Crazy Weather Trends? Or Simply Just the Weather...

Posted on December 17, 2019 by Kali Gillette

Avg Percip in Big SkyWinter hit October in full force! Big Sky received 53” of snow compared to the 27” we normally receive this time of year. On average, we end up with 300” by the middle of April, so if the snowfall kept on at this pace, we would be looking at a banner year.

Roscoe Shaw has been forecasting weather for Big Sky Resort for the past 15 years. Not as a public service, but rather for the resort to utilize in planning their internal operations. Needless to say, he’s seen a lot of trends, so we caught up with him to get his thoughts on what our incredibly snowy fall means for the upcoming winter.

The short answer, “The indicators are neutral, “ he says, “They’re not giving a signal.”

Weather trends are influenced by whether it’s an El Nino, or La Nina year, an odd oscillation in the ocean that goes back and forth. If it’s a La Nina year, there is more cool air moving over the ocean, generally resulting in more snow in Big Sky. If it’s an El Nino year, there is more warm air over the Pacific, resulting in less snow. “I like to say that the girl is good, the boy is bad,” Shaw jokes.

In all seriousness, he says, “This year it’s neither, it’s right in the middle.” Shaw explains that there is a mathematical model for forecasting snow and powder. “Granted, it usually only makes a 10% difference, and it’s only right 2/3 of the time,” he says.

“Just because it was snowy last month doesn’t mean it will be next month,” he says . “It doesn’t mean a thing. There’s no reason to think it will or won’t be a big snow year. Last year, March had very little snow, but overall, it was a really good year.”

As for the frequency of snowy years, it’s entirely random. “Some times kids born short, some times they are tall,” he laughs.

What he can say with certainty is that Big Sky is extraordinarily consistent compared to other areas. “A bad year here is still good,” he says. “The farther south you get in the Rockies, the more inconsistent the snow becomes. You can have awesome snow one year, and the next year have barely any.” He goes on to explain, “A couple of years ago, there were Utah and Colorado license plates all over town. They had very little snow there, so everyone gave up and drove to Big Sky.”

So what makes our snow so special? “Big Sky has as good of snow as you can get,” Roscoe says, “because it stays so steady and cold and dry, which leads to very good snow quality. Other areas may get more snow at times, but Big Sky’s is consistently good.”

Shaw came to Big Sky in 1995, “We just don’t have snow bad years,” he says. “That, and the fact that we have so much terrain with so few people is what makes Big Sky the best.”

Well said, Mr. Shaw.

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Waxless XC Skis for a Busy World

Posted on March 22, 2018 by calliep

Waxless Skis for a Busy World

Although in many parts of the world spring is in the air, that isn't the case in Big Sky where we've had one of the best winters in decades. The cross country trails are still in full operation and being groomed regularly, and with changing snow conditions at different elevations, considering waxless skis may make your life easier.

If you watched any Nordic skiing events at this year’s winter Olympics, you may have heard how often color commentators and coaches talk about wax. It’s a big deal in the Nordic skiing world, particularly for classic skiers. The perfect wax job can mean the difference between running up hills and going nowhere. The difference between world cup skiers and you? They have a team of professional wax technicians to do the heavy scraping for them while you have three kids and a full-time job. So unless you have a friend who is considering becoming your personal wax technician, waxless skis are worth perusing. Think old-school fish-scales, only with strips of modern mohair skin under the skier’s foot rather than scale. World Cup races are being won on these “skin skis”, and they require less waxing than your pair of skate skis.

Check these options out:

 Atomic Redster C9 Skintec Hard

Billed as Atomic’s first skin ski that’s race-ready, the Redster is aimed at hobby racers or higher-end amateurs who want a dependable ski to train on without the fuss of a waxable ski. The Redster has a Nomex Featherlight core and is built with a carbon laminate, making it super light yet stable. The kick patch area of the ski is slightly wider, giving skiers a reliable base to step into and unlike competing models, the Redster’s kick patch is one large piece of skin material, rather than two strips.

Fisher Twin Skin Pro

Fischer describes their mid-range skin ski as “athletic”, and “ideal in hard or icy conditions”. Indeed, icy unpredictable conditions are really where skin skis start to stand out. The Twin Skin Pro features two offset strips of Mohair skin under each foot that are set at various depths into the ski’s base giving the skier a natural, nearly-waxed feel to their stride.

Salomon S/Race Skin

Billed as the ultimate solution for all day events in changing conditions, the Salomon S/Race skin ski is spendy, but worth it. At 1040 grams, the S/Race features a traditional racing sidecut (44 mm at the tip, waist and tail), interchangeable Pomoca skin inserts, and a super fast low-profile camber that optimizes snow contact. The Solomon S/Race is the fastest ski ever made by Salomon.

Whether you consider trying these skis, or sticking with the old favorites, get out there and enjoy the trails at Lone Mountain Ranch!

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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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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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