Big Sky Resort

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Mountain Stats

  • 400 in of annual snowfall
  • 5750 total skiable acres
  • Top elevation 11164 ft, base 6801 ft
  • 14% beginner, 26% intermediate, 40% advanced, 6% expert
  • Projected opening: 11/28/2013
  • Projected closing: 04/20/2014

Big Sky Expert Skiing

Driving up to Big Sky or Moonlight Basin, expert skiers will notice the gigantic, looming center piece, Lone Peak, and want to ski it. Lone Peak not only offers incredible 360-degree views of Yellowstone and the Tetons, but has endless expert and extreme terrain just waiting to be slashed, carved and bombed out. To enjoy both sides of Lone Peak, the south-east facing Big Sky and Northwest facing Moonlight Basin, be sure to purchase the Biggest Skiing in America ticket. Combine all the terrain possibilities with the fact that you’ll never have to wait in a lift line, and a Big Sky ski vacation is a no brainer for an expert skier.

Big Sky Expert Terrain

Every aspect of Lone Peak slopes into challenging bowl skiing, complete with extreme terrain nuggets like steep chutes and challenging couloirs. Big Sky and Moonlight Basin offer four lift accessed bowls brimming with expert goodies. Take Big Sky’s Lone Peak Tram for incredible views, and to access extreme zones like double black diamond Big Couloir, on looker’s right side of ridge, and The Gullies and South Wall on looker’s left side. Extreme seekers also have steep options on South Face, which is access on the south aspect from Lone Peak summit. Expert skiers will find everything from steep wall skiing, wide open, above tree line fields with variable snow and chutes. Expert skiers looking for more “on-piste” skiing will note be disappointed at there are black and double black runs scattered literally all over both Big Sky and Moonlight.

If you’re looking to get as extreme, as say a professional extreme skier, then you’ll want to head to Moonlight Basin’s Headwaters, which is host to the Freeride World Tour Qualifier, a prestigious big mountain skiing and snowboarding event.

To learn more about Big Sky expert skiing call, or chat with, one of’s knowledgeable Mountain Vacation Specialists.