First opened for business in late 1973 and located in Gallatin County, Big Sky Resort is a well-known, privately owned and very popular Montana ski destination spanning an impressive total area of 5,000 acres. Big Sky Resort occupies 75% of the ski trails throughout the Lone Peak Pass region of the Rocky Mountains and invites visitors to come experience "the biggest skiing in America''. It is also interconnected with the neighboring Moonlight Basin ski resort, allowing skiers to glide easily between the two along the various ski trails in the area and enjoy the benefits of both locations.
In addition to skiing, visitors and guests of Big Sky Resort have the opportunity to participate in many other activities as well depending on the season. These include whitewater rafting, hiking, horseback riding, golf, tennis, fly fishing, and mountain biking. As a result, it has become more than simply a popular destination for winter vacationers and ski enthusiasts since it first open, but has also increased in profile as a popular summer vacation spot for nature lovers, hikers, and fisherman as well.
Big Sky Resort was originally the brainchild of native Montanan, newsman Chet Huntley, but was purchased upon completion of its first three seasons by Boyne Resorts following Huntley's 1976 death from cancer. Since then, it has been steadily growing by leaps and bounds, becoming larger and more popular each and every season. In 2007, Big Sky's appeal in regards to extensive dining, shopping, and ski-through options increased as well with the opening of the upscale Village Center Complex.
In addition to the quality of its skiing, Big Sky Resort is also famous for its lift, the Lone Peak Tram. Spanning the distance between its start point at the top of Lone Peak's triple chair lift all the way to the 11,166 foot high summit of Lone Mountain itself, the 7-minute tram ride treats skiers to bird's eye views of three different states, two beautiful national park vistas (including nearby Yellowstone), and the natural mountain landscape of the surrounding area.
Resort facilities and activity itinerary at Big Sky were designed with a wide variety of different patrons in mind. Activities like kids' club activities, movie nights, games, rescue dog demonstrations, and marshmallow roasts are all child-friendly and popular with families, as well as included in the general price of admission to the resort. Extensive and eclectic shopping facilities, 32 restaurants and bars, live poker, and an appealing selection of night life activities are also available for adults and couples, insuring that there's always something to appeal to everyone.
Big Sky Resort features over 680 different rooms, condos, suites, and cabins, most of which boast spectacular views of the surrounding mountains and area. The full-service Solace Spa is also a popular feature of Big Sky Resort - as are the steam rooms, heated pool, fitness center, and hot tubs - offering guests plenty of options when it comes to how to unwind after a long day on the slopes.