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Top 10 Ski Towns: Your Responses

SkiNet Users Sound Off on their Favorite Towns to party, sleep, and ski in.

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Without a doubt,

Big Sky

is an awesome place to ski. Lift lines almost never, bountiful sunshine, lots of powder snow. Did I say huge vertical and all kinds of terrain? Off the top of Lone Peak the view is limitless,
mountains in every direction. The back bowls are steep and challenging. The new Dakota Territory is unbelievable deep powder tree skiing. Challenger Peak gives you a little of both, but the whole front of the
mountain and Andesite mountain give you miles of intermediate cruisin' runs. Top that with 350-400" of snow every year and you find yourself smiling a lot! This is skiing the Big Sky, Montana way, with a great mountain village and many good restaurants from cowboy to continental cuisine, and great Montana beef and bison steaks too! By the way - did I say no lift lines?

-- Ed Smith


Bozeman, MT

is the big winner. Not only do we have fresh deep powder, but we have Sun! As well as culture, food and fun!

-- Walter "Gator" Rivers


Our favorite is the community at

Big Sky


-- Steve Turner


I love

Big Sky

because the runs are long and the lines are short. The simple pleasures of hanging out with friends (and it could be Joe Six Pack or Joe the Billionaire sitting side by side) and enjoying Montana's breathtaking natural beauty are a big part of what makes this place so special. If your ego craves the validation of the "see and be seen" crowds then you'll want to go pose someplace else.

-- Jon Ellen Snyder

Livingston, Montana


I am such a fan of the

Big Sky

skiing and living environment that after
skiing in Vermont, Michigan, Utah, Idaho and Colorado for many years, decided to
settle and retire in Big Sky. The skiing is like none other. Light and
dry powder, more than ample lift capacity, with the result an absence of lift lines and pushy crowds, incredible scenery and a true Montana mountain environment.

Last season's 540+ inches of snow made for magnificent conditions. The skiable terrain is approximately 30% above tree line which offers exceptionally wide-open skiing and plenty of challenge, all within bounds. No need to hike or climb to reach powder and untracked slopes. Great glade skiing. Cannot
forget the very lengthy vertical, over 4200 feet.

The ski magazines generally tend to criticize Big Sky for the minimal night life but this is totally understandable as we are much to tired to stay up late after a full day of skiing and not standing in lift lines.

-- Roger Schwer


Hands down Bozeman is the best ski town in the west.


has shopping,
restaurants and the friendliest people around. Located between two great ski destinations Bridger Bowl and Big Sky.

-- Leslie Ridenour


Big Sky

is awesome, as there are virtually no lift lines, skiing terrain for every level, and the nicest people you could ever hope to meet. I have found nirvana.

-- Michael Rogers


Dear Skinet Editor,

The best ski town in the USA is

Big Sky

, MT for sheer magnificence and beauty. Every view of Lone Mountain is stunning! Moonlight Lodge is probably one of the most memorable buildings in Montana with mountain sheep climbing the walls of the lobby. Skiing the terrain of the Big Sky and Moonlight resorts seems to go on interminably, and new trails are being added on adjoining mountains every season. The terrain is fresh and new just like the daily snow. For skiers who like being close to nature, this is the place!

-- April Buonamici


Dear Editor,

Hands down

Bridger Bowl

is the best. Bridger is a challenging and well
equipped ski resort. With their addition of the South bowl and new lifts
this year Bridger is one of the best bargains around.

-- Leslie Ridenour




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