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December 16, 2012 in Outdoors

Skiers follow a groomed trail to a yurt, one of several overnight options for visitors at Homestake Lodge and Cross-Country Ski Center east of Butte.

Chris Axelson is a former U.S. Nordic Ski Team member.

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Homestake Lodge owners Chris, left, and Mandy Axelson pause for a little together time with their son as they tend to chores.

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A yellow Lab is excited get harnessed up for a romp with his master on the groom nordic ski trails at Homestake Lodge, where 10-kilometers of the 37K trail system are “dog friendly.” In the background, Homestake owner Chris Axelson talks with a guest that’s booked in the modern cabin (back left) the lodge rents out by the night. Homestake also rents a yurt and dorm rooms in the new lodge.

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Homestake Lodge owner Chris Axelson leads Matt Fischer of Butte’s Mile High Nordic Club on a ski tour off the 37-kilometers of groomed trails and a route along the beaver ponds at Homestake Cross-Country Ski Center east of Butte, Mont.

December 15, 2012 in Outdoors
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A yurt large enough for two families is one of several overnight accommodation options for visitors to Homestake Lodge Cross-Country Ski Center just east of Butte, Mont.

December 14, 2012 in Outdoors
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A cross-country skier notes the scar of bear claws in an aspen while skiing a trail at Homestake Lodge Cross-Country Ski Center just east of Butte, Mont.

December 30, 2011 in Green Local News
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Propane, solar and other heating sources warm Homestake Lodge.