by: Ricky Aminaka - 7th April 2012

  • 5
  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Expert
  • 5All-Mtn. Terrain
  • 5Family Friendly
  • 3Nightlife
  • 3Terrain Park
  • Value
All-Level Terrain, True Expert Runs, Snow, Friendly
Expensive, Lack of Dining Option, Remote, Limited Connection to Moonlight, Bad Lift Connection

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I always wanted to visit Big Sky for 10-15yrs, and finally I did. And it was worth the wait!! However it was very expensive trip... First of all getting there from Midwest is hard and expensive. It'll be at least 2 stop flight, sometimes 3. Sure you can get 1 stop flight, but it'll be more expensive. Lack of affordable dining option was a disappointment. They don't have cafeteria-style dining that you'd see on most ski areas. They have a bunch of speciality eaterly, but it makes lunch hour a tad hassle for picking where to eat. Also affordable dining establishments (Yeti's Dog, Pizza in grocery) are open only for lunch, leaving no option but eating expensive dinner or cook for yourself. And grocery in Big Sky is expensive as well, if you rent a car it's highly recommended to do grocery shopping in Bozeman! Lift ticket isn't that bad, as I had late season package of $70/d for lodging AND lift at Whitewater Inn. It'd be much nicer if that ticket includes access to Moonlight Basin without frills, so I could enjoy skiing down from top of Tram into Moonlight... As for terrain, they offer all types of slopes for all levels and interest of skiers/boarders. Beginners can enjoy wide-open runs from Southern Comfort and Explorer lifts. Intermediates can take advantages of groomers from Swift, Ramcharger, and Thunder Wolf lifts. Advanced would appreciate less crowded runs under Lone Moose, Thunder Wolf and Shedhorn. Experts got the whole mountain to conquer - Snake Pit has everything from open end to tree, you'll find very steep tree runs (unnamed) on left side of Swift after Buffalo Jump, Challenger and Dakota (though it's very hard to reach) lifts offer steep and very open bowls. And Lone Peak Tram will challenger you all the aspects. I did Big Couloir, and what an experience it was!! (I was by myself but ski patrol was courtesy enough to buddy up)
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