How to Maximize Your Weekend in Big Sky, Montana

Historically, Big Sky has been known to be unknown – that is, it has remained (for the most part) undiscovered. The The mountain resort The local community (population 3,098) is located in southwestern Montana, off a two-lane Canyon Road between West Yellowstone (the northwest entrance to Yellowstone National Park) And noisy Bozeman. The pandemicThe related 2020 fallout is sure to change the landscape, as the previously slow-growing Fun Village experienced a massive boom. A host of resort developments have sprung up to meet this growth, mostly in the luxury realm.

The draw is clear: Those who make the trek here are rewarded with dropping ski terrain at the border Big Sky ResortBreathtaking views, abundant wildlife scenes, and endless outdoor recreation throughout the year.

Winter days are short in Montana, nights are long, and the monotonous winter landscapes can soothe visitors in lazy indoor relaxation – although it’s advised to go outside no matter the thermometer low. There is enough to do during daylight hours and plenty of established and new restaurants and stores when the sun sets in the early afternoon.

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Went there

The easiest way to get here is to travel there Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport (BZN). Nine major airlines fly direct to the airport including, most recently, Southwest with service from Denver and Las Vegas. Big Sky is an hour’s drive south on Highway 191, a narrow and densely congested two-lane road that runs the length of the Gallatin River. In winter the road can be a great driving experience, so plan for that in addition to booking a 4WD vehicle or booking an airport shuttle service with Karst Theater.

Where to stay

There are two distinct residential areas in Big Sky, either in Meadow Village or The Cliffs at Big Sky Resort.

If you’re interested in staying closer to the action (relatively), the new Wilson Hotel Centrally located near restaurants, shopping and activities in Big Sky city center. The hotel features a heated swimming pool and a mountain shuttle, within walking distance Movie theaterAs well as many restaurants and shops.

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Big Sky Resort manages the majority of mountain accommodations including Huntley Lodge And Summit Hotel. Both hotels are undergoing room renovations before winter 2020-21 with a luxurious mountain aesthetic. Huntley includes a slope side breakfast buffet, a heated slope pool, and a theater with nightly shows including current ski and snowboard movies.

Big Sky Summit Hotel

The adjacent Summit Hotel (the lobby is pictured above) is a more luxurious slope option with 213 rooms, apartments and of course penthouses.

Big Sky Montage Resort
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A more luxurious option is slated to open before the 2021 – new ski season Big Sky Montage (As shown above), it boasts 150 rooms and an 11,000-square-foot spa. Located in the exclusive area of ​​Spanish peaks, the Montage Hotel features a private entrance along the cliffs to the Big Sky Resort. If you haven’t caught on already, Big Sky is on a luxurious path that’s fueled by members-only, millionaires Yellowstone Club.


Check in for your hotel, Ski or snowboard equipment rentalDrink plenty of water and acclimate to Big Sky, which is 7,200 feet.


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7:30 am Today we reached the slopes. Get the caffeine in Caliber coffee In Big Sky Town Center. In addition to premium latte and coffee, this locally owned roaster also offers a quick breakfast burrito.

9 a.m. – noon Hit the elevators in Big Sky Resort, Which has the most skiing in the Rocky Mountains, in one of the most spectacular peak features outside the European Alps.

The resort has partnered with both icon And Collective Mountain Trail Programs; Otherwise, buy a raise ticket today in advance online to get the best rates. Start your day with a ride on Ramcharger 8, the Big Sky Resort’s newest eight-seat elevator that reaches Andesite, a low-rise mountain that houses a tall, wide-open, uncrowded nanny and nicely spaced tree paths. Freshmen may choose to enroll for a lesson through Mountain Sports School and enjoy a day on the slopes of Mister K. This is the terrain where New Orleans Saints RB Alvin Kamara mastered snowboarding on the first day … and In the process.

Noon – 12:30 pm After exploring Andesite, head to the New Vista Ballroom, which is an upscale cafeteria-style dining area in the Main Base Area inn. Choose from traditional burgers and fries, stone-cooked pizza, sushi or ramen dishes. Save table service for after-skiing, there’s still plenty of terrain to cover there – 5,800 acres and over 245 trails to be exact.

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12:30 – 4 p.m. It’s time again! Next stop is Lone Peak. Lift the Swift Current elevator to the new Powder Seeker pot chair. Take in the opinions Large corridor Down from the top – that’s Big Sky’s answer to Jackson Hole’s famous Couloir. And yes, you can ride it if you have it Avalanche Safety Equipment, And check out with the ski patrol at the top of the tram.

Regardless of your goals in an afternoon, no visit to Big Sky is complete without a tram boarding trip. On a clear day, the roads down are somewhat loose; On low vision day, don’t even think about it without a local guide. The tram is open for all guests to enjoy the scenery, so you can ride up and back down.

If you have the desire to explore, follow from the tram base around the north side of the mountain to Moonlight Basin, a lesser-visited secondary resort (it used to be a standalone resort before it got sucked into the Big Sky Resort). Enjoy DIY grooming tools or tackle the steep slopes of the Moonlight Headwall – the terrain is so steep that it has been chosen as the site Qualifiers for 2021 Freeride World Tour.

