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Craig Hergert with Brian Hurlbut | Montana, Skiing The Last Best Place

Published: March 6, 2013
By Judy Shafter - Lively Times

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The state of Montana offers an abundance of world-class recreational opportunities, and certainly downhill skiing is near the top of this list. Craig Hergert’s masterful photography, accompanied by Brian Hurlbut’s friendly narratives, beautifully illustrate the state’s 16 public ski areas, along with one private facility.

“For me, skiing in Montana is the way skiing was back in the 1940s … Simple, beautiful, and quiet,” writes famous ski filmmaker and winter sports enthusiast Warren Miller in the book’s foreword.

Hergert conceived the idea for this project about eight years ago, and began visiting as many ski areas as time and money would afford. Well into the project, he realized that his photos would need descriptions to fully capture their essence, so he approached his friend, professional writer Hurlbut, to take on that part of the project.

Their combined talents offer readers a visual perspective, as well as useful information, on what each site has to offer. Breathtaking aerial shots of snow-covered mountains are apt to make skiers wish for another round of winter.

The state boasts a few deluxe resort facilities, but for the most part, small to mid-size hills offer families and school groups lift prices and slopes geared to their interests, with plenty of atmosphere and friendly service. Learn about Bridger Bowl’s famous “Cold Smoke” powder, marvel at the tenacity behind Montana’s oldest ski hill, Showdown, and admire Whitefish Mountain Resort’s surreal snow ghosts.

The book is certain to inspire winter road trips for skiers and boarders, while the dazzling photographs and historical tidbits will keep armchair enthusiasts entertained.

Hergert, an award-winning photographer, owns Montana Panoramic gallery and studio in Bozeman. Hurlbut is the author of the Insider’s Guide to Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks, a frequent contributor to several magazines, and director of the Arts Council of Big Sky.

Their handsome new collaboration was published by Great Wide Open Publishing of Bozeman and sells for $60.

 

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"Craig, your work is just simply captivating. I've never seen anything like it, I catch myself getting lost in the amazingly detailed and creatively composed panoramic images that capture the Montana landscape and lifestyle better than any photo I've ever seen in my life."

Brian Hurlbut

Author, "Falcon Guide to the Greater Yellowstone Region" Read More ...
"Hello Craig, First, thank you for the great photo of Three dollar Bridge that we gave to the Attorney General - he loves it. It is now proudly displayed in his office for everyone to see."

Craig Sharpe

Executive Director, Montana Wildlife Federation Read More ...
"Craig, thank you so much for your quick shipping of the Bridger Bowl print we ordered last week. We just got it framed, and it is flat out amazing!!!!! My dad is going to absolutely love this years Christmas present more than anything ever. Keep up the good work!"

Nancy VanDermolen

Minneapolis Minnesota Read More ...
Hi Craig,

I wanted to let you know that we did receive your book all in good order last friday. Ah what a majestic land it is and your photographs capture it about right, they are truly stunningly beautiful. We sure did see a lot of familiar places, we are itching to get back to Montana next year, until then your book will do just fine..

Thanks again
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...Instead of merely imparting a place in time, as most photos do, Hergert’s panoramics seem to capture the entirety of a scene, from subtle differences in topography and color to holistic form and totality of detail. The result is a more comprehensive engagement of the mind, and a more visceral aesthetic response. When you see an image in Montana Read More ...
"I am thrilled I found your website. The Madison is my husband's favorite river and we fished there on our honeymoon, so this will be a great anniversary present. Your work is beautiful and not only that, it's REAL. In my online search, I saw so many pictures of Montana that looked altered to the point that I wasn't interested in hanging them in Read More ...
The book is great!  We absolutely love your work, and will definitely be back at the shop this summer.

Thanks Craig!  I had a tough time choosing which to pick.  You do beautiful work!!!  I used to live in Bozeman and you're photos bring back all the beauty and peacefulness of Montana.  I'm sure I will be ordering from you again!

s again!
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Hi Craig,

Your photos of Montana have an emotional and epic feel to them.  I actually said, "wow" out-loud when your homepage loaded.

Jim Read More ...
...We received the book yesterday, it is truly beautiful! As an Englishman who has spent a total of about 8 days in Montana in my entire life, it made me homesick for the place....

Ben

California Read More ...
...I ordered 4 of the Montana Panoramic books; one for each of my in-laws, my father, and my husband and I kept one for ourselves. I just wanted to let you know that everyone loved it, there is endless beauty on every page. I hope the book is doing well and please keep me posted on any new volumes that come out....

Sarah

Wyoming Read More ...
Hi Craig,

I received the poster that I ordered from your website.  It is breathtaking!!!  I expected it to be wonderful but it is so much more!  I look forward to enjoying it for years to come.  Makes me want to plan another visit to Bozeman!!! 
s so very much!  I appreciate you signing it too.  I love that touch!  You really do great work!
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Dear Craig,
               
I was jus
ing through your website and was awestruck by the beauty of your photos. I can’t wait to purchase my first image! It’s just so hard to decide! I live in Bozeman and am getting married at Roy’s Barn next July. I just wanted to tell you that your story is inspirational and you are a blessing to the Bozeman co Read More ...
...Viewing his 180-plus degree panoramas is as close as you can get to actually visiting scenic places such as the Bridger Range, Paradise Valley, and Lee Metcalf Wilderness. Hergert's ability to capture and highlight the diversity and grandiosity of landscapes makes the average Montana postcard look like a Kodak Instamatic snapshot. © "Montana Out Read More ...