Skiing Big Sky Montana

SnowboardersRarely has so much bounty gone so unplundered as at Big Sky's Lone Peak the biggest place you’ve never skied. There’s rarely a lift line at this sprawling side by side Montana resorts, except when waiting for the marquee 15-person tram that takes skiers to the top of 11,166-foot Lone Peak. A big reason for Big Sky’s quiet is the perceived remoteness of the resort: although it sits only about one hour south of the Bozeman airport.

Big Sky is a destination ski resort if there ever was one, which means midweek skiers share the place with almost no one. The other reason is its sheer size: Those who do make the journey soon disperse over three mountains and nearly 4,000 skiable acres, with a correspondingly huge menu of terrain. From the resort’s tip-top, a snowboarder can drop into the black-diamond slopes of Liberty Bowl and ride all the way down to this winter’s new Dakota triple chair, which opens access to 200-plus acres of expert-level open bowl skiing. Less adventuresome skiers gravitate to Andesite and Flatiron Mountains, where large groomed boulevards like Big Horn and Madison Avenue are served by several high-speed quads.

But one of the most intriguing developments at Big Sky has been the linking with an adjacent resort, Moonlight Basin which shares Lone Peak; the joint Lone Peak Pass creates a 5,512-acre playground that gets 400 inches of snow a year with access to the gun-sight gullies that spill off of Lone Peak — and may leave skiers who’d been happily humming “Don’t Fence Me In” suddenly wishing someone would have.

Big Sky offers instant access some of the most diverse skiing and snowboarding amongst breathtaking vistas in the lower 48. Float down a 2,000 vertical foot, powder filled bowl beneath Lone Peak; Bob and weave through the Bavarian Forest; Ride the Lone Peak Tram for a bird's eye view of untamed wilderness.

Big Sky’s snowboarding facilities bring you world-class challenges no matter what your skill level. Their Swiss-made Zaugg Monster Pipe Cutter lets them fashion the only superpipe in the area. The Swifty and Pony Park are for people just getting their feet under them. The Ambush Park is for those who prefer not to have their feet under them at all.


The story of its inception is one of labor and love.  Before The Tram, Big Sky Resort was known for its intermediate terrain and light lift lines.  But a hankering for the extreme among Big Sky's core riders fueled management's decision to shun industry critics and install a tram to the summit, which would expand the resort's overall size by 50%.  This furthered Big Sky's skiable terrain by over 1,200 acres and increased the vertical to 4,350 feet, placing it among the top three ski resorts in North America.  Construction didn't happen without its share of logistical concerns, though.  The Tram was built with the aid of 3,000 helicopter flights and hundreds of specialized high-altitude workers.  Even heavy construction equipment had to be torn apart and reassembled at the summit.  Today, The Tram continues to transport technical skiers and riders to some of the most difficult terrain in the country while welcoming the less advanced skiers and sightseers to 360-degree views of three states, two national parks and dozens of peaks. 

 Moonlight Basin, Montana’s Newest Ski Resort

The opening of the Moonlight Basin Ski Resort on the north face of Lone Peak in Big Sky, Montana, marked the first opening of a destination ski area in over 20 years. Now in its fifth season, Moonlight Basin has grown into a first-class, year-round destination resort. Skiing at Moonlight Basin offer 85 mapped trails, chutes and glades, making more than 1,900 skiable acres with a vertical drop of 4,150'. The terrain is served by 7 lifts, including Montana's only high-speed, six-passenger chair. At Moonlight Basin you'll have lots of elbowroom--short or no lift lines and no crowds. Plus, the terrain's northerly exposure ensures the more than 400 inches of powder that falls each year stays light and dry.

Jackson Hole PowderThe Headwaters Chair brings skiers and riders in The Headwaters Terrain, some of the steepest inbounds terrain in the Rockies previously only accessible by hiking. Future expansion plans include 3,500 acres and 12 lifts, positioning Moonlight as an attractive addition to Montana's ski areas.

Moonlight Basin and Big Sky Resort have teamed up to offer joint lift tickets. Now, skiers and riders can access nearly 5,300 acres of interconnected trails and lifts--all with one ticket.