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4 – 5:30 p.m. what a day! Time to relax on Scissorbells After skiing. Indulge in a huge plate of nachos and enjoy live music at the locally owned “Big Sky” salon. It’s off the ramp on the third floor of Arrowhead Mall, ask in the resort base area and you’ll find it.

5:30 – 7 p.m. If you are not staying on a slope, return to your property with the complimentary Horizon Bus Service. Get into your skates or ice skates, soak those bones and have a quick nap.

7-8:30 p.m. We’re in Montana, so we’re obviously eating authentic Thai food for dinner at Lotus iPad. Just believe me when I say it doesn’t taste as good as a big bowl of spicy curry or a bowl of pasta drunk after a day on the slopes. The restaurant in Big Sky Town Center offers a full bar including four different styles of mules – I can recommend them all.

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8:30 – 9:30 p.m. Is it snowing or do the bright stars shine in the clear sky below zero? Either way, now is a great time to take a few laps The new free ice rink in Big Sky In Big Sky Town Center.

The floodlit rink provides daily open skating. Bring or rent your own skis Open-air eastern slope Across the street from the rink.

Tips up Bozeman
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9:30 pm Call it a night or take off the Big Sky’s growing nightlife scene. the new Tips Bar Boasting abundant ski décor, it is a great choice for nightly live music on a “living room theater”, shuffleboard, corn pits, arcade games and casino. You might end up making friends with hardcore local skaters, or maybe some Yellowstone ClubPierce was looking to hang out among the locals. If this guy at the end of the tape looks like Justin Timberlake or Tom Brady, he probably is.


8-9 a.m. Start your day right at Blue Moon Bakery. This small establishment offers delicious, affordable bagels and freshly baked cinnamon rolls, along with coffee and latte.

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9 a.m. – noon Although Big Sky’s reputation is built on downhill skiing, it is also the best ski destination in the North thanks to the 85 kilometers of trails equipped in Mountain Ranch color.

You’ll get $ 40 access to a full-day itinerary, plus rentals. The historic ranch itself is a magical place deep in the woods, with attractive cabins and horses stepping through snowy pastures. You can choose to book a two-hour group lesson or just hand-put together a trail map along the beginners and intermediate trails including the Silverbow Loop with mountain views and plenty of opportunities to see moose (yikes!).

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Noon – 1 pm Congratulations, you must be starving. Fortunately, you just need to click on the skis and enter the Horn Cantel Salon at Lone Mountain Ranch. Go up to the bar or settle for taller by the windows.

Everything about the decor and setting is Montana. Enjoy local beers, wines, and spirits as well as a selection of artisanal foods including H and C burgers, Korean chicken wings, and Montana’s trout while soaking in this unique setting.

1 – 2 p.m. Relax with some shopping at Big Sky Town Center. Displays the cool window for Montana supply It will attract you. This store features a selection of “Modern Explorer Audio Goods”.

But it really is a nice selection of related clothing brands including Frye and Valgrafine, Bridge & Burn, and Gentle Fawn are tastefully mixed with outdoor merchandise, local souvenirs, and accessories.

Grizzly outfitters It is another store outfitted with a wide range of shoes, mountain clothing, countryside gear, ski and snowboard gear with expert staff to guide you to the right equipment.

2 – 4:30 p.m. Complete your shopping trip at Gallatin Alpine SportsThen, head over to the rental department to check out our fleet of fat tire snow bikes.

You exit straight through the door to the Big Sky meadow and a network of fat tire bike paths, which are detailed on the free maps that come with your bike rental. There are trail options that cycle around lawns as well as legitimate legged torches that gain hilltop heights.

If fat biking isn’t your thing, you can still get out of the house with a brisk hike Usel Falls. This popular trail originates just south of downtown Big Sky, and is a 1.6-mile round-trip through a wide gorge preserved in a steep valley to the stunning 100-foot waterfall that flows into the Gallatin River.

4:30 – 6 p.m. It’s time again, this time on The beehive basin brewery In the city center of Big Sky. Up to the bar and choose from fresh beers that rotate constantly upon tap. Enjoy the mountain scenery or watch beer makers mix up magic at the brewery. Don’t be surprised to see Colitran, the famous four-legged brewery ambassador, wandering around.

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7 p.m. – closing The Gallatin Riverhouse Grill, Located on the banks of the Gallatin River along Highway 191 just south of Big Sky, is where locals, tourists, river guides, construction workers, snowmobiles and skiers all go.

It is a local gathering place thanks to the friendly owners who serve delicious barbecues at reasonable costs. Riverhouse dishes include brisket, rib racks, and pulled pork, although many locals never stray from this three-piece fried chicken dinner with beans, corn, coleslaw, and cornbread for $ 7. Finished.

Outside the dining room, The Riverhouse has a full bar overlooking the Gallatin River and featuring free late-night music and a dance floor. The bar menu includes a popular spirited drink called “Shinanigan”. We guarantee that this combination is your best bet for your Sunday night entertainment at Big Sky. Enjoy!

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