BIG SKY, MT.
IK MC Long revered for diverse and expansive acreage, challenging terrain, and Montana’s famous “cold smoke” powder, Big Sky’s always been a skier’s mountain. But with ongoing major lift and infrastructure improvements, and a rapidly growing town square in the Meadow Village, the resort is growing into a well-rounded adventure hub. Experts naturally head straight for Lone Peak’s iconic 15-passenger tram—the closest thing to heli-skiing most skiers will ever experience—and hike-to Headwaters terrain. But families enjoy 2,300 acres—the total acreage of many major resorts—of beginner and intermediate terrain, long, empty groomers, bumps, and terrain parks off the north side of Lone and all over Andesite Mountain. This plethora of options earned the resort a high score in Terrain Variety, as well as accolades for its Snow and Local Flavor. But Montana is still remote, and Big Sky is still not the place to party. Still, for skiers who value huge terrain with tons of variety, deep snow, and few crowds more than on-mountain dining or après scene, Big Sky delivers in spades.