Big Sky

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AirportGallatin Field

Airlines: Alaska, Allegiant, Delta, Frontier, Horizon, United, US Airways

Nonstop flights from Atlanta (seasonal), Chicago (seasonal), Denver, Las Vegas, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Phoenix, Seattle, San Francisco (seasonal) and Salt Lake City

From the Bozeman Airport

Exit Gallatin Field Airport, making a right turn onto Hwy. 10.

Drive 1.4 miles west through the town of Belgrade.

Turn left onto Hwy. 291. This road passes over Interstate 90 and becomes Hwy. 85 and then Hwy. 191.

Once over I-90, proceed south on Hwy. 191 for 46 miles.

At the stoplight, by the Conoco gas station, turn right at MT Hwy. 64 with takes you to Big Sky, Montana.

You will pass through the Big Sky’s Meadow Village and head west 9 miles toward Big Sky’s Mountain Village.


From Downtown Bozeman

Get on Main Street and continue west past the Gallatin Valley Mall.

Main Street becomes Huffine Lane. Continue west approximately 8 miles until you reach the stop light at the intersection of Hwy. 191 and Huffine Lane (Four Corners).

At the stoplight, by the Conoco gas station, turn right at MT Hwy. 64 with takes you to Big Sky, Montana.

You will pass through the Big Sky’s Meadow Village and head west 9 miles toward Big Sky’s Mountain Village.


Driving from the West:
Take exit 298 toward Belgrade/Yellowstone/MT-85  0.3 mi.
Turn left at Amsterdam Rd  0.8 mi.
Take the 1st right onto MT-85 S/Jackrabbit Ln  6.5 mi.
Continue onto US-191 S/Gallatin Rd  33.9 mi.

Turn right (west) at MT Hwy. 64 (stoplight) and go west 9 miles to the Mountain Village, passing through the Meadow Village. Welcome to Big Sky Resort. 


Name Description Maximum Occupancy Price Range

Big Sky Ski and stay packages


Packages on slopeside lodging including Big Sky day pass or "Biggest skiing in America" Big Sky Moonlight combined tickets.Breakfast included.   Starting at $315 for three nights and two days of skiing double occupancy

Big Sky Lodging Selector


Seek out your preferred price range and amenities    

Buck's T4 Lodge

46625 Gallatin Road, Big Sky, MT 59716

All rooms are equipped with free wireless Internet, iPod docking stations, microwave/refrigerator, satellite TV with 3 HBO channels, direct-dial phones with voicemail, coffee maker, hair dryer and iron. 4

Ski and stay packages starting at

$76-$124.50 Per person per day

320 Guest Ranch

205 Buffalo Horn Creek Rd, Gallatin Gateway, MT

(406) 995-4283

These are not your ordinary hotel accommodations. From a private historic cabin to a cozy room with a fireplace, or a two-bedroom riverfront cabin to an affordable luxury log home, each are decorated in a Western motif with log interior walls and big windows Hearty hot breakfast buffet. 4-8 Ski and stay packages from $121 per adult/night double occupancy
$81 per child 11-17 years of age (kids 10 & under stay & ski free)

