Beautiful big sky!Big Sky Mountain is a large resort with a variety of terrain for skiers of all ability. Kept my husband and myself entertained for 4 days of skiing. Not very many long blue cruisers that were groomed - possibly because they were a little low on snow and not grooming to preserve their snow base. All greens that we skied were nicely groomed. Very cold when we went, 10-15 at base and below zero to ten degrees on top of mountain. Had 4 day lift pass - only one day off skiing. We wanted to start the lift pass the second day we were at the resort(trip to Yellowstone National Park - strongly suggested! We did a snowmobile and a snow coach tour.) When checking into the condo, the staff at the main desk said no problems - can ski any 4 days. Ended up that our passes expired one day earlier than we wanted. Staff at resort was very helpful in resolving this issue and we were issued a daily lift pass for the last day we planned to ski. Bar staff was great - we had drinks to go and carried them back to our condo. Doormen at main hotel were friendly and helpful. Lots of staff at base of mountain. Free ski valet was a great option for us - didn't have to carry skis back and forth to condo. Go visit this great resort before the crowds find it! No lines at lift - the mountain swallows up the skiers.
Interesting mountain but not great snow conditionsWe had never been to Big Sky so thought we should finally get there in connection with a birthday gathering in Yellowstone NP. We were impressed by how huge the skiing area is but not wild about the snow conditions....we had just been skiing at Grand Targhee (60 miles away) where there was literally twice as much snow and not the wind-blown conditions we saw at the top of Big Sky. We skied 3 days and had very good guides for our two free tours of the mountain. They went out of their way to show us both major parts of the mountain and had good recommendations for things to explore. Unfortunately the whole upper part of the mountain was off limits because it was so windblown there was hardly any snow and we were definitely not going to kill ourselves up there. We are experienced skiers and always like to check everything out but never went up either Powder Seeker or Lone Peak Tram since it looked like - and we were advised that - there was no good way down in those conditions. Too bad. The things we liked about the mountain were the very long runs, the mostly uncrowded slopes even on a week-end, the very informative guides, the ski valet and the grooming. We did not like the snow conditions, the kind of uninspired runs on the Moonlight Basin side, the low light on most of the slopes in the PM in late January and the fact that the mountain is so spread out. We would have really liked to have spent time in the Elk Park Meadows area but not the right conditions. We did not get a chance to try out the on mountain lodge/dining or even the base area since we were committed to birthday celebrations off mountain for most of our free time. We did like the proximity of the Huntley Lodge to the slopes but wondered why there was that rise by the ski valet with 10 -12 steps...we found an inside elevator but not really handy. Ski valet was well run and very handy. I only used photo shop inside mall and that was very efficient.
Great Resort...hardcore skiingThis is a super resort for folks who really want to do some hard core skiing. There are plenty of easy runs for the beginners...but the advanced and expert runsure are unique and fun. My favorite part was skiing straight onto lifts almost the whole week. The many different areas to ski were an additional plus. I like to vary where I go and am actually considering potentially returning in a few years.....but there are so many amazing resorts out there. The one thing I wish they would do better is to have more groomed blacks....for speed demons like me, my knees only last a short time on the moguls these days.
Breath takingWords cannot begin to describe how great Bis Sky Resort is. Perfect. Just perfect. And huge. We have decided to get ourselves a season pass to Big Sky for our return trips. So much skiing to do there, you could go for a month and not cover the entire place. If you are thinking about going to Big Sky for your next trip. Stop thinking and BOOK NOW!! You will not be disappointed.
Big Sky is a Great Place for FamiliesThis was my fourth Spring trip to Big Sky and I things it's a great place, especially if you have kids and like to head to the base for breaks. I don't, but I was with people who did. My own preference is to hit the lifts in the morning and not return to the base until the end of the day, but, at Big Sky, you can easily find yourself returning to the base area many times during the day. The lift lines are fairly short, though, so it's not a problem.
A big mountian !!we skied for 6 days and only covered 20% on the mountain. We will definitely be back!! Varied runs for all levels...the bowls at Lone peak will rival the china bowl at Vail any day. Incredibly beautiful mountain.
loved itGreat Skiing. No crowds. Friendly people. Good restaurants just a short walk from the hotel.
The best resort I have been to.I have been to Big Sky ten of past eleven years, always the first full week of March as part of a conference. I love this resort because of the terrain, lack of lines and the generally high-speed lift system.
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Skiing: The best skiing I have done in the US. I am from California and ski mostly the Tahoe resorts. I have also skied Mammoth. Compared to them, Big Sky is deserted . The most I had to wait in line was about 2 minutes and that was because the lift was temporarily stopped. There is plenty of terrain to explore for intermediate and advanced skiers but for the beginners the terrain is rather limited.
