Big Sky

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Mon­tanans are all about ski­ing, not scene. And while you won’t find any bump­ing night­clubs at Big Sky, it’s a good thing: You’re go­ing to need your rest. This is an enor­mous re­sort, with some­thing for all tastes (Va­ri­ety, No. 4). There’s plenty of pucker off the tram and in the hike-to Head­wa­ters area (Chal­lenge, No. 5), with thou­sands of acres of mel­lower ski­ing from mid-moun­tain down. The long, flow­ing groomers off the north side are of­ten bliss­fully empty, but when it gets cold (and it does get COLD) head to the sunny, lower-el­e­va­tion slopes of An­de­site. “Big does not be­gin to de­scribe how ex­pan­sive this place is,” says one reader. “No crowds means pow­der for days,” adds an­other. And while it’s dif­fi­cult to ac­cess, of­fers few din­ing op­tions (No. 22), and prides it­self more on steeps than cor­duroy (Groom­ing, No. 21), Big Sky re­tains a loyal fol­low­ing of core skiers year af­ter year with au­then­tic Montana hospi­tal­ity and plenty of cold smoke. —Drew Pogge

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