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Top Big Sky Winter Activities

2021 has been a good year for Big Sky! This year Big Sky has made the list of ‘The 25 Coolest Small Towns in America to visit in 2021’, ‘Best Mountain Towns in the US to visit in 2021’ and one of the ‘Top-Ranked Ski Resorts in the West for 2021’ and is well deserving of every accolade. 

Big Sky is now on the radar of thrill seekers and powder hounds searching for exhilarating winter activities, active families looking for outdoor adventures and city slickers seeking a secluded mountain getaway. Whatever the adventure, Big Sky ticks every box! If you’re looking for reasons to visit Big Sky this winter season, here’s our list of the top winter activities in Big Sky to add to your vacation itinerary.

#1 Skiing and Snowboarding at Big Sky Resort

Big Sky Resort is world famous for its legendary skiing and snowboarding on the ‘Biggest Skiing in America”. With 5,850 skiable acres, 4,350 feet of vertical drop, expansive terrain with 300 named runs and over 400 inches of the greatest snow on Earth, what’s not to love about skiing and snowboarding Big Sky Resort. Be sure to take a journey to the 11,166 ft Lone Peak Summit, where experts can ski the biggest vertical drop in the US! Ski lessons are available at the Big Sky and Madison base areas.

#2 Snowmobiling

Big Sky is surrounded by miles of backcountry snowmobiling trails through the Montana Wilderness. Stay close to home and explore the secluded groomed trails on a snowmobile tour through the Gallatin Canyon to Buck Creek Ridge, just south of Big Sky, or take a day trip to West Yellowstone. 

Yellowstone is one of the best snowmobile destinations in North America with hundreds of miles of thrilling trails for an unparalleled snowmobile adventure. Rent your own high-performance machine or book a tour with a local guide to experience Yellowstone’s top winter wonders on snowmobile.


Dog sledding is a unique experience on the bucket-list of most outdoor adventurers. Head off the beaten path on a Husky powered cruise through the dazzling winter scenery. You can even learn to mush your own team of Huskies and drive your own sled right here in Big Sky!


For an authentic western experience (available December to March), book a sleigh ride and family-style cowboy dinner in a historic cabin at Lone Mountain Ranch. This legendary Big Sky experience is a long-time favorite with visitors to Big Sky (and many locals too!)

#5 Winter Tours in Yellowstone

Big Sky is the gateway to Yellowstone National Park, only an hour north of the west entrance. Winter is a magical time to visit Yellowstone with fewer crowds, frozen waterfalls, vibrant geysers, colorful thermal pools and an abundance of winter wildlife including moose, elk, deer, mountain lions, snow hares and wolves. Experience the geological wonders of Yellowstone on a scenic winter tour leaving right from Big Sky’s Meadow Village.


Strap on your snowshoes (you can rent locally) and hike the Big Sky winter trails. Snowshoe the easy 1.6 mile Ousel Falls Trail to a frozen waterfall, follow the Gallatin River on the easy 1 mile South Fork Loop Trail or meander through Moose Tracks Gully on a guided snowshoe tour. For a festive, fun-filled family adventure be sure to book tickets to stroll the 1K fairy-lit trail in Big Sky’s Enchanted Forest, best done in snowshoes!


Skijoring is a fun winter sport where a horse tows a skier through an obstacle course. Book your vacation for February 3-6 and experience winter ski joring at the Big Sky Skijoring Best in the West Showdown, a fun family event in Big Sky Town Center with food, drinks and music.


Big Sky is charming so take some time out to shop the streets of Big Sky Town Center. Pick up some western apparel or a cowboy hat, get your outdoor gear from local outfitters and ski stores and stock up on Big Sky souvenirs and gifts to take home.


Your health and wellness is important so indulge in a winter spa treatment at a local Big Sky spa. Solace Spa & Salon at Big Sky Resort offers a luxurious spa experience or arrange for a private massage in the comfort of your Big Sky vacation home.

#10 Cross country skiing

Big Sky offers a large trail network with over 85 km of groomed Nordic trails for classic cross country skiing and skate skiing. Begin your Nordic adventures at the Big Sky Nordic Center which connects to the many trails of Lone Mountain Ranch, voted #1 Nordic ski destination in North America. Rental packages are available from Big Sky’s local outfitters.


The Big Sky ice skating rink is located in the heart of Big Sky Town Center and it’s free! Ice skates are available to rent at East Slope Outdoors next to the rink. Whether you’re on a romantic getaway or making memories with the kids, this is the perfect way to end your day ice skating under the stars in Big Sky.


Where there’s snow you’ll find a sledding hill! Kids have a knack of finding somewhere to slide down the snow for hours of entertainment. Big Sky has a sledding hill behind Big Sky Town Center, the Blazing Saddles sledding hill in Moonlight Basin or stay slopeside and the kids can sled right from home! There’s an ACE hardware on the way into town to pick up your sleds.


Enjoy slopeside dining and relaxed aprés ski in Mountain Village, mountain-top dining at the Lone Peak summit, award-winning Italian in Meadow Village, unique western cuisine at a historic mountain lodge and over 15 eateries in Big Sky Town Center. For a unique Big Sky dining experience, book a sleigh ride dinner or ride in a snowcat to dine in a backcountry yurt


Our Big Sky vacation homes and cabins are beautifully appointed making it easy to switch to vacation time. Whether you’re traveling with kids, a group of friends or the love of your life, we have the perfect mountain home or cozy cabin to complete your vacation in Big Sky. 

Book online or call our team today and be sure to check out our 3 day and 5 day winter itineraries when planning your Big Sky vacation with Big Sky Vacation Rentals.