But Moonlight Basin is more than just great skiing and riding. It's a feeling - friendly, unpretentious, laid-back--a feeling that makes you feel as welcome as you do in your own home. Together with breath-taking scenery and exciting terrain, visitors are welcomed by unmatched friendliness and award-winning customer service. In addition to optional valet parking and other amenities, Mountain Guides are available for mountain tours and answer any questions you may have about Moonlight Basin and the surrounding area. A complimentary tour of the mountain is available to all first-time visitors at Moonlight Basin.


Mountain Statistics
Summit (Lone Peak) - 11,166 feet
Base (Mountain Village) - 7,500 feet
Base (Lone Moose) - 6,800 feet
Ski Terrain
3,812 acres - 150 named runs covering over 85 miles on three separate mountains.
Slope Difficulty
20% expert
40% advanced
26% intermediate
14% beginner

Vertical Drop
4,350 feet

Longest Run
Liberty Bowl to Mountain Mall - 6 miles

Average Lift Line
Consistently recognized in national ski magazines for short or non-existent lines
Average Winter Daytime Temperature
20 degrees F
Average Annual Snowfall
400+ inches
Lift Capacity
23,000 skiers per hour
Ski Season Opens
November 25, 2010 (weather pending)
Ski Season Ends
April 24, 2011
Snow Conditions Phone Line
Lift Statistics
Lift Name Vertical Ft
Ft. Length
Ride Time
Lone Peak Tram, 15-passenger car 1,450 2,828 4
Swift Current, high-speed quad 1,647 8,555 9
Thunder Wolf, high-speed quad 1,728 5,966 6
Ramcharger, high-speed quad 1,160 4,578 5
Southern Comfort, high-speed quad 1,250 6,055 6
Iron Horse, quad chair 894 3,370 8
Lone Peak, triple chair 833 2,920 6
Lone Moose, triple chair 1,284 4000 8
Dakota, triple chair 1,210 3,100 8
Shedhorn, double chair 1,484 4,623 10
Challenger, double chair 1,672 4,756 12
Explorer, double chair 622 3,700 7
White Otter , double chair 210 2,200 5
Cascade , double chair 448 3,295 7
Pony Express, triple chair 560 3,100 8
Little Thunder, double chair 71 922 6

Yellowstone Region Ski News

steep and deep, skier getting some powder in Jacskon Hole.
We finally got some snow, get out there and enjoy it
It’s Time For Ski Towns To Start Anti-Marketing
Only then may we be able to actually live in a ski town without having to sleep in a Subaru

In 1970, the late great Hunter S. Thompson ran for sheriff of Pitkin County, Colorado, where Aspen was just starting to blow up. Thompson ran on a platform of tearing up all the pavement in town, legalizing drugs, and re-naming the community "Fat City" to deter real estate hype and close-minded visitors. Nearly 50 years later, hype rules and ski towns have paid the price. Thompson spent his later years in a drug-addled haze of gin and despair, in no small part driven by the pain of watching what had been the coolest mountain town in America turn into a place owned by Saudi Sheiks, twats in leather pants, and other glitterati who didn't ski. After Aspen, every other great American ski town has followed suit. ........... Rest of Story

Jackson Hole Mountain Resort preps for repeat of 2019 crowds

Despite a dearth of snow just two weeks from opening day, Jackson Hole Mountain Resort predicts another robust winter. That may be a mixed blessing — skiers likely haven’t forgotten the swarms that descended on the slopes last year. But neither have the people who must prepare for their return...............Rest of story

Little big mountain: Sleeping Giant Ski Area offers something for everyone

Cody Wyo. — Nestled in the high mountains outside Yellowstone National Park sits one of the region's best kept secrets.
But if you're looking for gondola rides and $90 ski passes, the Sleeping Giant Ski Area probably isn't for you.
On a recent day, after a light snowfall, only a dozen cars sit in the parking lot at the base of the mountain. High above, the muffled drone of the lifts plays across the snow as the day's first skiers are carried up the slope.With 900 vertical feet, two lifts and 184 skiable acres, Sleeping Giant may not be the biggest destination. Yet it offers a variety of terrain and the chance to lay fresh tracks on the edge of the wilderness.“We have something for everyone, from beginning groomers to expert glades,” says Gen Armstrong, the mountain's service manager, who's punching tickets in the of article

