Big Sky Resort , advanced and expert skiers paradise , is located approximately midway between West Yellowstone and Bozeman in the southwestern part of Montana , US.
Far from the crowds in southwest Montana, Big Sky has one of the United States’ toughest in-bounds skiing on upper Lone Peak’s steep, exposed slopes. With 150 trails and 4,350 feet (1,326 m) elevation from top to bottom, Big Sky offers more vertical than most other resorts.
Lone Mountain, the resort’s highest point, towers 11,150 feet (3399 m) above sea level, and the area’s skiing puts the resort at the top of the league for advanced and expert skiers.
It’s a long way to Montana from most places and Big Sky as a resort is not big on anything other than skiing . Yellowstone, the oldest National Park in the U.S. and a unique winter destination in its own is located just down the road.
With around 400 inches (1,016 cm) falling throughout the season, snow is not gonna be a problem although cold and wind can be.
Big Sky has 17 lifts serving over 3,600 skiable acres (1,457 ha.)
Big Sky’s skiing takes place on two main mountains, Lone Peak and Andesite, total trail length is 85 miles (137 km). The truly unique element of the resort is the huge amount of lift- accessible terrain from the top of the Peak.
Just because Big Sky has developed an extreme reputation doesn’t mean to say you can’t learn there, although it’s location in Montana it’s pretty far away from most places just to give skiing a try. 17% of the terrain is specifically for novices.
Before the opening of the top half of the mountain, intermediate terrain was Big Sky’s bread and butter. It still accounts for a quarter of the resort’s skiing and has benefited from recent lift improvements too.
Big Sky, Montana, used to be considered an intermediate’s deserted paradise by the few who had heard of the resort. But all that changed in 1995 when the tram was built to the top of Lone Mountain, the highest peak in the region, opening up a hill from which there is no easy way to descend. Overnight it became an advance skiing paradise , where experts can measure themselves .
Big Sky Accommodation
With just three hotels, choice is limited within the Mountain Village, which for practical purposes is the resort. The newest luxury hotel is the 10-story 213-room Summit, complete with all amenities.
The Mountain Inn is a recently completed 90-room economy hotel within walking distance of the lifts. The Shoshone Condominium Suites and the Huntley Lodge provide the rest of Big Sky’s most central accommodations. There are also budget and luxury condominiums, cabins and townhouses, some of which are within easy walking distance of the lifts.
If skiing is not you thing here’s some alternatives:
- cross-country skiing
- horseback riding