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We are 2 couples (Brits), looking for somewhere new. Been to Jackson lots of times, also Utah and Tahoe. Thought we may give Big Sky a go.

It will be a two week trip and I am thinking of the first two weeks in March.

We fly to Bozeman and will rent a SUV for the trip.

Next thing is lodging, looking at two possibilities that seem affordable and comfortable for a fortnight trip. Either the Saddle Ridge town homes, or The Lodge at Big Sky. Would prefer something close to the slopes or ski in/out both seem to fit the bill.

Any other suggestions or comments?
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You might consider staying in Bozeman to start with.  Can warm up at Bridger and get over jet lag before heading to Big Sky.  Bridger is more for locals so no lodging at the mountain.  An easy 20-min drive.  Lots of nice motels to choose from for a night or two.  Downtown Bozeman has a good variety of interesting restaurants.

 

As for Big Sky, my recommendation would be to stay in a condo for that long a time.  In addition to what Big Sky Resort has available, there are a lot of VRBO options.  Just remember that very few of the condos are true ski in/out.  More like walk out and almost ski-in.

 

Last year I stayed in Big Horn, which is a group of condos in the Big Sky village.  It was an easy walk to the village center without gear.  That's where the Huntley and other eating places are located.  It was a five min walk to the POMA lift on Andesite Mtn.  Could ski pretty close to the unit we had.

 

Each condo complex is different.  For instance, Alpenglow is across the main road so need to walk to get to a lift or take the free Skyline bus.  Lone Moose is ski in/out to Andesite but not walking distance to the Huntley once the lifts stop running.  There are also condos that are close enough to take the parking lot tram.

post #3 of 7

I would also recommend at least a day at Bridger Bowl.

 

Have lunch at least once at the beautiful main lodge (I don't know the name) at Moonlight Basin. The ambience of the place had me thinking the food would be expensive but the deli food was a reasonable price (for a ski resort) of $10-12 for a small lunch.

 

One of the other nice things about Big Sky or AFAIK, anywhere else in Montana, is that it doesn't get very crowded.

post #4 of 7

If it's 2 weeks, definitely start with maybe a couple of days at Bridger.  Targhee is also within striking distance ~3 hours if there's more snow there.  And note the other thread about winter tours into Yellowstone.  I think the tour from West Yellowstone (~1 hour from Big Sky) is better than the one from Jackson.  Yellowstone closed to the public on March 10 last year (we were there Mar. 7), so you need to do that during your first week.

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We'll definitely have a day or two at Bridger I think. Skied Targhee a few times. Done the Yellowstone trips when we have been in Jackson, may give the West entrance trip a go this time.

Thanks for the info on lodging, when I say ski in/out I am quite happy with a short walk, just don't want to have to drive and park or catch a bus to the skiing.
post #6 of 7

Staying at Big Sky or Bozeman another option available for a day trip is Red Lodge, MT. It's 2.5 hours from Bozeman, has 2400 ft of vertical on 1600 acres and the town is truly old west.

Bridger Bowl is a fun low keyed ski area and on a weekday should not be that crowded because it's the local's area.

 

Big Sky and Moonlight Basin are connected and can be skied on one lift ticket making it a large and varied area.

There is another ski area at Big Sky but it's not connected, that is the Yellowstone Club. Unfortunately the Yellowstone Club is private ski and lodging  area. Being from out of the country you may be able to work out a visit or find someone to offer a visiter pass it might be worth a shot since you have some time to work on it.

For a two week stay Bozeman offers more dining, night life and shopping options as well as more options for accommodations.

Regardless of where you stay I think you'll find the skiing great, enjoy your visit.

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We'll definitely have a day or two at Bridger I think. Skied Targhee a few times. Done the Yellowstone trips when we have been in Jackson, may give the West entrance trip a go this time.

Thanks for the info on lodging, when I say ski in/out I am quite happy with a short walk, just don't want to have to drive and park or catch a bus to the skiing.

Have you noticed the thread about the changes happening at Big Sky?  That may impact the lift ticket situation for Moonlight Basin.

 

Bridger is replacing an old lift with two triples.  Should make the place even more fun.  Have you heard of the Ridge?

 

Here's some ideas for places to stay in Bozeman:

http://www.epicski.com/t/117138/accommodation-in-bozeman

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