BIG SKY, MONTANA
The scenic community of Big Sky, Montana rests high in the Gallatin National Forest, where Lone Mountain, at 11,166 feet, towers over the community. Big Sky is home to the Big Sky Ski and Summer Resort, a year-round playground for outdoor recreationists. Big Sky also has new terrain for the young and young at heart in Moonlight Basin. As Big Sky’s newest ski resort, visitors can enjoy over 1500 acres of extraordinary ski terrain on the north face of Montana’s famed Lone Mountain.
The late newscaster, Chet Huntley purchased much of what is now known as Big Sky Mountain and Meadow Villages in the late 1960’s and dreamed of developing one of Montana’s first alpine ski areas. Development of the alpine area and the residential villages began in the early 1970s and the mountain first opened for skiing in December 1973.
Winter at Big Sky Resort offers world-class skiing spread across three interconnected mountains with over 5,512 acres of playground, 4,350 vertical feet of fun, 220 trails, 400 inches of snow annually, two terrain parks and a half pipe. Big Sky also offers plenty of other winter activities like snowmobiling, snowshoeing, sleigh rides, ice skating, and wildlife viewing in Yellowstone Park and the surrounding area.
Big Sky, Montana makes a great summer destination also. Golf, tennis, hiking, fishing, horseback riding, mountain biking, and whitewater rafting all abound at Big Sky. And don’t forget to ride the gondola for some of the most breathtaking scenery in the west.