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!
Absolutely classic riding in Colorado’s Elk Mountains. Jake Fojtik photo. Here’s a quick history lesson. In the late 1970's, Crested Butte was already considered the Mecca of mountain biking. While Marin County, California may have had the bikes, Crested Butte certainly had the trails. The tiny town, right smack in the middle of Colorado’s Elk Mountains, paved the way for modern mountain biking, blazing trails high into the mountains surrounding town, all focused on one thing: two-wheeled
Digging their feet into freshly fallen snow, mountain bikers Danny MacAskill, Hans Rey, and Gerhard Czerner trudged upwards on the trail before them. As they tirelessly moved, the sun began to rise, illuminating the caldera of Mount Kilimanjaro as they climbed. When they finally neared the 19,341-foot summit they were still carrying mountain bikes on their shoulders. Ten days prior, those same bikes had taken them to the 17,057-foot summit of Mount Kenya. That was their warm up.