Went to big sky January 9 -13, 2014. First time there. The short story, It's now in my top 5 places ever skied. My qualifications. I'm a decent expert skier, ski a lot of US and some of Europe. Off groomers as much as conditions allow.
The long story. Left NY JFK to Denver then about 45 min flight to Boseman Montana. Total round trip air about $600 on united. They say there is direct NY to Boseman but it's booked up. 4 guy trip. One of the guys has a son going to University of Montana. He picked us up and gave us dads car for the 4 days. I hour up the canyon road to a Big Sky. To our surprise there's a few decent size complexes of stores and restaurants. The mountain village at the main base has three or four hotel types. Lots of condos. Our three bedroom condo ski in /out might be called Beaver Head, was great.
We skied 3 days. I brought my Blizard Bushwackers, the other guys rented at $66 a day. About 6" to a foot of powder and snowed all day every day. About 4 to 6 inches a day They have a name for there snow "cold smoke" It was some of the best conditions I've ever skied. Top to bottom was all the same condition. There slogan is "The biggest skiing in America".
Lone Peak 11,166
Mountain Village base 7,500 3 other bases
5750 acresn250 named runs 4 mountains they say. This year they own another area that was another mountain
The main mountain is skied on all sides. To get to the top you take a small tram at about 2/3 of the way up to the top. Unfortunately it only ran a few short times when we were there. One day 65 MPH at the top. Thinking about this now I'm glad we didn't get to the top. Looks like the only way down is chuts in white out condition. I don't do to well when I can't see what I'm on. The highest we got was the challenger chair. Only ungromed, steep snow fields, trees and chutes to get down. I was excellent. Shame it was shutdown after 5 or 6 runs one day. We couldn't get to the other faces, But the main face for three days and we just figured it out. So most any place can be good when the snow conditions were like this. But this place is big, off the skiers radar, no crowds. We will be back!!!
Was there anything bad, $99 ticket, but they all go up ever year. Not any other issue that come to mind.
If I missed something let me know.