Kids Adventure Games coming to Big Sky, Montana

You know where Big Sky is, right?

No, not Big Sky High School.

Big Sky, Montana, the town that isn’t a town and is located in two counties: Gallatin and Madison. You may know it best by one of its primary attractions: Big Sky Resort.

Later this month, on August 23 (a Saturday), Big Sky will hold the Kids Adventure Games. According to the information I was sent, these games are held at “eight top resort destinations nationwide” and are “the only national outdoor adventure series created specifically for kids.”

Specifically, registration is open to kids ages 6-14.

Here’s the rest of the message I was forwarded, along with a video link!

The Kids Adventure Games builds confidence, promotes teamwork, and is THE most awesome-fun filled-adventure that a kid could have!  We believe in promoting a healthy active lifestyle for kids and expanding their view of what is possible.  Each of the events feature biking and hiking , along with some iconic challenges such as the Zip Line, Cargo nets, and Tarzan Swing.  The courses have all been carefully created for kids by our race director (and renowned adventure racer), Billy Mattison.

As an organization we want to spread the love for the outdoors and help kids challenge themselves in a fun, safe environment.  We also want to create a family friendly event that is inclusive of the community as a whole.  I have attached a video to give you a better idea of who we are and what we do.   I would ask you to get comfortable, turn up the volume, and click here: https://vimeo.com/94705982.

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Not even the Carousel

We’re having a real blizzard. The schools are closed, many roads are closed and – and a sign things are really truly serious outside – even A Carousel For Missoula is closed.

Usually when we have a day off of school we spend some time down at the carousel. Since our short road is completely impassable, I’m glad I can tell the kids there’s no use in trying to get out.

Here’s the short note Theresa Cox (executive director of the carousel) sent out early this morning:

Good morning, all:

For those of you who are able to let people know of immediate happenings, please let them know the Carousel will not be open today, Friday, Feb. 28. If the weather is too bad for people to go to school, it’s too bad for them to risk a trip to the Carousel.
Thank you,
Theresa

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Skiers will find new and improved beginner area at Big Sky

It’s almost time for Montana’s ski areas to open for the winter season!

As it prepares for opening day – less than two weeks to go! – Big Sky Resort sent out some information about the recent improvements it’s made to its beginner area.

Over the summer Big Sky redesigned the beginner area to “provide students of all ages the development steps to evolve into lifelong participants of snow sports. The new design eases the learning progression through three surface lifts and the only skill required is standing on a conveyor.”

Photo courtesy of LONNIE BALL

Photo courtesy of LONNIE BALL

Read on:

Absolute beginner children step onto the Small Fry surface lift in a virtually level area, located immediately outside the Snowcrest Lodge Big Sky Mountain Sports School facility.

This Children’s Bowl has added a second, longer, surface lift, called Beehive Basin, to improve the lesson experience for all children in the Big Sky Mountain Sports School program.

A newly purchased surface lift, Middle Basin, was installed this summer and seamlessly links the Children’s Bowl and the Bear Basin surface lift. Bear Basin has been moved to far skiers right adding more ideal beginner terrain, to prepare students for steeper slopes, wider turns, and to graduate to the beginner chairlift. Adult first time skiers and riders learn the fundamentals in a safe and easy environment, learning safety, equipment and how to dress for comfort.

In addition to the Mountain Village, Big Sky Mountain Sports School will also be located at the Madison Base in the Moonlight Basin area offering the same snow sports services.

Big Sky Resort has created one of the finest Snowsports Schools in America with a diverse staff of instructors, all certified by Professional Ski Instructors of America (PSIA)/American Association of Snowboard Instructors (AASI), with the goal to help adults or children, groups or private lessons in skiing or snowboard, advance to the Biggest Skiing in America® experience.

The redesign will help guests taking lessons enjoy our entry level terrain with less effort.

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Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation creates new membership category just for kids

The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation‘s Elk Country Visitor Center in Missoula has long been a family go-to spot. It’s open year-round, making it a sure thing in any kind of weather. It’s kid-friendly, with interactive exhibits that keep even very young children engaged. And it’s free – if you don’t let yourself get suckered by your kids in the gift shop.

But membership with RMEF has been more the domain of adults – until now. The Foundation just announced that it is launching a new, child-friendly membership category. It’s $20 for an annual youth membership, making it the most wallet-friendly category as well.

Here’s the press release from RMEF in full:

RMEF Launches Youth Membership

MISSOULA, Mont. – In an effort to better promote and protect the present and future of conservation, a love of the outdoors and hunting, the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation initiated a new youth membership category.

“We remain committed to ensuring the future of elk, other wildlife, their habitat, and our hunting heritage. And who holds the keys to that future if not our sons and daughters and grandchildren?” said David Allen, RMEF president and CEO. “As far as gifts go, this membership ranks right up there with your first rifle or bow. It will attract, engage and help young hunter-conservationists fall to love with elk, the places they live and the challenge of hunting them.”

The new RMEF Youth Membership costs $20 per year and is designed for girls and boys age 17 and under. It will offer six digital issues of Bugle magazine, e-newsletters, an RMEF hat, a membership card, member discounts and decals. Members will also have access to social media sites specifically designed for them that include Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and a blog to share their photos and videos. There will also be online contests for outdoor gear and other interactive activities.

Since its founding nearly 30 years ago, RMEF invested in tomorrow’s future by reaching thousands of youth through the sponsorship of quality programs like the National Archery in the Schools Program, 4-H Shooting Sports, state hunter education courses, the Boy Scouts of America, the Future Farmers of America and scores of hunting, shooting, archery, fishing and other outdoor-related camps and programs.

In 2013 alone, RMEF promoted and sponsored more than 200 youth activities and programs across the country and introduced thousands of young and novice shooters to safe, responsible and enjoyable firearm use at nearly 60 SAFE Challenge (Shooting Access for Everyone) events.

“Right now, we’re busy passing on our hopes and dreams and the things we love most to our youth,” said Allen. “Before we know it, though, we’ll be passing on the reins to this next generation of hunters and conservationists. We need to make sure their ranks are strong.”

RMEF welcomes Remington as the first sponsor of the youth membership category.

About the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation

RMEF is leading a conservation initiative that protected or enhanced habitat on more than 6.3 million acres—an area larger than Yellowstone, Grand Canyon, Glacier, Yosemite, Rocky Mountain and Great Smoky Mountains national parks combined. RMEF also is a strong voice for hunters in access, wildlife management and conservation policy issues. RMEF members, partners and volunteers, working together as Team Elk, are making a difference all across elk country. Join us at www.rmef.org or 800-CALL ELK.

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