (to ski the Big Couloir with). Rossi is the way to go.
8) Rock climb in Gallatin Canyon. I first rock climbed in sixth grade. Summer of 2013 I got back on the rocks and found that it's just as exhilarating as it was in sixth grade. My goal is to climb my way along the Gallatin Canyon this year.
9) Pay it forward (on the slopes and off). Paying it forward sounds like a fancy way to say: Be kind to others. However, the idea of paying it forward is more than that. Each time something good or kind happens to you, in turn, you do something good or kind for three other people.
10) Visit Yellowstone National Park in winter. I have lived in Montana on and off for 19 years and never seen Yellowstone National Park in winter. This fact naturally brings me some shame, but mostly disappointment in myself because Yellowstone is one of the most amazing places on earth and, as a national park, has even more to give in the wondrous beauty of winter.
Whatever resolution seems the most important, coming to Big Sky Resort in 2014 should be at the top of everyone's list. There is no place like Big Sky.
To Headwaters Grille at Madison Base Area.
"Apparently, I'm only the third woman ever to receive this award, and I'm so honored to be numbered with Lilly Tomlin and Whoopi Goldberg, but I do hope that women are achieving at a rate these days that we can stop counting what number they are achieving things."-Tina Fey
I was always in Tina Fey's camp. I didn't really appreciate the "women's issue" of Freeskier Magazine, and, in college, wrote a scathing op-ed piece about Women's History Month. Why were women purposefully segregating themselves? While I still agree with Fey's sentiment I no longer deem women's events as offensive to women. And with an event like Get the Girls Out, how could it be?
Get the Girls Out is an ongoing national event where women get together to ride. And it's happening Jan. 3 at Big Sky Resort. It's an exciting day for women of all ages to come together, meet new people, inspire one-another to shred, and help out an amazing organization, SheJumps.org.
A professor of mine taught me that as long as oppression of a people-group occurs in society there will be a need for the gathering together of those who feel discriminated against. That is why I am rooting for Get the Girls Out at Big Sky Resort. Not to say that I don't already ski with some pretty amazing women on a weekly basis, but I am rooting for the day's success because it is inspiring to see so many women come together to ski with a sense of belonging in a sport dominated by men.
The mission of Get the Girls Out Day is to bring women together of all ages as they "support, challenge, mentor, and inspire each other in the outdoor sports world ... to inspire younger generations to storm mountains." See you out there, ladies.
Register for Get the Girls Out Day in the Mammoth Room of the Mountain Mall day-of at Big Sky Resort.
Big Sky Resort wishes you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Skiing on the Holidays is a tradition here. Singing down the slopes spreading Christmas Cheer is what we do. Our marketing intern Cody, put together this playlist on what he will be listening as he makes his way around the Biggest Skiing in America. It adds a new twist to our tradition with Millennial Generation music. Each song has been paired with a run. Try it out yourself!
Song and Run accompaniment:
"Don't Let Me Spend Christmas Alone" by Mitch Murder - Pacifier
"Chasing Cars" by Red Ashes - Big Couloir
"Bird Peterson Holiday Spectacular" - Deep South / El Dorado
"Mr. Grinch" - Mr. K
"Christmas Eve" by Sarajevo - Elk Park Ridge
"Crushmas Mix" - Upper and Lower Morningstar
"Rudolph by DMX" - Calamity Jane
"All I Want for Christmas" - Ambush
"Christmas Wrapping Delight" by DJ Detta - Crazy Horse
"DJ Snake" - Bacon Rind Glades
"Like Snow" - Dude Park
"I Won't Be Home for Christmas" - Grizzly
"A Very Wick-It Christmas" - Lobo Meadows
"Christmas" by The Who - Stump Farm
"Fantasy" by Xaphoon Jones - Liberty Bowl
"Holidays" by D.veloped - The Gullies
"Christmas" by Jimmy Eat World - White Wing
"Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree" - The Bowl
"Frank Sinatra Christmas Mix (Dirty Tees Remix)" - Silver Knife
"Sweater Party" - Chuck's Run
"White Christmas" by Chiptune - Safari
"Losing You" by Solange - Big Horn
In two days 34" of snow came down at Big Sky Resort. Stormy weather is nothing new yet it continues to excite and delight skiers near and far. Riding that wave of excitement are a few photos from recent powder-filled days at Big Sky Resort. Photos by Chris Kamman.
Skier: Liz Welles
Skier: Mark Davidson
Skier: Mark Davidson
Skier: Brian Stumpf
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