Ways to Save on Lift Tickets
1. Pre-Purchase Multi-Day Tickets Online- Save 5% More!  Click here to learn more about online multi-day savings 
2. Purchase a Ski & Stay Package with Big Sky Central Reservations- Save up to 25% on your lift and lodging purchase.  Click here to learn more
3. Purchase a Frequent Sky Card and save $20 every time you ski.  Click here to learn more about the Frequent Sky Card
Proposed Opening Day 11/25
Thursday, December 9th.  Opening day for Big Sky Resort hotels and restaurants.
Christmas Eve Activities 12/25
Santa, Fireworks, Torchlight Parade and more. Contact the conceirge to find out what all is happening,  995-5806 or 995-8006
New Year's Eve 12/31 - 1/01
New Year’s Eve Festivities- Celebration, Drinks, Music, Fireworks and More
Sno-Ball 1/15
Sno-Ball from 12-4PM join us in the plaza for fun children's activities, bouncer house, ice carving and other family fun!  The Sno-Bar for the 21+ crowd, join us from 6-8PM at the Sno-Bar next to the Swift Current Lift, for dancing and drinks, $5 cover.
Sno-Bar 1/22
It was so much fun we're doing it again.  Join us for a night of Dancing, Drinks and Music.  Over 21 only.  Cover $5
Dummy Jump 2/12
What else needs to be said.  Grab some friends, build a dummy, launch it and destroy it to the cheers of thousands.  Parade of Dummies begins at noon at the Summit Clocktower.  Dummies will start launching at 3 pm on the Ambush Headwall.  Check back for Registration and Rules
Sunset Saturdays Begins 3/19
Kick off the extra hour of daylight and the arrival of Spring On March 19th with fun and sun. Ramcharger Spins until 5pm
Pond Skim 4/23
Prepare to get wet and wild on this day.  Watch competitors in costumes try and make their way across an icy cold pond at bottom of Ambush. $20 registration fee gets you signed up and a gift, space is limited for participants. Register at the Clocktower between 11-1pm Saturday, April 23rd.  Event will begin at 4pm and music will follow in the plaza afterward
Closing Day for Winter Season 4/24
Last Day of the season so you better get up here.  Big Sky closes for the Winter.

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Solace Spa


Swimming Fitness and Wellness


Good as it gets for beginners and intermediates who like wide open immaculate groomers.
Better range of lift serviced terrain than can be found virtually anywhere.
Best combination of sheer acreage, gentle to extreme terrain, absence of crowds, and dining and lodging options than one will find anywhere.


Big Sky

Big Sky offers one of the biggest lift-served vertical drops in the USA, and the area has won numerous awards for its uncrowded slopes and virtually non-existent lift lines. Big Sky has added substantial terrain in the last couple of years, purchasing adjacent Moonlight Basin, and adding the previously private Spanish Peaks areas. It now features 5800 acres of steeps, chutes, long cruisers and bowls and it's all buried under more than 33 feet of annual snowfall. Big Sky's tram rises to the top of Lone Mountain and the Big Couloir run down from the tram has pitches of about 42 degrees. Even steeper is Castro's Shoulder, with a 50 degree pitch. When you are done skiing Lone Mountain, relax in their cozy and friendly mountain village. There are numerous accommodation options for all tastes and budgets, including the slopeside Huntley Lodge, Shoshone and Snowcrest Lodge condominiums. Also, enjoy other outdoor exursions that include Sleigh Ride dinners and ice skating. Want some indoor comfort? Big Sky has several lounges and a spa to finish off any day. Don't miss a day trip to Yellowstone National Park, only 18 miles from Big Sky. Explore the park on a snowmobile to see buffalo herds, elk, bald eagles and the famous geysers.

Snow making percent
Lifts-Surface Lifts-Magic carpet6
Lifts-Surface Lifts-Rope tow2
Lifts-Surface Lifts-Poma3
Lifts-Surface Lifts-T bar
Lifts-Surface Lifts-J bar
Lifts-Chair Lifts-Single
Lifts-Chair Lifts-Double6
Lifts-Chair Lifts-Triple7
Lifts-Chair Lifts-Quad3
Lifts-Chair Lifts-High speed quad5
Lifts-Chair Lifts-Five person
Lifts-Chair Lifts-Six person1
Lifts-Chair Lifts-Eight person
Lifts-Coggle train
Lifts-Total number of lifts34
Lifts-Total lift capacity38,300/hr.
Trails-4-Expert only18%
Trails-5-Terrain park7 parks
Trails-6-Half pipe
Runs-Steepest run
Runs-Longest run6 miles
General-Base elevation6800'
General-Vertical drop4350'
General-OwnerBoyne Resorts
General-Mountain rangeMadison Range Northern Rockies
General-Annual skier visits
General-Back country access
General-Total area in bounds5800 acres
General-Snow making coverage
Model Name/TypeMPNEAN/UPC


Pros: Lots of terrain to explore. Uncrowded slopes. Good terrain for a variety of different skiers.

