Top 10 Winter Activities in Big Sky, MT


Big Sky Resort opened with a bang for the 2022-23 winter ski season! With so much snow, skiers and snowboarders from all over are keen to ride the slopes of Big Sky Resort, ranked one the “Best Ski Resorts in the West”, but the fun doesn’t end on the ski slopes. If you’re looking to fill your winter bucket list with fun outdoor activities and unique alpine experiences on and off the ski slopes, Big Sky Montana is a destination that has it all.

1. Ski the Slopes at Big Sky Resort


Boasting a massive 5,850 acres of diverse terrain with over 300 ski runs, the slopes at Big Sky Resort cater for your whole crowd – from tiny tot beginners to even the most radical expert skiers and snowboarders. Journey on the tram to the summit of Big Sky’s iconic Lone Peak, practice tricks at seven unique terrain parks, sharpen your skills at the Big Sky Mountain School, or venture out with a mountain guide to explore the vastness of Big Sky Resort.

However you choose to spend your day on the slopes of Big Sky Resort, you’ll love the uncrowded terrain and heated bubble lifts that get you there! Start planning your trip with our guide to the Best Time to Ski Big Sky and What to Expect at Big Sky Resort Winter 2022-23

If you prefer classic cross-country skiing or skate skiing (or are keen to learn!), Big Sky Resort has 85km of groomed Nordic trails at the Big Sky Nordic Center in Meadow Village that connect with the world-class trail network at Lone Mountain Ranch. Lone Mountain Ranch is voted the #1 Nordic Ski Destination in North America with trails for all abilities, and lessons available for the whole family to learn a new winter sport!

2. Book a Sleigh-Ride at Lone Mountain Ranch


Nearly every winter bucket list includes an authentic sleigh ride experience! The legendary Lone Mountain Ranch Sleigh Ride takes you off the beaten path on a magical moonlit ride for a family-style dinner at the historic North Fork Cabin. It’s a classic Old West experience with oil lanterns, honey moonshine, a feast cooked over an old railroad stove, and live entertainment by cowboy singer storytellers. Sleigh rides are available December through March and be sure to book well in advance.  

3. Learn to Drive a Dogsled


When you winter vacation in Big Sky, you can snuggle up for a husky powered adventure through the wild and scenic West Yellowstone landscapes or learn to mush your own team of sled dogs in beautiful Moonlight Basin. Whether you’re towing the line or relaxing watching the magnificent snowscapes pass you by, dogsledding is an exhilarating way to venture through the mountains of Big Sky and beyond.

4. Snowmobile the Gallatin National Forest


With over 100 miles of groomed trails and miles of breathtaking backcountry terrain, the Gallatin National Forest is a top winter destination for snowmobiling. Rent a snowmobile to navigate the canyons and peaks alone or take a guided snowmobile tour with a local expert that has an intimate knowledge of Big Sky, the Yellowstone Region, and the vast Montana mountains. Big Sky has a backcountry snowmobile adventure for every thrill seeker!

5. Snowshoe or Fat Bike the Winter Trails


Big Sky has miles of mountain biking and hiking trails that can be enjoyed year round, even in the snowy season. Favorite Big Sky snowshoe trails include the easy Ousel Falls Trail (with the bonus of a frozen waterfall!), scenic Beehive Basin (one of the world’s 10 greatest hikes!), and Moose Tracks Gully in Big Sky Mountain Village. If you’re yet to experience fat biking, it’s fun! Stop by Gallatin Alpine Sports near Big Sky Town Center for tips on rentals and the top trails to fat bike in Big Sky. 

6. Take a Winter Tour of Yellowstone National Park


Touring Yellowstone National Park in winter is enchanting and yet another bucket-list experience you can tick off when you visit Big Sky. From November to April, guided winter tours of Yellowstone leave daily from Big Sky to explore the wintry landscapes of Yellowstone. There’s a tour for every adventure level from full day snowshoe tours, winter wolf and wildlife safaris, cross country ski tours of Lamar Valley, and snowmobile and snowcoach tours to Old Faithful (still faithful in the winter months!). Alternatively, you can customize your own private tour of Yellowstone with a local Big Sky tour company.

7. Dine in a Montana Mountain Yurt


The best après ski yurt experience awaits in Big Sky. The Montana Dinner Yurt experience at Big Sky Resort begins with an epic snowcat ride up Lone Peak to a cozy candlelit yurt nestled in the trees. After a warm welcome guests settle in for an evening of fine dining on French soup, filet mignon, and Toblerone fondue, fireside chats and stargazing, and gentle acoustic guitar. Popular dates often sell out by Thanksgiving so don’t delay!

