Montana’s Big Sky Resort recently combined with Spanish Peaks and Moonlight Basin to create the largest ski resort in the nation, claiming the title of “Biggest Skiing in America.” Your group is sure to love Big Sky Resort with its different styles of lodging, hundreds of trails to choose from and activities for all interests.
Slope to Slope
Big Sky Resort provides 5,750 acres of skiable terrain, 4,350 vertical feet, 23 chairlifts and 10 surface lifts. Lift capacity is 29,000 skiers per hour, but lift lines are short to nonexistent. The terrain is divided by 40% advanced, 20% expert, 26% intermediate and 14% beginner.
The Lone Peak Tram takes skiers and riders to the summit of Lone Peak at 11,166 feet, where there is a 360-degree view of three states and surrounding mountain ranges, including the Tetons, on a clear day. Base (MountainVillage) is located at 7,500 feet. There are 250 named runs that cover more than 110 miles on three separate mountains; the longest run is six miles. Nine terrain parks—three smaller, three medium and three large—contain more than 100 features that allow you to improve skills on jumps, rails, C-boxes and the natural half pipe. The mountains receive more than 400 inches of annual snowfall.
Big Sky Resort’s Mountain Sports School offers a variety of lessons, guide services, tours, camps and clinics for all ages and skill levels in both the Mountain Village and Madison Base Areas. Adult and youth group lessons are available for the day, morning or afternoon.
The Big Sky Resort app is available for free download on Android and iPhone. It allows you to navigate the mountain, receive real time lift status updates, and find groomed and open runs, weather and facility information.
Big Sky offers a variety of lodging including hotels, condominiums, cabins, penthouses and homes to fit any size group’s needs. Many properties are within walking distance of each other, so if part of your group wants to stay in a hotel and the other wants to stay in a cabin, you can still meet with no hassle. Many of the lodging options are slopeside, allowing your group quick and easy access to skiing and snowboarding.
Getting Here and Getting Around
There are direct flights to Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport (BZN) from Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Phoenix, Salt Lake City, Denver, Atlanta, Chicago, Minneapolis, New York City, Houston and Portland, Ore. Big Sky Resort is approximately an hour drive from Bozeman Yellowstone International.
Big Sky Resort is comprised of three base areas: Madison Base, Moonlight Lodge and MountainVillage. Around the resort, the Skyline Bus shuttle service circulates the areas about every 30 minutes. This shuttle also provides service to and from points in Bozeman’s airport. Taxis are available, too.
Activities and Entertainment
Big Sky Resort’s ski slopes, base area and lodging options are all located in the Mountain Village. The Meadow Village, which is where many locals reside, is located just 10 minutes away and offers additional shopping, restaurants and entertainment. Free shuttle service is available between the two villages.
The Adventure Zipline is a chairlift-accessed tour made up of three zipline sections and the Twin Zipline, which spans up to 1,500 feet long and 150 feet above the forest floor. The entire Adventure Zipline Tour offers 5,000 feet of ziplining and open views of Lone Mountain and the Spanish Peaks of the Madison Mountain Range. Other outdoor activities include a high ropes course, giant swing, bungee trampoline, climbing wall, tube park, snowshoe tours, Nordic skiing, ice climbing, snowmobile tours, snowcoach tours and sleigh rides.
Big Sky Resort is the base camp for Yellowstone National Park. Your group can take scenic hikes and see the world’s greatest concentration of geysers against the backdrop of the Gallatin Range. You can also visit Yellowstone via snowcoach tours and snowmobiles.
If your group needs a break from the snow, they can shop at the Village Center shopping mall in the Big Sky Resort Mountain Village Plaza and Base Area. Shopping is also available at Mountain Mall, Moonlight Lodge and Madison Base.
Dining is available everywhere you look. From bars and grills to cafés and delis, your group will easily find what they’re craving. Chet’s Bar and Grill is a group favorite with its nightly entertainment and big tables to accommodate groups. Whiskey Jack’s, located in the Big Sky Resort Mountain Village Plaza, is the place to cut loose after a long day. If your group wants a meal with a view, stop at Black Kettle Burritos, located at 9,160 feet on the slopes of Lone Peak.
Solace Spa has two locations: Mountain Village and Moonlight Lodge. With complete spa treatments and relaxation rooms, Solace Spa is the perfect place for your group to unwind after a long day on the slopes. Located on the pedestrian level of Village Center, the Wellness Studio offers daily classes and activities including yoga, ballet fitness, cardio-conditioning and Zumba.
By Lauren Reiniger