Mountain Outlaw magazine is published biannually in Big Sky, Montana, and examines the lifestyle, culture and issues relevant to the Mountain West from the heart of the Yellowstone region. Through award-winning editorial content, design, video and photography, Mountain Outlaw gives you more than a story – it’s an experience.
WINTER 2024 MAGAZINE
Pick up your copy of the Winter 2024 edition of Mountain Outlaw magazine at more than 400 locations around the Greater Yellowstone region.
FEATURED OUTLAW: THE TESTER APPEAL
By Bella Butler
People love Jon Tester. But what about Montana’s three-term U.S. senator is it exactly that strikes a chord with the people he serves? Mountain Outlaw Managing Editor Bella Butler explores the senator’s embodiment of Montana and The Tester Appeal.
OUTBOUND GALLERY: HOUSELESS IN MONTANA
A visual story of Montana’s houseless residents.
HISTORY: BIG SKY RESORT – 50 YEARS
By Jack Reaney
Big Sky Resort has not only had a profound impact on Montana, but on the entire ski industry. Mountain Outlaw writer Jack Reaney celebrates Big Sky Resort: 50 Years with a collection of stories from the people who love it and the people who’ve shaped it.
CULTURE: THE OTO RIDES AGAIN
By Elisabeth Kwak-Heffernan
The OTO Ranch has been somewhat of a ghost town in the last several decades. But an opportunity to revive it might change that. Writer Elisabeth Kwak-Heffernan breaks down what’s at stake if The OTO Rides Again.
DISPATCH: BACKCOUNTRY SKIING IN THE BALKANS
By Scott Yorko
In the war-torn Balkan States, an annual backcountry ski fest seeks to reconnect its people through a shared love for exploration in the mountains.
ADVENTURE: MONTANA LINES
By Bella Butler
A Q&A with professional freeride skier and Montana native Parkin Costain.
ADVENTURE: EMBRACING THE SPIRIT OF MAVERICK
By Sami Bierman
One Montana mom and pop ski area is keeping its focus on the simple joy of skiing.
ADVENTURE: BY HOOF AND BY PLANK
By Bella Butler
Skijoring marries the traditional and modern Wests.
LAND: THIS IS MY PRAIRIE
By Alexis Bonogofsky
An intimate exploration of Montana’s southeastern landscape.
LAND: AFTER THE BURN
By Gabrielle Gasser
How wildfires are shaping Montana winters.
GUIDE: MONTANA’S WINTER WILDLIFE
By Jen Clancey
Montana’s winter sets a new stage for its wildlife.
CULTURE: THE LAST BEST RIVALRY
By Jack Marshall III
The Cat vs. Griz showdown is one of the oldest rivalries west of the Mississippi. And arguably the best of them all.
CULTURE: LET MY PEOPLE HEAL
By Sarah Comeau
A Lakota women explores cultural appropriation of Native people in a personal essay.
CULTURE: THIS IS A MONTANA STORY
By Dr. Holcomb Johnston and Dr. Katey T. Franklin
Two Montana women weave together a personal account from an active shooting, Montana’s relationship with firearm violence and an analysis of the tie between healing and connection.
HISTORY: THE DIARY OF NORTON PEARL
By Michael Ober
A 1910s Glacier ranger endures the park’s grueling winter in the name of discovery.
HISTORY: RED LIGHT MONTANA
By Sophie Brett Tsairis
A new downtown Bozeman restaurant is telling the story of the state’s red light era.
HISTORY: THE MONTANA GOVERNORSHIP
By Taylor Owens
Montana’s leadership is founded on a connection to its people.
HUMOR: GLACIER PEOPLE VS. YELLOWSTONE PEOPLE
By Ednor Therriault
Are there stereotypical Glacier People and Yellowstone People?
RECIPE: TASTE OF MONTANA
Presented By The Gourmet Gals
Bison short ribs and huckleberry mules.
FICTION: SLOUGH CREEK
By Toby Thompson
One man’s dance with solitude in Yellowstone’s backcountry.
POETRY: GOD-SIGHTING IN WEST YELLOWSTONE
By Yetta Rose Stein
A lyrical account of Yellowstone’s iconic fauna.