If you have never been to Montana, don’t go! Let me and my friends enjoy the endless beauty of the Rocky Mountains all to ourselves. I’m kidding of course, but Montana is the USA’s best kept secret. The mountains are the calling card, but the people are key to making it feel like home.
This winter was a hootin’ hollering’ good time. I got to ski everyday while earning a meager wage, the chosen life of a ski bum. On my off days I would explore the mountain with new friends. Shack hunting was a great time everyday because the locals who you encounter would always be a positive smiling face. The community in Big Sky is like nothing I have ever seen. Lone peak is huge, but not many people are pass holders. This allows a tight knit local community to flourish in-between the tourists and millionaires that keep the place afloat.
If you are looking for a great ski vacation, look no further than Big Sky because they have every type of terrain. A beginner area is available at both base areas, but most people come for the big mountain skiing. The steeps can be accessed via the Challenger or Headwaters lifts, and the Lone Peak tram takes you to the top for 360 degree views. Skiing or snowboarding off the summit requires some expertise, but beginners can ride the tram up just for a picture and then ride down. They also have two terrain parks for those looking to “shred the gnar”.
Even when there is no new snow, the wind can blow snow from surrounding areas and provide soft snow. Just ask ski patrol and their avalanche dogs where the skiing is the best and they will point you in the right direction! Big Sky is located an hour from Bozeman where you can fly into.
There are never any lift lines except for maybe Christmas, but when you are away from the base area it feels like you never see anyone else. Hotels at the base area are very swanky and have ski-and-stay packages, but there are lower priced options elsewhere. If you have a large group, consider renting a ski-in ski-out house or hillside condo.
Come one, come all, Big Sky will not disappoint!