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1 Lone Mountain Trail
Big Sky, MT 59716-0001
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Overview by Alistair Wearmouth

If you want skiing that's uncluttered, scenic, and laid-back, then Big Sky's your place. A big turnout in this 3,832-acre resort is around 4,000 people a day. The lines here are ridiculously short, if they exist at all, and Big Sky has consistently worked to keep lift capacity higher than the demand.

Once on the mountain, skiers are quickly swallowed by the extensive network of trails that run the gamut from easy-cruising piste to nerve-jangling expert offerings. The centerpiece of Big Sky is the 11,166-foot Lone Mountain, served by the intimate Lone Peak tram, which shuttles only the bravest souls to the top, 15 at a time. Step out onto the summit for 360 degrees of expert-only terrain and two choices for your descent: You can swallow your pride and step back onto the tram, or you can huck yourself off into the abyss.

There are gnarlier lines at Big Sky, such as the 50-degree Castro's Shoulder, but none are more prominent or less forgiving than Big Couloir, a 42-degree, 2,000-foot beast. This narrow, rock-lined couloir, a giant out-of-bounds seam in the front face of Lone Peak, offers no bailout options or margin for error. While you are allowed to ski the chute, you'll need the appropriate rescue equipment—a transceiver, a shovel, and a partner. This may be the excuse you need to make that return trip on the tram.

In 2005, Big Sky joined forces with Moonlight Basin, a resort also on Lone Mountain. With a combined pass, skiers and snowboarders can enjoy 5,512 acres with 25 lifts and over 220 runs.

Average Snowfall
400 Inches
Skiable Acreage
Vertical Drop
4350 feet
14% beginner, 26% intermediate, 40% advanced, 20% expert
Number of Runs
Number of Lifts
November to April
Related Resources
Closest Airport

Weather for Big Sky

Current Conditions:
Fair/Windy, 88 F
Wed - Sunny. High: 84 Low: 51
Thu - Partly Cloudy. High: 77 Low: 46
Fri - Mostly Sunny. High: 74 Low: 46
Sat - Isolated Thunderstorms. High: 69 Low: 39
Sun - AM Showers. High: 57 Low: 34

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  • Surface Conditions:
    Packed Powder


  • Ski Lifts Open:
    5 of 29
  • Trails:
    25 of 298
  • XC Trails Open:
Last Updated: December 08 2014 12:29 PM

Traveler Reviews of Big Sky

Jack rates Big Sky
family trip never left the resort. Pros: great for kids, well maintained, great in the summer too.
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