Lone Mountain’s imposing slopes and long runs tend to inspire all-out ripping. Even if you try to reign in your enthusiasm, chances are, you’ll be unable to resist overdoing it. Fortunately, Big Sky Resort offers a few options to soothe those quivering quads … helping you shred just one more day.
Soak It Out Under the Big Sky
Bunking at Big Sky’s slopeside Huntley Lodge has its perks—namely, a legendary buffet breakfast with omelette bar and, more importantly, three outdoor hot pools. The large warm pool lets you gently work those cramped calves, while the two hot pools offer sheer drooling bliss. Waitstaff from the restaurant sometimes check on floating guests to see if they need poolside snacks or libations delivered. Bonus: The locker rooms come with a sauna.
Chow Down in the Montana Dinner Yurt
Here’s one unexpected way to unwind: Climb aboard a snowcat, take a moonlit ride to a backcountry yurt, get waited on hand and foot with fancy fare accompanied by live guitar. Then join in a bonfire, S’mores, stargazing and sledding before heading back to town.
Sip Away the Burn at Lone Peak Brewery
Creak your way onto a bar stool to sample relaxing pints like Raspbeery Wheat, Lone Peak IPA, Steep and Deep Winter Ale, and the Hippy Highway Oatmeal Stout. Lone Peak has a full liquor license, so there’s no limit on tastings. They also have a full restaurant offering comforting brewery fare.
Indulge in Spa Therapy
Big Sky’s new 3,000 square foot Solace Spa welcomes the slope-weary with deep-tissue massages, body treatments and access to spa soaking pools. Plus, if you can’t handle your helmet hair or musty-gloved mitts a second longer, the Solace includes a full salon with manicure/pedicure and hair services. (Granted, most people sashay around Big Sky in skipants, beanies and ski gloves, but, if you’ve got a special occasion après-ski dinner planned, might as well pull out all the stops—without lifting a finger.)
Stretch It Out
A little yoga might help you from getting too stiff after a few too many tram rides. Drop in Big Sky’s Wellness Studio and Classes in the Village Center for yoga (and Zumba and Kettlebells if you get a wild hair).
When you’ve pushed your muscles on the slopes, consider a splurge on a massage, microbrew or soak session in Big Sky. Let’s be honest—you’ve earned it. Or at least your quads have.