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Turkey for a Ticket at Big Sky Resort

On December 13, 2013, Big Sky Resort will host the 7th annual Turkey for a Ticket, the largest one-day food drive benefiting Gallatin Valley Food Bank, Madison Valley Food Bank and the Big Sky Food Bank. Participants receive a free lift ticket to the Biggest Skiing in America® when they donate a frozen turkey or 20 cans of food and businesses can receive a lift ticket voucher for every 20 pounds of food donated.   “Thankfully, food drives like this enable us to scale up our operations to meet the need,” said Lori Christenson, Program Manager for Gallatin Valley Food… READ MORE

Thanksgiving in Big Sky

Thanksgiving Day marks the beginning of ski season here in Big Sky, and if you want to enjoy a great day on the slopes, but don’t want to miss out on a delicious turkey dinner, there are a number of great Thanksgiving Day specials in town. Before you eat or ski this Thanksgiving stop by Firepit Park in Big Sky Town Center for the 4th Annual Big Sky Ski Education Foundation’s Turkey Trot. This 5K & Kids Fun Run begins at 9 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day. Registration is from 8 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. with a $20 entry fee for… READ MORE

Pre-Season Ski Training

The ski season is fast approaching. You have one beautiful fall month before the lifts start turning and trails open. Be prepared! If you’ve spent your summer on your bike, hiking favorite mountain trails or trail running, you’ve had fun and done some maintenance training for the upcoming ski season. Now is the time to do focused work to prepare your body for another long ski season. Core muscles can be tuned up with sit ups and crunches. Yoga practice and Pilates-inspired routines done three to four times a week lead to strong abdominal and back muscles as well as… READ MORE

Top 3 Hikes for Fall in Big Sky

Fall is an amazing time to hike in Big Sky. The weather is cool, the leaves are changing, and the trails are nearly deserted, allowing for a calm, relaxed exploration of nature. There are countless trails throughout Big Sky, enough to keep an avid hiker busy for weeks. While sometimes the number of trails can be overwhelming, there a few hikes in Big Sky that shouldn’t be missed: 1. Ousel Falls: Ousel Falls Trail is perhaps the most popular trail in Big Sky because of its beautiful waterfalls and easy accessibility. Ousel Falls trailhead is just two miles down from… READ MORE

A Winter Weekend in Big Sky

In an ideal world, every vacation would be long and lavish, but we all know that life doesn’t always work out that way.  Sometimes, a weekend is the longest we can break away.  If Big Sky is your winter weekend destination, here are a few “don’t miss” attractions that are sure to make, even the shortest stay, feel like a winter wonderland escape. Big Sky offers three main options for downhill skiing or snowboarding.  The Biggest Skiing in America lift ticket provides access to both Big Sky Resort and Moonlight Basin.  Together, the two adjacent ski resorts boast more than… READ MORE

Big Sky Summer Weekly Programs

  The Big Sky Community Corporation has a lot of activities going on this summer.  Their organization manages 16 miles of trails and 3 large parks – with more to come! We are also home to Camp Big Sky, Crail Ranch Conservators, Tennis Association, Softball, Disc Golf, Parks, and Trails Committees.  Here is a list of activities happening at the Community Park this summer. For more information visit bsccmt.org. Softball: Watch the locals play co-ed softball on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays at 5:45pm and 7:00pm. Disc Golf League: Open league game night on Tuesdays at 6pm.  18-hole course open to the public the rest of the week. Rugby: Rugby… READ MORE

Cycling Opportunities

You’ve come to the mountains…with your bike or just rented the latest model at a local shop. At Big Sky, trails of all levels are waiting to be explored. For mountain biking, easy off-road trails are found in the meadow and from Town Center to Ousel Falls trailhead. Moonlight Basin offers Ulery’s Lake Loop and South Side trail. For intermediate and expert trails, try Reflector, North Fork trail to the Lee Metcalf Wilderness, Yellow Mule or Porcupine. Area shops provide maps. Take a chairlift at Big Sky resort to access Lone Mountain downhill routes.  Spur Road Trail, which is paved,… READ MORE

The Magic of a Big Sky Summer Day

It’s okay in Big Sky to wear flip flops during the day from May to October while at night using flannel sheets and down quilts. That translates into warm, sunny summer days and cool evenings with star-filled night skies. Started in 1973 as a winter Alpine ski resort, Big Sky has grown and prospered in the winter with more than 440,000 skier visits to the Biggest Skiing in America.  Many of these skiers have become year-round residents delighting in the low humidity and mild temperatures of a Rocky Mountain summer, having relocated from hot, humid climates. Average temperature in July… READ MORE

Nordic Skiing

With miles of Gallatin National Forest trails, Yellowstone National Park trails and an internationally known Nordic center, Big Sky offers countless cross country ski opportunities. Skinny ski enthusiasts can focus on groomed trails or head out into the easily accessed backcountry. For more than 35 years Lone Mountain Ranch (LMR) has been a favorite destination for North American Nordic skiers.  The guest ranch offers 85km of superbly groomed classic and freestyle (skate) trails. Equipment rentals are available and ski lessons can be arranged at the Nordic Shop. Guests staying in cozy log cabins and day skiers can enjoy meals in the… READ MORE

Outdoor Winter Fun in Big Sky

Yes, Big Sky was founded in the 1970s as a winter ski resort. Forty years later Big Sky isn’t just about skiing. There are now plenty of ways to play and enjoy winter for the whole family when off the slopes.  Snowshoeing, offered at three local centers – Lone Mountain Ranch, Big Sky Resort and Moonlight Basin, is as easy as walking. Visitors can rent snowshoes, get maps and trail descriptions and then explore area mountain and lakeside trails. Another opportunity to get into mountain wilderness areas can be experienced through dog sledding adventures. Spirit of the North, with sleds… READ MORE