A nice side effect of shredding is a monstrous appetite, coupled with the knowledge you’ve probably expended enough calories to thoroughly stuff yourself, guilt-free. Whether hunger strikes at lunch or after you peel your ski boots off, Big Sky’s bistros, bakeries and on-hill soup and burrito shacks will replenish your stores heartily.
After annihilating powder, the last thing your right leg wants to do is push a gas pedal. Fortunately, there’s a shuttle to Buck’s T-4, where you can fill that hard-won caloric deficit with thoughtfully prepared bison, duck, steak and maybe a little raspberry cake, in a Western upscale atmosphere (in other words, wagon wheel chandeliers).
What’s with all this sit-down dining? Sure, you sit to eat—on the chairlift. Pick up your backpackable lunch at Hungry Moose’s Market and Deli, with two locations. On the hill, you can pick up soup, salad, wraps and smoothies in the Mountain Mall. Back in the Town Center, the Hungry Moose offers all of the above, plus espresso and groceries.
Why come down off the upper mountain when you can keep lapping the high-altitude steeps, fueled by chicken noodle soup, steak stew? Big Sky’s on-hill soup shacks dishes up hot soup in bread bowls, just under the Lone Peak Triple Lift. If you’re getting chilly, you can also pop in the tiny establishments for some hot cocoa or coffee.
Sister to the Soup Company of the same name, Black Kettle Burrito Co. slings burritos as big as your head from an alpine perch just under the Swift Current Lift. On nice days, dig into yours on the porch.
Big Sky’s Lotus Pad takes Montana-sourced organic ingredients and spins them into Asian-inspired dishes like Crispy Tamarind Trout, curries and drunken noodles. On busy nights, the restaurant can’t contain its enthusiastic following, so plan on making reservations or getting takeout.
A ski trip to Big Sky can be a dirtbagger’s paradise or a luxury splurge. If you’re aiming for the latter, include Olive B’s in your plans. Fine dining here includes chef specials like pheasant risotto balls, bleu cheese crème brulee and veal parmesan. Nab a reservation, but don’t let the fancy fare fool you—locals and visitors alike won’t bat an eye if you repurpose your ski clothes for dinner.
True budget skiers pack a PBJ, but if you’d like to go a notch up without shelling out like crazy, look no further than the Blue Moon Bakery in Big Sky Town Center. “Bakery” is really selling it short—this place serves up pizza pies, biscuits and gravy, salads and build-your-own-sandwiches alongside ham-and-cheese croissants and other pastries.
Forget overpriced burgers and limp fries—Big Sky knows that skiers need refueling options ranging from Thai to gourmet pizza to fancy-schmancy. Dig in.