Getting to Big Sky is somewhat of a pilgrimage, usually made by adrenalin junkies who can’t wait to hit the chutes of Lone Peak, so naturally it is not much of a beginner’s resort. Having said that, we’re not exactly sure why – the lack of crowds and groomed open pistes make it an ideal place for a first slide.
Big Sky has a huge amount of excellent terrain for intermediates; the lower slopes are beautifully pisted, wide, open and gentle perfect to hone your skills before you move up the mountain to the steeper and more varied terrain.
Big Sky is a mecca for expert skiers who make the trip to Montana in search of the secret powder stashes, steeps and deeps which can be accessed so easily from the fantastic lift system. The Lone Peak tram and the terrain falling below it reminds us more of Chamonix than anywhere in the USA and it’s a playground for those ready to take it on. However, the resort is also brilliant for skiers and boarders who can hold their own on the mountain but don’t love the steep and deep; the pistes are fast and wide and without many crowds they are perfect if you love to let rip and carve up the corduroy!
Snowboard / Freestyle Skiing
There is definitely no shortage of terrain parks at big Sky, like everything else on the mountain there is plenty of choice with 3 small parks, 3 medium progression parks and 3 large feature parks for the experts. Best of all the parks are usually quiet, so there is plenty of opportunity to lap around… practise makes perfect!
There are over 85km of cross country trails at Lone Mountain Ranch and even more at the Rendevouz Trails at Yellowstone, a spectacular opportunity to see the national park! There are lessons, rentals and guided tours available at both centres to get you started.