For the intermediate skiers I recommend hanging around Andesite mountain. Big Horn, Elk Park Ridge, Silver Knife, Tippy's Tumble, and Ambush. All of these are steep blues where you can work on your technique. Also if you feel a bit adventurous, you could give the bumps under the Ramcharger lift a try. On the same mountain, if you are advanced skier, you can try Mad Wolf and Crazy Horse on the back side (under the Thunderwolf chair) as well as some tree runs such as Congo and Ambush glades.
There are also blue runs under the Swift Current chair. These are easier than those on the Andesite mountain.
Lone Peak Triple Bowl is a must if you want to improve your skiing. The bowl is beautiful and has some bumps but it is a short run so you won't get that tired. You can also give the Upper Morning Star a try especially on a cool sunny day.
You can take the Lone Peak tram to either sight see or to actually ski down the mountain. The runs are all blacks or double black and the atmosphere is quite thin (11,000 ft) so you better be in a pretty good shape and a good skier because either the mountain or the air will get you.
Challenger lift is strictly for advanced skiers but it could be a lot of fun.
Shedhorn and Dakota lifts also offer some expert terrain but it is very hard to get to them. Ditto for Iron Horse except that the terrain around that lift are mostly blues.
Lodging: I usually stay at Huntley just for its convenience but the hotel is overpriced and quite a bit dated. Summit is a better hotel at slightly higher prices. As for groups, there are plenty of condos. I recommend the Big Horn Condos for larger groups. They are close to the lifts and in the morning you can take the Poma that gets you to the bottom of the Silver Knife run.
Food: This is where the resort could certainly improve. Other than the typical American Diner/Bar fair, there are a couple of restaurants around with the best one being "the Cabin" at the Arrowhead condos. "The Cabin" is ski-in-ski-out restaurant during lunch at the bottom of the Silver Knife run. The lunch is very good and very reasonably priced. The dinner, however, is quite expensive but well worth it at least for one night. Try the venison medallions or the game steak. Both are very good. You could also try "Buck's T-4" which is at the bottom of the mountain. You can take a shuttle from Huntley to it free of charge. The food is not bad and they have a good beer selection.
Nightlife: What is that? There are a couple of bars around but no nightclubs or anything.
Other activities: This is a very isolated resort with the nearest big town, Bozeman being about an hour and a half away. There is the meadow village that has some shops but I have never been there since I am usually attending conference activities when I am not skiing. You could also get a tour of Yellowstone (about 45 minutes away).
Overall, this is a great place for serious skiers who think of skiing first and all other things second. Others could find it rather dated and boring.
great trip Big Sky/ Moonlight BasinHad a great end of March trip to BS/MB. It snowed a couple of nights including about a foot one night when the rest of the country was in a snow drought. Buy the combo ticket especially in spring so that you can ski the north side of MB since it doesnt thaw and then chase the sun from the east side of BS to the south side and if it gets too mushy, back to the north. The skiing was huge and the crowds minimal. Not much to do at night and it seems that a car is an advantage even for getting around the base village. We stayed at Beaverhead and there was enough snow so that we could ski in and out. The condo was huge and easily accommodated five guys and probably could handle four or five more. If you are here to ski it is a great trip. If you are looking for a social life as well, try Colorado or Park City, but I would go back in a second.
Awesome ski territoryMy son and I loved Big Sky and Moonlight Basin. The terrain is steep and there are many glade areas. And, the Headwall chutes on both sides are awesome.
One criticism is that nobody on either side knows how to coordinate ski passes for the other side. We bought tickets for 2 days at Big Sky and 2 days at Moonlight. Nobody, and I mean nobody has any idea what they are doing. At the Big Sky Basecamp office they wanted to charge us $27 each for a lift ride to Moonlight or we could take a shuttle over to Moonlight. At Guest Services, they said to just tell the lift operator to send us up. The lift operator said that he would give us one free ride but he better not see us again that day. Terrible, terrible customer service! Obviously, there is great confusion that needs to be resolved.
Awesome destination, one of our groups favoritesWhen we decided to return to Big Sky and Moonlight Basin we received an overwhelming response from our group of skiers. The accommodations at Saddleridge are amazing and you are perched right between to great mountains with tons of groomed blues. The Moonlight lodge is beautifully done with an exceptional restaurant. Although the rest of the mountain is lacking in the variety of dining options we have grown to appreciate a pan of homemade lasanga or a pizza delivered to the condo after a long day on the mountain.
It was an exceptional value, our Ski.com specialist Rich has gone out of his way to ensure that our group has had outstanding accommodations, flights and lift ticket options over the last decade.
