I've booked a trip for Big Sky late January - 2012. Been to Whitefish Mtn many times, but this is the first trip to Big Sky. I need some help with a couple of things:
What's the recommendation on getting a rental car from Bozeman or not? I typically like to have transportation at hand, but have read some posts wherein people catch a shuttle from Bozeman and sounds like the need for a car is optional. We're staying somewhere at the base and the condo site states it's "within walking distance to the lift". But for shopping, groceries,gifts and such - are there stores at the base to accommodate or do you need to go into town? Speaking of town ... from the looks of the place on Google Maps - there is no 'town'.
I'm thinking of a day trip to either Bridger or perhaps Grand Targhee to ski and do some scouting out for future ski trips ... have ones made these trips and what are your recommendations here? Guess we'll need that car after all.
General tips on the locale, aside from the obvious skiing - what are the must see-do things, what to do in the evenings; i.e. good food, restaurants, good wine et al.
Of course tips for the skiing as well ... we like to mix it up pretty much with cruising, tree skiing, powder, groomers and some (not extreme) steeps. I know the Bears had an event there a couple of years ago so any comments along this line are appreciated.