Big Sky Resort introduced a new ropes course this past summer, which became an instant hit. The course, along with the popular zipline tours, runs for fall visitors as the resort wraps up the final days of its season pass sale.

The high ropes course attracted so much attention this summer that the resort plans to make it available to winter visitors, too. The course, which is reached by hiking into the Huntley Hollow forest, features nine different traversing elements with static and dynamic belay systems. The ropes cross 30 feet high, with access via climbing up a utility pole and a ship's mast cargo net.

Participants are guided through exploring the course and given encouragement and tips on how to complete the course successfully. The course is open to kids and adults, although children must weigh at least 45 pounds. The top weight permitted on the course is 300 pounds.

Big Sky, which has been running its zipline tours during the past two winters, plans to install an additional zipline between Chet's Knob and the plaza. The new zipline is expected to be ready for tours in time for the ski season.

Ropes course tours and zipline tours cost $59 each. Reservations are recommended. Tours are available through Oct. 3 and then pick up again during winter ski season.

Season passes are on sale at the resort through Sept. 30. Season passes come in four versions. The gold pass allows for unlimited skiing or riding while the silver pass is valid for Mondays through Thursday access. The bronze pass permits skiing on budget days until Dec. 25, Jan. 3 to 9, and after March 26. The "Biggest Skiing in America" passes are valid at Big Sky and Moonlight Basin with no blackout dates.

Frequent Sky Cards are also on sale through Sept. 30 for $49. The cards allow for 14 free days during low season and either $5 or $20 off lift prices at the ticket window, depending on whether the tickets are running at regular rates or less. Six half price days in January are available, too.

Season passes and Frequent Sky Cards may be ordered by mail, fax, phone, or online.

More information. Or call 800-548-4486.