Posted on June 26, 2019 by amys
Big Sky Community Center – A Space for Everyone.
by Kalli Gillette
“Alone, we can do so little; together, we can do so much” – Helen Keller.
When the people of Big Sky embrace an idea, they go big. It’s been a long-time dream to have an indoor community center, and today a space for recreation, eduction, arts and culture is becoming a reality.
Three years ago, Big Sky brought in a consultant to work with the Big Sky Community Organization (BSCO) and the Parks and Recreation District to assess the parks, open spaces and recreation in the area. The study found the only standard amenity missing from the community was a multi-use, public, indoor center. As it turned out, the study also found this to be a top priority for both full time residents and second home owners.
Once these priorities were identified, the vision became clear; develop a permanent, year-round space where locals, visitors, organizations and clubs can connect and recreate. A community asset for culture, recreation, education and work space. A place that supports healthy lifestyles; physically, mentally and emotionally. A gathering place.
BSCO took the lead and set the wheels in motion. Philanthropic dollars were used for a cost analysis to identify 3.3 acres as the future site for this place. This land acquisition would also dedicate the existing well-loved Town Center Park as parkland in perpetuity. The plan made sense and a Founders Circle of 16 individuals donated money to purchase the parcel, which was then rezoned into dedicated open space.
The Founders Circle also funded the architectural design of the building. The center will house community learning and fitness rooms, an arts and cultural center, a gymnasium, a climbing gym, and office spaces for local non-profit organizations. Ciara Wolfe, Chief Executive Officer for BSCO explains, “Every space can be multi-use and utilized by all age groups. Whether it’s an after school program or a group of retirees, the space will be available for different ages at different times.” The master plan also includes an improved outdoor amphitheater and a refrigerated outdoor skating rink.
Another benefit of the plan is increased access to the trail system. During the study, 80% of residents said better connectivity to the vast amount of trails was highly important and the new project will provide a 43% increase in parkland.
Thus far, private funds have paid 100% of the cost. A capital campaign to pay for the building raised $12.5 million in philanthropic dollars. From there, the BSCO rolled out the public campaign, All In, to raise the remaining $5 million needed. “Every bit helps,” “Wolfe says, “From $20 to large donations, it’s important that this is a community-owned project.”
Tallie Lancey, BSCO Board of Directors and Chair of the Pubic Fundraising Committee, says, “At the Big Sky Community Organization, one of our guiding values is inclusivity. Our vision for the facility and its surrounding park space is to provide a safe place for our entire community to connect with each other, regardless of your background or ability. Furthermore, we are striving to build a Platinum LEED Building which would be the first of its kind in a Big Sky commercial application. Personally speaking, I'm delighted that BSCO is taking the bold step show the rest of the community how to create a healthy, sustainable building. Here's hoping that the residential marketplace will subsequently appreciate the benefits of healthy, sustainable spaces."
Wolfe goes on to say, “The enthusiasm for this project speaks loudly for the values of the community. This is the most ambitious goal we have ever set. It shows a deep level of commitment to the people who live and visit Big Sky.”
Contributions can be made online at bscomt.org, or call Ciara Wolfe at email@example.com.
Posted on June 19, 2019 by calliep
When it comes to the music scene, Bozeman lived with an unfair reputation for a long time. While natural beauty and adventure abound in Gallatin County, Bozeman suffered from a lack of good music venues, and the resulting stereotype that the county’s most populace city never supplied quality music.
Now, things have changed with the revitalization of several venues Downtown. If you ask a local, they’ll tell you that the stereotype simply isn’t true. Not only does Bozeman routinely ship in unique and excellent music that spans genre boundaries, there are also a number of exceptional and commensurately-unique venues in which to see some of this great music.
For years now, Live from the Divide has been one of the hottest tickets in town.
While Bozeman has seen unprecedented growth in the last 20 years, nothing typifies this turnaround better than the North Bozeman neighborhood, and more specifically, businesses like Live from the Divide.
