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Red, white and blue: winter in SW Montana’s Pioneer Mountains

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Maverick Mountain Ski Area – 2

A couple more shots from my powder day at southwest Montana’s mom-and-pop ┬áMaverick Mountain Ski Area.

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Maverick Mountain Ski Area

Last week I took a roadtrip with my family through Southwest Montana on assignment for a ski-and-hot springs story. I fell in love with the area and its residents. Special thanks to Dillon skier Cory Birkenbuel for taking the time to shoot with me at Maverick Mountain Ski Area. Below is the first of several shots from that trip.

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Rossland Winter Carnival

There was another party going on over Super Bowl weekend: the Rossland Winter Carnival in the West Kootenays of southern British Columbia. Family-friendly and packed with events on and off the snow, Canada’s oldest Winter Carnival is also one of the region’s best.

A towering marionette honors Olaus Jeldness, the Norwegian miner who began Canada's oldest winter carnival in 1898.

A towering marionette honors Olaus Jeldness, the Norwegian miner who began Canada’s oldest winter carnival in 1898.

A snowboarder admires the aerial view of Rossland's historic downtown during the Rail Jam finals.

A snowboarder admires the aerial view of Rossland’s historic downtown during the Rail Jam finals.

The balmy weather was perfect for a snow volleyball tournament.

The balmy weather was perfect for a snow volleyball tournament.

More Rail Jam action.

More Rail Jam action.

 A snowboarder catches air--and some sun--at the Rail Jam.


A snowboarder catches air–and some sun–at the Rail Jam.

Bobsled teams raced down Spokane Street at speeds nearing 50 mph.

Bobsled teams raced down Spokane Street at speeds nearing 50 mph.

...and in their own post-parade show.

…and in their own post-parade show.

The artists of Pyrophoria spun fire in the streets during the parade..

The artists of Pyrophoria spun fire in the streets during the parade..

Upper Ford Cabin, Yaak Valley

The mercury never got out of the single digits this weekend, but the Upper Ford Cabin, a Forest Service rental in the Yaak Valley of Western Montana’s Glacier Country, was plenty toasty.
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Yurt skiing western Montana’s Swan Range

I just got back from another great backcountry skiing trip at Yurtski in the Swan Range, Montana. Despite the avy danger in the region, there were plenty of safe options, and plenty of snow, too–over 140 inches and counting at the yurt. Look for a couple backcountry skiing stories about Western Montana’s Glacier Country later this year.

Powder spray.

Powder spray.

Planning a route in the yurt.

Planning a route in the yurt.

It's not all fun and games at the yurt. Damian splits wood for the stove.

It’s not all fun and games at the yurt. Damian splits wood for the stove.

Drying gear by wood stove takes a little time.

Drying gear by wood stove takes a little time.

Planning a descent.

Planning a descent.

Tree-hopping in Highmarker's Bowl.

Tree-hopping in Highmarker’s Bowl.

Seriously deep.

Seriously deep.

Split-boarding on Breakfast Bowl.

Split-boarding on Breakfast Bowl.

Skiing Breakfast Bowl.

Skiing Breakfast Bowl.

Late winter on Early Winters Creek

20140221-DSC_0727Early Winters Creek near Mazama, with Goat Peak in the distance. There’s a good five feet of snow on the ground here, almost all of which fell in the last week–and it’s still coming! There’s still plenty of winter left to enjoy!