The Big Mountain Out Your Back Door

Posted on September 14, 2017 by calliep

The Big Mountain Out Your Backdoor

Even to a hardened alpinist, Big Sky Resort's Lone Peak is a stunning sight. Nestled in the heart of Montana’s rugged Madison Range, Lone Peak, home to Big Sky Resort, is solitary, hulking and gorgeous to behold throughout Montana’s distinct four seasons. But its unique beauty begs a lot of questions. Like, why is Lone Mountain so, well, lonely? And what makes it such a perfect venue for one the the country’s best ski resorts? The answers to these burning questions lie in the faults.

Our backyard, including Lone Peak and the Madison Range, is made up of 1.7 million year old deposits left over by the Yellowstone Caldera’s last explosion. As you drive north from Big Sky along the Gallatin River towards Bozeman, take note of the towering rock fins. Beloved by climbers and hikers alike, much of the exposed rock throughout Gallatin Canyon is some of the oldest on the face of the earth.

Lone Mountain itself is a volcano that never erupted. While we enjoy skiing, biking, golfing and fishing in Big Sky, our home was a volcanic battle one some 50 million years ago. The stunning scenery we love is the result of this chaotic geologic period in earth’s history. What was once a burning hot hell-scape is now a powder skiing mecca.

Much of Lone Mountain is made up of an igneous rock called Dacite. Dacite is crystalized magma that spread throughout the cone of Lone Mountain all those years ago, giving the peak its solid shape. The hard minerals and rocks in Lone Mountain survived weathering and erosion, unlike the soft sedimentary rock that once surrounded the peak, leaving our beloved ski resort standing tall.

Whether you’re skiing Big Sky as a visitor, or gazing at its flanks from inside a Big Sky Sotheby’s represented home, understanding the geology at work inside Lone Mountain helps enhance our appreciation for our home.

Photos: Dave Pecunies Media, LLC

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Artist Kevin Red Star at Big Sky Sotheby's

Posted on April 11, 2017 by calliep

We are so honored to have hosted a VIP reception for acclaimed artist Kevin Red Star in our office on March 22. The reception preceded the Arts Council of Big Sky's 5th Annual Art Auction held at Moonlight Lodge, sponsored by Big Sky Sotheby's International Realty. Kevin mingled with our guests, and spoke to us about his background and inspirations. Together, we viewed Episode One of the Sotheby's HouseGuest video series in which he is featured. Kevin Red Star speaking to attendees

The following evening, our office hosted over 150 people at the Art Auction, a huge fundraiser for the Arts Council of Big Sky's cause. There were over a dozen artists in attendance who were finishing off pieces to be auctioned at the event. Artwork in the live auction included pieces from artists such as Kevin Red Star, Tom Gilleon, Carol Spielman and Harry Koyama. In addition, there were photographs, jewelry and paintings from local artists such as AriO Jewelry and Kira Fercho in the silent auction. Kevin - Book Signing

All of the proceeds from the event will go towards supporting the Arts Council's mission of providing residents, visitors and artists with premier events, education and creative opportunities in the arts.

We currently still have a number of his paintings featured in our office, so stop by anytime to enjoy them!

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Cross Country Ski Waxing

Posted on March 9, 2017 by calliep

The town of Big Sky, and Big Sky country in general, is a mecca for Nordic skiing. Between Lone Mountain Ranch and the miles of groomed ski trails around the greater Gallatin County region, nordic skiing, and specifically skate skiing, is one of the best activities for getting into the woods and away from the crowds, fast. But unlike downhill skis, skate skis require more frequent waxing and at-home care, especially now as the weather changes from winter to spring-like conditions. This may sounds overwhelming, but don’t worry; waxing is one of the sublime pleasures of being a nordic skier. Here’s a quick primer on the basics of waxing skate skis:

What you’ll need:

1) Ski vice or clamps, homemade or store bought
2) Glide wax
3) Scraper
4) Waxing iron
5) Cork block

The Process:

Before being stowed away every spring, skate skis should receive a coat of “storage wax”, which needs to be removed every fall. After affixing your skis to your chose work surface, set your wax iron to medium heat and begin slowly heating the base of your ski. As the iron and the ski get hotter, the existing wax with turn ghostly white and stand out. Scrap off all the old wax to give yourself a new start.

After the ski is stripped and ready for wax, it’s time to give your skis their first coat of glide wax for the winter. Begin the waxing process by holding your wax block at a steep downward angle to the face of the iron, allowing hot wax to drip onto the ski.