30 years ago, North Bozeman was pock-marked with condemned homes, closed storefronts and shuttered industrial spaces. Now, it’s a magnet for the town’s creative entrepreneurs and small business gurus. Live from the Divide, in a lot of ways, sits at the center of this revitalized neighborhood identity.
Live from the Divide is as much a concept as it is a music venue. The venue is located in a 100-year old rail yard building just to the East of the Wild Crumb, and offers concert-goers a certifiably unique music listening experience.
LFTD puts on up to six acoustic Americana sets each month in a venue that’s limited to just 50 seats. This cap on capacity keeps each show intimately unique, and deeply personal.
Alcohol is BYOB, and each show is rebroadcasted on KGLT, the area’s alternative radio station, as well as on the LFTD website.
Even if you haven’t heard of many of the upcoming acts, we suggest choosing a show, buying tickets, and opening yourself up to the new experience. After all, LFTD has hosted the likes of Sturgill Simpson before he made it big.
Who will you see?
Mike McLure June 19
Carson McHone July 2
Folk Revival Family July 17
All Upcoming Acts
Address: 627 East Peach Street, Bozeman, MT
Posted on May 3, 2019 by calliep
Summer Skiing in the Beartooths
Just because the snow in your backyard has melted away, doesn’t mean the ski season is officially over. In Montana, we’re blessed with a unique set of geographical features and elevations that allow for skiing when other states’ residents have long since hung up the winter gear. This season, save up some snow sliding momentum for an early summer skiing trip to Beartooth Basin. Not far from the resort town of Red Lodge, it can make a great weekend getaway, whether you're camping or looking for a cute B&B. The 2019 summer ski season is planned for May 26-July 7, snow and weather permitting. In addition to the ski area, there are other areas to ski in Beartooth Pass that don't offer lift service but provide excellent backcountry terrain. Travel through Beartooth Pass and you are bound to see skiers hiking and skiing in many different areas of the pass. For an incredible scenic drive back to Big Sky, drive Beartooth Pass all the way through, enter Yellowstone National Park through the Northeast entrance in Cooke City, enjoy the park scenery and wildlife along the way.
About the Basin
Beartooth Basin Summer Ski Area was established in the mid-1960’s by three Austrian ski racers as a summer training location. As ownership has changed hands, the Basin is now a public ski area that offers a unique training space for ski racers, mogul skiers and freestyle athletes to keep their skills sharp late into the season. Beartooth Basin Ski Area runs two high speed Poma lifts that access 600 acres of terrain with a summit elevation of 10,900 feet. As a locally owned small operation, they are always working on how to financially make it worth spinning the lifts each year. If you are interested in donating to their Summer 2019 Operating Fund, please visit the GoFundMe site.
Nearby Red Lodge and Cooke City offer plenty of lodging and dining opportunities. Visit Beartooth Basin Ski Area’s website for more details on ticket price options and space reservation for ski camps and team events.
Photos by Dave Pecunies Photography
Posted on February 4, 2019 by amys
New Residences in the Montage Hotel at the Club at Spanish Peaks
I am excited to share with you the much-anticipated release of 39 branded residences in the Montage Hotel located within the boundary of the Spanish Peaks Mountain Club. The Residences range in size from 2 bedrooms to 6 bedrooms, 2,244 to 7,603 square feet, and prices range from $5,760,000 to $17,870,000. Within the 518,379 square foot ski in/ski out mountain luxury building there will be 150 hotel keys, 39 branded residences, 4 food and beverage outlets, world-class spa, fitness center, children’s center, event spaces and more. Currently the anticipated completion date is late 2021. Please reach out at your convenience should you or anyone you know have interest in learning more.
