Big Mountain Experience Karen Anderson, Ski Specialist

"Aside from the huge ski area and variety of terrain, the thing that first struck me about Big Sky was how quiet it was on the slopes - lift lines here are often non-existent. Then of course there’s the snow, with the resort boasting an impressive record. The mountain village is compact, and the nearby town of Big Sky offers further variety of eating and entertainment options. Big Sky makes a great twin centre option with Jackson Hole, and I think combining the two resorts in one trip is a hard combination to beat."

Big Sky Ski Holidays

You heard it here first: endless space, high alpine terrain, and now linked to Moonlight Basin - a total of more than 5,750 acres of terrain, making it the biggest ski area in the United States.

The Lone Peak tram rises almost vertically to the craggy summit of Lone Mountain, which at 11,166 feet towers over the surrounding wilderness. From here you can look out over Yellowstone National Park, and on a good day it's even possible to see the stunning Grand Teton Range over 80 miles away – home to Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

Skiing in Big Sky

You may find yourself on the slopes earlier than you think at Big Sky – it’s not that you’ll be rising closer to dawn, it’s simply that from your bed to the lifts is no great distance, and once at the lift there is nothing and no-one to hinder your ascent! So by 9.15am you could well be 11,000 feet up, looking out over Yellowstone National Park, scratching your head and wondering ‘How did I get here?!’.

Big Sky offers world class challenges no matter what your skill level, and claims to have almost twice as many acres as skiers. Once you’ve been, you’ll find it hard to argue.

There's an improved beginners’ area at the base of the Explorer chair and gondola, which offers access to some long, deserted green runs - perfect for building up confidence.

Big Sky is great for intermediates, with lots of excellent blue cruising runs served by fast chairs. Adventurous intermediates could try Liberty Bowl from the top of the Tram for a bit more of a challenge.

All the of terrain accessed from the tram is single or double black diamond, meaning that more advanced skiers have plenty to explore. The steepest runs are the Big Couloir, where it is recommended to ski with a partner and carried the required avalanche safety equipment.

Important information
Season Late November–Mid April
Ski Area 5,750 acres
Annual Snowfall 33ft
Number of Lifts 29
Ski Range 6,800–11,166ft
Snow Making Capabilities 350 acres
Ski Shuttle Free service between Mountain village and Meadow village.
Blue Runs 14%
Red Runs 26%
Black Runs 60% (40% advanced and 20% expert)
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Distance from airports
Bozeman 45mins