Cover the ski with little blotches of wax from tip to tail. After the ski is fairly covered, begin spreading the wax around the ski’s base by running your iron in circular motions across the ski’s base. You will see the wax melt and spread. Continue this waxing motion until the ghostly white wax covers the ski base entirely. Because nordic skis have relatively soft bases, be careful to not melt the ski’s base.

Now it’s time to scrape. Hold your wax scraper at 45-degree angle to the ski as you pull the scraper towards yourself. You’ll see satisfying curls of excess wax pull from the ski. Once the excess is pulled from the ski, the bases should appear shiny and smooth. If you want to put some additional elbow grease into the work, buff the skis bases with a cork block to work the wax into the base.

Now get your skiing clothes on and get out the door!

Meadow Village ski trails

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An Interview with Elevation 6000 Developer John Romney

Posted on February 2, 2017 by georgek

The Elevation 6000 condominiums, located in Big Sky’s thriving town center, mark a new second-home trend in the greater Big Sky area. Built by Big Sky Dream, LLC and Managing Partner John Romney, the Elevation 6000 condominiums are efficient, comfortable, customizable and part of the changing face of the Big Sky community.  For John Romney, the Elevation 6000 project is a labor of love in a place that he now calls home. Romney originally developed property in Big Sky in 2005 and became a full-time resident with his wife and three children in 2008. Since then, Romney has been active in the Big Sky building scene, helping to bring to life four separate mixed-use commercial and residential buildings, including the Lone Peak Cinema and Phase 2 of the Cottonwood Crossing residences. Elevation 6000 is his most recent creation. We sat down with John Romney to ask him about his new project, and what sets the Elevation 6000 condos apart from other housing options in Big Sky’s town center.

Elevation 6000 Exterior

BSS: How long have you been in the building industry?  JR: Since 2011.

BSS: What is your favorite part about building homes in Montana? 

JR: I love seeing and being a part of the overall development of the Big Sky Community, and in particular, the Big Sky Town Center.  It’s great to be a part of the development of the entry corridor along Ousel Falls Road. I enjoy the mix of development from commercial buildings, to long-term rentals, to condominiums; all integrated with trail systems and recreational and entertainment options.  The Town Center development has been thoughtfully approached to provide a continuity and mixture of architecture while maintaining a pedestrian friendly, community environment.  I also love creating a “neighborhood” where different residents of the community interact.

BSS: What elements of Montana living, if any, do you incorporate into your residential projects?

JR: We do our best to incorporate the mountain views and outside space into our projects along with easy access to the trail systems.

BSS: What are some unique challenges that building in Big Sky presents?

 JR: The biggest current challenges are finding good subcontractors with the substantial construction demand throughout Big Sky.  We have been lucky to have worked with and maintained a great group of subcontractors continuously over the past several years.  Weather is obviously a factor so we have traditionally started all of our projects in the spring leaving only interior finish items for the winter.  We have learned from the experience of others and put a lot of extra work into our roofing and insulation systems.

BSS: What sets the Elevation 6000 project apart from other projects you’ve built?

JR: Elevation 6000 were built to sell to a primarily “second-home” market, so we are trying to “get into the hearts and heads” of potential buyers and build something they will love.  The challenge in not knowing the buyer up front. So we come up with a palette of materials, colors, and styles that can satisfy a majority of buyers, yet still allow the buyer to ultimately put their personal imprint on the condominium with their furnishings.

BSS: Is the Elevation 600 project unique in terms of its efficiency as a building? 

JR: The majority of our lighting is LED and we use high efficiency appliances and gas forced heating.  One area where we don’t skimp is insulation.  We use spray foam throughout the exterior walls was well as board and bat insulation which gives us an R rating much higher than what is required by code.  While these items cost extra money up front (and are not always done in Big Sky), in the long run it saves on the operating costs; and I believe the buyers can feel and appreciate the difference.

BSS: What elements of the home do you hope that the future owners appreciate?

JR: To me the condos just “feel good” when you are in them.  That is most important to me- that a place feels comfortable and has an overall warmth to it.  The stairwells, ceilings and hallways are light, spacious and airy, and I believe this is something that owners and guests will immediately notice.  In fact, we liked the units so much that we decided to keep one for ourselves as a place for our parents (or possibly more importantly our kids’ grandparents), and friends and family to stay when they visit Montana.

