My sister Hilary and I just got back from Big Sky and it was truly magical. It was my first time in Big Sky and my first time in Montana, and I definitely want to come back! Below is our trip itinerary and favorite spots in case you're planning a trip there.
Getting To Big Sky
We flew into Bozeman and took an Uber to Big Sky. Getting an Uber was easy and the drive was beautiful. That said, if you google "how to get to Big Sky" there are also a couple shuttle options. Our flight didn't line up well with the timing so we opted for Uber. Of course you can also rent a car - which would be absolutely necessary if you are staying off mountain. Getting back to the airport is a little trickier with Uber so we scheduled a pick up with Charlie at DeShield's.
Where To Stay
Big Sky Resort has tons of options for all types of groups. We stayed at the Huntley Lodge, which is at the Mountain Village base and is pretty much ski in, ski out. Huntley is basically like a hotel with a spa, hot tubs, dining room, and a coffee shop. The rooms and beds are very comfortable. But the location is what sets it apart. The walk from Huntley to a handful of restaurants, Huntley to ski rentals, and Huntley to the chair lift is no more than 50-100 yards. If you're going with a larger group, Big Sky Resort has tons of chalet/ house options as well. Some may require a shuttle to and from Mountain Village, which is easy, but at the end of a long ski day, I was happy not to have to wait in line for that.
Getting Skis/Lift Tickets
I was so impressed with how easy getting our lift tickets and ski rentals was. We purchased both online ahead of time and we printed our lift tickets at a kiosk right at Huntley. No lines. Then we walked the 50 yards to the rental shop where it took no more than 15 minutes to get our gear. The best part though was the free ski valet that is right at base of the mountain. We dropped our skis and poles off at the valet and in return were given a lanyard with a number. The next morning all we had to do is show the lanyard to get our skis and hop on the chair lift. Again, no lines. Amazing!
The skiing itself at Big Sky is absolutely incredible. The view are stunning - at every turn I was in awe. Hilary and I are not expert skiers by any means, but we're also not beginners, and we thoroughly enjoyed the blues and greens. Some of our favorite runs were Calamity Jane, Crazy Horse, Lobo, Mr. K (all on the Swift Current lift), Cinnabar was delightful up the Iron Horse or Six Shooter lifts, Sacajawea was probably our favorite on the Southern Comfort lift, and Hangmans, Safari, and Ambush were our favorites up Ramcharger.
Apres Ski & Food
On Mountain, Everett's is right off the Ramcharger lift and is a fancier (more expensive), but beautiful dining experience. They also have a lovely deck with a drink window so you can enjoy the sun with a drink. Over by the Six Shooter lift there is a cute little hut called Uncle Dan's with cookies, hot cocoa - perfect for kids or a little sugar break. At the base of the mountain (Mountain Village), we really enjoyed meals at Westward Social (definitely order a hot toddy!) and Yeti Dogs. There's also a little grocery store inside the Exchange (where Westward Social and a couple other restaurants are) that came in handy.