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Tom Kotynski
Retired from 36 years of journalism, followed by an 8 year encore career as supervisor of Career and Technical Education for Great Falls Public Schools
Retired from 36 years of journalism, followed by an 8 year encore career as supervisor of Career and Technical Education for Great Falls Public Schools

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Sunset Mountain again; best powder of season
Lots of snow has fallen at Rogers Pass This backcountry ski season continues to remind me of 2005 when it took until March for the best snow and best skiing. We're in the midst of a series of storm pulses that are dropping terrific snow, particularly along ...

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Snow good, three eclectic trips
Skiing up the Jones Creek bottom with Choteau Mountain to the east One of the most gorgeous valleys on the Front Finally getting some good snow and I was out in it three times in the past week:  Bender Creek to Hoover Ridge in the Little Belts, a quick run ...

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Sunset Mountain off Rogers Pass
Approaching the Sunset Mountain summit, which has three telecommunications towers   Tele turns in the clearcut beneath the summit A sampling of the terrain along Little Wolf Creek Road What was shaping up to be a wasted backcountry trip Sunday turned out to...

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Lots of odd snow for Nugget Creek run
The Nugget Creek route in Little Belts So, here's the report on northcentral Montana's backcountry snow:  lots of new powder on top a crust that encases at least a foot of sugar snow that never set up. As we skied Nugget Creek in the Little Belts Wednesday ...

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Snowshoeing Lazyman Roadless Area
At the beginning of our hike we ran out of snow and it was off and on with snowshoes Pretty typical scenery along the trail A view of Red Mountain through trees and blow down The bright red line to left was our route If nothing else, the Montana Wilderness ...

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Valentine's Day in Glacier
The Front really showed off.  That's Headquarters Pass, Rocky Mountain Peak. Katie at Lake McDonald in Glacier Park Katie and I had a wonderful and sweet day visiting Glacier Park on Tuesday. We caught the sunrise alpine glow on the Rocky Mountain Front on ...

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Rodgers Peak in wind and wind crust
Being blown around on top of Rodgers Peak on CDT Taking shelter   Coming off the top Near the trailhead Montana is a land of such extremes. First, too little snow.  Now too much in the Front and Glacier back country. I've been out three times in the last we...

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Snow quality stinks, Jefferson Creek, Gerry Lookout
The Gerry Lookout is gone, but there are great views from the open site I did a couple of backcountry trips last week, a 10.5 miles ski in the Little Belts' Jefferson Creek headwaters and a snowshoe climb near Glacier Park to the site of the former Gerry Lo...

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Bucking deep snow in Mortimer Gulch
The full moon sets above the Rocky Mountain Front alpine glow near Augusta  The sun and clouds reminded me of a Van Gough painting Sawtooth Peak is the backdrop as Mark works his way up the snow field Originally, I had planned to ski with Wayne's Wednesday ...

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Skiing on the frozen bottom of North Fork Teton River Through the 2007 burn with high Teton Peaks as the backdrop On the bottom beneath Mount Wright This has been a weird backcountry ski season so far. That partially explains why I'm so late in filing my fi...
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