No wonder skiers are flocking to Montana Grand Sky Resort year after year. The snow is downright plentiful, as the resort records an average annual snowfall of around 400 inches. And since Big Sky opens on Thanksgiving Day and closes the season in mid-April, it’s easy to schedule world-class skiing when your schedule allows. Last but not least: there are 5,850 acres of skiable terrain, 2,300 of which are suitable for beginners and intermediate skiers, spread over four mountains.
The problem? How popular the resort is, especially during the winter months of December through February (imagine high hotel rates, long lift lines, and crowded restaurants). So here’s a travel tip: March and April are also great times to visit. You’ll still enjoy plenty of snow, as well as those coveted days for bluebirds, and everything else, from accommodation to slopes, is also more affordable and accessible. Plus: Thanks to Big Sky 2025, an ambitious 10-year investment plan transforming the resort into a premier destination that draws travelers year-round, it’s even easier to justify a visit now.
Since one of the main goals of Big Sky 2025 is to improve the overall alpine experience (shorter queues, increased climbing ability), the resort unveiled Ramcharger 8 (the first eight-person chairlift in America) in November 2018 and Swift Current 6 on opening day this season. As well as being extremely fast and technologically advanced, both elevators have been designed with protective weatherproof bubbles and wide heated seats for maximum comfort. And for the final chapter of Big Sky 2025, visitors can expect an extensive base-to-summit elevator network consisting of a double-decker gondola and a tram.
The accommodations, too, are more welcoming than ever. As the best ski-in ski-out accommodation in the resort, Summit hotel completed a stunning renovation last December with all 213 rooms now sporting a crisp palette of grays and blues, and subtle nods to its breathtaking natural setting. The Carabiner Lounge’s spacious patio has also been refreshed, further cementing its status as one of Big Sky’s most popular afternoon spots. And nearby, Huntley Lodge is under renovation. The 130 rooms are finished, while the restaurants and common areas will be completed in the future. But if you’re looking for a luxurious five-star stay, consider the all-new Montage Big Sky or One&Only Moonlight Basin, slated to open in 2024.
While there are a lot of new experiences in Big Sky right now and into 2025, it’s nice to see some things have stayed the same. The vibe is still wonderfully chilled compared to other popular (read: crowded) U.S. ski resorts like Vail and Park City Mountain, and there’s no shortage of ways to hang out in Big Sky if skiing isn’t. not your thing. (I highly recommend snowshoeing, a great way to experience the breathtaking scenery in relative solitude, with one of the resort’s certified instructors.) And while eating and drinking comes easy here with plenty of tempting options , must-try meals include dizzying, champagne-soaked lunches at Everett’s 8800, and downright enchanting Sleigh dinners at Lone Mountain Ranch.