Here’s a confession, as a New England skiers I long for my big week out west skiing under bright blue sky on steeps with deep snow. Mind you I love skiing the slopes of Vermont, Maine and New Hampshire, but there is nothing quite like the Rockies and the big mountain experience western skiing provides.

big-sky-heather_aspenAs a New England Pass holder, the pass valid at Sunday River, Sugarloaf and Loon, I have to let you in on a little secret.. buy the Max pass add on ($299) for 5 days each at Big Sky Montana, Steamboat, Brighton, Copper, Winter Park, Mt Bachelor, Cypress and Crystal, plus Stratton, Killington, Pico, and Tremblant in the East. A total of 22 ski resorts…

Big Sky now has 5,800 acres, that’s more than Vail. The summit of Big Sky is an amazing 11,000′ reached by tram, you can ski off all directions from Lone Peak and it is as scenic as steep. You can see as far as the Grand Tetons and Yellowstone Club, or straight down the full 4,350′ vertical to Big Sky’s ski village at the base. You just must ski Big Sky before you die.

I recommend you stay at Big Sky’s Summit Hotel – can’t get closer to the slopes, but the Shoshone ans Huntley are super close too. Did I mention Montana has great snow this season?!

That’s my ski stash revealed and your best ski trip deal for the day. Happy trails!

By Heather Burke, photos by Greg Burke

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