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A photo documentary of all the ski areas in Montana by Craig W. Hergert with stories by Brian Hurlbut and a foreword by Warren Miller.

"MONTANA - SKIING THE LAST BEST PLACE" A collection of photographs
by Craig W. Hergert
Stories by Brian Hurlbut
Foreward by Warren Miller.

A 12" x 12" high quality 224 page hardcover coffee table book that includes   over 250+ photos of all 16 Montana public ski areas, plus the Yellowstone Club and our neighbors to the south around Yellowstone.....Sleeping Giant (Cody, WY) Jackson Hole and Grand Targhee.

Hello, my name is Craig W. Hergert, and I'm a landscape photographer based in beautiful Bozeman Montana. I have a small gallery and studio in town, and am lucky enough to be able to travel all over this great state and actually call it work. About 8 years ago, I came up with the idea that I wanted to all of the ski areas in Montana, and document what I saw.

"Job 1" Framed 31"x31" signed print of the cover shot. Reward #11
"Job 1" Framed 31"x31" signed print of the cover shot. Reward #11

This project began began as a labor of love, and of course an excuse to get out and explore the region back in 1998. I love small towns and small town ski areas, and there is nothing quite like the mix of Montana hospitality, wide open spaces and skiing....Skiing in my mind, is one of the most freeing activities in the world, where sport, culture and passion borders continuously on the edge of spirituality. Whether visiting a small family owned mom and pop hill with a couple lifts, or immersing yourself at large and luxurious resort such as Whitefish Mountain or  Big Sky, the feeling of huge wide open country and a laid back atmosphere translates to an experience like none other. 

Now after spending all my personal savings, years of shooting and the last 8 months of editing, I'm ready to print the book . That is where you come in. I'm seeking to raise the funds to print the book (about $30,000) without having to do a traditional loan.  Help me finish this project and get it out in the world! None other than Warren Miller has graciously offered to write the foreword to the book for me, and I couldn't be more excited to finally see it all come together!

When you back this project, you'll help me to see a 8 year project come to fruition, but you'll also be helping yourself! On the right side of this page I've put together a list of books, prints and other items for your support.

If you are unable to pledge, please share this project with your friends and family, and with your social networks on Facebook and Twitter. The more people that know about it, the better chance it has of succeeding. 

Remember - Kickstarter projects are all-or-nothing. In order to produce the book, the project has to meet its funding goal, or no money changes hands. You will not be charged unless the book is funded by Sunday October 7th.

Please let me know if you have any questions at all, or any suggestions for more rewards. Thank you for your support!

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Update: Just added a very nice, foil stamped leather bound book with slip case. These will all be signed and numbered, and will be a keepsake for years to come. (limited edition of 250) This added reward to the right, also comes with 3 select 12"x12" signed open edition prints on archival cotton.

Don't see the reward you'd like? Just shoot me an email and I'll make a custom award for your donation that works for both of us.

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All of the initial risks are taken care of as I have been able to fund everything with my own savings to this point. The book layout is almost complete and ready to go to the printer.

The book will be available and released in January of 2013.

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    Get 5 signed books for $250 (Save $50) and your choice of any small open or limited edition photo in the book, or choose from the entire catalog of photos on my website. (large format 12"x12" or panoramic format 24"x8") reproduced as a ready to hang signed canvas wrap giclee' print. * Includes free shipping to Con-US • For international orders, please add $75.

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    You’ll be named (if you choose) in the thank you's section of the book as a major backer of the project.... You'll also get 5 custom signed books (inscribed to you and your friends), and your choice of any open or limited edition XL photo from the book, or choose from the entire catalog of photos on my website. (large format 45"x45" or panoramic format 72"x24") Ready to hang signed canvas wrap giclee' print.

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    You’ll be named (if you choose) in the thank you's section of the book as a major backer of the project. Get 5 custom signed books (inscribed to you and your friends), and your choice of any XXL open or limited edition panoramic image in the book, or choose from the entire catalog of photos on my website. (large format 55"x55" or panoramic format 90"x30") reproduced as a ready to hang signed canvas wrap giclee' print.

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    You’ll be named (if you choose) in the thank you's section of the book as a major backer of the project. You'll also get 5 custom signed books (inscribed to you and your friends) and an e-book. In addition, I will take you on a one-day photography workshop anywhere in Montana. (you can schedule your workshop for up to 5 people anytime you wish. Your travel expenses are not included)

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    You’ll be named (if you choose) in the thank you's section of the book as a major backer of the project. You'll also get 5 custom signed books (inscribed to you and your friends) and an e-book. In addition, I will take you on a one-day photography workshop anywhere in Montana. (you can schedule your workshop for up to 5 people anytime you wish. Your travel expenses are not included).....You'll also receive your choice of any XXL open or limited edition panoramic image in the book, or choose from the entire catalog of photos on my website. (large format 55"x55" or panoramic format 90"x30") reproduced as a ready to hang signed canvas wrap giclee' print.

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    CUSTOM PHOTO SHOOT, 5 SIGNED BOOKS, YOUR OWN PHOTO SHOOT, 3 XXL CANVAS FRAMED PRINTS, AND YOUR OWN BOOK. You’ll be named (if you choose) in the thank you's section of the book as a major backer of the project. You'll also get 5 custom signed books (inscribed to you and your friends) and an e-book. In addition, this reward includes a custom photo shoot of your your choice, anywhere in the Montana (or anywhere in the world, you just pay travel fees) Includes a full photo shoot, your choice of 3 XXL canvas prints from the shoot (40"x60" or 90" x 30") and a custom hardcover book of the best images from your photo shoot. Are you a company that needs professional marketing photos? Have a family ranch you want documented? Want to go skiing at Turner Mountain with 200 of your friends and have me document it...this is the ultimate custom reward.

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