What to pack for a ski vacation in Big Sky, Montana

One of the most important things to remember when skiing at Big Sky Resort and Moonlight Basin is that Lone Mountain is high. With a summit elevation of 11,166 feet, you want to pack for an alpine skiing experience. Bring warm layers that can be removed throughout the day as the temperature rises and you exert yourself. Sunscreen is essential even when it’s cloudy – at high elevation you’re that much closer to the sun – and don’t forget spf for your lips, they often get neglected and you don’t want that smile to hurt after a deep powder day.

Hydrating is vital during any day on the slopes and especially on Lone Mountain. Water combats the effects elevation has on the body and on a mountain with 4,350 vertical feet of skiing, you’ll need fluids on board to ski till that last chair ride. It’s a good idea to bring a water bottle and toss it in your pack if you ski with one.

Bring a camera with spare batteries. Lone Mountain is unique and very photogenic – it tends to hog the camera lens. If you take the tram to the summit you can capture stunning, 360 degree views, including a rare vantage point of nearby Yellowstone National Park. And have those extra batteries handy, so you don’t miss all the smiles sure to accompany your family on a ski vacation in Big Sky, Mont.

What to pack:

  • Baselayers
  • mid layer- (down is great!)
  • Waterproof shell/pants
  • Sunscreen
  • Waterbottle or hydration pack
  • Camera
  • Goggles
  • Neck gator or helmet liner
  • Helmet
  • Warm gloves or mitts
  • Jeans for apres- you can wear to dinner anywhere in Big Sky