8. Visit Big Sky Town Center


Big Sky Town Center is located only 7 miles from Big Sky Resort in Meadow Village with a great selection of shops, restaurants, aprés ski bars, and a free ice skating rink open daily. Town Center hosts fabulous winter festivals including the Haunted Peaks Halloween Festival, the Annual Christmas Stroll, and the Annual Big Sky Winter Fest centered around the Best in West Showdown Skijoring Competition.

9. Prepare for a Night Out On The Town


Whether you’re traveling with family or friends, prepare for a great night out on the town in Big Sky. Between Mountain Village at Big Sky Resort, Meadow Village, and Big Sky Town Center, you’re spoiled for choice with everything from family-friendly restaurants and fine dining to slopeside or 80s themed aprés ski, whiskey bars and tasting rooms, live music and dancing, and local Montana breweries.

10. Relax & Unwind in the Montana Mountains


Big Sky is one of the best small mountain towns in the US – the crisp mountain air, incredible natural beauty, and seemingly endless miles of untouched landscapes make it easy to relax and unwind. 

Stay with Big Sky Vacation Rentals and take vacation relaxation to a whole new level! Our collection of 130 luxury vacation rentals are situated in Big Sky’s finest resort lodging neighborhoods with creature comforts including gourmet kitchens, games rooms, roaring winter fireplaces and fire pits, and private outdoor hot tubs with breathtaking views of Big Sky. We look forward to welcoming you to Big Sky this winter season!


Fun Fall Activities in Big Sky, MT

It’s impossible not to fall in love with fall in Montana! 


Fall is Montana’s most breathtakingly beautiful season … brilliant colors paint the landscapes, wildlife are at their most active preparing for winter, the days are crisp and clear with blue sunny skies, and there’s fewer travelers than summer and winter ski season

Montana is a dream destination for lovers of the great outdoors and there’s no better basecamp than Big Sky! Big Sky is the most naturally beautiful, and coolest mountain town in Montana. Visitors are welcomed with wide expanses of wilderness, towering mountain peaks, endless opportunities for exploration, and the perks of a laid-back, and welcoming resort community

It’s been a long, hot summer in the mountains – but the smell of wood-burning fireplaces and pumpkin spice is already in the air! It’s time to pull out the sweaters and beanies, take advantage of the cooler temperatures by day, cozy up with s’mores and stories round the firepit, and take time out with family and friends before the silly season. Big Sky Mountain Village sits at an elevation of 7,500 feet – the colors start popping mid-September in the higher elevations and continue through the end of October with leaf-peeping adventures around every corner … and from home!


Enjoy the Fall Foliage Drive to Big Sky


Whether you’re approaching Big Sky from Bozeman or West Yellowstone, the drive to Big Sky along the Gallatin River Canyon is spectacular any time of year, yet even more so in fall. The Gallatin Canyon follows the infamous Gallatin River with the crisp colors of golden cottonwoods and vibrant red alder bushes bursting along the river banks, and free roaming wildlife in the river valley. 

Plan time to take it slow … it’s a Montana fall foliage drive you’ll never forget!

Chase Waterfalls & Fall Colors


Big Sky is paradise for hikers, mountain bikers, and casual strollers! Wherever you adventure in Big Sky during the fall season, you’re bound to witness vibrant fall colors popping. The Ousel Falls Trail near Big Sky Town Center is short, spectacular and perfect for casual strollers and families with the reward of the scenic Gallatin River, a natural pool (chilly in fall!), and a gorgeous waterfall. 

Other top Big Sky fall foliage hikes include the Beehive Basin trail (ranked one of the world’s 10 greatest hikes!), the Lava Lake trail, and the bucket-list Lone Peak trail to Montana’s highest scenic overlook point at 11,116 feet.

Experience World-Class Fly Fishing


If you’ve seen A River Runs Through It, you’ll know all about the world-class fly fishing that awaits in Big Sky, MT. Big Sky is surrounded by famous blue-ribbon trout waters including the Yellowstone River, Madison River, and Gallatin River near Big Sky. Fall is one of the best times to reel in a big trout on the Gallatin River (right before spawning season) and with the golden hues of fall reflecting on the waters, you’re in for a world-class fly fishing experience in Big Sky. 

For the ultimate fly fishing experience in Montana, Gallatin River Guides have been operating year-round guided fly fishing trips on the Yellowstone, Madison, and Gallatin River for over 30 years. They know when, where, and how to fish Big Sky’s blue-ribbon trout waters with options for walking and wading, floating trips, or beginner fly fishing lessons on a private pond.

