- Overall Rating 5
- Family Friendly 5
- All Mtn. Terrain 5
- Terrain Park 4
- Nightlife 3
Pros: Great Skiing, Great Community, Spectacular Setting
Recommended For: Single/Newlyweds, Family Friendly, Empty Nesters
Date Visited: Jan 1, 2012
I wanted to take the time to review this resort for people considering visiting this great place.
The resort is not anchored by a “real town” with history like other resorts we have visited, but is instead anchored by a series of master planned communities that are in the infancy of taking on their own identity. There are some historic places but most of the community is relatively new and taking on its own identity. Big Sky is beautiful. It reminds me very much of my own home community Marco Island, Florida. Both communities are on the opposite extremes in what they offer but there are many similarities as to the types of individuals that live in them, the resort industry that employs the locals, and the seasonal character of the community. One of the most refreshing things about Big Sky is the pride the locals take regarding their community and their desire to make your stay a pleasant one.
The skiing is spectacular as is the scenery. The people at the resort were very friendly and I would rank it very high with respect to being family friendly. The proximity to Bozeman and Yellowstone National Park were a real plus. There was not as much snow the time we went, as most of the west was in a snow draught, yet there was plenty to explore and endless skiing opportunities. The only lines at the lifts were at the two main lifts at the base of the mountain and I can’t even call waiting three minutes a “line”, instead I would call it getting into place to ride up the mountain.
We hit the main mountain, Lone Mountain first and skied the runs there for the first day. We then hit Andesite Mountain and discovered another dimension altogether. The third day we alternated towards the Moonlight Basin side of the mountain and went skiing in the bowel. We took the ride on the tram for viewing. We could see the Tetons in the distance to the south over 100 miles away. I checked the distance on Google Earth. Truly a spectacular view in all directions and a must see. I do recall now that the only line was indeed the line to the top of Lone Peak. We did wait about 30 minutes to get in the capsule that took us to the top of Lone Peak. The balance of the trip we went back between the three areas mentioned above.
I really can’t say enough about how much we loved Big Sky. I took my two teenage sons and mom stayed behind at home. We ate out each night near the Town Center (Blue Moon Bakery, Lotus Pad, and Chopper’s), at the Corral and T-4 on US191 and at the resort every morning. We stayed at the Summit and the breakfast was great and included with the room.
I would spend the money and get a rental car to allow visiting the great restaurants within 20 minute ride. However you can shuttle right in and eat at the resort or ride the bus to the other restaurants. With that said, if you ride the bus, be prepared to wait and wait in the cold. To those restaurants I don’t mention here, I apologize. I only had a week to visit.
One warning, if you are looking for partying, crowds, and glitz, don’t come to Big Sky. Go elsewhere. If you are looking to ski until you drop and eat big with the locals, and people who appreciate a great palce to ski, come to Big Sky. If you are a family, come here you will be well rewarded.
We will be back to Big Sky and may never visit other resorts in the future. We are totally hooked on Big Sky. I give it a Big Five Stars.