Will Brunner, Broker
Posted on December 26, 2018 by calliep
Rendezvous Ski Trails: A Southwest Montana Legacy
West Yellowstone, Montana
Not only is the Rendezvous Ski Trails system of groomed ski track extremely popular throughout the state of Montana, it’s also a cherished skiing mecca worldwide, where Olympic hopefuls, amateur racers, and total beginners congregate yearly to ski, brush up on their skills, and share in some of the best and most consistent Nordic skiing on the continent.
But what makes Rendezvous so consistently great is more than just the impeccable grooming and abundant trails. Located right in the heart of West Yellowstone, Montana, the Rendezvous Ski Trails network sits just outside of Yellowstone National Park at an elevation of 6,667’. This location and elevation combine to provide West with early cold temperatures that routinely linger around for longer than neighboring areas.
This consistent cold and snow means that Rendezvous is often one of the earliest available training grounds for American skiers, and also the site of the Yellowstone Ski Festival over Thanksgiving, and the SuperTour season opener over the first weekend in December, where current and aspiring World Cup skiers and Olympians alike compete head to head.
During the winter season, enjoy XC skiing into Yellowstone National Park for a unique perspective of the area along the Riverside Ski Trail that begins near the West Yellowstone park entrance.
To learn more about Rendezvous Ski Trails, the West Yellowstone Ski Education Foundation, and upcoming Nordic skiing events at Rendezvous, visit their website here, and be sure to schedule a weekend trip soon.
Distance from Big Sky: 51 miles (Including through 22 miles of Yellowstone National Park)
Total Trail Length: 35 km
Grooming: Trails groomed daily (weather permitting)
Gear Rentals and Sales: Free Heel and Wheel
Side note - Rendezvous trails are also excellent for mountain biking and trail running during the warmer seasons!
Photos: skirunbikemt.com, Dave Pecunies Media, visitmt.com
Posted on October 23, 2018 by calliep
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Posted on October 2, 2018 by calliep
The Big Mountain Out Your Backdoor
Even to a hardened alpinist, 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 zone 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 Courtesy of Dave Pecunies Photography
Posted on September 27, 2018 by amys
Join us in celebrating James Weikert's art which has been created from with memories of his explorations; snapshots of static landscapes converted into living, moving compositions. Enjoy light libations and appetizers and explore our Bozeman office all at once!
Date & Time:
Wednesday, October 17th, 2018 from 4 - 6 PM
Hosted by Big Sky Sotheby's International Realty - Bozeman and Tory Cyr, Broker
Posted on September 27, 2018 by amys
Posted on September 14, 2018 by calliep
Spanish Peaks Mountain Club is one of three private ski and golf clubs located in Big Sky, Montana. It’s Tom Weiskopf-designed golf course is regarded as one of the most beautiful mountain courses, and the views prove that to be the case. Weiskopf himself is a resident of Big Sky, living in the neighboring Yellowstone Club. The club has a small network of ski trails and lifts, operated by Big Sky Resort, and are directly connected to the resort’s over 5,800 skiable acres of terrain.
Years ago, there were plans to build a large, luxury hotel adjacent to the private Member Clubhouse. Many years ago, the hotel project was started, but was never completed. Today, Montage International and Cross Harbor Capital Partners, LLC are unveiling the details of their plans to complete this $400 Million ultra-luxury hotel, and holding a groundbreaking ceremony.
For more details about the hotel plans, check out this Bloomberg article published today.
With the continued growth throughout Big Sky and new developments taking shape each week, now is an excellent time to consider Spanish Peaks Mountain Club as your Montana ski and golf getaway. Check out these listings within Spanish Peaks Mountain Club:
Lot 61 Sweet Root Fork – Wildridge Neighborhood
List Price: $350,000 Status: Active
A very nice treed lot in the Wildridge Neighborhood in Spanish Peaks Mountain Club. This 1.37 acre lot is located close to the first Spanish Peaks Resort access road for easy access in and out. Great views of Lone Peak with a nice elevated, almost, level building site. The Spanish Peaks Mountain Club bike trail is located in the open space to the south of this lot.
