Montana Treasures // Big Sky with Tom Owen
Tom Owen has owned and operated Gallatin Alpine Sports in Big Sky, Montana for 31 years. Through the retail world, he shares his love for mountain bikes and the opportunities to explore public lands with everyone who walks into his shop.
Every mountain bike community has its individuals who are constantly striving to progress the sport. Be it trail building, advocacy, land management or retail, every avenue is an equally important part of creating a thriving movement.
Montana Treasures is a series about a few of the many people who embody the state’s greater mountain bike scene through their actions and endeavors.
Check out more of the epic Montana mountain bike scene in our latest issue, the Montana Photo Book!
Issue 8.3, the Montana Photo Book, is a visual guide to the trails of the Treasure State. We selected four local photographers, Reid Morth, Jason O'Neil, Tom Robertson and Nick VanHorn, to document their respective hometowns of Big Sky, Helena, Missoula and Whitefish and capture the experience and vibe that fill the mountains of the Montana high country. Save 40% off a subscription to Freehub Magazine with our Shared Reader Discount. Subscribe today and save!
There is no arguing Sage Cattabriga-Alosa’s status as a skiing legend, known for his confidence on the gnarliest of lines, and countless appearances in TGR films through the years. While his claim to fame may be skiing, Sage is equally passionate about mountain biking, and can be frequently found riding his hometown trails and his backyard ‘pedal-track,’ in Bend, Oregon. Between his pow skiing exploits, Sage shared some thoughts with us on mountain biking, turning his backyard into a
What do skiing and cycling have in common? Well…not that much, unless of course you are using a bike to get from peak A to peak B. It may sound absurd but for a group of four adventurers this vision became reality when they decided to bike pack 100 pounds of backcountry ski and snowboard gear, food, water, and camping gear parallel to the Eastern Sierra all the way to Whitney Portal via US Route 395. At the brim of the east side of California the Eastern Sierra stand as some of the
For the last three summers, anyone with an eye on the internet has been treated to the two-wheeled antics of Colorado’s Nate Hills and his #followcamfriday YouTube series. Now already past its 120th episode, the series has essentially defined a new genre of mountain bike filming: chasing your buddy down a gnarly trail at insane speeds, trying not to hit them or the trees flying past you. The series has brought Hills all over the world, from Whistler, to New Zealand, Bolivia and even through