Big Sky es el mejor resort de ski en el que haya esquiado. Si usted está en busca de pistas con poca gente, terreno mixto ideal para grupos o familias con un variado nivel de experiencia, una gran cantidad de terreno - 5, 532 acres para ser exactos - y una montaña tranquila y relajada, entonces Big Sky debe encabezar su lista para unas vacaciones de ski. Al ser poco común, Big Sky sin duda tiene sus ventajas: no existen filas para los lifts. Los habitantes bromean diciendo que si tienen que esperar en la fila por más de dos minutos, es un día ajetreado. Big Sky también ofrece excepcionales experiencias culinarias rústicas de Montana que satisfacen a aquellos que buscan una comida única.
Ski en Big Sky
Una cosa es segura en Big Sky, usted querrá gastar un par de dólares extras por el ticket de los lifts en el Biggest Skiing in America que permite el acceso de Big Sky al resort hermano, Moonlight Basin. Ambos resorts se encuentran alrededor del impresionante Lone Peak de 11,166 pies. Los esquiadores y snowboarders pueden ir y venir fácilmente entre ambos resorts a través de pistas y lifts interconectados. Los principiantes tienen su propia área privada sin la interferencia de los esquiadores de nivel intermedio y experto en la zona entre los lifts de Pony Express y Derringer de Moonlight Basin. Mientras que los esquiadores de nivel intermedio tienen accesos increíbles y pueden conseguir la sensación del terreno experto de Big Sky y Moonlight Basin través de las pistas en la base de Lone Peak. Una mirada basta para saber que Lone Peak es un santuario para esquiadores expertos y extremos. Con terreno desafiante en casi todas las direcciones desde la cima del pico los expertos pueden disfrutar de uno de los ski verticales más largos de Norte América.
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A big mountian !!
we skied for 6 days and only covered 20% on the mountain. We will definitely be back!! Varied runs for all levels...the bowls at Lone peak will rival the china bowl at Vail any day. Incredibly beautiful mountain.
Great Skiing. No crowds. Friendly people. Good restaurants just a short walk from the hotel.
Shervin in San carlos
The best resort I have been to.
I have been to Big Sky ten of past eleven years, always the first full week of March as part of a conference. I love this resort because of the terrain, lack of lines and the generally high-speed lift system.
Here is my take
Skiing: The best skiing I have done in the US. I am from California and ski mostly the Tahoe resorts. I have also skied Mammoth. Compared to them, Big Sky is deserted . The most I had to wait in line was about 2 minutes and that was because the lift was temporarily stopped. There is plenty of terrain to explore for intermediate and advanced skiers but for the beginners the terrain is rather limited.
For the intermediate skiers I recommend hanging around Andesite mountain. Big Horn, Elk Park Ridge, Silver Knife, Tippy's Tumble, and Ambush. All of these are steep blues where you can work on your technique. Also if you feel a bit adventurous, you could give the bumps under the Ramcharger lift a try. On the same mountain, if you are advanced skier, you can try Mad Wolf and Crazy Horse on the back side (under the Thunderwolf chair) as well as some tree runs such as Congo and Ambush glades.
There are also blue runs under the Swift Current chair. These are easier than those on the Andesite mountain.
Lone Peak Triple Bowl is a must if you want to improve your skiing. The bowl is beautiful and has some bumps but it is a short run so you won't get that tired. You can also give the Upper Morning Star a try especially on a cool sunny day.
You can take the Lone Peak tram to either sight see or to actually ski down the mountain. The runs are all blacks or double black and the atmosphere is quite thin (11,000 ft) so you better be in a pretty good shape and a good skier because either the mountain or the air will get you.
Challenger lift is strictly for advanced skiers but it could be a lot of fun.
Shedhorn and Dakota lifts also offer some expert terrain but it is very hard to get to them. Ditto for Iron Horse except that the terrain around that lift are mostly blues.
Lodging: I usually stay at Huntley just for its convenience but the hotel is overpriced and quite a bit dated. Summit is a better hotel at slightly higher prices. As for groups, there are plenty of condos. I recommend the Big Horn Condos for larger groups. They are close to the lifts and in the morning you can take the Poma that gets you to the bottom of the Silver Knife run.
Food: This is where the resort could certainly improve. Other than the typical American Diner/Bar fair, there are a couple of restaurants around with the best one being "the Cabin" at the Arrowhead condos. "The Cabin" is ski-in-ski-out restaurant during lunch at the bottom of the Silver Knife run. The lunch is very good and very reasonably priced. The dinner, however, is quite expensive but well worth it at least for one night. Try the venison medallions or the game steak. Both are very good. You could also try "Buck's T-4" which is at the bottom of the mountain. You can take a shuttle from Huntley to it free of charge. The food is not bad and they have a good beer selection.
