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March 11, 2012 in Outdoors
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Mike Harrelson heads out of Altoona Ridge Lodge for backcountry downhilling in the Flint Creek Mountains near Philipsburg, Mont.

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Andrija Barker enjoys hot tea in the yurt at Altoona Ridge Lodge, a ski- or snowmobile-in backcountry lodge near Philipsburg, Mont.

Greg Fortin, a backcountry skiing and snowshoeing guide, cuts loose during a couple of days off at Altoona Ridge.

March 9, 2012 in Outdoors
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Denison von Maur enjoys the last hours of the day skiing on the ridge above Altoona Ridge Lodge, a three-building backcountry facility von Maur built in the Flint Creek Mountains near Philipsburg, Mont.

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James Pyke, center, and Denison von Maur, soothe their muscles after a full day of backcountry skiing in the sauna at Altoona Ridge Lodge in the Flint Creek Mountains near Philipsburg, Mont.

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Denison von Maur, owner of Altoona Ridge Lodge in the Flint Creek Mountains near Philipsburg, Mont., skis up a ridge on a day tour from the lodge with Andrija Barker.

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Craig Moore speeds down a slope near Altoona Lake during a three-day backcountry skiing trip to Altoona Ridge Lodge near Philipsburg, Mont.

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Andrija Barker and Greg Fortin head out onto the deck of Altoona Ridge Lodge at sunset after a day of backcountry skiing.

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Denison von Maur shows guests at Altoona Ridge Lodge how to cook their own strips of meat on flat rocks he’d heated for two hours in an oven at 450 degrees.

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James Pyke lights the wood stove in the sauna at Altoona Ridge Lodge after a full day of backcountry skiing near Philipsburg, Mont.