Saddle Up for a Western Trail Ride


Saddle up at an authentic Montana dude ranch to explore the backcountry of Big Sky on horseback – you can even go fly fishing on horseback! Whether it’s your first time riding or you’re keen to gallop off into the wilderness, horseback riding takes you to Big Sky fall foliage trails your hiking boots can’t! 

You’re in cowboy country … why not live the classic Old West experience! There are many local Big Sky ranches and outfitters that don’t stop saddling up after summer and operate year-round with unique horseback experiences for every level of rider.

Soak in Natural Hot Springs


While most of Big Sky’s natural hot springs are remotely situated on private land, there’s still opportunity to soak up the fabulous fall colors in Montana’s rejuvenating natural hot springs. Bozeman Hot Springs, Norris Hot Springs and Chico Hot Springs are all an easy drive from Big Sky and are open year round for a rejuvenating soak backdropped by beautiful fall colors. 

Of course, first prize would be to leaf-peep from your private hot tub – there’s that too! Our collection of Big Sky vacation rentals includes 110+ Big Sky hot tub homes with panoramic views of Lone Peak and perfectly perched for the best leaf-peeping in Big Sky, from the comfort and privacy of home!

Plan a Fall Trip to Yellowstone National Park


It’s clearly still a secret that fall is the best time to visit Yellowstone National Park, and not only for fall foliage. The visitor numbers to Yellowstone drop radically after summer, the crazy traffic jams are over, Yellowstone’s world-famous wildlife make their way to the meadows and valleys, and a kaleidoscope of colors adds awe to Yellowstone National Park’s natural wonders. It’s a spectacular season to visit the park. 

The West Entrance to Yellowstone National Park is an hour drive south of Big Sky, the drive alone is worth it! Amidst the vibrant display of colors, fall visitors to Yellowstone have the privilege of witnessing grizzlies and brown bears preparing for hibernation, elk rut season, the fall migration of hawks and eagles, prime wolf watching, and biking and hiking trails awash in glorious golds. For the ultimate fall experience of Yellowstone, we highly suggest a guided tour with knowledge of the best leaf-peeping and wildlife viewing spots in Yellowstone!

Explore Big Sky Town Center


From the majestic Montana wilderness to the heart and soul of Big Sky, Big Sky Town Center. Whether you’re staying close by in Meadow Village or a short shuttle ride away in Mountain Village or Moonlight Basin, Town Center is the “downtown of Big Sky” and deserves a spot on your fall vacation itinerary. 

Browse the art galleries, sports outfitters and upscale boutiques, stock up on vacation groceries at Roxy’s Market or Hungry Moose and be sure to keep your eye on the event calendar for local events – there’s always something fun happening at Big Sky Town Center.

Indulge in Big Sky’s Restaurant Scene


Our Big Sky vacation rentals feature some of the best kitchens in Big Sky but don’t let that stop you from indulging a little (or a lot!) in Big Sky’s amazing restaurant scene. Between Big Sky Town Center and Mountain Village you’ll find everything from cozy coffee shops and cafes to family restaurants, fine dining, breweries and cocktail bars.

Hit the Slopes on Thanksgiving Opening Day


If there’s no time to visit Big Sky in time for fall foliage, plan your trip for later in the fall season! Thanksgiving is well celebrated in Big Sky – traditionally, and with the opening day of Big Sky Resort. The fall colors have faded but there’s unique alpine experiences both on and off the slopes at Big Sky Resort – here’s our guide on What to Expect at Big Sky Resort Winter 2022-23.

Refresh & Relax with Family & Friends


Refresh, relax and unwind with friends and family in the privacy of a Montana mountain cabin with leaf-peeping and wildlife viewing from your front porch … or a warm bubbly hot tub! From classic romantic log cabins for two to rare 7-bedroom modern mountain chalets, our Big Sky vacation rentals offer the ultimate retreat to get away from it all this fall.


A Luxury Spa Day at Home in Big Sky, MT


Indulging in a luxury spa day at home often seems out of reach within the stress of daily life … that’s why we plan vacations. Big Sky is a destination that allows you to escape the hustle and bustle of the mundane, breathe in crisp mountain air, adventure outdoors, and soak in a relaxing spa like experience – without leaving home or checking in to a spa! 

Our BSVR Platinum Collection homes are perfect for pampering spa days in the comfort of your Big Sky vacation home. All Platinum Collection bathrooms (excluding bunk rooms) are stocked with luxe spa amenities like plush fluffy towels, luxury bath robes, and organic bath essentials that turn your tub to total paradise. 

