Montana Winter Fair Hosts Unique Events

Lewistown’s Montana Winter Fair definitely qualifies for having unique events. My favorite yodeler is Wylie Gustafson of Yahoo fame and he and his band, The Wild West, were performing an evening concert to kick off the Montana Winter Fair weekend. That was enough to get me to pack my bags and drive to Lewistown. The concert was held in the Grand Hall of the Eagles on Main Street. Thank goodness I had a ticket because … Read more

Snowshoeing in the Little Belt Mountains

Last weekend I began my Saturday with reading a list of things to do. While I was debating which task to start first, a friend called and asked if I wanted to go snowshoeing at Silver Crest Cross Country Ski Area near Kings Hill Pass. Well, I didn’t take too long to respond with a “yes” and then I said I could be ready in 30 minutes. Boy, did I scramble! I hadn’t been on … Read more

Sunrise Views (and more) From Benton Lake NWR

I drove north of Great Falls to Benton Lake National Wildlife Refuge the other day in search of some beautiful and unobstructed sunrise views. The drive to the refuge, which is managed by US Fish & Wildlife Service, is a short twelve miles from Great Falls, all paved until you turn in to the refuge. I kept looking to the east, planning for the best sunrise photo of the day. After about 5 miles I … Read more

Great Snow – Good Time on X-C Skis

The first time I ever went X-C skiing I took my two young children. It was a learning experience for all of us and I came home just a bit stressed. I wasn’t sure I was learning the sport as well as I could and the kids didn’t seem too happy either. Fast forward one week and both kids were asking if we could go again! That was many years ago and I once again … Read more

Snowmobiling? I’ll Give It A Try!

We wanted to get some photos and video of snowmobiling in the region and I started asking around for some contacts. I mentally went through a list of friends and turned up nobody who had a snowmobile. Actually, I needed several snowmobiles to photograph and one for me to ride on. Okay, now remember that comment about me “riding on” a snowmobile. I was lucky to find a guy who is the president of the … Read more

Downhill Skiing at Showdown Montana Ski Area

Showdown Montana Ski Area is located in the Little Belt Mountains on the Lewis & Clark National Forest. I was fortunate to spend some time there last week checking out all they have to offer. First of all, if you’ve ever had to drive on snow-packed gravel roads to get to a ski area, you’ll appreciate being able to simply turn off US Hwy 89 and drive in to Showdown’s parking lot. Showdown Montana is … Read more

Supper on the Slopes at Teton Pass

Last Friday I pointed my wheels toward Choteau, Montana. I love to attend some of Central Montana’s unique events and this one sounded amazing. Supper on the Slopes was calling my name! Teton Pass Ski Resort is located about 25 miles west of Choteau. My friend and I drove to Choteau, parked my car in the parking lot behind Main Street Express and took the free shuttle to Teton Pass. There were eight of us … Read more

New Year’s Day Drive

When the weather turns cold and the snow flies I tend to not want to get out and explore. I decided I just need to set aside a day every now and then, grab my camera and go! Although I didn’t get too far from my home base, I did learn a little history on my New Year’s Day drive. I stopped at the overlook for Black Eagle Falls on the south side of the Missouri River, … Read more

How Is Hunting Season Going?

According to Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks, by the end of the fourth weekend of big game general hunting season, numbers of harvested elk, mule deer and white-tailed deer were below average. True to form, the numbers vary by hunting district with the northwest part of the state actually seeing some higher numbers for deer harvest. Weather has probably been the main factor in the low numbers. We had such warm temps during the beginning of … Read more

Nativity Sets on Display Until January 7

We have such a unique display in Great Falls – wish I would have written about it sooner when I first visited there a few weeks ago! Local Great Falls resident Carol Olthoff has collected nativity sets for many, many years. She has received them as gifts, purchased them and then sometimes she just “finds” them! Her husband and her son have their insurance offices on the main floor of the Columbus Center, 1601 2nd … Read more