BSS: What’s your favorite design detail in this project?

JR: I can’t say I have a favorite.  I like the exterior palette, colors and roof lines; I like the richness, the warmth, and the space of the interiors; and I like the interface between the units and the open space in the back and the easy access to Town Center.

BSS: How does the Elevation 6000 project embody the work that you do as a builder in general?

JR: We try to build great, high quality units with quality materials at a reasonable price.  We are actively involved in all aspects of the project from day one, and are on-site continuously throughout the process.  I believe this helps keep costs down and quality up.  Frankly, I think to be able to build and offer new units of this quality at a price of under $300 per square foot in this current environment in Big Sky is a minor miracle. Ben Coleman, the agent listing the Elevation 6000 condos with Big Sky Sotheby’s says “I’ve been fortunate to work with several developers in my 17 years of Big Sky real estate and John has been a pleasure to work with.  He’s great to communicate with, very open minded and transparent.  John wants to find a way so that everyone wins.  I really enjoy that attitude

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How to have a Merry "Green"mas, and safe holiday

Posted on December 25, 2016 by bigskysir

Though not everyone will be celebrating Christmas this week, it's safe to say that most will be spending time with family and friends. Check out these tips to help the environment, and keep you fire-safe, during the holidays.

  • 3 Ways To Have a Merry Greenmas

    You can make the holidays more eco-friendly by putting a green twist on Christmas traditions. Here are 3 smart ways to green up your holiday. Read

  • Holiday Fire Safety Tips

    The holiday season is one of the most dangerous times of the year for household fires, so take note of these tips to reduce your risk. Read

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Copyright 2016 NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®

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Tips For The Holidays

Posted on November 29, 2016 by bigskysir

 

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Winter In Yellowstone National Park

Posted on November 2, 2016 by bigskysir

How and Where to Plan Your Trip

Yellowstone National Park is one of the most spectacular wonders of the world, and we are fortunate to have it essentially in our back yard. But, did you know that in addition to millions of visitors passing through there in the summer, it is also open to the public in the winter? Except for a few weeks in the spring and fall when the park is closed to public traffic, you can experience the wonder during all seasons. While you are making your plans to be in Big Sky this winter to enjoy skiing at Big Sky Resort or cross country and sleigh-riding adventures at Lone Mountain Ranch, consider a visit to Yellowstone to round out your trip.

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You can explore the park on your own by cross country skiing into the park, and within it from one of their year-round lodging facilities; you can take a guided snowmobile tour; or you can view it from the warmth and comfort of a Snowcoach. The tours are available to various places in the park including the Old Faithful area and the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone. You can make it a day trip, or enjoy several days staying in the Snow Lodge or other hotel within the park. If you prefer to drive yourself, the section of road between Mammoth Hot Springs (North entrance) and Cooke City (East Entrance) is open on a year round basis. Below is a collection of information to help you make your plans. Don't wait, reservations for the tours and lodging within the park book early! West Yellowstone Snowcoach and Snowmobile Tours: Buffalo Bus Snowcoach Tour Backcountry Adventures SeeYellowstone.com Yellowstone Adventures Teton Valley Adventures Yellowstone National Park Lodging This winter, the National Park Service is renovating the Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel and Cabins, so they will be closed. However, the Old Faithful Snow Lodge and Cabins are open and currently taking reservations for the winter season. If you are looking to stay in the park for a few days, consider booking a Snowcoach to transport you to Old Faithful where you can cross country ski or snowshoe, stay in the Lodge or a Cabin, and travel back out again on a Snowcoach. Cross Country Skiing/Snowshoeing There are a number of companies that offer guided ski and snowshoe tours into the park, including and Yellowstone Expeditions and Yellowstone Ski Tours. If you'd like to explore on your own, check out the National Park Service information found here.