The other five-star perks of our Platinum collection homes include Smart TVs, sound systems, gaming systems, indoor entertainment, luxury boot dryers, and high-end kitchens for home-cooked meals … or a private chef to cater while you self-care! 

For the full spa experience, our Platinum rentals all feature private hot tubs with options for at home massage and spa treatments for an extra dimension of luxury and indulgence. For the crème de la crème of luxury vacation rentals with spa-inspired bathrooms, browse our collection of 50+ luxury Platinum Collection Big Sky Vacation Rentals – we’ve handpicked a few for inspiration!


Lodgeside 4B


3 Bedroom – Moonlight Basin – Ski-in/Ski-out

Stay at Lodgeside 4B and you can sneak away for a spa session between ski runs! This luxury 3 bedroom Lodgeside condo is situated steps from Moonlight Lodge with unbeatable access to Big Sky Resort’s slopes, stunning Spanish Peaks views, and upscale amenities for a spa escape in the majestic Montana mountains. 

Warm up in front of a roaring fire, then slip away to the master suite for a soothing bath infusion and tranquil rainfall shower. Pop on your plush robe and step outside for a rejuvenating (and romantic) hot tub soak, surrounded by towering pines and perfect mountain views. Luxury, leisure and lavish comfort awaits at Moonlight Basin Lodgeside 4B.

Speaking Eagle Lodge


4 Bedroom – Mountain Village

Tucked away on a quiet street in the trees near the entrance to Moonlight Basin, Speaking Eagle Lodge offers a luxury spa day with Lone Peak Views. This 4 bedroom, 4 bathroom Big Sky Lodge boasts contemporary interiors, two spacious living areas, a wet bar for spa day cocktails, and plenty of boredom busters for the kids making it easy to sneak away for a soak. Start your spa session in the outdoor hot tub overlooking Lone Peak then escape to the master suite for a pamper. 

Set back off the living room, the master guest suite beckons for personal pampering. The luxury suite features a plush king bed with pillowtop views, wall-mounted TV, intimate fireplace, private balcony, and a luxury spa-inspired bathroom with a freestanding soaking tub and dual head steam shower. 

Eagle’s Perch Chalet


4 Bedroom – Moonlight Basin – Ski-in/Ski-out

Perched on the mountain above Ulerys Lake, this 4 bedroom designer-owned Big Sky chalet sets the tone for a boutique spa experience with 360-degree views of the treetops, lake waters, and the awe-inspiring Lone Peak. Named after the resident eagle’s nest, this stunning modern mountain home is steps from the Big Sky ski slopes and offers all you need to indulge in a luxury spa day in Big Sky. 

The lower level guest suites, family room and private den (with an enticing bar!) open up to the private hot undercover hot tub for a soothing outdoor spa soak with views of Lone Peak, and the occasional eagle nesting nearby. When it’s time to channel your Zen, the master sanctuary is stunning with streamed Sonos sound, a leather king bed, contemporary fireplace, and sumptuous bathroom with heated bathroom floors, ambient lighting, a glass walk-in shower, and an oval bathtub with wooded views.

Buckaroo Ridge


5 Bedroom – Mountain Village

Forget a spa day … you could indulge in a luxury wellness retreat at Buckaroo Ridge! Set secluded atop a ridge above Big Sky Mountain Village, Buckaroo Ridge boasts 5,000 square feet of beautiful Montana mountain décor, multiple outdoor decks with panoramic views, 380-acres of nature and wildlife for activities right in your backyard, and five luxurious guest suites, each with an ensuite bathroom for a private spa session. 

Setting the tone for your wellness retreat is a gourmet kitchen (local chef’s available), several gathering spaces, a pool table, card table, wet bar, big screen TVs, Sonos sound system, indoor and outdoor fireplaces, outdoor fire pit, and a perfectly placed hot tub with the best sunset views of Lone Peak in Big Sky, MT! Bask in the beauty of Big Sky with a luxury spa escape at Buckaroo Ridge.

Robins Nest


5 Bedroom – Moonlight Basin – Ski-in/Ski-out

Equally as beautiful as Buckaroo Ridge, Robins Nest is a 5-bedroom custom Big Sky cabin set high on the slopes of Moonlight Basin with views of the Spanish Peaks and ski slopes. Robins Nest is a fabulous Big Sky rental for a family or friends getaway with plenty to keep kids of all ages occupied while you self-soothe in style! Between the cool bunk room and den there’s PlayStation, poker, foosball, arcade games, and epic Big Sky activities from home, but it’s the master suite that’s a spa day standout! You’re welcomed by a roaring fireplace, sherpa rug, classic Morris chair to get comfy, pillow top views, and options for a full day of spa treatments in Big Sky …. an oval soaking tub with views, walk in shower, and French doors out to the hot tub. You’ll want to soak all day long at Robin’s Nest! 

