Return of the Blog - 100% Blister-Free!

It’s offseason here in Big Sky. The G.O. crew has been hard at work setting up for a stellar summer season. We have all kinds of new and exciting merchandise for your outdoor pursuits.

We are psyched to be carrying award-winning footwear from Salewa. As a company, Salewa is best known for it’s             backpacking, climbing, and mountaineering equipment. It has created a line of approach and running shoes offering a 100% Blister free guarantee.


How can a company be so bold? Salewa’s design focuses on what they call their 3 Functions System.   In their words, the system “…offers an unbeatable combination of ankle flexibility, lateral support, and perfection in fit.”

The highlight of the fit system is an anatomically positioned cable that achieves perfect heel retention, which Salewa explains is crucial in blister prevention. Shoes also come with a “Multi-Fit Footbed” which easily adjusts to suit higher or lower-volume feet. Salewa footwear boasts great flexibility while retaining stability. Drawing on climbing shoes as inspiration, laces extend down to the toes for the best fit.

Salewa also drew on its climbing/mountaineering past to develop unique designs that save weight and preserve durability. The line utilizes the industry’s best materials, including Vibram rubbers, Kevlar, and Gore-tex (depending on the model). The result is a line of footwear suitable for a professional mountaineer, a part-time trail runner, and every athlete in between.

Here at Grizzly Outfitters, we are carrying: the Alp Trainer Mid GTX, M’s Fire Vent, W’s Firetail, and M’s MTN Trainer. Other styles are available by special order.

Check out some pics from our Salewa rep’s recent visit to Grizzly Outfitters.  Thanks to Brandon, and to G.O.’s own Kelly and Lucy for showing off the Salewas!  Not a bad-looking bunch of folks.




Our Meltdown

Our Spring Meltdown Sale continues! After a fun weekend here at Griz, Ken & Andrew have decided to keep the sale rolling.   Winter clothing, last year’s spring/summer clothing, and gloves will remain at 50% OFF! Most skis, poles, and helmets will continue to be 30% OFF, and we have assorted sale bins throughout the store. We’re supposed to get a nice hit of pow in the next couple days, so treat yourself and SAVE.

Thanks to everyone who came out for the “Spring in the Backcountry” event. We had Alex B. of Big Sky Resort Ski Patrol bring his avy dog, Charlie. The Friends of the Gallatin National Forest Avalanche Center sent Alex M. to hold a beacon practice clinic. Both were super fun and informative! We hope to hold a similar beacon clinic during the 2012-13 winter season, so stay tuned.            

The store is flooded with NEW Spring inventory from all of our vendors. This spring we are pleased to add Carve Designs and Chico Bags to our list of vendors.

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Snow and Spring in Big Sky, MT


img_0447Ha, it snowed.  Nine inches on Lone Peak!  I’m sure this was disappointing to many folks who have been lusting for spring, but too bad. It was beautiful. The snow clung to every tree and shone in the sunlight.

I realize that the 2011-12 ski season was not the most powdery ever to hit SW Montana. Big Sky still fared better than many areas, and I enjoyed a healthy amount of faceshots this winter (…..and I don’t mean the house shot at the Lotus Pad, which are also delicious).

Lots of folks round here are over the winter, but they’re in DENIAL. Big Sky always gets pounded with snow after the resort closes. I did a little online research on Big Sky’s historical weather. The data from several sites showed snowfall into June, and showed June as the wettest month in terms of precipitation. Check out this summary from 1984-2012:      

It’s interesting to look at the inches of precipitation for each month versus the snowfall in inches. This is also known as the Snow Water Equivalent (SWE), which is the amount of water contained within the snowpack. An easy way to think about it is that it is the amount of water you would end up with if you instantly melted the snow. Obviously, deeper snow with less water = fluffier POW! That’s the technical explanation.

Some great sites to geek out on the local climate include:

Gallatin National Forest Avalanche Center:

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration:

US Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Site:

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