If the sky's the limit, then Big Sky is the stairway to Heaven.

Long revered for diverse and expansive acreage, challenging terrain, and Montana’s famous “cold smoke” powder, Big Sky’s always been a skier’s mountain. But with ongoing major lift and infrastructure improvements, and a rapidly growing town square in the Meadow Village, the resort is growing into a well-rounded adventure hub. 

Experts naturally head straight for Lone Peak’s iconic 15-passenger tram—the closest thing to heli-skiing most skiers will ever experience—and hike-to Headwaters terrain. But families enjoy 2,300 acres—the total acreage of many major resorts—of beginner and intermediate terrain, long, empty groomers, bumps, and terrain parks off the north side of Lone and all over Andesite Mountain. This plethora of options earned the resort a high score in Terrain Variety, as well as accolades for its Snow and Local Flavor. 

But Montana is still remote, and Big Sky is still not the place to party. Still, for skiers who value huge terrain with tons of variety, deep snow, and few crowds more than on-mountain dining or après scene, Big Sky delivers in spades. - Drew Pogge


An eight-seat, high speed, heated bubble lift (the first in North America) takes the place of the venerable Ramcharger Quad—which will replace the slow Shedhorn chair.

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CHALLENGE Big Couloir is THE classic line off Lone Peak; Three Forks in the Headwaters area is hike-to only, and blows in perfectly. 

DOWN-DAY ACTIVITIES Go dog sledding with Yellowstone Dog Sled Adventures or snowmobiling with Canyon Adventures.

SCENERY Everett’s 8800 serves great burgers and Lone Peak views.

ON-HILL 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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