BIG SKY, MT.

SKI - - RESORTS OF THE YEAR 2019 - —Drew Pogge

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.

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