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Prepare Your Home For Winter

Posted on October 3, 2016 by bigskysir

Cold mornings followed by warm sunny afternoons must mean it's fall in Montana. And with occasional white-tipped mountains, it reminds us that winter is on its way. Just like we (try to) prepare ourselves for endless ski runs at high elevation, we need to get our homes ready for whatever winter has in store for us this year. In order to protect your investment and keep it in tip-top shape, consider these five suggestions to get your home ready for winter:

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Prepare the home's exterior: Making sure everything is in good shape on the outside will help keep the "weather" on the outside, where it belongs. Check gutters to make sure they are clear. Ensure that roof shingles and siding are secure; high winds can loosen them over time. If you have heat tape or something similar to prevent ice dams on the roof, ensure that it's in working order and secure before it's covered in snow so it will be effective. Drain irrigation systems, and all exterior spigots if they aren't frost proof. Water can freeze and crack the fixture. Weatherproof doors and windows: A simple and inexpensive way to make sure cold air isn't seeping in is by making sure the weather strips on doors and windows are in good shape. That means not cracked, in one piece, and fitting snugly when the door or window closes. In older homes, adding storm doors and windows adds another layer or weather protection and helps keep energy costs down. Check the heating system: Furnaces and other heating sources should be serviced annually. Furnace filters need to be cleaned, and the efficiency should be monitored to make sure it's operating effectively. Gas-burning fireplaces and stoves should be checked and cleaned. Companies like Ambient Air Solutions offer maintenance programs to keep your home on an annual schedule so you don't have to remember.

Wood Burning Fireplace

Maintain Chimneys: There's nothing like relaxing in front of a cozy fireplace or wood stove after a successful day on the mountain, but chimneys that are used regularly need to be kept clean of dangerous creosote buildup to prevent chimney fires. Have your chimney swept and inspected for foreign objects each year before you  use it; and if you own a wood stove, make sure and clean it on a very regular basis to keep it energy-efficient. Stock up on winter necessities: Don't wait until the last minute to make sure you have salt or ice melt, shovels and other handy items for winter. Many of us wait until the first big storm to rush out and buy them, but we often find the stores are out of stock. It's never too early once you begin to see those items in the stores. And don't forget things like candles and matches, and batteries for flashlights in the event of a power loss. For those who would like some assistance in completing these important items, property management companies like Two Pines Properties and Big Sky Home Management are great resources to help you. Remember, the sooner you prepare your home for winter, the sooner you can start praying for snow!

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Fly Fishing in Big Sky, Montana

Posted on September 11, 2016 by bigskysir

Montana is well known as a fly fishing destination, drawing people come from all over the world to enjoy the outdoor lifestyle, be it fishing, skiing, hiking, camping, or anything else outdoors. Local teacher and avid fisherman, John Hannahs, tells us what makes fly fishing in the Big Sky area so special. Watch the video.

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Get To Know Gallatin Gateway, Montana

Posted on July 19, 2016 by bigskysir

With gorgeous peaks as the backdrop and a world-famous fly-fishing river babbling through the trees, Gallatin Gateway is the quintessential Montana community. Only twelve miles southeast of thriving Bozeman, Gallatin Gateway is close to the international airport, Big Sky Ski Resort, Yellowstone National Park, and plenty of wilderness to hike, bike, ski, fish, and relax. The local community is friendly and passionate about the beautiful outdoors and the being involved in the culture of nearby Bozeman and Belgrade. Gallatin School, established in 1884, enrolls approximately 150 students per year in grades K-8 and these students have shown higher than average student scores in reading, math, and science. The community is small and intimate, but has plenty to see and do for everyone: Little Bear School House Museum This adorable one room schoolhouse has been restored and turned into a museum to replicate what school looked like in 1912. Take a look at local memorabilia from the local baseball team, old lunch boxes, and an antique merry-go-round. Axtell Bridge A destination place for anglers as well as those looking to ditch the heat, this beautiful bridge through the trees and over the Gallatin River is a great place to spend the day by the river. Pack a picnic, a book, or a few flies for the rod and take a dip in the cool waters. Inn on The Gallatin Just down the beautiful Gallatin Canyon is the famous Inn on The Gallatin, a resort with cabins, campsites, and a wonderful cafe. Established in 1955, the Inn is a tourist and local favorite for its iconic vintage signs and it’s delicious food. Gallatin Gateway is truly the “gateway” to the mountains and your next Montana adventure. Whether you are looking to live in the area year-round or own your mountain escape, let our agents show you the beauty of southwest Montana.

1245 Gateway South Road

50365 Gallatin Road

54660 Gallatin Road

280 Karst Stage Loop 95 Vita Court   

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Golf Courses under the Big Sky

Posted on July 12, 2016 by bigskysir

What better way to spend a gorgeous warm day than on a pristine golf course? When one thinks of Montana they may not think of great golfing, but Montana is very lucky to have championship courses with gorgeous views, that are without crowds, and that remain challenging to even those with the lowest handicaps. Grab the clubs and make the rounds to the Montana links!

