“The Biggest Skiing in America” delivers exactly that: fat, long lines for shredding, with negligible lines at the lifts. The resort’s sheer magnitude means even on “busy” days (aka slow days by Colorado, Utah and East Coast resort standards), riders spread out across Big Sky Resort’s multiple mountains—most notably, Lone Mountain, the resort’s iconic, tram-accessed touchstone.
A true destination resort, Big Sky’s slopes are flanked by lodging options, yummy restaurants, yoga studios, hot pools, gear shops and watering holes. It makes it easy to focus on what you came here for: skiing, eating, hanging out and kicking back. If you’ve got hardcore skiers, snow bunnies, skinny-skiers and an aspiring dogsled musher in your group, this is their place.
Despite the destination status, Big Sky keeps it surprisingly down to earth, with a silly year-end pond skim, on-hill soup and burrito shacks and plenty of sales and specials to keep things affordable. After all, this is Montana. Nearly 6,000 acres doesn’t mean you start putting on airs. Unless it’s big air—in which case, see you in the terrain park.
Vertical Rise: 4,350 feet
Skiable Acres: 5,800 acres
Adult Lift Ticket: $TBA
Average Annual Snowfall: 400+ inches
Get to Big Sky
Directions: Big Sky Resort will be well signed from most lodging locations in the town of Big Sky, which is more or less about 6 miles from the Mountain Village, which is slopeside (a car is helpful to get to Town Center and side diversions). From Downtown Bozeman, head west on Main until it becomes Huffine Lane. Take a left at Highway 191 at Four Corners. Continue 35 miles. Turn right at the sign for Big Sky and continue 3 miles up Lone Mountain Trail.