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Huntley Lodge or 4Bucks?

post #1 of 25
Thread Starter 

Merry Christmas!!

 

Huntley is walk to lifts, Bucks via shuttle, and 20% cheaper.

What to do???

 

Tks.

post #2 of 25

Toss a coin.  When you don't like that answer, go with your gut feeling.

post #3 of 25

Depends completely on what you want.  I stayed at Buck's last year and liked it a lot.  Great value for the $.  But... it is really just by the side of the highway 5-6 miles from the mountain; there's no real "there" there other than Buck's (which does have a nice bar, hot tub, and restaurant).  If you want more of a place, where you can walk off/on the lifts and stop/start at different times than others in your group... then it's Huntley.  

 

So.. if I were going by myself, or primarily concerned with money, I'd go Buck's.  If I were going w/a family -- particularly one with different ski agendas -- I'd go Huntley. 

post #4 of 25
Thread Starter 

Tks both!  Gut feeling Huntley, no hassles, guess that begets more $$$.

post #5 of 25

If you can wait a week I'll let you know how the Huntley Lodge is. Checking in this Sunday for 4 nights then up to Bozeman for Bridger. Have dinner at Bucks for one night so at least we'll check out the food there.

 

Traveling with a Wife and child who might choose to quit early on any given ski day, so being at the mountain was a better option for me (you know, so I could keep skiing).;)

post #6 of 25

Stayed at Huntley for a week last March and loved it.  Well worth 20% more just to be staying slope side, not to mention the incredible daily breakfast buffet and outdoor hot tubs and swimming pools, plus the variety of bars and restaurants you can walk to up at the mountain village.

 

We did have a great bison steak at Bucks though.

post #7 of 25
Thread Starter 

Tks.   Huntley 4, Bucks .5 as of 5pm tolls!

post #8 of 25

Stayed at Village Center and had breakfast daily at the Huntley as well as a few beers at the bar.  Mountain Village highly recommended if the $ are available.  A group of folks stayed at Buck's during last years Montana Gathering and I heard no complaints and some praise, so that's a viable option.

 

For a 20% difference I would stay up top for sheer convenience.

post #9 of 25

If you haven't booked it yet, go for the Huntley. Just got back from a great week at Big Sky and Bridger. My timing was perfect for snow conditions and no crowds even during Xmas week.

 

Huntley is nice and convenient. Their brunch is great if a little pricey. 

 

Our meal at Bucks T-4 while good, didn't impress us at all. Olive B's was better food. Even the steak my son had in the Huntley (Chet's) was better than the steaks we had at Bucks.  I have some good restaurant recommendations for Bozeman if you are going to stay there too. We weren't necessarily looking for cheap eats, but some places were reasonably priced.

post #10 of 25

Does Bucks have a free shuttle to the lifts?  If so, how frequently does it run?  

 

Alternatively, with a car, is skier drop-off/pick-up/parking easy at Big Sky?  

 

I'm going in March and the prices at Bucks seem comparatively reasonable.  They have a package that includes two adult lift tickets.  I don't mind a little schlepp to the lifts, as long as it's nice place to come home to in the evening (nice lobby/bar to hang out in, hot tub to relax).  

post #11 of 25
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Does Bucks have a free shuttle to the lifts?  If so, how frequently does it run?  

 

Alternatively, with a car, is skier drop-off/pick-up/parking easy at Big Sky?  

 

I'm going in March and the prices at Bucks seem comparatively reasonable.  They have a package that includes two adult lift tickets.  I don't mind a little schlepp to the lifts, as long as it's nice place to come home to in the evening (nice lobby/bar to hang out in, hot tub to relax).  

Assuming you are renting a car to get from Bozeman to Big Sky, probably more flexible to drive up to the mountain.  Perhaps 20 min.  Not much to worry about in terms of mountain driving.  The drop off area at the base is obvious.  There is a Mountain Host standing there answering questions if needed.  There is an open tram shuttle from the parking area or a short walk.  If the passengers take care of the driver's skis, then it's pretty simple.

 

Several people stayed at Bucks during the EpicSki Gathering.  A few used the shuttle at times.

post #12 of 25

Big Sky Shuttle Bus Schedule.

 

http://www.skylinebus.com/

post #13 of 25

Ski in and ski out at the Huntley is pretty nice.  And breakfast is included, and pretty good.  Every time I've stayed there it was pretty reasonably priced as well, especially for a hotel at the base of the mountain.

