Lone Mountain Big Sky Montana

The Mountain Village of Big Sky is blessed with amazing beauty compliments of the Gallatin and Madison Mountain Ranges and more activities than a mere mortal could ever dream of doing. During summer you can fly-fish, hike, bike, raft, horseback ride, golf, camp, watch wildlife or simply relax and enjoy the scenery while trying to figure out how to do it all. Winter provides for some of the best downhill skiing in America; offering a combined 5600 acres of pure adventure. Nordic skiing, dog-sledding, trips to Yellowstone and moonlit sleigh ride dinners complete the winter experience.

Gallatin River Winter
Gallatin River winter

Located midway between Bozeman and West Yellowstone, in southwestern Montana, Big Sky shares Gallatin Mountain splendor with its neighbor, Yellowstone National Park. In addition to extensive recreation opportunities and fine resort amenities, Big Sky is known for its breathtaking scenery, abundant wildlife, and gracious hospitality. Here you'll find much contrast, from casual fleece to western elegance from gentle meadows to the rugged magnificence of Lone Peak.

Big Sky Ski Resort is 3,812 acres of downhill skiing, snowboarding and snowshoe trails. Recognized for lack of lift lines, amazing steeps and the biggest skiing in America with the new Big Sky and Moonlight Basin interconnect.

Montana is known for its fly-fishing, and the Big Sky area is no exception. With the Gallatin River within minutes of any rental property in Big Sky or you could be fishing the World Famous Madison River in an hour, it is great for tourists and locals alike. The Big Sky Area has multiple local outfitters with trips for beginners to even the most experienced fishermen. Choose from a variety of trips including floating trips, walk/wade trips, and horse-pack trips. Please contact the following businesses for guided fishing information and locations to purchase you fishing license.

Gallatin River Fly-fisher
Fly-fishing the Gallatin River

Winter’s nearly perpetual blue skies are interrupted in a timely fashion by millions of snowflakes that blanket the landscape, 400 inches of annual snowfall or three mountains with lots of elbow room. Lift lines are nonexistent here. The skiing and riding is the ultimate experience, explore the backcountry on snowshoes or take a relaxing sleigh ride. The choice, like Big Sky itself, is all yours.

For backcountry skiing you may with to venture next door to Beehive Basin, Porcupine Creek, or other parts of neighboring Gallatin National Forest, or tour Yellowstone National Park. Stop in the local shops for area maps, advice on trails, rental equipment and updated avalanche forecasts. The Cross-country skier will find 65 groomed kilometers of' nationally ranked' cross-country ski trails at Lone Mountain Ranch. Lessons, rentals, and guided tours are available. Or check out the Rendezvous Trails in West Yellowstone.

Gallatin River Whitewater RaftingMountain biking in and around the Big Sky area means miles of backcountry scenery, wildflowers, and wildlife, with few human encounters. Ski lift mountain bike access and forest roads offer off-pavement, out-of-traffic experiences. There are trails on and around the mountain which to explore. New beginner and advanced trails are being constructed this summer. Down-hillers can also find a plethora of trails to get their thrills on.

 

Bighorn Sheep rams
Bighorn sheep can often be seen along the Gallatin River or on the acces road up to Big Sky Mountain Resort.

Big Sky’s proximity to Yellowstone provides dividends for the wildlife watcher and photographer, it's not everyday you get to see a bighorn sheep or bull elk, but at Big Sky it's a very frequent occurrence. Some spots that you are likely to see animals include: bighorn sheep at the entrance to Big Sky off Hwy. 191, elk and coyotes in the meadows of the Gallatin River headwaters in the northwest corner of Yellowstone Park, bison on the Madison River near West Yellowstone, moose and geese in the Big Sky Meadow Village, mountain goats in the high cliffs of Lone Peak and Beehive basin.

Most visitors get acquainted with Mother Nature during their Big Sky stay. Peace of mind will return the moment you pull on your hiking boots and explore the miles and miles of trails in our Gallatin National Forest. Right at the resort, you can elect the easier route by taking our scenic lift ride up the mountain and then enjoy a leisurely hike down to the base on our self-guided nature trails. Wildflowers, roaring streams, distant snow-clad peaks, and clean, crisp mountain air.

Yellowstone News

Big water this runnoff,

Here Mark Bryson  of  Snake River Photo, captured a raft that met the wrath of the Snake River at 27,000 cubic feet per second.  If you are running the Snake River Mark Bryson likely has a photo of you, check out Snake River Photo

Capsizing whitewater raft, Snake River, Jackson Hole Wyoming

Grizzly Bear and cub, Jackson Hole, Wyoming, Bridger Teton National Forest

Most of the Yellowstone gates are open for 2017 and grizzly bears are being seen

White female of the Canyon Pack has been killed.

Park staff investigated the situation and concluded the wolf was in shock and dying from the injuries. “Staff on scene agreed the animal could not be saved due to the severity of its injuries. The decision was made to kill the animal and investigate the cause of the initial trauma,” said P.J. White, Chief of the Wildlife and Aquatic Resources Branch. At this time, the nature of the initial injuries is unknown. An investigation into the cause of the injuries has begun which will include a necropsy.
 
Park staff identified the wolf as the white alpha female of the Canyon Pack, one of three known white wolves in the park. This wolf lived to 12 years, twice the age of an average wolf in the park and had a broad range that extended from Hayden Valley to the Firehole River area to the northern portion of the park. For these reasons, the wolf was one of the most recognizable and sought after by visitors to view and photograph.

Wolves eating bison carcass at the Gibbon River
Wolves sharing a meal

Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to call the Yellowstone National Park Tip Line at 307-344-2132 or e-mail us. For more information, visit http://go.nps.gov/tipline.
 
