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BIG SKY Skiing - Best time to visit?

post #1 of 11
Thread Starter 
When is the best time for skiing Big Sky? Looking for good snow conditions, and weather.
post #2 of 11
Late February or early March. By then the snowpack is at its peak and it hasn't started to warm up yet.
post #3 of 11
Yeah - I'd say March. Any earlier and you run the risk of possible shark attack and bone-chilling cold.
post #4 of 11
another vote for march
post #5 of 11
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the replies, I appreciate the recommendations, and so far, the consensus seems to suggest March, and maybe late Feb. Normally, I do like spring skiing in March when I go to Colorado. How late in March is good skiing without the snow becoming slush? Is early, or mid-March best? Thanks!
post #6 of 11
I think the records show that early March offers the best opportunity for great snow at every major resort in the US Rockies, Big Sky included. It's a combination of accumulated snow pack plus frequent spring snow showers/storms.
I ski Big Sky late December to early April and have always found enough snow to enjoy the trip.
post #7 of 11
I would say February to early March. Big Sky has a substantial amount of terrain facing the sun, including the majority of runs off Lone Peak, though high on the mountain snow still preserves better than other places with that exposure. The addition of Moonlight Basin has made March somewhat safer than before, because nearly all of Moonlight faces north.
post #8 of 11
Same here. Late Feb./early Mar. We went in Jan. and there were still alot of rocks poking thru. And there was ice. In fact, my hubby ruined his skies off Lone Peak.
post #9 of 11
Ditto -- Late Feb, early March, for the reasons stated in previous posts.

But even with great snow, Lone Peak and the top of Challenger (especially the traverses) tend to have exposed rocks. I think it has something to do with the lay of the mountain and wind exposure.

However, the great terrain, good snow and lack of crowds make up for the rock vs ptex issue.
post #10 of 11
Thread Starter 

Lodging Recommendations

Thanks for the replies, I booked during the first week of March. Can anyone recommend lodging? Looking for someplace for someone on a budget.
post #11 of 11
The big question is: are you flying or driving.

If you are driving (or renting a car) staying several miles from the lifts will likely be the cheapest. Buck's T-4. Is a decent motel with monster outdoor hot tubs.

If you have a crew and can share expenses, staying in a condo that is closer to the lifts and doing your own food might be an option also.
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