Group of 5 skiers. Mid - late 30s, all in great shape. We'll be flying in late 2/19 and returning 2/25. 4 days of skiing with 1 day for a snowmobile trip into Yellowstone. I would call 3 of us solid advanced intermediates that like to mix in a healthy dose of steep/expert terrain along with the groomers, which is probably where the other 2 guys will likely be hanging out. We've skied bowls and glades at other resorts (Colorado, Park City, Jackson Hole), but we don't have a lot of experience with chutes and it seems there are quite a bit of that off of Lone Peak. However, we like to test our abilities and improve. Especially considering we get one trip a year to do it. I've watched as many videos as I can of the terrain (I love doing this) to prepare for the trip but I know videos can't always give an accurate picture of the terrain.
-I assume some of the terrain off Lone Peak such as Liberty Bowl/Marx/Lenin should be similar to what we've skied before? Are they usually heavily moguled?
-Are any of the chutes easier or recommended?
-Do any of the runs require avy equipment? We're renting all of our equipment so this probably isn't an option.
-Any signature runs (not named Big Couloir) that we should make sure we hit?
-Now that the lift tickets combine Big Sky and the Moonlight Basin area, is there only one parking area to access the lifts or would it be
easier to park somewhere else to access Moonlight Basin?
-How easy is it to ski from one side to the other? Do you guys recommend spending a day just focusing on each side vs. traversing back and forth?
-I've searched and appears there are no discounts out there for lift tickets. Anyone aware of any?
Non-ski park related questions:
-I've read the roads we should be using are well maintained. We'll only be driving between the airport to Big Sky and then the 1 day to West Yellowstone. We've rented a SUV, but I don't know if it will be 4WD. If not, should we be ok?
-Any idea on the drive time from the Meadow area (where we are staying) to the resort? 10 minutes or so?
-We usually like to grab some groceries once we get our rental, but we won't be flying in until 11 PM. I know groceries in Big Sky are probably higher. Are there any good late night or 24 hr options in Bozeman that we could visit before we drive to Big Sky?
-We're not big on cuisine, but any can't miss restaurants?
Would like to ski Bridger one day, but I think the consensus for the guys (one of which has to leave early) is to maximize our exploration of Big Sky. Needless to say we are super excited. As I mentioned, we only get one trip a year coming from AL so we like to maximize our time when we're there. You guys that live near the mountains just don't know how great you have it. I would gladly trade all the beach days down here for powder days. I appreciate any help you guys can provide to help make our trip even more EPIC!