My family and I are going to Big Sky for Christmas this year. I'm glued to the snow report in hopes that there will be enough snow. I'm an avid snowboarder and have gone every year for the past 7 years. I have a couple questions regarding Big Sky.
I understand, via snowboardermag, Big Sky will launch into their first season as one resort with Moonlight and Spirit Mountain, bringing 5,750 acres under one lift ticket. Also that they have rebuilt terrain parks. All of which I am so stoked about and is partially why I talked my family in to choosing Big Sky.
My first question is, since Big Sky has combined with Moonlight and Spirit Mountain, what are some of the best runs I should make sure I get on?
Next, I would classify myself as an advanced boarder. I have been down double black chutes at Breckenridge comfortably and I'm a backcountry advocate. Having said that, I do not have avalanche training or equipment. As I understand, Big Couloir is the best run at Big Sky. Assuming there is enough snow, I am very interested in making it down this run and I'm briefly familiar with the requirements to do so via another thread on this cite.
So my second question would be: Is there anyway to rent avalanche gear, and if so would there be people I could partner up with on the run (my little brother is coming on the trip as well but I'd say he's at an intermediate level -sticks mostly to blues, so I don't know if he could do it) ?
Finally, as I am over 21, I'd love to know any local hotspots for a good brew?? :)
I'd appreciate any feedback regarding these inquiries and any other tips you may have. Let me know if you too are looking for an advanced boarder/skier to shred with - just shoot me a message!
Thanks in advance for your help,