I was letting the Montana sun saturate me when I realized that spring was upon us. I thought about all the wonderful moments I’ve enjoyed this winter: days of incredible powder, cruising scenic trails at Lone Mountain Ranch, fresh lines in the back country, snowshoeing with my dog, wobbly afternoons at the ice rink, winter smores at the fire pit, New Year’s Eve fireworks, watching my boys race with the BSSEF, attempting to skate ski, and many other unparalleled moments. On Sunday alone, I skied Big Sky Resort and Moonlight Basin, then fly fished the Gallatin River until sunset. Suddenly, it hit me – I’m the worst blogger ever. I’ve enjoyed so much, and neglected to share it.
I started working for Grizzly Outfitters in 2001, when I stumbled upon the shop and found myself applying for a job. As I filled out the application (like a 3rd grader), I wondered why I was doing it. I’d secured (what I thought would be) an incredible waitressing job. Fate funneled me to Grizzly Outfitters, and it was one of the luckiest flukes of my life.
After 12 years on and off, Ken and Andrew are still kind enough to employee me. Sometimes I wonder why exactly. I’ve realized that despite all my flaws, I share their vision and passion for the outdoors. Grizzly Outfitters was founded on a love of these mountains and rivers, and a drive to help others experience them. That is what fuels them; why they continually invest in their business, employees, and community. They want those who happen upon Grizzly Outfitters to leave happy, stay content, and return as friends.
Over a year ago, I began planning events and giveaways. It is my favorite part of the job. In winter 2012-13 alone, Grizzly Outfitters gave away around $15,000 in prizes. We donate to countless organizations and events in the community and beyond. We partner with organizations like the Friends of the Gallatin National Forest Avalanche Center and the Lone Peak Booster Club to fund raise and educate our customers. It is awesome.
Our buyers are constantly searching for innovative brands and equipment. We’ve instituted an online reservation system to make rentals more convenient. We constantly seek education about products that promote the overall health and comfort of our customers. Why? For the love of the outdoors, and a drive to share it. It’s incredible to work at a place where you can honestly say that. Honestly.
Oh yes, now to reveal the lie. I’ve run into a handful of people who read my blog. Some have asked with surprise, “You’re Mountain Girl?” I realize that my face may not be that of a girl; my mind may not be either (thank heavens). However, no one can deny that my heart is still that of a girl. Life has passed by in a blur, but I’m still just a girl who loves to be outside.
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