Big Sky, Montana Golf Courses

Big Sky Golf Course

Big Sky Resort Golf Course Combine classic links-style golf and the stunning natural beauty of Big Sky country to witness a golf experience like no other: the award winning scenic 18 hole par-72 golf course at Big Sky Resort. The Arnold Palmer course is 6,500 feet above sea level, offering long drives and spectacular views. Winding along the wildlife-rich banks of the West Fork of the scenic Gallatin River, tee up with deer, moose, and other wildlife as your gallery.   Yellowstone Club The 18-hole "Yellowstone" course at the Yellowstone Golf Club facility features 7,300 yards of golfing from the longest tees for a par of 72. Designed by Tom Weiskopf, the Yellowstone golf course opened in 2005. Yellowstone Golf Club offers terrific views and challenging play for golfers at every skill level. Well-groomed fairways and greens keep Yellowstone Golf Club difficult yet friendly. Enjoy the incredible views of Lone Peak!  

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Spanish Peaks This course is a masterpiece of mountain design. Situated on 300 acres that utilize a true mountain golf experience. This course will test your ability on the fairway and the greens. Located at 7,000 feet elevation, there is abundant wildlife and views of several mountain ranges. The Spanish Peaks course has excellent playability and keeps every golfer having fun.   Reserve at Moonlight Basin The Reserve is a par-72 Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course that blends 8000 yards of nature-inspired golfing into an arresting high-elevation setting. As one of Jack Nicklaus’s finest alpine golf creations, each of the course's 18 holes perfectly frames an array of unique vistas. The course’s PGA Professional, Greg Wagner, is on hand to help members take their game to the next level with specialized clinics, tournaments, and private instruction.  

Bozeman, Montana Golf Courses

Black Bull Run Tom Weiskopf, former British Open champion, and award-winning golf course architect, designed an amazing 19-hole, 7200 yard, par-72 championship course for Black Bull Community that is ultimately challenging yet eminently playable. In this signature 'modified links' style course, Tom has woven together native landscaping, an abundance of water features, and breathtaking backdrops to ensure each hole has a strong identity. He considers the bunker layout as being, "reminiscent of the style that was prevalent during the turn of the 20th century."   Cottonwood Hills Established in 1984, Cottonwood Hills is the Gallatin Valley’s finest and foremost club open to the public. Admire the endless natural beauty and staggering mountain views while testing your skills on our 7,053 yard Premier Course, or delve into the game on the valley’s only 1,181 yard Executive par-3, perfect for the beginner and short game artist alike.  

Anaconda, Montana Golf Course

Old Works A Jack Nicklaus Signature designed course, the Old Works Golf Course has been reborn on the site of Anaconda's historic century old copper smelter. Jack Nicklaus incorporated many historic relics in his signature design. With its affordability, course conditioning and friendly service, Old Works has built a reputation as one of the premiere daily fee golf experiences in the Northwest region.  

Interested in gorgeous properties in Montana near a golf course? Or simply want to chat about golfing in Montana? Reach out to realtor and broker associate, Allison Gilley at Big Sky Sotheby’s International Realty: 406-672-6115 and Allison@bigskysir.com.

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Find your Favorite Fishing Hole in S.W. Montana

Posted on July 8, 2016 by bigskysir

PROPERTY ROUNDUP: Riverside Properties

Home is in-between the brown and white signs. Riverside Properties in S.W. Montana Fishing in Montana is something akin to heaven. From majestic rivers and lakes to crystal clear alpine streams, the vast amount of fishing in southern Montana is almost unfathomable. You can hopscotch one to the other, and never run out of fishing holes. Each area is unique and none less beautiful than the other. Bring your fishing gear along as we take you on a tour of riverside properties available in S.W. Montana.  

Madison River

The Madison River, one of the few rivers in the U.S. with the blue-ribbon designation, begins in Yellowstone National Park at the confluence of the Firehole and Gibbon Rivers. It then meanders 140 miles until it reaches the Missouri River in Three Forks, MT. The river flows into and Hebgen Lake, Quake Lake and Ennis Lake before continuing on through the narrow gorge of Beartrap Canyon and quietly ends at the confluents. Trout fishing is exceptional with large browns and rainbows. The Madison accommodates boating or wading and can be easily accessed by either. The upper Madison is all catch and release to maintain the wild trout populations. You can easily access the river from the towns of West Yellowstone, Big Sky and Ennis.