 

Mike

post #14 of 25

Is anyone familiar with the Lodge at Big Sky?  It looks like it's fairly close to the lifts, and I'm seeing a rate of $169./night.  

post #15 of 25
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Is anyone familiar with the Lodge at Big Sky?  It looks like it's fairly close to the lifts, and I'm seeing a rate of $169./night.

I've stayed there a couple of times. It is a nice place, not up scale like the Huntley, but fairly nice. The breakfast is a very basic continental, but it works. Not ski in / ski out, but they'll run a shuttle up whenever you are ready. But it's a very doable walk, even in ski boot and carrying skis. Pool and hot tubs are serviceable. The lounge has nice couches and chairs to hang out and there are usually people there. Over all, I think it is worth the price considering the Huntley or the Summit are ~$200+.

post #16 of 25
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Is anyone familiar with the Lodge at Big Sky?  It looks like it's fairly close to the lifts, and I'm seeing a rate of $169./night.  


Definitely further than the Huntley. If I remember right when researching where to stay, the issue was it is too close for a shuttle, but on the long side for a walk carrying gear. There is an overnight ski check up at the mountain for $5 or $6 per night if you don't want to carry everything back and forth. Probably not an issue if not traveling with children (or a spoiled wife).

 

Keep in mind brunch is included at the the Huntley, not sure what the Lodge has to offer. While the Huntley may not be a five star property, everyone went out of there way to make sure we had a good stay. We'd definitely go back.

post #17 of 25
I'm finding some nice looking vrbo condos near the lifts, for less than Huntley, some with breakfast included.
post #18 of 25
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I'm finding some nice looking vrbo condos near the lifts, for less than Huntley, some with breakfast included.

Pays to ask the VRBO owner exactly how easy it is to get to a lift and how to get back.  The condo I had last year was definitely walk out (5-10 min) and ski "pretty close."  The closest lift was a pommel.  Skiing back required going down a short trail that was not a green.  Definitely would not be good for a beginner.

post #19 of 25
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Skiing back required going down a short trail that was not a green.  Definitely would not be good for a beginner.

Sounds like it would build character!

post #20 of 25
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Skiing back required going down a short trail that was not a green.  Definitely would not be good for a beginner.

Sounds like it would build character!

The short trail next to the pommel is not that bad.  However, the groomer blue that you have to take to get to the top of that trail is on a steep side as I remember.  Really depends on whether the beginner is the nervous type or not.  Leaving skis at the base and walking is always an option for condos in the base area.  I found the shuttle bus schedule was the last choice.

 

Carrying skis and hiking to/from a condo at 8000 ft . . . for a flatlander who isn't into side country hiking for turns that's hard work compared to any skiing.

post #21 of 25
Thread Starter 

just stayed at huntley, really great for closeness to lifts, 200 mt warm-up walk, and FANTASTIC BREAKFAST.  DON'T GIVE IT A 2ND THOUGHT, WE PAID $265 W 2 LIFTS INCLUDED.

post #22 of 25
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just stayed at huntley, really great for closeness to lifts, 200 mt warm-up walk, and FANTASTIC BREAKFAST.  DON'T GIVE IT A 2ND THOUGHT, WE PAID $265 W 2 LIFTS INCLUDED.


That's a killer deal, but I was there Xmas week.

post #23 of 25
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just stayed at huntley, really great for closeness to lifts, 200 mt warm-up walk, and FANTASTIC BREAKFAST.  DON'T GIVE IT A 2ND THOUGHT, WE PAID $265 W 2 LIFTS INCLUDED.
Where did you book the deal with the lift tickets included? Through Big Sky?
post #24 of 25

Was at Big Sky last year and spent some time at Huntley, which was a very nice place. It is also convenient in terms of lift access. We actually stayed at The Lodge though, which is maybe 200 yards from Huntley and considerably less expensive - though not as nice or convenient. You can walk to the White Otter Access lift (which I think is the same one that's closest to Huntley) relatively easily from The Lodge but it is uphill. That lift serves only beginner terrain, which means you ride up only to ski down to main area to get on the Swift Current or Challenger lifts to get to where you really want to ski. It's also possible to walk to the Mountain Lodge area ( Swift Current, Challenger and other lifts) and  but it's an 800 to 1,000 yard walk - not easy to do in boots while carrying skis. The same walk from the Huntley is only marginally shorter. Both places run shuttles, so that walk is not really necessary. 

post #25 of 25
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We stayed 1/1-5:

 

Stacy Neuser

Reservations Agent & Internet Booking Coordinator | Big Sky Resort

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