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Big Sky Resort at-a-glance

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Mountain Stats

  • Skiable Area:

    5800

    acres
  • Vertical Drop:

    4350

    ft
  • Snowfall:

    400

    in

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Quick info

Stay...in one of the many ski in ski out accommodations.
Ski...at a top elevation of 11,164 feet from Lone Peak.
Travel...by flying into Bozeman.
Enjoy…breathtaking views from the top of the Lone Peak tram.
Explore…nearby Yellowstone National Park via snowcoach tour.
Learn…about the unique local geology.
Taste…60+ restaurants.
Treat…yourself to ritual at Solace Spa & Salon.
Experience…53 miles of Nordic skiing and snow tubing—a few examples of Big Sky’s many winter activities.

If you're looking for uncrowded slopes, mixed terrain ideal for groups or families with varying level of expertise, a massive amount of terrain—5,750 acres to be exact—and a relaxing, laid-back mountain setting then a Big Sky ski trip should be a top-of-mind choice. Being off the beaten path, as Big Sky is, certainly has its perks: lift lines are nonexistent. Locals and return visitors joke that if they have to wait in line for more than two minutes it’s a busy day. Big Sky also offers a handful of exceptional, rustic Montana dining experiences, sure to gratify guests looking for a unique meal.

Ski Big Sky

One thing’s for sure on a Big Sky ski trip, your legs are going to get tired, which makes the ski in ski out hot tubs that much sweeter. There's a lot of skiing to be had at Big Sky and even more than ever thanks to Big Sky's purchase of its sister resort Moonlight Basin. Usually, the more terrain, the more a lift ticket costs. We're happy to report that's not the case for Big Sky ski resort. To the tune of about $100, skiers and snowboarders can enjoy the gargantuan 5,750 acres of Big Sky Resort.

The resort is centered around the impressive and imminent 11,166-foot Lone Peak. Skiers and boarders can easily jump back and forth between each ski area via interconnected lifts and trails. Beginners have their own private area without the interference of intermediate or expert skiers in the area between Moonlight Basin’s Pony Express and Derringer lifts. While intermediate skiers have incredible access and can get the feel of Big Sky’s expert terrain via trails at the base saddle of Lone Peak. It takes only one look at Lone Peak to realize that this mountain is an expert or extreme skier’s sanctuary. With challenging terrain in nearly every direction from the peak’s summit, experts can enjoy one of North America’s longest vertical runs.

Big Sky Ski Vacation Package

For a ski vacation with few crowds, expansive terrain and unrivaled ski in ski out access Big Sky Resort is a top-of-mind choice. Vacationing at a new ski resort is always a little harrowing, but that's where Ski.com can make it easy. We're a one-stop shop to book your entire Big Sky ski vacation, including lodging, flights, ground transportation, car rentals, lift tickets, lessons, equipment rentals and activities. Learn more about how you can save on your Big Sky lift tickets by bundling them with lodging. We also provide insight and recommendations on where to ski and what off-mountain experiences you should try out while visiting Big Sky.

If you would prefer to book your vacation package online, start by selecting your preferred accommodation on our Big Sky lodging page. If you would prefer to receive personal attention while booking your trip, call or chat now with one of our knowledgeable Mountain Vacation Specialists.

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From air, lodging and excursions to ground transfers, lift tickets and equipment rentals, We will manage all your trip components so you and your group can get the most out of your time playing in the mountains and building memories that will last a lifetime.

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1-800-908-5000

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Customer Reviews (15)

Overall Customer Experience*

4.9
Excellent
*based on the average of all Overall Experience ratings given in Traveler reviews.
Enrique Roca
03/12/2016

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.
Beth Koella
02/24/2016

loved it

Great Skiing. No crowds. Friendly people. Good restaurants just a short walk from the hotel.
Shervin in San carlos
04/12/2012

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.

Here is my take

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.
Roger in Princeton
04/04/2012

great trip Big Sky/ Moonlight Basin

Had 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.
Scott in West hartford
03/29/2012

Awesome ski territory

My 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.
Don in Milwaukee
01/22/2012

Awesome destination, one of our groups favorites

When 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.
Ryan in Hoffman estates
02/16/2011

One of my favorite resorts

Skied 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.
Kelly in Mount pleasant
01/02/2011

Big Sky ski trip

We 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.
Jennifer in Richmond
03/25/2010

Unwind & enjoy the awesome skiing that Big Sky/Moonlight Basin has to offer

Big 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.
elissa in Saint louis
03/17/2010

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~~~
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