Mountain High 

This weekend, you can have your meat and shred it up, too. Or, more accurately, you can stuff yourself with steak and bust out some wicked freestyle tricks off an array of jumps with your snowboard or skis when the Terrain Parks at Lost Trail host the Lost Trail Safety First! Slopestyle competition on Saturday. The "huckfest" is open to any and all skiers and snowboarders, and features prizes for winners from places like Edge of the World and Backcountry Racks. The event also coincides with Lost Trail Ski Patrol's annual Steak Fry fundraiser, which begins after the competition and features steak, a beer garden, moonlight torch run, plus music by Portland, Ore.'s Keegan Smith and The Family. So get out there, reader, and grind it up, ya hear?

Lost Trail Power Mountain presents its "Safety First! Slopestyle" competition on Sat., Feb. 19, at 1 PM. Riders should be registered by noon. $10. The Lost Trail Steak Fry Fundraiser costs $12 and runs from 5–9 PM. Visit lostrail.com and ltpark.com for more info and to download a waiver form.

click to enlarge PHOTO BY CHAD HARDER

THURSDAY FEBRUARY 17

UM's Outdoor Program presents an information session on Mountaineering and Trekking in the Andes, which offers a slideshow and other info on the program's upcoming summer trip to Peru, starting at 5 PM at the Outdoor Program, in UM's Fitness and Recreation Center. Free. Call 243-5172.

Grab the good word on all kinds of birds when the Five Valley's Audubon Society presents advanced birding workshops that meet every Thu. through March 31 starting at 7 PM at the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Regional Office, 3201 Spurgin Road. Tonight's program is on owls with Denver Holt. $15/$70 for all seven sessions. Call Larry at 549-5632 to RSVP and visit fvamissoula.org

SATURDAY FEBRUARY 19

The bird is totally the word when the Five Valleys Audubon Society leads a beginning birding field trip, which covers basic bird ID, including use of binoculars and field guides, starting at 10 AM at the Lee Metcalf National Wildlife Refuge, 4567 Wildfowl Lane, outside of Stevensville. Free. Families and children are welcome. Call Larry at 549-5632 and visit fvamissoula.org.

Bring your furry buddy up to the Glacier Outdoor Center, 12400 Hwy. 2 E. in West Glacier, for a day of fun during the center's annual "Doggie Skijoring Competition," which begins at noon. $25, with event proceeds benefiting the Humane Society of Northwestern Montana. Call 888-5454.

Kids ages 5 and up let their minds go into blast-off mode when the Montana Natural History Center, 120 Hickory St., presents its "Saturday Kids' Activity: Out of this World with Astronomy," a program on comets, moons and stars that begins at 2 PM. Children must be accompanied by an adult. $3/$1 MNHC members. Call 327-0405.

Slide and glide around Glacier National Park to find out how animals in the park survive the cold months during "Winter Nights," a guided, moonlight cross-country ski program that begins at 7 PM at Camas Road Gate, three minutes from the Apgar Visitor Center. Participants must bring their own gear. Free, but a park entrance fee of $15 for vehicles/$10 for hikers, bicyclists and motorcyclists is required. Call 888-7939.

TUESDAY FEBRUARY 22

Roam over to REI Missoula, 3275 N. Reserve St. Ste. K-2, to catch "Trekking and Volunteering in Nepal: A Photographic Journey," a presentation with Craig Spring that begins at 6:30 PM. Free. Visit rei.com/missoula to register.

Hang out with an aster master when the Clark Fork Chapter of the Montana Native Plant Society presents an Herbarium Night with botanist Scott Mincemoyer with a program on asters titled "Montana's Assortment of Asters," starting at 7:30 PM in Room 303 of UM's Botany Building. Free. Visit mtnativeplants.org/ Clark_Fork_Chapter.

WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 23

Run with a little spice in your step when Run Wild Missoula presents a "Cajun Beer Run," a run or walk (depending on your preference) of 5 miles that begins at 6 PM at Charlie B's, 428 N. Higgins Ave., and ends at the establishment with Cajun food and beer. Free. Visit runwildmissoula.org.

Warm up your intellect when the Montana Natural History Center, 120 Hickory St., presents "Soaking up the History of Montana's Hot Springs," a lecture with author Jeff Birkby that examines the social history of these hot spots and begins at 7 PM. Donation requested/free MNHC members. Call 327-0405.

THURSDAY FEBRUARY 24

Throw your support behind some local stewards when The Selway-Bitterroot Frank Church Foundation presents its fifth annual Winter Gathering and Fundraiser, which features a silent auction, wine/beers, appetizers, plus a keynote address from Bill Moore, son of the late Bud Moore, from 6:30–9:30 PM at the Downtown Dance Collective, 121 W. Main St. Free. Visit selwaybitterroot.org.

Dig into "Stories in Rock & Ice: Geology and Climate Change in Glacier National Park," a presentation with Paul Rappaport, field camp director for the Glacier Institute, which begins at 6:30 PM at REI Missoula, 3275 N. Reserve St. Ste. K-2. Free. Visit rei.com/missoula to RSVP.

Paddle yourself into an evening with adventurer Susan Conrad during "A Sea of Revelations—One Woman's Solo Odyssey on the Inside Passage," a presentation with Conrad about her recently completed 1,110 mile solo sea kayak trip through the "Inside Passage" of British Columbia and Alaska, starting at 7 PM in Room 210 of UM's McGill Hall. Free. Call 243-5172.

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