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Montana for New Years [father & son, driving from SD]

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We will be driving from South Dakota to Montana for six days of skiing over New's Years.  Any reason to check out anywhere else besides Big Sky?  Whitefish is an additional 5 hours of skiing (each way!).  Seems like there is enough to keep us happy at Big Sky.  Any concerns about snow coverage at Big Sky.  My teenage son and I prefer the steeper stuff and I worry a little about how much of the good stuff will be open and available to us.  My preference is to wait last minute and chase the best snow to MT, Jackson or Steamboat but my wife is not a skier and likes the idea of having a place reserved now close to the slopes.  Any thoughts?  Thanks

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Welcome to EpicSki!  Bridger, check out Bridger!  Even if you end up staying slope side at Big Sky, take your son to Bridger for a day.

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Any concerns about snow coverage at Big Sky.  My teenage son and I prefer the steeper stuff and I worry a little about how much of the good stuff will be open and available to us.

You are likely to get some but far from all of the steeper stuff at Big Sky open.  Big Sky's snowfall is modest but very consistent, so the likelihood of a bust with nothing steep open is rare. 

 

Both Steamboat (373) and Jackson (369) get far more snow than Big Sky (285).   Steamboat does not have much steep terrain, so on the face of it Jackson looks like your best choice.  However, if you're skiing during the peak holiday period (Dec. 26 - Jan. 3) Jackson's popularity has been steadily rising and its lift system is not the most efficient in terms of handling peak crowds.  That's an argument for Big Sky, where liftlines are rare with the conspicuous exception of the capacity limited (15 people) Lone Peak tram.

 

Yes Bridger is worth checking out if you're at Big Sky.  The other Montana places are too far away unless you have a lot of extra time.

post #4 of 6
But you'll probably be driving close to Red Lodge. Might be worth a stop as a warm up.
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I would say go where the best snow is though that is a crowded time and you probably have to make lodging reservations well in advance.  All the consistently steep sloes at Big Sky are off the Challenger lift and the Lone Peak Tram. Also the top of Moonlight Basin which shares the ridge that Challenger accesses.

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Drive to the snow.  Screw the reservations.

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