Trial Run: Big Sky Bistro

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For anyone who -- like me -- considers coffee a vital skiing fluid, the Big Sky Bistro is the ultimate backcountry delivery system. It's an ingenious contraption: a French press fitted into the lid of a plastic thermal coffee mug.

For a satisfying eye-opener when Starbucks is not an option, pour hot water over two to four tablespoons of a medium grind of your preferred beans. Steep four minutes, then depress the plunger to ramrod the full flavor only a press can deliver.

$16/Big Sky Bistro/888-327-9908/


Montana: Come for the militias, stay for the powder. Erik Lovold, gunning through Big Sky.

Private Powder at Big Sky

Starting this winter, Big Sky, Montana, is offering a chance for guided early tram rides at 8 a.m., a whole hour before the masses. We spoke with director of snowsports, Troy Nedved, to see if the program also includes shooting the Howitzer (it doesn't).