Sun West Ranch, Portfolio of Home Site Parcels, Cameron, MT  

Gallatin River, Gallatin Range and Spanish Peaks

Beginning at Gallatin Lake, in the high mountains of Yellowstone National Park, the Gallatin River runs 115 miles to the Missouri in Three Forks, MT. The bulk of the river is closed to float fishing, which gives rise to some of the finest wade fishing waters in Montana with less fishing pressure. The scenery along the Gallatin is spectacular. Flowing through Gallatin Canyon, you’re surrounded by towering rock walls and National Forest. The river opens up and skirts the outside of Bozeman, MT where you’ll find a variety of accesses and scenic mountain ranges all around. The Gallatin Range and Spanish Peaks are riddled with mountain lakes and hungry fish. You’ll find good sized Cutthroats, the occasional Golden and even some Arctic Grayling; a beautiful and rare species with a shimmering blue dorsal fin found at Grayling Lake. These lakes are generally accessed by hiking; some a short in and back, while others could be multiple night backpacking trips. Some of the more popular lakes in this area include Hidden Lakes, a series of 8 beautiful waters. Golden Trout Lake, which, true to the name, is full of Golden’s. Lava Lake is home to some good sized cutthroats. Deer Lake and Diamond Lakes are a bit more challenging hikes, but well worth it. You’ll also want to check out Dudley and Albino Lakes which are more family friendly hikes. No matter if you are a spin, fly or bait fisherman, fishing these lakes will not disappoint.

280 Karst Stage Loop, Big Sky, MT

Heeb Road, Ranch, Manhattan, MT  

Hyalite Canyon Recreation Area

Hyalite Canyon hosts alpine lakes, small streams and the beautiful reservoir tucked up at the base of the Gallatin Range. Hyalite, Emerald and Heather Lakes contain Cutthroat and Grayling, while Blackmore Lake maintains a nice supply of introduced Rainbow trout. Streams are full of Brookies and the reservoir is stocked with Rainbow and Brook trout. The reservoir maintains a no wake rule which keeps speeds low for trolling.

TeePee Ridge Ranch, Bozeman, MT  

Yellowstone River

The Yellowstone has big fish and a lot of them; brown, rainbow, cutthroat and whitefish. Couple that with monster hatches and you can see why it’s one of the premier trout waters in the United Staes. Beginning in Yellowstone National Park it flows 692 miles into North Dakota where it meets the Missouri. This river is best experienced by boat, but is very technical, so until you know the river yourself, go with someone who is experienced in navigating these waters. From Yellowstone Park to Livingston, the river flows through Paradise Valley. True to it’s name, you’re surrounded by the Absaroka Mountains, high plains and cottonwood trees that endlessly line the river. Fall is utterly spectacular.

Paradise Valley, Livingston, MT  

Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness Area

The Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness area is 900,000 acres full of alpine lakes, streams and rivers. Lakes are home to Cutthroat, Brook, Rainbow and occasionally a Golden trout. Both the East Fork and West Fork Rosebud Creeks run into the Stillwater, which ends in Columbus, MT and joins the Yellowstone. The Boulder River, also stemming from the Absarokas, ends in Big Timber and joins the Yellowstone as well. Both of these rivers have less fishing pressure, but the locals know they are full of rainbow, brown and cutthroat trout.

175 Lower Luther Road, Red Lodge, MT

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Horseback Riding in Southwest Montana

Posted on May 10, 2016 by bigskysir

PROPERTY ROUNDUP: Horseback Riding in SW Montana

For over one hundred years Montanans have been exploring the great “Big Sky” state on horseback. While most horseback riding has become a pleasure sport and activity, many people still rely on these majestic creatures for backcountry travel and ranch work. Horses are an integral part of Montana’s history and, as long as there are wide-open spaces, they will continue to be a part of the culture long into the future. Allison Gilley, a Big Sky Sotheby’s International Realty agent with over twenty years of real estate experience, has been riding horses her entire life. Gilley says, “Montana is a very friendly horseback riding state with plenty of public land to ride. Also, many private properties are perfect for horseback riding. Montana even has entire subdivisions that are equestrian friendly with private trails and corrals.” Gilley loves the freedom to explore vast amounts of trails and landscapes in a short amount of time while horseback riding. She says learning to ride is a wonderful experience for an individual or an entire family, and Montana has plenty of professional companies who offer lessons for beginners to expert equestrians, such as Jake’s Horses (www.jakeshorses.com,) or Lone Mountain Ranch (www.lonemountainranch.com,) both in Big Sky.