Lot 61 Goshawk Trail – Elkridge Neighborhood
List Price: $825,000 Status: Active
Enjoy skiing in and out of this 1.01 acre homesite perched on the southern ridge of the Spanish Peaks Mountain Club. Soak up the views of the surrounding moutain ranges while the kids sled, mountain bike, or adventure on the adjacent hundred acres of open space. Located within a short ski, hike, or drive from the Club's Settlement area. The Club includes a Private Tom Weiskopf Signature Golf Course, Clubhouse, swimming pool, playground, kids center, exercise facility, ski hill, and other amenities. Take advantage of all this homesite and Club has to offer.
Lot 88 Crown Butte – The Ranches
List Price: $438,900 Status: Active
You have to see this beautiful Spanish Peaks 2.03 acre lot bordering open space. This lot offers a convenient location to amenities of Spanish Peaks and the restaurants and happenings of the Town Center of Big Sky. Build your dream home in the comfort of the old growth trees, watch the birds soar above the meadows and enjoy the fresh Mountain air blowing through the wildflowers. This lot is adjacent to over 30 acres of open space which ensures privacy. A golf and ski membership is available with this property. Additional private club amenities exist, membership upon approval.
39 Homestead Cabin Fork
List Price: $1,789,999 Status: UNDER CONTRACT
This amazing golfer’s dream Homestead Cabin has 3 bedrooms, 4 full baths and a spacious living area, right off the 17th fairway of the Tom Weiskopf signature course. Tastefully furnished with hardwood floors, vaulted ceilings, stainless steel appliances, tiled bathrooms, and attached one car garage. Imagine taking in the breathtaking views on your own private deck with an outdoor fireplace and private hot tub. Ski-in, ski-out to Spanish Peaks Mountain Club and on to Big Sky Resort’s 5,800 acres of skiable terrain. Sold turn-key and ready to go boasting great rental income numbers.
For more information about these or other listings at Big Sky Sotheby's International Realty, call us at 406.995.2211.
Posted on September 3, 2018 by calliep
Visit the new Rialto Bozeman!
As far as live music goes, Bozeman has been stuck between a rock and a hard place for a long time. Touring musicians usually make stops in either Billings or Missoula and fly over Bozeman on their way to one or the other. A commonly floated theory about the Big Sky/Bozeman music drought is the two city’s lack of enticing performance space.
Now, thanks to new ownership, downtown Bozeman’s Rialto Theatre has reopened as a beautiful and vibrant music and meeting space, attracting a wide variety of wonderful new music.
The Rialto features a wide open dance floor, as well as a wrap around balcony. Before the show, head upstairs to the Rialto’s Burn Box for some beer wine and hor d'oeuvres.
Check out the website here for a list of upcoming acts.
Posted on July 10, 2018 by calliep
Mining and natural resource exploration are two of the foundational tenants of Montana’s history as a state. Much of the regions development by western immigrants traces its roots to the search for gold and other precious resources. But as mines dried up, and mineral prices fluctuated, a slew of ghost towns were left in the wake of progress all across our state. The quintessential ghost town is almost a uniquely Montanan phenomenon, and among one of the best to visit is the beautiful Elkhorn, Montana, located in the unassuming Elkhorn Mountains of Jefferson County.
Elk Horn was initially developed beginning in 1870, but it took until around 1890 for silver mining to really take off in the Elkhorn region when demand for the mineral sky rocketed. Before it’s ultimate demise, over $14 million of silver was pulled out of mines in and around the small town. At it’s height, Elkhorn had 2,500 residents, a school, church, hotel, stores, fraternity hall and brothels. The proud Elkhorn Fraternity Hall, built in 1893 still stands today as one of the most well-maintained and photographed ghost town buildings in Montana, and was a hub for local dances, church gatherings, prize fights and music events. Shortly after its construction, the price of silver and the associated boom lessened, and Elkhorn began to suffer. In the winter of 1888-1898, a diphtheria epidemic hit Elkhorn, killing a significant number of the towns children, and railroad service was officially halted. Ever since, Elkhorn has stood weathering Montana’s harsh seasons, garnering a reputation as beautiful, and eerie destination.