Bozeman named No. 1 place to live (if you’re a skier)

BOZEMAN MONTANA • "Bozeman is the perfect mix of ski town and skitropolis; it's more affordable than Jackson Hole, less crowded than Salt Lake City and more of a real town that Whistler."Thus begins Powder magazine's glowing review in of Bozeman in its November cover story on the "Top 20 places to live to ski."
Bozeman, which "lays claim to three blue-ribbon trout waters" and three "distinctly different" ski resorts, ranked No. 1 on this year's list, giving credence to something ski bums across the valley have believed all along."Obviously there's no argument here," said Doug Wales, marketing director at Bridger Bowl. "We all know why of story

Downhill ski racer, Grand Targhee
Downhill racer, Grand Targhee

Jackson Hole Offers a Mountain of Winter Adventures

TETON VILLAGE, WY • Home to the country's most pristine winter playground, Jackson Hole offers a novel one-stop destination for seasonal adventure. No where else will vacationers experience activities such as a sleigh ride through North America's largest Elk Refuge featuring up to 7,000 elk, snowmobiling through the trails of Yellowstone National Park to view the rare and magnificent geysers or a Wildlife Safari Tour offering an exclusive view of animals in their natural winter habitats. Jackson Hole also is home to one of the world's most celebrated skiing destinations, offering boundless trails where skiers of all levels will enjoy the area's unspoiled wilderness. Advance skiers will thrive with the off-piste skiing off the backside of Jackson Hole Mountain Resort and may also book Helicopter skiing packages in the backcountry. New this year to Jackson Hole Mountain Resort is Wyoming's first Stash Park, an organic terrain park for snowboarders created from native rock, dirt and wood and featuring 20 unique carvings made from natural elements...........Read more:

Big Sky shines in national ski magazines

BIG SKY, MONTANA • Big Sky Resort is celebrating this week after being highlighted in numerous national ski publications, including an image of Lone Peak appearing on the cover of Ski magazine. Ski magazine, a Bonnier publication with a national circulation of 450,000, released its fall special issue resort guide with a photo of "perfect corduroy" beneath Big Sky's "rugged" Lone Peak. (See photo, left.) The image was taken during the 2009/2010 ski season by Public Relations Manager Chad Jones. "Big Sky's Lone Peak really stands out from other ski resort landscapes," says Jones. "It's the towering, singular mountain that really makes Big Sky who we are. I'm always looking for a way to get that iconic image out there, and was thrilled when Ski's editors decided to feature it on the magazine's cover this fall."
Ski magazine is known of story

$416M ultra luxury resort under construction at Big Sky

Ultra luxury is coming to one of the three private clubs in Big Sky. The term is used to describe an exceptionally rare and lavish experience, which Montage Big Sky’s management said will be found in its $416 million resort that is under construction in the Spanish Peaks Mountain Club. The projected opening date is some time in 2021.......... Rest of Story

The Rendezvous Bowl at Jackson Hole: One of America’s finest ski trails/runs

JACKSON HOLE WY • Jackson Hole has earned a reputation for being the absolute best mountain in the United States for the skier or snowboarder that is looking for a variety of challenging terrain. Nestled in western Wyoming near Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks, Jackson Hole's out-of-the-way location makes for a pilgrimage for those adventurous snow riders. Of the various peaks, bowls, and trails one can choose to descend at Jackson Hole, none is more fun than the Rendezvous Bowl.......................................The Rendezvous Bowl is accessed by riding Jackson Hole's famous aerial tram, which will have long lines and a packed cabin after the mountain has been graced by a snow storm. The tram's cabin will be standing room only, electricity in the air as you and the approximately hundred other passengers make your way up the mountain. In the ten minutes it takes to ascend to the unloading port, you've risen over 4,000 vertical feet*. Standing at the summit of the mountain with a full view of the Tetons is spectacular, and it only gets better as an exhilarating ride awaits you of story

Dropping into Corbets Couloir at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort
Dropping into Corbets Couloir at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort

