Big Sky in Montana has long been a big secret amongst skiers, till now. Big Sky now offers skiers 5,800 acres with the acquisition of Moonlight Basin and Spanish Peaks, and its making its way onto many skier’s bucket list. Big Sky is an awesome destination for a Montana family ski vacation, larger than Vail with a fraction of the skier traffic, boasting 2 acres per skier. You will have plenty of high elevation, high adrenaline skiing like the Big Couloir or Blue Square cruisers if you prefer, the scenery is gorgeous, the lodging is posh and perfectly slopeside at The Summit in the Mountain Village, or a private luxury mountain cabin on the ski slopes, and the western Montanans are super cowboy friendly.
On Andesite Mountain, served by Ramcharger and Thunder Wolf quads, you will find groomed blues to glades and bump runs. On Lone Mountain is everything from ungroomed double black diamond steep chutes and glades off the Lone Peak Tram at 11,166′ and Challenger, to wide open snow bowls and plenty of tame blue and green scenic runs served by the Swift Current quad.
Big Sky and Moonlight are interconnected, so be sure to ski to Moonlight for lunch in their sensational lodge, the ski over to Moonlight gives perspective on just how huge this Montana skiing is. Families will love the kids learn to ski programs, kids happy hour activities, ziplines, and tour of Yellowstone National Park as add-ons to a family ski trip. Did we mention kids 10 and under ski and stay free with paying parents?
With Big Sky’s parent company Boyne USA managing sister Eastern ski resorts Sugarloaf, Sunday River, and Loon plus their western resort portfolio of Crystal in Washington, Brighton in Utah, and Cypress in British Columbia…the word is out. Big Sky owns neighboring Moonlight Basin and Spanish Peaks, with partnership from Yellowstone Club owner CrossHarbor Capital – making it the Biggest skiing in America with 34 lifts, an 11,166′ peak and 4,350′ vertical. new for 2016 is a Bowl6 six passenger lift with heated leather seats leading to the Lone Peak Tram, and a Challenger Triple chair. Big Sky 2025 is the plan of 12 new lifts in 9 years, plus on mountain lodges and a mountain village.
If you are visiting Big Sky for a ski week, take a day off from the snowy slopes of Big Sky to visit the first national park, Yellowstone National Park, where you can snowmobile or ride a motorcoach and see bison, wolves, elk and thermal geysers – and of course, Old Faithful. If you are looking for the ultimate in private deep powder (and you have deep pockets) then check out the private ski resort Yellowstone Club.
Big Sky Stats: 5,800 acres, 300+ ski runs, 4,350′ vertical
Summit 11,166′, over 400″ of snowfall annually,
34 lifts including an expert summit tram.
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