Now that we're skiing again and Thanksgiving is over, it's time to create that Christmas Wish List. From new skis to a Big Sky Resort pint glass my list encompasses a decent variety of interests with skiing at the top. In inconsequential order here's a glimpse into all I want for Christmas:
Snow. It's hard to buy this, but it's really all I want.
Rossignol Temptation 100 Open 174s.
Big Sky Resort pint glass. Lone Peak Logo in the Mountain Mall is full of affordable yet classic gift ideas.
Aspen Extreme and other ski movies. My fictional ski movie collection begins and ends at Dumb and Dumber. I'm looking to expand that weird and bizarre niche of the film industry, but also welcome the most recent Matchstick Productions' production.
Sorel Boots. Spending more than half the year in a wintery mix of sorts good boots are a must. I tend to wear out the inside of my boots before the outside goes, which means Sorel Boots make my Christmas List about every other year.
Long Johns. Even though I grew up in the windy winters of Great Falls, Montana, it's time for some new long Johns for those blustery days on the slopes and chilly nights by the fire. My favorite: Hot Chillys. (Also sold at Big Sky Sports!)
American Flag. I want to be able to portray that patriotism on those special American holidays by hoisting a flag in front of my home.
Big Sky Resort's Andriod and iPhone app has brand new updates and features for the 2014-2015 Winter Season. Check out what Big Sky Resort Web Marketing Coordinator Michael Stenberg has to say about the updates:
What can you tell me about the Big Sky Resort app?
The Big Sky Resort app is available for both iOS and Android devices and is the place to go for information in and around the resort. The Big Sky Resort app has gone through a few different variations over the years. This year's update is a rather large update, and I'm excited for everyone to get their hands on it.
What were some of these new changes?
For one, the app is basically being redone from the ground up with a redesign to match the look and feel of most modern apps. This year I'm excited to finally see some more frequently requested features being added to the app, including ski tracking, restaurants, activities, and better consistency across our snow and weather reports.
What are your favorite features of the app?
I'm really excited to see the legitimate return of the My Stats feature, which will now be called Ski+. With this, challenges can be completed to earn bragging rights with your friends on the slopes. See who went the fastest, the farthest, who made the most laps, etc. You'll even be able to see previous history and if you've beaten your personal best. It'll be a great way to challenge yourself and others to really explore as much of the Biggest Skiing in America as possible.
What about what we all love most - snow?
The app also pulls information from various sources and spots around the mountain, including information like snowfall and temperature from on-mountain weather station sites; lift and trail status updated by snow safety dispatch; weather and forecast information from NOAA; and the most recent update from our snowreporters. All this is to ensure that all information is as up-to-date as possible. This is automated as much as possible to keep our snow and weather information consistent across the website, app, interactive trail map, and snow report.
Admittedly, I'm a bit of an amateur with the app, where is a great place for beginner app users to start?
I'd encourage everyone to download the current app from their app stores (App Store on iOS or Google Play on Android) or by simply going to http://bigskyresort.com/app. This way, you'll be notified when the update is released. From there, I'd simply explore the app with its updated navigation and ease of use to explore all you can do with it - view the webcams, see the latest snow and weather report, check the status of your favorite lifts and runs, make reservations in one of our restaurants, check when an activity is offered, view videos, and much more.
-Anna and Michael
In preparation for the beginning of a new ski season I am participating in what I like to call the 25 Days of Winter leading up to Nov. 27, this Thursday! Here are days 1-5:
Patience. Opening Day is only five days away. Now is the time to practice patience. Not only is patience a good life lesson, but it helps one maintain order while waiting for those lifts to turn.
Squats. Sure, Big Sky Resort opens in four days, but there is no time like the present to start getting those legs into ski and snowboard shape. The other option: Ski as much as possible as soon as possible to be ready for the time the Lone Peak Tram opens.
Create. Get the creative juices flowing by working on a ski/snowboard related project. A creative project could include finishing that bench made out of an old snowboard, hanging that old #7 chair as a porch swing, create a ceiling fan with old skis, or perhaps a cork board with wine corks and old gear. We will create perfect turns and lines all winter. Why not find the joy in creating before the season even starts?
Wear ski boots today. I hope all snowboarder's boots are already comfy and ready to go. For the skiers out there like me it might be a good idea to put those boots on for there's no time like the present to get those toes adjusted to tight spaces.
Keep praying for snow and get a good night's sleep.
Now we ski.
We've been busy making snow the last two weeks in preparation for Opening Day on Thanksgiving. The Suessical piles of snow are mounding up outside my office window, and I wanted to bring a little of that to the blog. Here's how we snowmake:
Filmed & Edited by Chris Kamman
In preparation for the beginning of a new ski season I am participating in what I like to call the 25 Days of Winter leading up to Nov. 27. With less than one week until Opening Day, stay tuned for more tips and anticipation of the coming winter season. Here are days 6-10:
Plan to attend a festival this winter. To beat the mid-winter blues (aka: lack of Vitamin D) catch a music or film festival for those après-ski hours. My suggestion: Big Sky Big Grass Bluegrass Festival at Big Sky Resort. Quickly becoming the largest bluegrass festival in Montana, Big Sky Big Grass features Leftover Salmon, The Travelin' McCourys, Della Mae, John Jorgenson, and so many more. Tickets go on sale soon.
Journeying. The ultimate exploration of the mountains means one has to go on a journey. Part of that journey includes these days leading up to Opening Day. The days feel like they drag on forever, but time goes by quickly so get ready to continue that journey into winter.
Look for annunciations. Listen closely for the start of those daily snowreports and lift openings. Big Sky Resort begins the daily morning snowreport on Thanksgiving Day. Click here for snowreport info at Big Sky Resort.
Plan to stay for après music. Figure out what days work best in one's schedule to stick around at Whiskey Jack's or Carabiner Lounge for live après music featuring amazing Big Sky and Bozeman local artists. I would give a suggestion, but there's just no going wrong when it comes to live music in Big Sky.
Wax. It's time to get those skis and snowboards waxed for the upcoming season. Get more info on tune ups at the Big Sky Sports Repair Shop or Moonride Rentals and Repair.
Check back soon for days 1-5.
Della Mae at Big Sky Big Grass 2015.
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