Brit Barnes
Big Sky Tram
Brit Barnes
Colin Corcoaran
Triple, Tram
Brit Barnes
Tram Line
Jed Donnelly
Pete Manka
Jed Donnelly

Storm Dispatch – Big Sky, Montana

Photographer Ryan Turner captures a "four-inch" storm from Wednesday, February 5

Big Sky local Brit Barnes awoke to bombs going off Wednesday morning. “The ski report said four inches of new, but you could tell it was deep since the bombs were muffled.” As is the case in Big Sky, Montana, the storm was under-reported, giving meaning to what the locals refer to as “one-inch wonders.” With a base-area elevation of 7,500 feet and the summit of the iconic Lone Peak topping out at 11,166 feet, Big Sky can have varying accumulations. According to Barnes, a Big Sky patroller said the storm came in at four-percent water content, so it made for a cold-smoke classic. Twenty-year-plus local photographer Ryan Turner was there to indulge and document after a good month of firm snow conditions.

Details, Details

  • Right now, Big Sky is reporting a 66-inch base on the upper mountain.
  • With a vertical drop of 4,350 feet, highlighted by the terrain off the Lone Peak Tram, Big Sky is big and badass.
  • Some refer to Big Sky as the Big Lie for conditions seeming to be deeper than expected nearly every storm.
  • For one of the best parties in skiing, Big Sky’s Dirtbag Ball, held annually in March, should be on every skier’s checklist.
  • Stop by Scissorbills Saloon and Whiskey Jacques in the village for delicious beers, including local microbrews from Lone Peak Brewery. Oh, and stay away from the Black Bear Bar and Grill—locals only, brah.