While it is a registered ghost town, Elkhorn still has around 10 permanent residents and can be accessed by a county-maintained road off of I-15 outside of Boulder, Montana. The town is currently a Montana State Park, and is open year-round to the public. However, summertime is the peak season for visiting Elkhorn’s old mining buildings, town halls and churches. Take a stroll down main street and you’re sure to meet some of Elkhorn’s hearty and eclectic year-round residents who are eager to chat about their town’s deep history.
Traveling to Elkhorn is easy, and possible in the summer with a two-wheel drive vehicle. From Big Sky, travel north to Bozeman and take I-90 to Exit 256 towards Montana 69 and follow signs for Elkhorn on your right. After a ghostly visit to Elkhorn, book a stay or take a visit to Elkhorn Hot Springs for a soak and a delicious meal.
Posted on May 14, 2018 by calliep
Three New Garden Essentials for your Big Sky Property
If you are ambitious enough to try to have a garden in Big Sky (it can be done!), you need to start with the best tools. The tools behind a healthy, beautiful lawn and garden are becoming more advanced and useful every year. And as any gardener knows, half the allure of maintaining a beautiful backyard landscape and garden is the opportunity to play with some cool, specialized tools. So here are three hot new garden products to keep your Big Sky property looking fresh.
Blossom Lawn Irrigation Controller ($149)
The Blossom Lawn Irrigation Controller is part of a new wave of analytic technology targeted at reducing excessive municipal water use. The beautiful green lawn has been a staple of the American residential dream for generations, but unfortunately, the beauty comes at a cost. Studies show a staggering amount of water wasted over the course of a year spent watering a single American family home. The Blossom Is here to help. Simply remove your old irrigation system controller, install the Blossom and control your irrigation profile from the Blossom app on your phone or tablet. The Blossom adjusts its schedule based on precipitation and is wirelessly connected to a number of local weather sources to configure the most efficient and waste-free watering schedule possible.
Jackson Thermoformed Poly Wheelbarrow ($139.97)
This surely isn't your daddy’s old wheelbarrow. The 5.75 cubic foot Thermoformed Poly Wheelbarrow from Jackson is a gold standard in yard carts, and no serious mulching job should be attempted without one. This wheelbarrow’s thermoformed poly construction and stabilizer feet increase its lifetime spent in your backyard. Perhaps most importantly though, the Jackson Thermoformed Poly Wheelbarrow has a 16” tubed tire that allows users to adjust inflation in accordance with different surface types and loads.
Ames 26" Dual Tine Rake ($24.97)
The phrase “Innovative new rake design” might sound a whole hell of a lot like “reinventing the wheel”, but the 26" Dual Tine Rake from Ames really is something of a watershed moment for raking. Featuring two rows of offset teeth to prevent leaf clogging, the Ames rake cuts down on the more frustrating aspects of raking while keeping your lawn leaf-free. Oh, and a slick comfort handle keeps your hands blister-free, too.
Make sure to check out Big Sky Landscaping's Garden Center for all of your flower and vegetable starter plants, or Wildwood Nursery for your tree and shrub needs. If they don't also have the tools you need, Ace Hardware is sure to have the rest!
And don't worry, our flowers and vegetables learn to be pretty hardy around here :)
Moonlight Basin - July 2016
Posted on April 23, 2018 by calliep
Volunteer Opportunities in the Big Sky and Greater Bozeman Areas
Wintertime can feel pretty cooped up, particularly if you aren’t making an impact. Now that Big Sky Resort and Bridger Bowl have ended their ski season and you may have some extra time until the summer season hits, volunteering is one the easiest ways to beat these doldrums, and round out your personal and work life with some good old-fashioned helping your neighbor. Whether you like working with kids, adults or animals, we’ve got the volunteer opportunity just for you.
