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post #1 of 19
Thread Starter 
Hello All,

This is my first post. This winter my family and I are debating going to Big Sky Montana to ski. Would you reccomend this Big Sky resort? How is the snow during late december? Also is the terrain good for intermediate skiers? Thank you very much and I hope to share my skiing knowledge with everyone here.

post #2 of 19
Welcome to epic, Adam.

Big Sky is a fantastic, large, varried ski resort. It does need a fair amount of snow for good coverage as it has ferociously sharp rocks, so December sometimes is pretty early, but a small amount of Big Sky is still a large area.

For further details, try running a search with google (at the top of each page). Big Sky has countless pages of discussions in the archives.
post #3 of 19
Late December at Big Sky is a bit risky except on the groomed runs. If you are mainly looking for intermediate terrain or wide open groomers then chances are decent you'll have enough snow. If you are looking for skiing Big Sky's steeper terrain then its really hit or miss that early in the season.
post #4 of 19
While Big Sky is a great mountain to ski at everyone here is right, December is pretty early but that doesn't mean they're aren't a ton of decent runs open. Also you never know you could get lucky . If you go there i recommend you spend a day at Bridger Bowl, awesome awesome skiing, way more local (and cheaper) then Big Sky. Enjoy your trip!
post #5 of 19
I wouldn't book a trip to Big Sky in advance. The combination of dry snow and wind can often mean very rocky conditions even when the resort is reporting a 100" base. I'd book last minute and only after getting some local info on how it is skiing.

The other option would be to check out Moonlight basin. Maybe somebody could comment, but I think its on the predominantly leeward side of the mountain, so it may be the recipient of the snow that Big Sky loses. If that is the case, it probably won't have the rock problem of its neighbor. I think you can even buy a joint pass now.

There is a lot of fun skiing at Big Sky, but no matter when you go, bring your P-Tex and ski with a helmet. Core shots are common and hitting submerged rocks is just about always a hazard there. OTOH its a small price to pay for great snow, great terrain and no lift lines (other than the tram). Its hard to argue with lap after lap of freshies on the Challenger chair with no waiting in between. Enjoy!
post #6 of 19
For intermediate terrain, late Dec should be great at Big Sky.

It's true there a billions and billions of razor sharp rocks at Big Sky, but unless you're skiing the steep stuff above treeline, you really don't have to worry much.
post #7 of 19
Hi Adam,

In Big Sky we do have fantastic terrain for intermediates (and all the other levels ). Late December - you should be safe. In the last 17 seasons that I have worked there - that kind of terrain was at least OK to great.
But the suggestion of booking as late as possible is a good one. By early December we should know how the next 30 days will develop.
For up-to-date information don't hesitate to PM me. I will be on the mountain (hopefully) from Thanksgiving on.

Have fun planning your vacation.

post #8 of 19
I've skied Big Sky the last week in December for about a decade now and have never failed to ski every day and always enjoyed the trip.
It's a great family area. Everything on the Big Sky side gets you back to one compact base area. There's also only one main cafeteria so there's not the risk of the family being scattred across the bottom of the mountain like at Vail.
The biggest advantage is the lack of crowds. I'll never forget a beautiful blue sky day on a Saturday after Christmas. There was a fair base and a nice (6") overnight snowfall and still there were NO crowds. If fresh snow, blue skies and a holiday weekend won't cause long lift lines nothing will.
I'd agree that if you got new skis for Christams you may want to leave them at home. The little (and big) sharp rocks at Big Sky can get you even when there's plenty of snow.
post #9 of 19
Bring warm clothes, too. It can get mighty cold there.
post #10 of 19
BS is great and has plenty of intermediate terrain. A hidden gem, however, is Moonlight Basin. Save the money and ski just one resort per day, versus the multi-resort ticket. MLB has few crowds, excellent terrain, a very friendly staff and good lifts. They even handed out free hand warmers to us on a chilly day! Enjoy your trip.
post #11 of 19
Thread Starter 
Thank you very much every one. Now my next question is can some one reccomend a decent hotel? Thank you

post #12 of 19
Originally Posted by njadam View Post
Thank you very much every one. Now my next question is can some one reccomend a decent hotel? Thank you

The Corral, about ten miles south of Big Sky (the town). Cheap. Good burgers, too.
post #13 of 19
Do you want to ski in - ski out on the mountain or save some money and drive up every day?

It's about at least a 15 mintute drive but its a good road and its almost always clear. Public transportation is not a Big Sky strong suit. The shuttle only runs about once an hour.
post #14 of 19
I spent a week here once- a while ago. It was pretty swell- very Montana with great food- lots of game on the menu- reasonably priced. It's not right at the mountain, about 5 min away where the access road meets the road to town (calling it a highway would give you the wrong idea- when I was there herds of bighorn sheep and elk were roaming around) Here's the Huntley- it;'s right on the hill. Some of the more up to date locals will be more helpful, I'm sure. Rent a car, drive around a bit. Yellowstone is down the road and the sceanery is magnificent.
post #15 of 19
Hey nj,

I thought you get cold feet easily??? and you are going to Big Sky?

Really though, Big Sky rocks and there is plenty of great terrain for intermediates! Make sure you take a lesson from Ursula! she's awesome! and a great ski instructor too!

Just take warm clothes, boot heaters, boot muffs, Intuition liners, warm socks, and Toastie Toes! cause I here it can get a bit chilly there?...
post #16 of 19
I wrote a Big Sky/Moonlight feature last year. Big Sky is great for low intermediates IMHO and not so great for upper intermediates as the pitch of Lone Peak changes abruptly in many places from quite gradual to nosebleed steep.

Moonlight does not get any more snow than Big Sky and will likely have the same combination of good snow on the groomers and lots of rocks on the steeps in early season. Moonlight's big advantage is in late season preservation of packed powder because of the north exposure.
post #17 of 19
I apologize for the brief hijack.

How's the snow coverage in late March? Some friends want us to meet them there during the last week and I am skeptical about the snow. On average how's is the coverage for the steeps and the bumps? It won't matter much for my 5 year old and my wife will mostly be on the blues, unless we can get her to ESA Aspen and improve her confidence Her other choice for our late March trip is Banff.
post #18 of 19
I've been in SW Montana for 7 years. Even in the worst years late March coverage at Big Sky was very good to outright great.....the best days I've had there were in late March & early April.
post #19 of 19
Thanks Rio.
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