Breaking trail along the Continental Divide near Helena, Montana.
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Skier on Canyon Ferry Lake © Jason Savage
Got back this afternoon from a frigid morning on Canyon Ferry Lake. The wind was whipping across the lake and temps were down well below zero. Not the most ideal for skiing but we persevered, especially cause it was so nice just being out this morning. There was fresh fallen snow on the lake,crisp air, and some hardy soles holed up in their ice houses.
For those of you unfamiliar with Canyon Ferry Lake, it’s a dammed portion of the Missouri River and the third largest body of water in the state, with 76 miles of shoreline. It gets a ton of recreation year round and is great part of the Missouri to check out whether you’re out paddling or drilling a hole in the ice.
Right now it’s froze up solid, enough to be driving on safely and with the upcoming weather it should be good to go for quite a while.
Me taking a quick break on Canyon Ferry.
Hawk looking for a meal. © Jason Savage
Canyon Ferry Lake. © Jason Savage
25K. ©Jason Savage
I was visiting the town of West Yellowstone yesterday amongst the hundreds of others who were competing in the annual Yellowstone Rendezvous Ski Race. Racers come from all over to compete and some as far from Alaska were there.
The atmosphere is definitely festive as skiiers from all age groups compete in different length races. The 2k race which features ages 6-9 was fun to watch as the kids were detemined and full of energy to get underway. Lots of fun to watch.
Helena’s own Randy Beckner finished 16 out of 130 in the Men’s 50K freestyle(Way to go Randy!). Bozeman’s Leif Zimmerman took first with a time of 2:13:02.3. To see the rest of the results in all races you can visit at the Yellowstone Rendezvous Ski Race Results page.
If you are interested in this race it’s open to all levels, pros and beginners alike. It’s one way to sign off on the end of winter in one of Montana’s longstanding traditions.
Little Bison Racer 2K. © Jason Savage
Classic Skiing. © Jason Savage
25K Classic. © Jason Savage
Based in Montana, Jason works as a freelance and commercial photographer, specializing in travel and outdoor photography.
His work has been featured in National Geographic Traveler, Time, Outside, Audubon, Outdoor Photographer,The Nature Conservancy and many others.
His images have also been featured in numerous advertising campaigns, books, and calendars around the world.
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546 Fox Meadow Ln.
Hamilton, MT 59840