One of my favorite resortsSkied Big Sky the second week of February 2011 and loved it! It's very big with plenty of different terrain. There is something for everyone. As everyone else says, there are no lift lines and not many people. It seemed most of my runs had no other people on them. Only drawback is some of the lifts could be faster, but since you don't have to wait for them, its not a big deal. All employees and locals I came across were very friendly. The restaurants are not the greatest and not much to choose from in the mountain village. It was nice however not to see advertisements for Chevy trucks and Budweiser all over the resort. The place has a small town non-corporate vibe to it. You could buy local Montana microbeers at various places around the resort for very reasonable prices. I can't wait to go back again.
Big Sky ski tripWe stayed at the Moonlight Cabins in Moonlight Basin but went skiing at the big sky resort. the cabins were great with unbelievable views of the moonrise each night and well furnished/appointed. (would have been better with a washer/dryer) That being said, it is not what I would call a true ski in/ski out and if that is what you are looking for with access to the Big Sky resort I would opt to stay in Big Sky vs. Moonlight Basin. Kids (12 & 9) had a blast and what you hear about Big Sky is right -- if skiing is your passion, this is the place. ZERO lift lines even during the Christmas holidays and plenty of wide open terrain for all levels of skiing. We cooked in most evening by choice, but there are plenty of dining options (almost all casual) if you dont mind getting in the car and driving 10-15 minutes. We also took a day out between skiing and did the snow mobile trip through Yellowstone -- highly recommended with views and sightings of wildlife that are too incredible to describe here. Having skied in a lot of different places, it is amazing that the quality of skiing is so good here but the crowds and lines are nowhere to be found. If you are looking for a place to spend quality time with the family in a relaxed, hassle free (no frills) environment, this is the place.
Unwind & enjoy the awesome skiing that Big Sky/Moonlight Basin has to offerBig Sky/Moonlight Basin was absolutely perfect for our family vacation.
The skiing was amazing on all levels, views were breathtaking, the weather was superb, lift lines were non-existent.
The most amazing skiing in North AmericaBig Sky had it all. Diversified skiing, non-existent lift lines, excellent accommodations, quiet & solitude, breathtaking scenery, beautiful weather.
Best ski resort ever!!!First time skiing in montana,,,,we skiied both runs,big sky/,moonlight basin
the most beautiful place on earth...wide open and almost empty trails, freindly helpful staff.
will be back again..for sure~~~
Best skiing in AmericaI have been skiing for 35 years and I would say that this mountain has been one of if the best mountain I have ever skied, there is no such thing as a lift line you feel like this is your own personal mountain, ample trails for every ability.
The Biggest Skiing in North AmericaI visited Big Sky for the first time in January, 2010. I had some pretty high expectations and I'm happy to report that the resort blew them away. The lookers left side of the mountain is perfect for intermediates and beginners and the famous Lone Peak is a big mountain skier's Mecca. Get the combined lift ticket and acess even more fantastic terrain over at Moonlight Basin, which is connected to Big Sky.
I'd recommend this resort to almost any type of skier or rider; there is something for everyone!
Great snow and terrain at Big SkyBig Sky never has any lift lines. It snows often and the powder lasts with the small crowds on the hill. There is lots of challenging terrain. There is plenty of ski in ski out lodging but you can save money by staying in the Meadow Village about 6 miles away.
You can keep ColoradoYou can keep Colorado. You can keep your lift lines, high prices, snobby attitudes and your "back bowls"... I have booked two trips in a row with Ski.com to Big Sky/ Moonlight Basin. On this last trip I was asked by a member of our group "Seriously, why would we even think about going somewhere else?" If it weren't for a shot at winning two airfares for our next trip to Big Sky I would never consider broadcasting how great of a place this is. It has it all. Don't listen to me though, If I were you I would book a trip to Colorado through Ski.Com and leave me to enjoy Big Sky for myself.
Wow - Unbelieveable space!This mountain - these two mountains - are the most spacious, varied, and beautiful skiing I've seen in a long time. There is just so much! The trails are broad and sunny on Lone Star Mountain, the trails are long and beautifully treed on the Moonlight Basin side. Lone Star has only one eating place, waiter service, no cafeteria style places on the mountain unfortunately and no other warming huts for just cocoa. Moonlight has a couple of eateries at the bottom that have a rough and tumble Montana Western ski-cowboy feel except for the Lodge. The skiing is really dreamy with enough double-blacks to keep the fanatics happy. They can actually ski down from the very top of Lone Star peak (11,500 ft.)!! And best of all -- it was totally uncrowded! Lift lines are non-existent and on weekends about five minutes! I'd rather keep Big Sky a secret so it stays that way.