Lots of confusion here about doings in SW Montana.
Yes, there is a joint pass being offered here this season that will allow for skiing at both Big Sky and MLB. Details of what that pass will offer are being worked out at this time.
What is certain is that with the Lone Peak pass (the joint pass) you will be able to access some of the Headwaters and all of MLB from Challenger and you will be able to access some of Challenger and all of Big Sky from the Headwaters lift. I am not sure that if I had only 1 day, I would opt for the Lone Peak pass. We are talking about an incredibly complex and huge area. You will only get a mere taste of both areas in 1 day. It may be better to pick one and explore it completely. Roger, you really need to spend a bit more time on our side, what we are doing again this year will suprise the hell out of you.
At this time, there is a chairlift being built on MLB property that will access the Headwaters area. It is a short double chair with a ride time of about 5 minutes. Contrary to what Rio says, the terrain accessed by this lift is very steep but a lot is not "Extreme". Maybe having to hike to ski it for the last 2 winters gave it that Extreme label.
Xdog, if you haven't skied here, don't be put off by our low snow totals the last 2 winters. When the ESA was here we were hurting for snow, no doubt about it. The skiing was still very good if you knew here to go. I lived in Utah for 8 years and do prefer the skiing here. We don't get a lot of double digit snowfalls but the snow is usually great.
We opened 2 winters ago with our own operations staff, lifts, grooming etc. MLB is a new ski area and not an expansion of Big Sky.
I also feel that the idea that Big Sky was being snotty is a bit of a misnomer. Boyne has been in the valley since the early 80s. If you owned a business in a remote location, wouldn't you be a bit peeved if another company opened across the street?
A bit of thread drift so to bring it back on track, there is also the new Spanish Peaks development that is taking place here. This is basically a higher end ski in/out real estate venture with its own lifts, staff and operations that will tie into Big Sky and MLB. Sort of a Yellowstone Club Lite if you will.