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
Resort Guide 2022—Big Sky Resort, Mont.
Big Sky Resort Mountain Stats
Big Sky Resort Pass Info
Big Sky is on the Ikon Pass. Ikon Pass holders get 7 days at the resort; Ikon Base pass holders get 5 blackout-restricted days.
From lodging and and dining to off-slope activities and local tips, here are the SKI editors’ picks for what to do in Big Sky, Mont.
Hike the knife-edge ridge separating the Headwaters from A-Z chutes and follow the wind. Blowing S-SW? It’ll be deep in Three Forks, on the Headwaters side. Blowing N-NW? Follow the blower into A-Zs.
If it’s dumping or flat light, visibility on the upper mountain can be vertigo-inducing, so play in the trees off Dakota or poke around Lone Tree.
Go snowmobiling up Buck Ridge (just south of Big Sky) and get an entirely new perspective on Lone Peak—bonus points if you can see your tracks from the day before.
Hike up the knife-edge ridge of the Headwaters, and drop north into the steep, powdery goodness of Three Forks, or south into the famous A-Z Chutes, where everyone in the tram line will be judging your style.
For something out of the ordinary, sign up for night skiing—Montana style. You’ll head out with a private guide and ultra-powerful headlamps to shred Andesite under the stars.
Follow the wind on Lone Peak. Ski the lee aspect (it can change daily, if not hourly), and enjoy wind-deposited freshies and smoothed-out chalk even days after a storm.
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.
Liberty Bowl off Lone Peak, because skiing 4,350 feet off the summit is just glorious.
Each spring, skiers—or at least those with little self-restraint—measure their mettle in horizontal rather than vertical feet. The ubiquitous pond-skimming contest is an honored end-of-season ritual—and a handy excuse for cross-dressing.