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Big Sky 1/15-22

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We had alot of fun(11 of us total) staying in a big house off the White Otter lift.
Big Sky is a great mountain (about an hour from Bozeman/Gallatin Field Airport, we rented SUV's and had no problem getting there) with a smaller base area than most big resorts of its size. A few shops and restaurants at the base (of note: Bambu Bar and Asian Bistro and Chet's Bar and Grill for Apres Ski: the Crazy Austrians are a fun band).
That being said, there are lots of technical blues and blacks(if you ski intermediate/advanced). More difficult than Breck, Park City, Keystone, IMHO. The mountain is laid out well, for the most part. Fairly easy to navigate. Three lifts and gondola at the base with more on the back, to the right and up top. My favorite runs (Elk Park , Big Horn, Ambush, Crazy Horse, Congo, Africa) were off of Ramcharger and the Lone Peak Triple Chair (Upper Sunlight, Never Sweat, Low Bench, and Gun Mount). My husband had the nerve (or stupidity, he has been skiing all his life, though) to tackle the top of Lone Peak by himself(Otter slide, Gullies Traverse, 2nd Gully). You have to tram it up to the top on the Lone Peak Tram. We all went to take pictures, but came back down via tram except hubby. I was more than petrified because he was alone....but he made it down without a fall or scratch (except on the bottoms of his skis). Lots o' rocks :0
For the beginner's, Mr. K was highly recommended. The other greens off Southern Comfort were not open but reported to be good green skiing.
We ate in most nights but went to Buck's T4 restaurant off of Hwy 191 towards West Yellowstone and it was one of the best meals I have ever had. Great game selection to include Elk, Bison, Wild Boar, New England Red Deer, Quail.
We were supposed to snowmobile (with Canyon Adventures) in Gallatin Canyon, but the day we picked to do it had poor vis and the owner recommended not going. Since we missed a ski day (big frown), we shopped, built a snowman and sledded in the back yard of the house we rented(to create a trail back to the house from the ski hill). Our house was more ski out than in and this helped tremendously getting home at the end of a hard ski day.
We took a day to ski Moonlight Basin(easier terrain there for beginners), but the conditions were awful. Moonlight usually keeps snow longer than Big Sky because they face north with less sun exposure supposedly, but they had little snow(tons of bare spots) and lots of ice. I wish we could have hit it when there were good conditions, because it seemed like a nice mountain to ski, although much smaller. Moonlight was a part of Big Sky til 2003 and opened in 2004. This is their second season and they are adding snowmaking, ski schools and etc. for 2006. It will be very good (I imagine) in a few more years. JackAss Creek Saloon w/ dinner theater was worth a visit for dining, even if the snow isn't good.
The snow was decent at Big Sky (they are below avg for the year <50 inch base mid mountain> and we had 40 degree temps most days while are there, very unusual according to the locals for January), but it was plenty for us!
If you haven't gone, I would definitely make the trip. It was worth every moment!
Kudos to Big Sky. We will be back!
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glad to hear the trip went well!
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It was a ball. I don't think I mentioned though that we had a ski injury in the group. One of the girls fell and broke her humerus. Two plates and nine screws later she is making a slow recovery. She was a real trouper!
With that said.......We will be back sometime in the future!
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