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Big Sky - Good Year

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I've ticked off several places west of the Mississippi and this place has always been on my radar. There's now a direct flight from Newark (sorry, Montana!) so it's easy if somewhat expensive to get to. Is this a good year for going? I hear good things but I'm also told that the steep stuff needs a lot of coverage to be open.

If not, where would you go next in late February based on my opinions of the following:
*Jackson - great
*Alta/Bird - great
*Park City areas - good
*Solitude - very good
*Whistler - very good+ (probably great from the looks of things but went ~10 years ago during the worst year in xx years)
*Steamboat - ok

Fewer crowds the better. I don't care much about apre ski. Care a lot about fun, challenging terrain.
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Fewer crowds the better. I don't care much about apre ski. Care a lot about fun, challenging terrain.

You won't find a crowd at Big Sky. Was there Xmas week (from NJ too) and NEVER waited 2 minutes for a lift. Mostly skied right on. They had just received 40+ inches and it kept snowing for our first few days so a lot of blasting going on up top to get everything open.  The place is huge and it's hard to see it all in less than a week. We skied Bridger Bowl our last day and it was great too, but since I missed so much of Big Sky I'm not sure it was necessary. I think next time we just need to go for a longer trip. It's snowing there now, would love to go back.

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Staying a few days in Bozeman and skiing Bridger is a good warm up for Big Sky for a flatlander.  Plenty of challenging terrain at Bridger and the price is right.  You need a car, but motel rooms are cheap.  Check the Bridger website for packages with lift tickets.  Big Sky/Moonlight compares well with JH.  Definitely fewer people than Alta/Bird.  If you are on your own, Bucks T4 is worth considering for lodging since they have a shuttle.

post #4 of 11
Hope your choice was Big Sky. Great Year.
post #5 of 11

Jackson Hole wouldn't have been a bad choice as well for late Feb :D

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Bridger is having a 130% season, one of the best anywhere.  I suspect Big Sky was excellent.

 

Jackson had 175 inches mid-mountain between Jan. 30 and Mar. 7, with only 3 days during that stretch with no new snow.

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Skied Bridger today and it was awesome. On Monday, not so much, with refrozen ruts under a few inches of fresh. Snowed a bunch since Monday.
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Would it be worth going to Big Sky -- over Solitude -- for spring break (April 10-15)?

 

I've been to Solitude a few times, but never Big Sky, so assuming similar weather / conditions, I'd like to try something different.

 

Thanks

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Would it be worth going to Big Sky -- over Solitude -- for spring break (April 10-15)?

 

I've been to Solitude a few times, but never Big Sky, so assuming similar weather / conditions, I'd like to try something different.

 

Thanks

http://www.wcc.nrcs.usda.gov/ftpref/data/water/wcs/gis/maps/west_swepctnormal_update.pdf

 

89% of normal (Utah) versus 121% (Big Sky).  What do you think?  I had my most incredible in-bounds skiing ever at Big Sky in early April. 

 

Mike


Edited by habacomike - 3/24/14 at 2:45pm
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I can't speak for April, but I can say that both Big Sky and Bridger are skiing very well now.  I skied Bridger Monday and Wednesday last week and Big Sky Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.  No new snow in the last few days, but they got dumped on last week.  If I can find the time, I'll do a TR with photos. 

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Originally Posted by habacomike View Post
 

http://www.wcc.nrcs.usda.gov/ftpref/data/water/wcs/gis/maps/west_swepctnormal_update.pdf

 

87% of normal (Utah) versus 118% (Big Sky).  What do you think?  I had my most incredible in-bounds skiing ever at Big Sky in early April. 

 

Mike

 

Yeah -- that base is what made me think I should move my mini spring-break trip north! 

 

 

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