Zones: Big Sky, Montana

February 25th, 2011 by

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Montana. Cowboys, country and big ass mountains with no crowds. Neighboring Yellowstone National Park, Big Sky is a picturesque, monstrosity of a mountain, you won't find anywhere else in the U.S. With the tagline "a place all your own" Big Sky is a must-venture locale with challenging terrain accessed easily via the Lone Peak Tram. Feening for more? Big Sky is connected to Moonlight Basin Resort via two lifts, offering another 1,900 rideable acres. Look no further than Big Sky for your next shred adventure.

Photos courtesy of Big Sky Resort and Montana Tourism
 

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Where

Located in the southwest corner of Montana, Big Sky is far away from daily life, with all the amenities. Big Sky is approximately 45 miles south of Bozeman and a 3 and a half hour drive from Jackson, Wyoming.

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Getting there

There are daily flights from major cities into Bozeman Gallatin Field Airport, 45 miles south of Big Sky. Many shuttle services are available from the airport for around $45 a person. Once at the resort, Skyline Bus is a free service. Rental cars are also an option. For travel and booking information check here.

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Terrain

Within minutes be whisked up, up and away to begin exploring thousands of open acres. Venture in the trees, shred the 11,166 foot tall Lone Peak, or slash endless groomers, Big Sky is all about adventure. With twice as many acres as riders and a six mile run (Liberty Bowl to Mountain Mall), you better start early in the morning to try and conquer it all.

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Facts

Vertical drop: 4,350 feet
Uphill capacity: 23,000 people per hour
Annual Snow Fall: 400+ inches
Lifts: 16

Elevation

Base: Mountain Village: 7,500 feet
Summit: Lone Peak – 11,166 feet
Skiable Acres: 3,812
Average Winter Temp: 20 degrees F

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Lift Ticket Pricing: $81 full day adult, $71 half day. There are also dual passes available for Big Sky/Moonlight Basin. Season Pass: Big Sky – $1400, Big Sky/Moonlight – $1869. Discounts available online.

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Parks: The Swifty park has a variety of jumps and features. Complete the Big Sky PEEPS park etiquette program before visiting and receive discounted lift tickets and win free stuff.

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Lodging

The Summit

Lookin' to live it up at Big Sky? Check out The Summit. Described as Euro-Western, The Summit is lift accessible right out the door, offering rooms from studios to penthouses. You can't miss the grandest hotel at Big Sky, which hosted President Obama is comprised of eight residential levels, a fitness center and the finest amenities.

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The Huntley Lodge

Looking for a convenient, inexpensive, cozy lodge with a killer breakfast? The Huntley Lodge is the jam. Conceptualized by the late NBC newsbroadcaster, Chet Huntley, the three-story lodge is right in the Village with plenty of mountain views and amenities including a sweet recreation area with two spas, outdoor pool and a sauna, Solace Spa and Chet's Bar & Grill.

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For a complete lodging selection and discount information check out Big Sky Resort Lodging

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Eats

Whiskey Jack's

Southwestern cuisine at its finest, Whiskey Jack's is a great stop for lunch, dinner or a nice little cocktail. From burgers and Texas chili to banana quesadillas with caramel, whipped cream and pecan praline, you'll surely find something to fill your appetite.

Yeti Dogs

Grab a quick gourmet beef or veggie dog with Yeti sauce. Reasonably priced and delicious, Yeti Dogs is a must for every dog lover.

Shedhorn Grill

If the weather is good, relax for a lunch break on the deck at Shedhorn Grill. Mmmm…Bison burgers.

Blue Moon Bakery

Get a quick pick-me-up and some homemade treats at Blue Moon Bakery. A locals favorite, Blue Moon Bakery has coffee, pastries, pizza and sandwiches and will even deliver.

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Nightlife

Whiskey Jack's

Get in the dancing' spirit with live music daily and nightly. Enjoy drink specials and meeting new friends.

Scissorbills Saloon

Located at the base of Lone Peak, Scissorbills Saloon boasts DJ's and live mussed, locally crafted brews and a nice little apres menu. Get on over to the saloon and see how the Montanians do things.

www.bigskyresort.com

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