Nightlife: What is that? There are a couple of bars around but no nightclubs or anything.
Other activities: This is a very isolated resort with the nearest big town, Bozeman being about an hour and a half away. There is the meadow village that has some shops but I have never been there since I am usually attending conference activities when I am not skiing. You could also get a tour of Yellowstone (about 45 minutes away).
Overall, this is a great place for serious skiers who think of skiing first and all other things second. Others could find it rather dated and boring.
Roger in Princeton
great trip Big Sky/ Moonlight Basin
Had a great end of March trip to BS/MB. It snowed a couple of nights including about a foot one night when the rest of the country was in a snow drought. Buy the combo ticket especially in spring so that you can ski the north side of MB since it doesnt thaw and then chase the sun from the east side of BS to the south side and if it gets too mushy, back to the north. The skiing was huge and the crowds minimal. Not much to do at night and it seems that a car is an advantage even for getting around the base village. We stayed at Beaverhead and there was enough snow so that we could ski in and out. The condo was huge and easily accommodated five guys and probably could handle four or five more. If you are here to ski it is a great trip. If you are looking for a social life as well, try Colorado or Park City, but I would go back in a second.
Scott in West hartford
Awesome ski territory
My son and I loved Big Sky and Moonlight Basin. The terrain is steep and there are many glade areas. And, the Headwall chutes on both sides are awesome.
One criticism is that nobody on either side knows how to coordinate ski passes for the other side. We bought tickets for 2 days at Big Sky and 2 days at Moonlight. Nobody, and I mean nobody has any idea what they are doing. At the Big Sky Basecamp office they wanted to charge us $27 each for a lift ride to Moonlight or we could take a shuttle over to Moonlight. At Guest Services, they said to just tell the lift operator to send us up. The lift operator said that he would give us one free ride but he better not see us again that day. Terrible, terrible customer service! Obviously, there is great confusion that needs to be resolved.
Don in Milwaukee
Awesome destination, one of our groups favorites
When we decided to return to Big Sky and Moonlight Basin we received an overwhelming response from our group of skiers. The accommodations at Saddleridge are amazing and you are perched right between to great mountains with tons of groomed blues. The Moonlight lodge is beautifully done with an exceptional restaurant. Although the rest of the mountain is lacking in the variety of dining options we have grown to appreciate a pan of homemade lasanga or a pizza delivered to the condo after a long day on the mountain.
It was an exceptional value, our Ski.com specialist Rich has gone out of his way to ensure that our group has had outstanding accommodations, flights and lift ticket options over the last decade.
Ryan in Hoffman estates
One of my favorite resorts
Skied Big Sky the second week of February 2011 and loved it! It's very big with plenty of different terrain. There is something for everyone. As everyone else says, there are no lift lines and not many people. It seemed most of my runs had no other people on them. Only drawback is some of the lifts could be faster, but since you don't have to wait for them, its not a big deal. All employees and locals I came across were very friendly. The restaurants are not the greatest and not much to choose from in the mountain village. It was nice however not to see advertisements for Chevy trucks and Budweiser all over the resort. The place has a small town non-corporate vibe to it. You could buy local Montana microbeers at various places around the resort for very reasonable prices. I can't wait to go back again.
Kelly in Mount pleasant
Big Sky ski trip
We stayed at the Moonlight Cabins in Moonlight Basin but went skiing at the big sky resort. the cabins were great with unbelievable views of the moonrise each night and well furnished/appointed. (would have been better with a washer/dryer) That being said, it is not what I would call a true ski in/ski out and if that is what you are looking for with access to the Big Sky resort I would opt to stay in Big Sky vs. Moonlight Basin. Kids (12 & 9) had a blast and what you hear about Big Sky is right -- if skiing is your passion, this is the place. ZERO lift lines even during the Christmas holidays and plenty of wide open terrain for all levels of skiing. We cooked in most evening by choice, but there are plenty of dining options (almost all casual) if you dont mind getting in the car and driving 10-15 minutes. We also took a day out between skiing and did the snow mobile trip through Yellowstone -- highly recommended with views and sightings of wildlife that are too incredible to describe here. Having skied in a lot of different places, it is amazing that the quality of skiing is so good here but the crowds and lines are nowhere to be found. If you are looking for a place to spend quality time with the family in a relaxed, hassle free (no frills) environment, this is the place.
Jennifer in Richmond
Unwind & enjoy the awesome skiing that Big Sky/Moonlight Basin has to offer
Big Sky/Moonlight Basin was absolutely perfect for our family vacation. The skiing was amazing on all levels, views were breathtaking, the weather was superb, lift lines were non-existent.
Jennifer in Richmond
The most amazing skiing in North America
Big Sky had it all. Diversified skiing, non-existent lift lines, excellent accommodations, quiet & solitude, breathtaking scenery, beautiful weather.