Cons: Lift system truly stinks. Mostly south east facing. Coverage is never all that great, even in April.

I was there at ESA with my wife in early April. The snow was great, we got 5' of pow the week we were there. And we all had a great time. Still, when I look at the resort, I think this could be the best resort in the country. Except...

The lift system is truly heinous. There is great terrain, but it is very difficult to stay in one spot and run laps in one area. Many places you have to hit and run and it will take at least an hour to work you way back there. I spent alot of time wanking around on cat tracks trying to get back to where I was just a few minutes ago. Getting around the upper mountain is a real chore. From the main return you have to take 2 lifts to get back to the peak. If you go all the way down liberty bowl then its three. From the base you have to take 3 chairs to get to the peak. From Challenger, also, its 3. Weak sauce. It would be so much better if they just built the tram next to the bottom of the triple is. And it would be as good as jackson or the Bird if the tram was from the base.

The upper mountain must get really blown off because when I was there I was still hitting rocks all the time. It felt like early season in the Wasatch. Everyone I asked said this was the most coverage they have had in years and years.


Pros: HUGE Terrain, Limited Crowds, Freindly Staff, Nice Powder

Cons: No easy air access, lift system can be confusing and inefficient at times

Even with its drawbacks, which are more "quirks" than drawbacks, BIg Sky is one of the top ski destinations in the U.S.


We skied in March of 2010, and during the 8 days we were there, they had several feet of accumulation.  Fresh pow pow everywhere!


Getting there can be a real adventure, particularly from the east coast.  You must fly into Bozeman, (pretty much no such thing as a direct flight from anywhere but Denver, San Fran, or Minneapolis), and then it's a 45-50 minute drive to Big Sky, depending upon weather and road conditions.  But unless the weather is prety nasty, the drive is fairly easy.  We had a car service take us from the airport to the resort, and it was smooth.


At the suggestion of a Big Sky veteran, we stayed at the Summit, which is literally 10 steps to the main lift, and had a beautiful 2 BR suite on one of the top floors.  The accomodations were very nice, service was efficient, and the staff was great.  This is definitely a family friendly resort.


The food was fine.  Don't expect the cuisine of Vail or Aspen or St. Moritz, but we had nice meals and the cost of dining relative to our other favorites in the U.S. and Europe was significantly less. Much better value than what you would get with comparable quality elsewhere.


Although it's not dead in the evenings, the night life is quiet, but that is not what Big Sky is about.


The runs are long, diverse, and when you combine Moonlight Basis, there is more terrain here than anywhere else in North America.  You could park Vail -- (one of my favorite mountains) -- at Big Sky, and not even know it was there.  The terrain offers something for everyone, and that is one of the great appeals.


The lift lines were practically non-existant, even with the crowds of spring break. Ski school and ski instructors were excellent, and they have a great child care center that our youngest (age 2 1/2) really enjoyed.


All in all, we had a woderful time, and I highly reccomend Big Sky.





