EpicSki › The Barking Bear Forums › Mountain/Resort Related Forums › Resorts, Conditions & Travel › Not gambling on Colorado - Going to Big Sky
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

Not gambling on Colorado - Going to Big Sky

post #1 of 14
Thread Starter 

We are planning a trip for Feb 8th through the 16th and I am sure Colorado will be just fine as far as snow conditions I am going to go with the sure thing....Big Sky or Jackson Hole

 

Leaning towards Big Sky since my GF is not up for any crazy runs. Where do you stay out there? Appears if you want to stay at the Big Sky Resort you had better get out your wallet, it ain't cheap. Looks like Bozeman is pretty reasonable? Any suggestions for a decent room and a place that has a hot tub? Is the drive a pain in the ass each day to get to the skiing?

 

Also, you can buy a lift ticket for moonlight basin and it is good for big sky as well? Moonlight ticket costs less? Why would anyone buy the Big sky ticket or am I wrong on the prices?

post #2 of 14

All resorts cost $ bro'.  Big sky has some of the "craziest runs" in NA btw. Not sure what the gamble is. what makes Big sky a safe bet?  Right now CO is getting hammered and will so for next couple of weeks.  there are no safe bets whatever that means,  if you are trying to go on the cheap, you are far better off going to Summit staying in a cheap hotel and having access to 5 resorts within 45 minutes. 

post #3 of 14
Thread Starter 

I am well aware resorts cost big bucks as I have been skiing for over 30 years.  What I am saying is I dont want to spend $400 per night to sleep somewhere, on the other hand I dont want to sleep in my car. I was looking for some tips and tricks from someone who knows the MT or WY area well.

 

As far as a sure thing, I would bet better conditions on MT than colorado.....in case you remember last year and the abundance of dirt and grass in colorado and lack of snow

post #4 of 14

My wife and I went last year and stayed at Bucks T4 Lodge.  They have ski and stay deals that include breakfast that are reasonable.  We really enjoyed staying at Bucks.  It's clean and the staff are very friendly.  It is approx. a 15 minute drive to the mountain.  Bozeman is about an hour away from Big Sky.

post #5 of 14
Quote:
Originally Posted by mnpedro75 View Post

I am well aware resorts cost big bucks as I have been skiing for over 30 years.  What I am saying is I dont want to spend $400 per night to sleep somewhere, on the other hand I dont want to sleep in my car. I was looking for some tips and tricks from someone who knows the MT or WY area well.

 

As far as a sure thing, I would bet better conditions on MT than colorado.....in case you remember last year and the abundance of dirt and grass in colorado and lack of snow

 

 

"I would bet better conditions on MT than colorado"

 

February in most years this bet is gonna come up craps...

post #6 of 14

Yeah, you definitely don't want to stay in Bozeman and ski Big Sky.  I've stayed at Buck's...it'll do, but you'll be driving up to the slopes from there.  There are races 2/6 to 2/10, so if you want to stay there, book now as that is where many of the racers stay.  I've also stayed right up at the resort, and I know I only paid roughly $80 a night, but can't remember the name of the place and it may have been a special rate.  

post #7 of 14

A friend from Utah chose to stay at Bucks T4 last winter when a group from another online forum gathered at Big Sky.  Close enough.  There are lots of VRBO options in the Meadows, including smaller units.  A 10-min drive from there.  If you've done the drive up LCC to Alta/Snowbird, it's a lot easier in comparison.

 

It may be worth talking to Big Sky Reservations to see what kind of package deal they have to offer.  They have quite a range of lodging options.

 

Assuming you fly into Bozeman, well worth spending a few nights there and skiing at Bridger mid-week.  Great value.  If GF is intermediate, she will love Bridger.  She will also love the long blues at Big Sky.  If she's not scared of heights, the view from the top of Lone Peak is worth taking the tram even if not skiing down.  Good to bring poles along to walk around with.  Learned that from a great Mountain Host on the free mountain tour.  She spent two hours speeding down blue groomers and told us a lot.  The group were all older skiers who ski blacks out west or in New England.

post #8 of 14
Quote:

As far as a sure thing, I would bet better conditions on MT than colorado.....in case you remember last year and the abundance of dirt and grass in colorado and lack of snow

Last year has nothing to do with this year.  That said the northern Rockies are off to a good start with Big Sky and Jackson both ~3/4 open now vs. 20% average among the I-70 resorts in Colorado.  Long term annual average snowfall at Big Sky of 258 inches is about the same as most of those I-70 reports, so going forward the best estimate is for similar snowfall.  Thus the people who say Colorado will be fine by February have a good chance of being correct.

 

Quote:

Leaning towards Big Sky since my GF is not up for any crazy runs.

The top of Lone Peak is about as crazy as anywhere inbounds in the US.  That said beginners/low intermediates will be much happier on the flatter lower half of Big Sky/Moonlight than at Jackson.  IMHO the gap at Big Sky is in upper intermediate to low advanced terrain.

post #9 of 14
Bucks is great. Short ez drive up the hill, incredibly scenic. Close to Yellowstone, lots of wildlife. No crowds at Big Sky.
post #10 of 14
Check the specials page on bigskyresorts.com. I think you can get the Huntley, with breakfast, for $175 or so a night. That's pretty reasonable for slope side accommodation, at least for me.

Mike
post #11 of 14

Still say its better to stay in summit and work the surrounding resorts, hotels there will range in price and there are usually great deals on VRBO. if you are that concerned about snow, having access to so many resorts in a short drive is a better way to reduce risk and find terrain/resort the GF is more comfortable in. Summit offers more to do in case she doesn't want to ski every day. In addition to snow related activities, there's shopping, a movie theater, lots of restaurants, etc.  Breckenridge is a great town to wander around.  Last year was last year and its almost a certainty this years conditions are going to be far better unless something drastic changes. Steamboat has 72" as of today with a 30" base. We don't need as much snow as J-hole to ski as well or better (and that means much more) and could easily hit 100" by January. 

post #12 of 14

I think last year is fresh in peoples minds and the start CO has had is just too scary.

post #13 of 14

Conditions are improving substantially in Summit County this week.   Keystone skied very well today, IMO, though visibility was limited all day by blowing wind/snow.   A-Basin hopes to have lots more terrain open by the weekend.  Breckenridge is expecting as much as 20" of new snow over the next 48 hours as several storm fronts appear ready to roll through the area.   Daughter and I are here for the next 8 days and conditions are MUCH better than we had thought we would be finding (EpicPass mountains)---the approach through the brown & bare Denver foothills on Saturday was not encouraging.

 

Right now there are lots of vacancies at lodging in Dillon and Breckenridge.  But that might change quickly if the snowfall of the next 2 days meets expectations.

post #14 of 14
Stayed at Big Sky last year. Best skiing i have ever done. I dont know how many you have in your party, but Big Sky is relatively cheap compared to Utah and Colorado. I found plenty of places on vrbo.com that are around $100-200/night. We stayed in a condo that was a 5 minute walk to the slopes for $150/night. It was a 1 bedroom place and housed us 3 grown men easily.
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
  Back to Forum: Resorts, Conditions & Travel
EpicSki › The Barking Bear Forums › Mountain/Resort Related Forums › Resorts, Conditions & Travel › Not gambling on Colorado - Going to Big Sky