Big Sky

Ski resorts in USA
If there ever was a skier’s mountain, Montana’s Big Sky is right up there on the top with the very best. M-a-s-s-i-v-e terrain (5,850 acres) with tons of variety (as gnarly as you like), huge vert (a 4,350-foot vertical drop, anyone?), insane backcountry access and cold, dry powder en masse. Plus there’s, and that’s a big one no pun intended, often a lack of crowds. 

On offer: 2 acres per skier

4,350 vertical feet equals two acres on average per skier. That’s the most in the state of Montana, and a decent piece of statistics. You’ll find the ski resort 18 miles north of Yellowstone National Park, and 50 miles south of Bozeman (the city’s been called, “the most livable place” because of its supernatural surroundings, made for outdoor adventures). The resort kind of sits in splendid isolation in the southwest corner of the state. In normal (non-pandemic times), several U.S. cities offer non-stop flights to Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport. From there, hop on the Big Sky shuttle and keep your eyes glued for a glimpse of one (or if you’re lucky, all) of the state’s real giants: bishop sheep, bald eagles and bison.

The Freeride World Tour zone

The backside of Lone Peak’s shoulders hold the best inbound line. Expert skiers take the iconic Lone Peak passenger tram and hike to the Headwaters Ridge. It’s been the host of many freeride competitions (for example, the Subaru Freeride Series’ qualification round). If you don’t mind a 45-minute hike, head over to the Three Forks, where the FWT quarter finals were held back in 2016. More than a dozen double-black diamond runs will definitely keep the adrenaline going. Heads up though, if it’s snowing heavily or the flat is light, locals recommend staying off the upper mountain and instead play in the trees close to the Dakota lift. Rather work on your jump turns? Then Jack Creek is your destination. The hike can be quite technical so best to take off your skis, just in case.

Big Sky Snow forecast

  • Thursday
    0.3 in rain
    Rain showers
    1 mph
  • Friday
    0 in rain
    5 mph
  • Saturday
    0 in rain
    7 mph

Facts about Big Sky

Slopes (Total: 317)
Green circle Easiest:69
Blue square Intermediate:74
Black diamond Advanced:110
Double black diamond Expert Only:64
Total length of pistes:83.9 miles

Lifts (Total: 36)
Gondola lift:1
Chair lifts:23
Platter lift:12
Lift capacity:  20000 persons/hour

Vertical drop
Big Sky Vertical drop
Mountain high: 11165 ft
Vertical drop: 3665 ft
Mountain low: 7500 ft
Skiable vertical drop: 4347 ft (The vertical drop you can ride in one go on skis)

Start:25 November
End:10 April

Country: USA
Region: Montana

Reviews for Big Sky

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.... must agree with the Norwegian! Up at the Lone peak there are a couple of really good rides. Thanks to the Lone peak lifts, you boast that you have the highest (highest elevation) skiing in America and may be true. and it must also be true that at the top you can get really good snowshoeing, as well as in the challenger area .... Much like Swedish and above all Europe, I'm NOT impressed.

The place is in size with Åre, though still smaller. For example, taking 2 lifts takes you from right to left on the pistemap. Then you get tired of how they count on pistes. As soon as a piste breaks, it's considered two slopes, even if they get together 5 meters later. So the number of slopes you can easily halve to get a more reasonable measure.

Well, Americans should be better! Certainly, they are world champions in the number of hot tubs but that was not because I went there!

The idea of ​​building a lift up at "the very top" and only allowing qualified riders to go there like me so therefore they get an "okay" rating anyway.

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Mostly the whole plant is terribly bad, except for the Lone peak itself. The terrain you can access with the Lone peak tram is very good - steep and without trees. Right high mountain thus. The elevator Challenger also provides useful terrain.
The rest of the mountain is absolutely incredible slaughter. There are both green, blue and black hills, but everyone is as dull and flat, regardless of color marking. Complete uninteresting ski string.

Trail map

Trail map Big Sky

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