Save the snow: As Bridger Bowl goes solar

BRIDGER BOWL — On a bright Wednesday morning, Bridger Bowl Ski Area’s new solar panels were gleaming. The 160 panels stand at a steep angle behind Deer Park Chalet, visible from the Virginia City chairlift and occupying space that’s always been off-limits to skiers. They sit on a particularly sun-soaked part of the mountain and are designed to allow powder to slide right off. Bonnie Hickey, sustainability director at Bridger Bowl, said that in the face of climate change, the ski area wants to ensure its key resource — snow — sticks around. ..................Rest of Story

Yellowstone Region Ski Resorts
Jackson Hole Mountain Resort

There can be few more spectacular settings for a mountain resort than Wyoming's Jackson Hole, with the Teton mountains towering above. Jackson Hole has ski runs suitable for skiers of all abilities. Beginners and intermediates will find plenty of terrain to suit their needs. Experts will be challenged by the 10,450-foot Rendezvous Peak that has a myriad of terrain and snow to offer

Getting There

Jackson Hole is located in western Wyoming near the Idaho border and about 40 miles south of Yellowstone National Park. The resort is twelve miles from the town of Jackson (the development at the base area is called Teton Village) and 250 miles north of Salt Lake City, Utah.

Grand Targhee

ski Jumping, WyomingGrand Targhee is located in the Targhee National Forest at 8,000 feet in the high country of the Tetons and it takes an effort to get to. Famous for its elbow room and consistently superb ski snow conditions that produces more than 500 inches of snow a year, Targhee has two mountains to choose from.

500 inches of champagne powder a year! Grand Targhee is your Powder Paradise,in the Heart of the Tetons! Ski Magazine has called us, "A place that dumps!", and in their 2002 and 2003 Reader Survey, we were ranked #2 in North America for Snow. Skiing Magazine ranked us #2 for snow in their 25 Best Rankings for snow. We consistently rank #1 and #2, along with Alta, UT. The 2003 Ski Magazine Reader Survey ranked us #8 for value. Ski Magazine in their January 2003 issue rated us the #3 Family

Getting There

Grand Targhee is located 40 miles north of Jackson, Wyoming, and 87 miles east of Idaho Falls, Idaho. The Targhee Express provides regular bus service between Targhee, the town of Jackson and Teton Village (home of the Jackson Hole resort).

A friendly alternative to glitzy Jackson Hole
GRAND TARGHEE, Wyoming (AP) -- Bill Royall chose the University of Denver so he could take the winter quarters off from school and hit the slopes.Grand Targhee has an annual snowfall of nearly 500 inches, with up to 650 inches in the whitest of winters.................................His powder-searching ways continued after college, landing him in Vail for a few years before it eventually became too crowded, too trendy. A move to Aspen ended with the same claustrophobic result.
And so it went, Royall's quest for a quiet skiing sanctuary going on for years, taking him to places like Steamboat Springs, Taos, Sun Valley. And it always ended the same: moving out when the crowds moved in......................................The nomadic journey seemed to come to an end about 20 years ago when he arrived in Jackson, Wyoming, a place still oozing with that dusty-floor saloon charm of the Old West.....................................But, like all the other ski towns that had lured Royall with its charms, Jackson changed, attracting fuzzy-jacket-wearing out-of-towners to the slopes and trendy shops with pricey paintings and sparkly T-shirts lining the streets.
Then Royall found Grand Targhee.------------------------------ > More

Snow King Mountain

Snow King Ski Area, nestled in the foothills of the Gros Ventre Mountains and at the very edge of the town of Jackson, offers one triple and two double chairlifts as well as a surface tow. The area is open for day and night skiing and has an extensive snow making system covering over 110 acres for reliable snow conditions. Founded in 1939, it was the first ski area in Wyoming and one of the first in the United States

Getting There

Snow King ski area is located right on the edge of the town of Jackson, which is 12 miles from the Jackson Hole resort.

Kelly Canyon

Kelly Canyon offers a snowboard park that is well lit and does not allow skiers in the area. Night skiing is allowed five nights a week. Ski discounts to military personnel and college students.

Getting There

Kelly Canyon is located northwest of Idaho Falls, off Highway 26.
From Idaho Falls, take Hwy 26 to the Wyoming border and then head towards Jackson Hole, WY, follow directional signs to Kelly Canyon Ski Hill.