Pros: Great mountain, great powder

Went here for ESA Big SKy,  had a great time


Pros: Big vertical, challenging terrain

Cons: Rocks, wind

Spent 5 days there during fairly low snow conditions with about of foot of new snow the night we arrived and 6 inches later in the week. It was cold and windy for most of our stay which meant that even on days with no new snow there was wind loading of the lee slopes. There is a large variety of long beginner and intermediate slopes. We spent most of our time on the advanced and expert slopes which I felt were a little easier than similarly rated slopes at places like Squaw, Alpine, and Whistler. Partly this was because bumps were small or absent for the most part and because there was good snow. Those same runs could easily turn into slide for life situations in hard conditions. The highlight of our trip was skiing Big Couloir. This is a fairly wide, steep 1400 vertical foot dogleg chute from the summit of Lone Peak that requires skiing in pairs one at a time (no larger groups): beacon, shovel, and probe; and you have to sign up at the patrol shack on top of Lone Peak for a time slot--every 15 minutes. On a clear day with good snow get up there and sign out early as slots can fill up--last slot is 230 I think. When we did it the snow was excellent but this is most definitely a double black run and would be dangerous with hard snow. Steep enough to make you think. Other skiing off Lone Peak meant dodging the rocks and snow fences off the top to get into the bowls. Liberty, Marx and Lenin are wide open and long--I haven't skied anywhere else with open bowl skiing with this much sustained vertical.  Other than Big Couloir my favorite run was skiing Otter Slide to Marx to Gully One to Crons, which gets you back to the tram.  Otter Slide can be sketchy if the snow isn't good.  We also spent a lot of time skiing off the Challenger and Headwaters chairs--excellent black/double black skiing.  The Bowl off of the Powderseeker chair seemed to be very popular but in poor visibility conditons it seemed to have the worst visibility on the mountain, is relatively short, and the snow wasn't as good as elsewhere--but if it's cold the chair has a bubble you can pull down and the seats are heated.

We stayed at the Shoshone--no complaints about lodging, food, etc. The hot tub and pool was nice. 


Pros: Big, Big, Big!!! Lots of variety, Excellent restaurants, lodging and apres.

Cons: A few rocks, here and there.

We had the chance to visit Big Sky for the first time last February. I was blown away by the size and the variety of terrain and bummed i had never ventured there before being it's only a 6 hour drive from my home inn North Idaho. Big Sky is a true destination ski resort with something for everybody. Lots of terrain variations and a fun apres scene. Looking forward to getting back there during a storm cycle, I'd imagine it's off the charts Good! 

                       Local ripper Kipp Proctor getting after it


                          Tommy Frey finding some freshies


Former Warren Miller Film skiers from the 80's Dan herby and Dan Egan charging hard!


                             Kipp Proctor sending it!!!!









Pros: Excellent terrain, great mix of groomed runs, glades and open, ungroomed areas, fantastic snow, uncrowded, no lift lines

Cons: Expensive to get to, late day visibility can be an issue (I'm reaching here)

I spent a week at Big Sky/Moonlight in Feb of 2013. Things did not start well: We did the tour with one of the guides and it was excruciatingly slow and not particularly informative. Once done with that however, we discovered what a great place this is. The snow was outstanding and we had fresh powder for most of the days. The terrain is incredibly varied and you have your choice of everything from easy to insane. Though we hit every lift at both resorts, we probably spent the most of time in the areas serviced by the Lone Peak triple and Challenger chairs. The Bowl reminds me very much of skiing in Chamonix - wide open, with some reasonably challenging areas - but with much better snow. Some of the terrain served by the Challenger lift is exactly as the name implies: Challenging, particularly Kurt's Glades. The Lone Peak tram also services some very difficult terrain. I've been skiing for a long time and am not often intimidated by the steep, but Big Couloir was too much for me to even think about. Thankfully, there are other ways down that don't require as much of a death wish.


My biggest regret about the trip was only skiing a day at Moonlight. It's not as big as its next-door neighbor but has equally challenging runs. Neither area is crowded (we were often the only party in sight on many of the runs), but Moonlight felt as though it was your own private resort. Oddly enough, our experience with the guide at Moonlight was the reverse of BS: Our guide was great and had everyone moving at a decent pace while taking us over some decently steep terrain. The only regret I have is not spending more time at Moonlight. When we come back (and we will be back), we plan to stay at Moonlight and only sky a couple of days at Big Sky.


The only real negative is the cost to get to Bozeman. The primary carrier is Delta from my part of the world (East coast US) and flights are limited and expensive. We really wanted to return to Big Sky this year but couldn't justify the premium over flights to SLC or Reno/Tahoe (Bozeman on Delta is about a 75% premium over a Southwest flight to SLC). Maybe the merger of American & US Air will add some competition and drop fares.