Gallatin River Task Force
The Gallatin River Task Force is charged with making sure one of our most precious resources stays healthy for all to enjoy, and for years to come. Some of their ongoing programs are the Upper West Fork Restoration Project, and the Moose Creek Restoration Project. They offer several opportunities to lend a hand, one of which is coming up next week on May 1 - Moose Creek Volunteer Planting Day - where you can give them a hand planting harvested willows along the bank. For more information about this event or other volunteer opportunities, contact Kristin Gardner at 406.993.2519 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thrive’s CAP Programs
The Child Advancement Project matches adult mentors with students in Bozeman and Big Sky Public Schools whom need additional support to get ahead. Students range from kindergarten through seniors in high school and are provided with additional emotional and academic support in order to help them discover who they will become in the future. The CAP Program is Bozeman’s only evidence-based mentoring program and is now a part of the National Registry of Evidence Based Programs and Practices (NREPP). Learn more about becoming a CAP mentor here.
Heart of the Valley Animal Shelter
It takes a ton of work to keep an animal shelter running smoothly, and that often means a lot of help from volunteers. Cats need food, water, fresh litter and a healthy dose of cuddling. Dogs need walking, lots of petting and fresh food and water. Heart of the Valley Animal Shelter, Gallatin Valley’s major pet shelter, employs a tiered approach to training their volunteers which allows for advancement through the ranks and opportunities for new experiences as a volunteer pet handler. Learn more about how to get involved here.
Love to spend time outdoors? Help someone less-abled enjoy Montana’s mountains, too. Through being an Eagle Mount volunteer you’ll help people with a wide variety of mental and physical disabilities ski, ride horses, swim and even garden. Learn more about eagle mount volunteer opportunities here.
Ophir Elementary Students
Posted on March 30, 2018 by calliep
On March 21 and 22, Big Sky Sotheby's International Realty sponsored the Arts Council of Big Sky's VIP Artist Reception and 4th Annual Art Auction. For the second year in a row, the auction raised tens of thousands of dollars to support the arts throughout Big Sky, including the Music in the Mountains summer concert series, the winter season of Warren Miller Performing Arts Center programs, programs connected to the local school, and much more.
This year's artist reception featured painter Carol Hagan, and we are fortunate to enjoy a number of her paintings hanging within our office, courtesy of Carol and Creighton Block Gallery in Big Sky. We had 60-70 people in and out of the office on Wednesday afternoon, chatting with Carol, enjoying wine poured by Colleen Helm, certified sommelier and owner of Bozeman's Vino Per Tutti; and featuring tasty hors d'houevres by Lindsie Hurlbut. What a great opportunity to talk with Carol about her art and inspirations!
The following evening was the highlight of the two days with the Art Auction at the Moonlight Basin Lodge featuring over 30 artists contributing art to the silent and live auctions. Live auction artists included well-known painters Kevin Red Star, Tom Gilleon, John Potter, Harry Koyama and Carol Spielman to name a few, and they performed a quick finish session, allowing us to catch a glimpse of what goes into completing one of their masterpieces. In addition to the outstanding paintings, several sculptures were included in the offerings as well.
New this year, the silent auction was modernized by using a digital online platform opening the bidding up remotely to those not able to attend the event. It brought a new level of sophistication to the overall event, and allowed the auction to expand. In addition, the live auction items were included in the online platform allowing everyone to preview the items featured in the live auction in advance. It was a treat to be able to feature so many more artists from near and far, including many Big Sky local favorites like Lorri Lagerbloom, Ryan Turner, Shelly Bermont, Megan Buecking, Heather Rapp, and many more.
This year's event was a sellout, and next year's planning is already underway. If you missed out on attending the 2018 event and want to make sure you have tickets for next year, contact your Big Sky Sotheby's agent, or our main office at email@example.com, so we include you in our Save The Date notification for 2019.