Pebble Creek

The 1998/1999 season marked Pebble Creek Ski Area's 50th Anniversary. Pebble Creek is a vertical playground that attracts extreme skiers/boarders, but also offers plenty of variety for all skill levels. Located just south of Pocatello, Pebble Creek plays host to 1,100 permitted acres, 45 runs, an abundance of annual snowfall and virtually non-existent lift lines, which provide enough playful terrain for beginners or those demanding an honest challenge. snowboards and Saturday night lessons.

Getting There

Pebble Creek is located 15 miles from Pocatello via I-15 south to the Inkom exit, then 5 miles to the resort.

Red Lodge Mountain Resort

Red Lodge Mountain Resort Pure and Simple. No lift line, no attitude, no big prices. Just great snow, great people and an authentic experience in the big mountains. Red Lodge Mountain Resort has a long history dating back to 1960 when the ski area first opened. We are above all, a down to earth ski area that prizes skiing over glitz and glamour. Originally started by a local enthusiastic ski club, we have spent the last 50 years growing into a resort that attracts visitors and families from all over the country. For those who seek an un-crowded, authentic ski experience where one can truly relax and have fun, Red Lodge Mountain Resort is the mecca. The Mountain offers something for everyone - from beginners on Miami Beach, to intermediates skiing Lazy M (our 2 ½ mile signature run), to the experts looking for a challenge in the double black diamond chutes of Cole Creek. Our full service lessons, complete rental/repair services, gift shop, two bars, two cafeterias, and one restaurant round out our amenities that will fulfill everyone’s needs. One look at our events calendar and you’ll see we have a whole lot of fun all winter long. So once again, welcome to this really special place and from all of us at Red Lodge Mountain Resort, we wish you a very enjoyable stay. Give us a call anytime and we’ll be happy to help you in any way we can.

Sleeping Giant: Where Yellowstone Spends the Winter
  Originally opened as the Red Star Camp in the winter of 1936-37, Sleeping Giant Ski Area officially opened in 1938 and is one of America's oldest ski areas. Today we have a unique terrain park, twice the vertical from the old days, challenging tree skiing & boarding, a carpet for those just starting out and all of this just 3 miles from Yellowstone National Park. There is a real sense of family here. Lots of stories from yesteryear. If its not the uncrowded slopes that will convince you, it will be all the spectacular wildlife you see when you drive up from Cody, this place has a certain vibe that you won't find anywhere else. Check us out this winter!
Bridger Bowl

Bridger Bowl, Montana, is the gem of the Northern Rockies. Located only 16 miles north of Bozeman, Montana, this outstanding ski area is well known for offering some of the most exciting ski, snowboard and telemark experiences that you will find, anywhere. This is not your typical Montana ski resort. Bridger Bowl is a nonprofit community ski area offering a great ski experience at an affordable price. Bozeman is home to Montana State University and is a young active community located only 90 miles from Yellowstone National Park.

Getting there

Bridger Bowl is located 16 miles north of Bozeman, Montana on Highway 86. It is an easy 20 minute drive on a well maintained road that provides one of the easiest and most scenic accesses to a major ski area that you will ever experience.

Big Sky Ski Resort

Big Sky Resort lies nestled in the heart of the Rocky Mountains underneath majestic Lone Peak. In 1995/96, they added the Lone Peak Tram to better facilitate visitors for years to come. Surrounded by the Yellowstone Ecosystem, there is nothing small about the area. The wonders of the area are best enjoyed from the rustic luxury the resort provides. Big Sky Resort has some of the best snow on earth to ski on. Big Sky was rated #8 in North America in Skiing Magazine's 2002 top spots.

Getting There

Big Sky is located in southwestern Montana, 43 miles south of Bozeman via Highway 191 and about an hour north of Island Park Idaho Via Highway 20 then north on Highway 191from West Yellowstone Montana. Big Sky Resort is nearest to the Gallatin Field Airport in Bozeman, Montana. This airport is approximately 45 miles N of Big Sky. Should you choose to drive to Big Sky, the resort is approximately 40 miles S of I-90. The turnoff is just W of Bozeman, through the beautiful Gallatin Canyon. From the south, Big Sky is 47 miles N of West Yellowstone on US Hwy 191.

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