After two days of sub zero temps, I was back at it on a Friday with no crowds, 4 inches of new powder, and accompanied by my good friend Mona.  Portions of Moonlight Basin opened and we decided “Bad Dog” was the run of the day.  Mona likes to find all the little gladed short cuts between runs so she had me zigging and zagging.

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That night was the Big Sky Town Center 19th Annual Christmas Stroll complete with a hot air balloon as the centerpiece.   Our kids were set free to roam the town, and enjoy the sleigh rides, bonfire, magic show, and ice skating.   The spirit and generosity of all the business owners is overwhelming.  At every storefront there was something to nibble on or giveaways for the crowds.  Blue Ribbon Builders had the best ‘adult’ hot chocolate, a guarded secret recipe.  Big Sky Western Bank offered chocolate fondue with homemade marshmallows.  My favorite home decor store ‘Horse of a Different Color’ had carolers, wine, hot cider, and ginger cookies.

 

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If I had any doubts about my decision to move to Big Sky Montana, they were put to rest on this night.  I am exactly where I want to be, skiing a fantastic mountain, and strolling a town whose people know how to celebrate.