Big Sky, Montana Almanac

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Getting There Bozeman airport is one hour north of Big Sky, with shuttles running between the two.

Sleeping In The Summit is first-class and steps from the lifts ($191-$498 per night, 800-548-4486); The Mountain Inn is a new, super-deluxe, slopeside Holiday Inn Express ($182-$252 per night, 877-995-7858).

Dining Out The Rainbow Ranch is big-city good; the Huckleberry Cafe has the best breakfasts in Big Sky; The Corral serves a slice of the real Montana along with your pie.

Après-Ski The Black Bear Bar and Grill and Dante's Inferno both rock hard and long. Also check out the poker table at Chet's Bar.

Kicking Butt Big Sky's A-Z Chutes in the Castle Rock section are steep, lee-side hike-up's that the locals like to straight-line.

Kicking Back Big Sky's new Solace Spa, in the Huntley building, includes an "Adjusting to Altitude" welcoming treatment.

Activities Lone Mountain Ranch offers deluxe cross-country tours to nearby Yellowstone Park.

Don't Miss A visit to Big Sky's landmark Lone Mountain Ranch for dinner, cross-country skiing, buffed-rustic lodging orjust a look at the heroic log work.

Vital Stats terrain: 3,600 acres; 18 lifts (including tram, gondola and three high-speed quads); elevations: Mountain Village 7,500 feet, Lone Moose Meadows 6,800 feet, Lone Peak 11,166 feet; vertical drop: 4,350 feet; annual snowfall: 400+ inches.