If you are ready to start exploring the possibility of owning your very own slice of Montana, Gilley has exceptional horse properties available across the state, ready for your horses and adventuring spirit:

920 Beaver Creek Rd, Big Sky, MT

• 157 Lower Luther Rd, Red Lodge, MT

• 83 Blachard Butte Rd, Roberts, MT

• Lot 3 Fowler SUBD, Roberts, MT

• 75 Lower Luther Road

Whether you want to ride leisurely in the summer, take a clinic from the Montana-native “Horse Whisperer” Buck Brannaman, or go “loping through fresh powder snow on a blue bird day,” like Gilley, your perfect Montana escape awaits. Call Allison Gilley at Big Sky Sotheby’s International Realty to inquire about properties or chat about her love of horseback riding: 406.995.2221.

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4 Steps to Help Make Buying a Home or Property Easier

Posted on May 3, 2016 by bigskysir

Buying a home, whether it is your first or fifth, can be a daunting experience. In addition to the financial aspects, buyers must think about insurance, inspections, and the ever-changing market. Creating a great team of professionals early in the process will help immensely in the long run. While there are many checklists involved in buying a home, we have included a few key steps here that you can take to make the process as easy as possible.

Start saving for a down payment - A twenty percent down payment has been the traditional amount required by lenders for some time if the buyer does not want to purchase mortgage insurance, but that may not be necessary in every case. Brett Evertz, a loan officer and Assistant Vice President at Big Sky Western Bank says that sometimes, “You can put as little as 5% down if buying a primary home or just 10% if buying as a second home.” There are also options for rural development loans, which are very common in a state like Montana. “RD Loans” are financed through the USDA and are zero down payment loans. As with all loans, they are subject to credit and qualifications.

Talk to a loan officer - When you have made the decision to buy a home or property, finding a loan officer early in the process can help with the big picture. Brett says, “I encourage everyone to start the process with a lender as early as possible. That way, buyers know what they can afford and, potentially, be qualified for.” A loan officer can also help buyers navigate the complicated process of pre-qualification, such as understanding various loans, credit checks, and how to build credit. Sherri Kitto, an experienced mortgage lender with Rocky Mountain Bank says, “Pre-qualification before shopping for a home is essential and helps to expand negotiating power. It gives you an advantage by providing the power to bid quickly, ahead of competing buyers who may not know if they can afford or qualify to purchase the home, and assures the seller you are a serious and credible buyer.” When applying for a loan with a mortgage lender, be sure to have appropriate documents in hand. Sherri says a few to remember are: “Your residence history for the past two years, employment history for the past two years, any outstanding debt, savings/ investment/checking account statements and balances, information about real estate you own, and personal property information.”

Once approved, seek out a Realtor® - The experienced Realtors® at Big Sky Sotheby’s International Realty are here to make the process enjoyable and stress-free. A Realtor® will be able to help you understand real estate jargon, help you find homes that fit your needs and price point, and will be there to answer questions throughout the entire process. The agents at Sotheby’s International Realty come equipped with years of experience, a world-class reputable brand, and the local knowledge necessary to find you the best home or property in Montana.

Make an offer and secure the mortgage - When you are ready to make an offer, this is where your team of dedicated professionals comes in handy. Your Big Sky Sotheby’s International Realty agent will help you make an appropriate offer, negotiate the best possible price, and walk you through the steps of inspection and closure. Your loan officer will help you secure the mortgage with the best rates. Before you know it, you will have your dream home or property in Montana. Have more questions? The respected professionals at Big Sky Sotheby’s International Realty are ready to help you with the buying process. Give us a call today at (406)995-2211 for experts in Big Sky, or for an agent in Bozeman call (406) 586-6688.

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Big Sky School District Building Reserve Levy

Posted on April 28, 2016 by bigskysir

ballotskidsMail Your Ballot Back Today! As the fastest growing school district in Montana, the Big Sky School District has seen enrollment for grades kindergarten through 4th grade grown from 98 students in 2006 to 157 in 2015/16. K-4 enrollment is projected to grow to 218 students by 2020. The purpose of the levy is to complete construction on the Ophir Elementary School. Ballots must be received via mail at the Gallatin County Elections office by May 3, 2016. For more information please check out this link: http://www.bssd72.org/notice-of-election http://www.explorebigsky.com/18054-2/18054

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