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Elevation

  • 11166ft
    Summit
  • 4350ft
    Vertical Drop
  • 7500ft
    Base

Lifts

  • 1
  • 1
  • 2
  • 5
  • 3
  • 7
  • 5
  • 12
  • 36
    Total

Terrain

  • Beginner Runs

    15%

  • Intermediate Runs

    25%

  • Advanced Runs

    42%

  • Expert Runs

    18%

  • Runs

    317

  • Terrain Parks

    8

  • Longest Run

    6 mi

  • Skiable Terrain

    5800 ac

  • Snow Making

    400 ac

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Overview

Big Sky Resort, located in south central Montana (approximately 50 miles south of Bozeman), provides visitors with many different amenities, a well-developed infrastructure and over 5,850 acres of skiable terrain. Big Sky services its 4,350 feet of vertical via 24 chair lifts and 12 surface lifts. The ski area has a summit elevation of 11,166 feet and sees an average annual snowfall of more than 400 inches.

This Montana resort offers more than stunning views; the resort has expansive expert and advanced terrain while including an extensive network of trails suited for the intermediate and beginner skier or snowboarder. The resort is the basecamp to Yellowstone National Park and provides daily shuttles to Yellowstone’s west entrance. The resort has everything one would expect from a modern ski resort, including a variety of dining, lodging (including vacation rentals) and shopping possibilities.

Big Sky offers 40 miles of mountain bike accessible trails during the summer as well as golf, hiking, zipline tours and more.

Important Dates

  • Projected OpeningProjected Closing11/28/201904/19/2020
  • Days Open Last Year
    144
  • Projected Days Open
    144
  • Years Open
    46
  • Average Snowfall
    400"

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Terrain

Big Sky is a destination resort that embodies a quiet remoteness, but is also surprisingly accessible with 15 direct flights into Bozeman. Big Sky Resort boasts an impressive vertical rise of 4,350 feet. The mountain’s summit of 11,166 feet is serviced by the Lone Peak Tram that grants access to chutes and wide expansive bowls. From the top of the Lone Peak Tram, skiers and riders are able to see three states on a clear day, including Wyoming and Idaho.

At Big Sky Ski Resort, the longest run is six miles: Liberty Bowl to Mountain Mall. There are 7 terrain parks and 300 named runs on 4 connected mountains. The average daytime winter temperature is on average 25 degrees Fahrenheit. There are many advanced trails at Big Sky. More than half of the runs are geared towards advanced and expert skiers. Only 15% are for beginners and 25% for intermediate skiers. The resort is located within the Madison Mountain. Big Sky is home to excellent tree glades and expansive bowls.

The resort is mainly designed for advanced and expert skiers, but beginners and intermediates also have multiple terrain options to explore.

The Lone Peak Tram only carries fifteen passengers at a time so lift lines are guaranteed. When the wait time is too long, check out the Challenger Lift that grants access to excellent terrain options similar to what one would find off of the Lone Peak Tram.

Things to Do at Big Sky Ski Resort

While most people know the resort for its amazing skiing and boarding, it actually offers an array of other activities, including:

  • Golfing
  • Mountain biking, including riding to Montana’s highest scenic overlook
  • Zipling
  • Trampoline
  • Giant swing
  • Snowshoeing
  • Snowmobile tours
  • Sleigh rides
  • Dog sledding
  • Snow coach tours
  • Nordic skiing

Best Breakfast in Town

  • Grab a quick breakfast before heading to the slopes. Headwaters Grille is located at the Madison Base area. 66 Mountain Loop Road Madison Base, Big Sky, MT 59716
  • For a grab-and-go breakfast, head to Blue Moon Bakery. There’s a wide selection of baked goods and bagels sandwiches. 120 Big Pine Dr, Big Sky, MT 59716

Lunch

  • The Cabin Bar & Grill overlooks the ski runs and provides a wide variety of entrees for lunch and dinner. Mountain Village, Big Sky, MT 59716
  • For beef and vegetarian dogs and gourmet toppings, stop by Yeti Dogs. A good dog will satisfy even the hungriest visitor. Mountain Village, Big Sky, MT 59716

Dinner

  • Horn and Cattle offers exceptional food in a beautiful setting. 750 Lone Mountain Ranch Rd, Big Sky, MT 59716
  • Want a truly unique dining experience? Then, have dinner in a yurt. Montana Dinner Yurt provides candlelit dinner in the woods. 50 Big Sky Resort Rd, Big Sky, MT 59716

Nightlife/Après

  • For some bistro fare and a good cocktail or beer, head to By Word of Mouth. You can find nearly anything on the menu along with a fine list of house-made cocktails. 77 Aspen Leaf Dr, Big Sky, MT 59716

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Big Sky Resort Reviews

Richard Veltliner
23rd April 20194
Great resort for terrain variety,appealing to all levels of skier. Installing new lifts over the last 2 years---Ramcharger 8, Powderseeker 6, Challenger...Full review
michael sutherland
18th March 20195
Hadnt ski'd in 20 years but wanted to take my son on his first western trip. researched least crowded resorts and Bog...Full review
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