The park will provide more information about the investigation when it is available.  

Wolf haters around the region are sipping champaign and toasting each other, I though will no longer be able to share the joy  showing this wolf to my Yellowstone visitors who have always dreamed of seeing a wolf in the wild.

I get it, wolves eat elk outfitters would like to sell to tourist hunters, and they eat some cows; hoever, these loses don't compare to the losses of the revenue grizzlies and wolves bring to their own neighbors in the tourst industry.  Oh well.

Montana, Wyoming and Idaho Game ad Fish's plan to screw the grizzlies

Wyoming, Montana and Idaho officials contend that federal wildlife managers are overstepping their authority by requiring that grizzly bear hunting regulations be put in place before final “delisting” of the species. The directors of the Wyoming Game and Fish Department, Idaho Department of Fish and Game and Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks jointly urged the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to do away with a focus on hunting in a proposed grizzly delisting rule that’s now on the table. ....... Jackson Hole News and Gude article here.

Montana, Wyoming and Idaho Game ad Fish's protest to get rid of federal oversight so they can kill grizzlies as they see fit...........  Read PDF Here

Momma grizzly, baby grizzly, swimming, grizzly sow, and cub
Grizzly 399 and her cub swimming in roadside pond
http://www.grizzlytimes.org/#!Partisan-Scientists-in-Public-Service-I-The-Strange-Case-of-the-Interagency-Grizzly-Bear-Study-Team/c1ou2/56fd9f780cf2b279cdbaa208
Yellowstone Grizzly Bear

Partisan Scientists in Public Service I: The Strange Case of the Interagency Grizzly Bear Study Team

(Pull Qoute) Interestingly enough, Chris Servheen has a doctorate in wildlife ecology. Moreover, the IGBST scientists at the time, led by Dr. Charles Schwartz, were deeply involved with and fully complicit in, not only putting together the 2007 delisting Rule, but also in crafting court briefs. In other words, ignorance or lack of education can't be plausibly invoked as an explanation for why the government scientists involved in authoring the 2007 Rule so egregiously misrepresented the relevant science................. rest of article

A Protective Firewall For Grizzlies

The delisting of the Yellowstone Grizzly Bear is imminent and this we should celebrate (''''dancing''''). Now that our happy dance is complete, we must ensure the grizzlies' recovery is permanent. To ensure "continuity of achievement," the grizzlies need a firewall to protect the success of this achievement from human foible.

The Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee was formed in 1983 to help ensure recovery of viable grizzly bear populations and their habitat in the lower 48 states through interagency coordination of policy, planning, management, and research. Many people have been working on this recovery for decades, for some; it has been most of their career. I can understand why the delisting of the grizzly before their retirement is their goal. A metaphorical gold watch if you will.

Many will argue differently,............................. Rest of Article

Blondie the Grizzly Bear and her three cubs
Blondie the Grizzly Sow and her three cubs, where these four bears roam in the Teton Wilderness is likely to open to hunting someday soon, this must not happen.

Yellowstone roadside grizzlies worth rangers' hassle???

Yellowstone visitors would pay an additional $41 to ensure seeing roadside grizzlies, a study shows, and the attraction creates 155 jobs and more than $10 million a year for the regional economy. The $41 visitors would pay is on top of the $25-per-vehicle entrance fee. If Yellowstone no longer allowed grizzly bears to use roadside habitat — and instead chased, moved or killed them — the regional economy would lose more than $10 million a year and 155 jobs according to the paper "The economics of roadside bear viewing."............................Rest of story

Helpful ebook for photographers

The Grand Teton Photo and Field Guide is an encapsulation of the flora, fauna, and photography of Jackson Hole Wyoming and Grand Teton National Park. Also included are thumbnails of the history and geology of the valley. This book is for all visitors with a desire to seek out wildlife, photograph the landscape, or merely learn about the history, geology, and lay of the land of Grand Teton National Park. The author provides general overviews including hot links with more in-depth descriptions of subjects of individual interest.

In the “Lay of the Land” section, includes the obvious highlights along the loop through Grand Teton Park. Hot links to side roads will give you more in-depth description of side roads and feeder roads and their highlights. Also included are descriptions of all two-rut roads that are legal to travel on in Grand Teton Park. GPS links to Google Maps are provided throughout.

As a field guide, profiles of most of animals and birds in the area are described. Jackson Hole is full of wildlife but there are places where animals are, and there are places where they are not. It is a waste of time to scrutinize a landscape devoid of what you are looking for, so this guide narrows options down to the hot spots. I provide maps of the likeliest places to find the popular critters of Grand Teton National Park. I also touch on trees, shrubs, and wildflowers with minimal explanations.  

The grandeur of Grand Teton Park has made it one of the most photographed places in the world. The opportunity to harness multiple juxtapositional elements has drawn photographers for over a century since William Henry Jackson took the first photos here in 1878. Grand Teton Park’s plethora of famous vistas are profiled as well as many which are less clichéd that can bring new perspectives of a well-documented landscape. Grand Tetons’ iconic landscape photo opportunities are described in detail; however, they barely scratch the surface of opportunities as it takes a photographer with an artist’s eye to unveil as they follow their own intuition and vision.  The author who shies away from clichéd landscapes provides a chapter of his favorite places that aren’t landscape clichés.

In the photography section the author includes chapters on composition, exposure basics, when to shoot and why. Daryl has summarized what he teaches in his, half day, Grand Teton workshops in a simple concise way.

If you are only in Grand Teton Park for a day there is a chapter called the “Portfolio Packer Morning Trip,” that does just that, all the icons and several favorite places in a five our blitz.  But it is better to spend more time and dig deep into the embarrassment of riches of Grand Teton National Park................. More Info

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