Big Sky Resort

Heather Burke
SnowPak Local Insider
Heather Burke

Montana is not on everyone's ski bucket list, but it's growing. Most people think of Montana for fly-fishing, bison chasing, bighorn sheep-spotting, ranches and road trips to Yellowstone and Glacier National Parks. Part of us wants to keep the secret of how sensational the skiing is at Big Sky. It is truly one of our favorite western ski destinations.

17/18 Historical Snowfall

Big Sky Resort vs
Big Sky ResortBridger Bowl
beginner15 %12 %
intermediate25 %28 %
advanced42 %18 %
expert18 %42 %
total runs306 105
ski area5,800ac 2,000ac
summit elevation11,166ft 8,700ft
total lifts33 8
child lift ticket$86 Free
adult lift ticket$139 $60
back country
value for money
average total snowfall237″ 188″

Big Sky Resort Reviews

Fabulous 4.5 / 5
based on 34 reviews

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Fabulous!4.3 / 5Nov 05, 2017
RSRyan S.
expert skier
Hidden gem of the Wasatch front. When the powder dumps it stays for days unlike the big names of Snowbird and Alta. A laid back vibe where with folks don't take themselves too seriously, but take their skiing and riding seriously. Fun for everyone!... More
Superb!5 / 5Oct 28, 2017
GVGeorge V.
I've stayed at that resort once back in 2004. As a native of the southernmost part of Texas, I can really ski very well, especially on the bunny slopes. Skiing is my favorite sport to perform.
Superb!5 / 5Oct 21, 2017
JDJames D.
Big Sky is one of my favorite mountains in the United States. From its family friendly environment to scenic views it makes everyone feel welcome. It has short lift lines with great groomers or head to the top of the mountain for great bowls and chutes.
Superb!5 / 5Oct 17, 2017
TMTim M.
Love Big Sky. Of all my travels, Big Sky is the best skiing I've ever had in one place. Seemed like I got fresh tracks every run. And where else can you get a bison cheeseburger for lunch?!
Very Good!4 / 5Jun 03, 2013
This resort has the best snow conditions with the shortest lines! It's instantly back up the mountain once you reach the bottom. There are long runs, even for beginners. In three words, more ride time! But no need to tell anyone about it because I'd like to keep those lines non-existent!
Superb!5 / 5Apr 03, 2013
Big Sky has lots of snow (normally anyway). There are many different runs and a large area with a reasonable amount og skiers
Superb!5 / 5Jan 31, 2013
Very extensive area with terrain for all levels. Although this is often stated in promotional brochures, it is true for Big Sky.
Superb!5 / 5Apr 27, 2012
The variety of trails available for the different levels of skill, along with the smaller crowds, makes Big Sky a great family destination.
Superb!5 / 5Oct 01, 2011
Lots of quad chairs to choose from and no lift lines. Remote and lovely. Hope to return soon.
Superb!5 / 5Apr 06, 2011
Best skiing of the resorts I have visited. I visited Jackson Hole this year but liked Big Sky more.

Other ski resorts in Montana

Big Sky Resort
15% 25% 60%
Bridger Bowl
12% 28% 60%