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Great Northern Powder Guides - Snowcats in griz country: Family business digs into tiny niche

February 11, 2018View for printing

Sometimes it takes a cat to survive in grizzly country.

The logo of Great Northern Powder Guides looks suspiciously similar to Montana State University's mascot, and the family owners even have a live pet bobcat. They build custom cabins for snow grooming machines (commonly called snowcats) which they fill with backcountry skiers intent on raiding the deep powder stockpiles where grizzly bears roam (when they're not hibernating).

Shepherding skiers keeps the Sandelin family busy every day between Dec. 1 and April 1 as Montana's only snowcat guide service. Maintaining those snowcats and crafting the cabins that hold their skiers takes up the rest of the year.

ROB CHANEY ... 68704d.html
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