BIG SKY – Hockey is here to stay, folks.

The Gallatin County Commission voted last week unanimously to extend the Big Sky Skating and Hockey Association’s permit for 10 years.

The BSSHA credits more than 50 emails sent in support of Big Sky hockey for helping achieve this milestone.

Founded in 2010, the group also recently received its 501(c)(3) nonprofit designation from the IRS.

The Big Sky ice rink is in the Town Center, by Center Stage. This location is temporary until the BSSHA can move it to a permanent location with a concrete pad and roof.

The group applied for and was granted Big Sky Resort Tax funding for the coming season, as well as money to purchase two additional lights.

This winter, the group will offer skating clinics for kids and adults, open skate sessions, and adult hockey and broomball leagues.