With trails that are miles long, and feel miles wide, and are virtually empty, your entire family can cruise around Big Sky practically side-by-side. Upgrade the family to the Biggest Skiing in America lift ticket for access to both Big Sky and Moonlight Basin. The two resorts combined 5,532 acres offers a nice mixture of terrain, so every skier in the family will have the time of their lives with three ideal “beginner zones,” miles upon miles of cruisin’ groomers, six terrain parks and the challenging steeps, chutes and bowls of Lone Peak.
With a huge inventory of ski in, ski out condos, families will be especially pleased with the Big Sky lodging options. Here are Ski.com’s suggestions for families. To learn more call, or chat, with one of Ski.com’s knowledgeable Mountain Vacation Specialists.
Conveniently located near the chairlifts, Huntley Lodge—named after NBC news broadcaster Chet Huntley—includes The Huntley Dining Room, Chet's Bar & Grill, espresso bar, concierge, shops, ski storage, meeting rooms. The whole family will appreciate The Solace Spa, fitness center, sauna, an outdoor heated pool and hot tubs. Plus, kids 10 and under stay and eat breakfast at the Huntley Breakfast ABuffet for free when accompanied by their parents.
The Summit Lodge, deluxe ski in, ski out accommodation, combines the convenience of a hotel with the amenities of a condominium. Large families will appreciate the unit’s lock-offs for many sleeping arrangement options.
Just steps away from the lifts, the Shoshone is conveniently located in the heart of the base village. Each standard, corner, or loft condominium-suite, offers a full kitchen, gas fireplace, living area and balcony with village or mountain views. Everyone in your family will appreciate the indoor/outdoor hot tub and outdoor swimming pool, as well as the complex’s health club, steam room and sauna.
Novice families have an entire dedicated beginner section of the mountain at Moonlight Basin, between Derringer and Pony Express Lift. These trails weave around private homes and lodges, which makes for a fun and interesting experience. At Big Sky, beginner families can learn to ski in the “slow skiing” base area, which tends to be an uncrowded part of the mountain during the day. More experienced beginner families looking to warm up their legs should head to Southern Comfort High-Speed Quad lift. Once they’re ready they can take the Swift Current High-Speed Quad lift for exceptional, center-stage views of Lone Peak. Be sure to get a family photo. Jay Walk trail access a handful of green circle trails, so beginner families can pick their way down.
You’ll be hard-pressed to find better intermediate skiing than Big Sky. Over 60-percent of their terrain is designated at intermediate to advanced intermediate. Combine that with Big Sky, and Moonlight Basin’s, uncrowned reputation, and intermediate families will want to return year after year. Expert families should take Big Sky’s Lone Peak Tram to the summit for a family photo. From the peak’s 11,166-foot summit, experts have world-class terrain options off of Lone Peak’s many bowls, chutes, and steeps. Expert families with extreme skiing experience and the Biggest Skiing in the World lift tickets can access Moonlight Basin’s famed double-black Deep Water bowl from the Lone Peak summit.
If there’s one Big Sky family restaurant it’s By Word of Mouth, as its menu offers everything, literally: burgers, paninis, pot roast, salads, Asian dishes, seared tuna, trout and locally sourced steak. All of the menu items feature seasonal, local ingredients too, so health-conscious families will be pleased. Foodie families will be equally delighted with the uncompromised quality and gourmet flavors, and those on a budget will also walk out feeling satisfied, as there’s nothing on the menu over $30.
To learn more about Big Sky family ski vacations call, or chat with, one of Ski.com’s knowledgeable Mountain Vacation Specialists.