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By Cary Jo Hofstad, Cary Jo, Hofstad, Broker, Blue Sky Realty LLC
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11 Council Bluffs Drive Columbia Falls, MT 59912 MLS #325502 Updated and remodeled home on a large lot with mountain views. Kitchen open to the living area and updated. 3 bedrooms and 2 baths with a finished basement which includes a 2nd fireplace and family room. New deck for entertaining or vi...
By Cary Jo Hofstad, Cary Jo, Hofstad, Broker, Blue Sky Realty LLC
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The 4th of July was incredible. We had family in town so took the grandsons to the Kalispell parade, City Beach in Whitefish and did fireworks late on the 4th. We older people struggled to stay awake since it gets dark so late in NW Montana. I don't remember the last time we stayed up late en...
By Cary Jo Hofstad, Cary Jo, Hofstad, Broker, Blue Sky Realty LLC
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It has been a daunting week in the Flathead Valley. Between 2-6" of rain fell in 2 days setting a record and putting us well ahead of the normal average rain fall. Glacier National Park got 6-8" of rain in the lower elevations and 14-16" of SNOW in the higher elevations. I spent 2 ...
By Cary Jo Hofstad, Cary Jo, Hofstad, Broker, Blue Sky Realty LLC
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https://www.flickr.com/photos/glaciernps/ Is the source for updated photos of the plowing on Going to the Sun Highway. Projected fully open on June 20th - always a guess depending on weather between now and then. SO, if you are flying or driving in before that date, plan on biking/walking on the ...
By Cary Jo Hofstad, Cary Jo, Hofstad, Broker, Blue Sky Realty LLC
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Tomorrow is the day. After volunteering last year, there is NO way I would ever be a participant. This year 5000 people are signed up to take part in a physical and mental challenge designed by the founder of Spartan. The course is naturally hilly and tough, add man made obstacles = a truly diffi...
By Cary Jo Hofstad, Cary Jo, Hofstad, Broker, Blue Sky Realty LLC
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Yesterday was moving day for CrossFit Flathead, my gym. I must admit I am a little intimidated by the size and bars in the new gym. We will start our WODs there on Friday. I expect coach Buford Bennet will have all kinds of "fun" lined up for us in this new space! USA Today survey resul...
By Cary Jo Hofstad, Cary Jo, Hofstad, Broker, Blue Sky Realty LLC
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Last year it was held later but this year it is the weekend of May 10. Earlier and probably cooler. Last year it was HOT for the participants. Having volunteered last year and seen the course up close, better be ready for battle if you are participating! Here is the Spartan blog about returning t...
By Cary Jo Hofstad, Cary Jo, Hofstad, Broker, Blue Sky Realty LLC
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The numbers are in, skier visits were up 7% for 2013/2014 ski season. Season passes accounted for about 1/2 of these visits. It was a tremendous year for snow and the increase of visitors was evident in the parking lots but not on the slopes. So much terrain and so many chairs, skiers and boarder...
By Cary Jo Hofstad, Cary Jo, Hofstad, Broker, Blue Sky Realty LLC
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I love the diversity in our valley: Columbia Falls: still a timber town with Plum Creek, RBM lumber, also the gateway to Glacier National Park. Flathead River runs through it. Whitefish: the home of Big Mountain (Whitefish Mountain Resort) for winter and summer fun, old west downtown, situated on...
By Cary Jo Hofstad, Cary Jo, Hofstad, Broker, Blue Sky Realty LLC
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Click on the link below from Powder Magazine for a classic tale of what it is like to be in Whitefish Montana during Winter Carnival. I loved the part about the parade stopping so people in the parade could visit with friends spectating :) Gotta love small towns where you always see someone  you ...
By Cary Jo Hofstad, Cary Jo, Hofstad, Broker, Blue Sky Realty LLC
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1500 fellow bloggers replied and below are their responses. My choice was hardwood flooring under carpet. Here in NW Montana, views, great neighborhoods and great schools are for the most part the norm, so had to choose something else! Mud rooms were a close 2nd in my mind for where I live, place...
By Cary Jo Hofstad, Cary Jo, Hofstad, Broker, Blue Sky Realty LLC
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Hops Bar and Grill: great burgers in Kalispell. They have 100 craft beers to choose from and a terrific wine list. They no longer take reservations, so we naively showed up last Friday night at 5:20pm, expecting to walk in and get a table. Wrong! We put our name on a list and walked around town f...
By Cary Jo Hofstad, Cary Jo, Hofstad, Broker, Blue Sky Realty LLC
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I posted on Facebook last week that I was calling it quits on the ski season and moving on to gardening and horse riding. A friend says that she hates the "in between time". I totally got it. Here in NW MT, all accept plowed piles of snow are gone, leaving wet and mud in it's place....
By Cary Jo Hofstad, Cary Jo, Hofstad, Broker, Blue Sky Realty LLC
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Everyone in the Flathead Valley knows, we are a big draw for Canadian skiers. Canadians come down here year round for a variety of reasons. Last week we had dinner at the Tupelo Grill in Whitefish. We were surrounded by fun loving Canadians. They kept us alive financially during the recession and...
By Cary Jo Hofstad, Cary Jo, Hofstad, Broker, Blue Sky Realty LLC
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Last weekend we stopped at Montana Coffee Traders for an Americano and headed to Whitefish for the Skijoring World Championship. We had not attended this event for a few years and were amazed at how it has grown! 3000 spectators attended on Saturday to watch skiers and snowboarders being pulled b...
By Cary Jo Hofstad, Cary Jo, Hofstad, Broker, Blue Sky Realty LLC
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http://www.flatheadbeacon.com/articles/article/inspiration_tops_cnns_list_of_best_ski_runs/37419/ The Flathead Beacon report has "my ski hill" and one of my favorite runs, highlighted from a CNN report naming the top 100 ski runs around the world. The views on a clear day of the Rockies...
By Cary Jo Hofstad, Cary Jo, Hofstad, Broker, Blue Sky Realty LLC
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Well, our family flew in for a week stay and it was a busy one with 2-2 year old grandsons running - literally - around the house. Fun! The one grandson lives in WA so we don't see him too often but the boys have so much fun together. Different in every way. One loved to be in the snow - of c...
By Cary Jo Hofstad, Cary Jo, Hofstad, Broker, Blue Sky Realty LLC
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The valley got about 6" in the last 24 hrs but the ski hill got dumped on. I skiied 2x this week and there is so much powder and no people, probably today will be a busy day though.   WINTER  SUMMER PLAN YOUR TRIP THE MOUNTAIN ACTIVITIES GLACIER NATIONAL PARK EVENTS FAMILIES GROUPS REAL ESTA...
By Cary Jo Hofstad, Cary Jo, Hofstad, Broker, Blue Sky Realty LLC
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My husband and myself accompanied our daughter's Fresh Life Church small group Tuesday night to do some volunteering at the Salvation Army in Kalispell. We sorted donated toys onto age appropriate tables for the Dec. 20 "shopping" day. We learned how the Army pre-qualifies those tha...
By Cary Jo Hofstad, Cary Jo, Hofstad, Broker, Blue Sky Realty LLC
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Headed up the ski hill yesterday. 12" of snow fell in Kalispell and a little less in Whitefish. By the time I got up there the powder was pretty tracked and it was still very cold. I know the people who were on the first chairs hit it just right. I'll be there next time! Lunch at Hell Ro...

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