Big Sky, Montana

If the sky's the limit, then Big Sky is the stairway to Heaven.
By SKI Magazine Editors ,

Resort Guide 2018: West #13

Average Snowfall

400+"

Acres

5,800

Lifts

34

Trails

300

Montanans are all about skiing, not scene. And while you won’t find any bumping nightclubs at Big Sky, it’s a good thing: You’re going to need your rest. This is an enormous resort, with something for all tastes (Variety, No. 4). There’s plenty of pucker off the tram and in the hike-to Headwaters area (Challenge, No. 5), with thousands of acres of mellower skiing from mid-mountain down. 

The long, flowing groomers off the north side are often blissfully empty, but when it gets cold (and it does get COLD) head to the sunny, lower-elevation slopes of Andesite. “Big does not begin to describe how expansive this place is,” says one reader. “No crowds means powder for days,” adds another. And while it’s difficult to access, offers few dining options (No. 22), and prides itself more on steeps than corduroy (Grooming, No. 21), Big Sky retains a loyal following of core skiers year after year with authentic Montana hospitality and plenty of cold smoke.

On-Mountain Eats

It’s not fancy, but the Shedhorn Grill’s cozy yurt on the south side of Lone Mountain is tough to beat, with wagyu burgers, local brews, and unbelievable views.

Bragging Rights

Liberty Bowl off Lone Peak, because skiing 4,350 feet off the summit is just glorious.

Local Secret

Blue Moon Bakery has freshly made pizza, baked goods, and sandwiches.

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