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Ski Trip Tips

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Top 10 Planning FAQs

1. What is Biggest Skiing in America?

Imagine 5,800 acres of skiable terrain (downhill), and 85 km of Nordic skiing (at Lone mountain Ranch), and no crowds - all less than one hour from both Bozeman International Airport and Yellowstone National Park. Relax at your slope-side cabin, hit the spa or the slopes, and enjoy Big Sky, Montana's laid-back mountain culture. More info

2. What if I've never skied before?

Never strapped on a pair of skis or a snowboard? No problem! Big Sky Resort offers equipment rentals and lessons. Receive private personal ski or snowboard instruction, or join in on a group lesson, both offered daily. Learn more!

3. What are my transportation options in Big Sky?

Although there are plenty of dining and activity options located on the mountain, transportation is available for off-the-mountain adventures. If you want complete control over your schedule, we would suggest renting a car. However, shuttles, buses, and taxis are also available. More transportation info.

4. Are the resorts family-friendly?

Big Sky Resort was named the #3 Best Family Ski Resort by The amenities, kids ski programs and lessons, childcare options, and endless kid-friendly activities create an experience that your entire family will enjoy. More on families.

5. Should I bring my own gear or can I rent?

If you are planning on flying to Montana, we would recommend renting gear from one of our ski shops, as checking ski luggage tends to be expensive. However, if you plan to drive, bringing your own ski gear is a great option. On-the-mountain cabins, lodges, and condos all offer free (and safe) equipment storage. View rental information.

6. When should I ski Big Sky?

The skiing is always great, but when you visit Big Sky from December - February, you can expect fluffy powder skiing (average annual snowfall of 400'') with the average temperature at 21 degrees Fahrenheit.

For those of you looking for warm sunshine, we'd recommend visiting Big Sky from March - April. Spring skiing in Montana means bluebird days, warmer temps (average = 43 degrees Fahrenheit), and soft snow.

7. What do I wear?

It's all about the layers. Here are the essentials:

  • Base layer
  • Wool ski socks
  • Snow pants
  • Hat or better yet, a helmet
  • Ski goggles
  • Fleece or sweatshirt for colder days (not cotton as it tends to hold sweat)
  • Winter/ski jacket
  • Warm, waterproof gloves or mittens

For a printable list of clothing recommendations, click here.

*For more tips and how-tos, check out the BSIA blog.

8. What the heck is in Montana?

Not everything you see in the movies is true… but some of it is. Here are three Montana myths debunked.

Myth #1: Montana transportation = horses.
Fact: Yes, Montana has a lot of horses and yes, you can ride them. In fact, we offer horseback rides and sleigh rides, so you can get your "western" on. However, if horses aren't your thing, you can hop in a car, take the shuttle bus, enjoy a snow coach tour in Yellowstone National Park, and even go dog sledding.

Myth #2: All Montanans are hunters.
Fact: Many Montanans are hunters. There are plenty of guided fishing and hunting trips available in Big Sky for you to bring out your inner hunter. Or, skip the stalk and give your tastebuds some wild game at one of Big Sky's fine dining establishments. Vegetarian options are also available.

Myth #3: Montana is behind the times.
Fact: We're not called "the last best place" for nothing - without the crowds, smog, and skyscrapers, Montana has everything a busy city has plus some. Enjoy gorgeous, slope side cabins with top-notch amenities, two luxury spas, fine dining, word class skiing, and endless mountain views.

9. How can I find the best deal for my vacation?

We offer Stay & Play packages and other specials throughout the ski season so you can get the best deal on your ideal vacation. View our current deals and start planning!

10. What type of lodging options are available?

Ski-in/ski-out cabins, slopeside lodges and condos, on-the-mountain hotels, and guest ranches are all available for you and your friends and family. Whether you're planning a family vacation, a romantic couple's escape, a guys trip, or a girls getaway - we've got the perfect Montana ski haven for you. View lodging options.


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