Powder Perspective

When Big Sky built the Lone Peak Tram in 1995, they painted the interior pink in order to pacify its passengers en route to the 11,166-foot summit. This source of great hilarity for the Swiss, and great shame for Montanans, was deemed unnecessary, and two seasons later it was repainted. But no matter the color, this beer-can-shaped tram provides access to some of the most challenging inbounds terrain in the country. The summit is almost always cold and windswept, the exposed rocks guaranteeing plenty of business for local ski tuners. But if you know where the wind has deposited the snow, Big Sky’s legendary “one-inch wonder” can turn into three feet of perfect pow—like heli skiing without the heli. Sign out with patrol for two rowdy hits: the Big Couloir, an 800-vertical-foot vein through the rocks; and the North Summit Snow Field, a 4,000-vertical-foot top-to-bottom descent into neighboring Moonlight Basin. —MATT HANSEN

Resort Overview

This is Big Sky Resort, where 400 inches of annual powder fall on 3,832 skiable acres and 4,350 vertical feet. It’s the Biggest Skiing in America, but it’s not just the stats that are giant: vast diversity of terrain, massive wildlife in nearby Yellowstone National Park, and a huge helping of Montana hospitality make for epic experiences and big smiles. The only things that aren’t big are the lift lines, ensuring you get all the vertical your legs can handle. After a powder-filled day, unwind in your luxurious slope-side accommodations, and get ready to live big again tomorrow.

Terrain Breakdown

Big Sky Resort offers over 3,832 acres of uncrowded terrain on three mountains from steep chutes, 2,000-foot powder-filled bowls to gentle-sloping groomers. Try our parks—from the tame to the insane. Three terrain parks available for all levels of riders. Big Sky Resort, Home to America’s Biggest Skiing.

Season Highlights

  • 1/14/12: Snobar
  • 2/11/12: Dummy Jump
  • 3/17/12: Sunset Saturday
  • 4/7/12: 80s Weekend
  • 4/14/12: Pond Skim

Resort Specs

Annual Snowfall:400 inches
Vertical Drop:4,350 feet
Skiable Acres:3,832
Local Bars:Whiskey Jack’s, Carabiner Lounge, Chet’s Andiamo
Number of Lifts:21
Number of Trails:150+
Number of Parks/Pipes:3 Parks / 2 Natural Pipes
Local Restaurants:Whiskey Jack’s, Chet’s, Andiamo, Peaks, Fondue Stube
Backcountry Access:Open gate policy
Ticket Price:$84
Nearest Airport:Bozeman, Montana
Hotels / Lodging:Huntley Lodge, Summit Hotel, Village Center, Shoshone Condos