Begin your Big Sky spa escape with Big Sky Vacation Rentals. Download our Big Sky Vacation Guide app, organize catering or private chefs, book your at-home massage and spa treatments, and find the perfect retreat for a spa escape in Big Sky. Give our team a call anytime … We Live Here, We Play Here, We Know Big Sky!


What to Expect at Big Sky Resort Winter 2022-23


Big Sky Resort has a goal to be the best ski experience, the best hospitality experience, and the best community experience in the North American ski industry and they are on track! 

As the Big Sky 2025 vision unfolds, each winter season at Montana’s Big Sky Resort gets bigger and better. Whether you’re a valued guest returning for an annual ski trip or Big Sky is dominating your ski destination searches and newsfeed and you’re coming to see what all the fuss is about – we’ve got the scoop on what’s new and what to expect at Big Sky Resort for the 2022-23 winter season ahead.


Opening Day at Big Sky Resort

Big Sky Resort opens for the 2022-23 winter season on Thursday November 24, 2022, just in time for a Thanksgiving getaway and early season ski trip! Snow comes early to the Northern Rockies and with Big Sky Resort’s expansive terrain (and advanced snowmaking facilities), the early season conditions make for a fun day on the slopes. The estimated closing date is April 23, 2023. Follow our Big Sky Vacation Blog for updates on Big Sky Resort opening day festivities – it’s always a blast!

Big Sky Resort Upgrades

The 2021-2022 Big Sky season opened with the introduction of the state-of-the-art Swift Current 6, Big Sky’s newest 6 person high-speed, heated chairlift and the fastest six-person chairlift in North America. In addition, Big Sky Resort installed new and advanced snowmaking equipment at the top of the Explorer Lift from Mountain Village base area, including two of the seven terrain parks, Swifty Park and The Cache.

Spectacular Terrain for All Abilities

Big Sky Resort boasts the “Biggest Skiing in America” with 5,850 acres of skiable terrain over four mountains, 300 named ski runs, 7 terrain parks, and 39 ski lifts (including the most technologically advanced lift network in North America). Stay within your limits on the wide beginner or intermediate groomers or, for steeps, deeps and unmatched expert inbound terrain, ride the Lone Peak Tram to the summit at a breathtaking 11,166 feet. 

Forget the long lift lines and cold winter chills – Big Sky Resort has a total of 1,800 chairs with an hourly uphill capacity of 42,000 skiers including four enclosed Big Sky Blue Bubbles with head rests and luxurious heated seats to warm up for your next run. Don’t let the expanse of Big Sky intimidate you – there is terrain for every level of skier and snowboarder at Big Sky.

Big Sky Mountain Stats

  • Beginner: 23%
  • Intermediate: 25%
  • Advanced: 34%
  • Expert: 13%
  • Extreme: 5%

Better Connections

Big Sky, Montana ranks as one of the best-served mountain destinations in the US! There are over 40 non-stop flights from the east and west coast daily into Bozeman during the ski season with convenient car rental agencies and transportation services directly from Bozeman to Big Sky, MT. Arrange slopeside ski-in ski-out lodging and you can vacation in Big Sky without a car!

Book your Lift Tickets & Ski Days

To ensure an enhanced ski experience and maintain a reputation of fewer lift lines and uncrowded slopes, lift ticket availability may be limited on certain peak dates. Big Sky Resort encourages skiers and snowboards to buy lift tickets in advance for the best rates and availability. New to winter 2022-2023, Ikon and Mountain Collective pass holders will be required to reserve their ski days in advance. 

Lone Peak Tram Access

Aside from the unlimited Big Sky Resort Gold Season Pass, Lone Peak tram access is no longer included in Big Sky Resort lift tickets and needs to be purchased separately. Riding the Lone Peak Tram is a bucket-list experience so be sure to add tram access to your lift ticket to avoid disappointment. If you can ski a groomed blue run, you can ride the Lone Peak Tram! Stay connected for updates on the transformed tram experience coming to Big Sky Resort in Winter 2023-24.

Big Sky Resort Activities & Programs

Big Sky Mountain Sports School offers private and group lessons with world-class ski and snowboard instructions, kids camps for ages 3 and up, and experienced tram guides to maximize (and enhance) your time spent discovering the best inbound terrain and biggest skiing in America off Lone Peak! Be sure to book your Big Sky lessons and guided experiences well in advance.  

Unique Alpine Experiences Off the Slopes

Big Sky’s beauty is not limited to thousands of acres of terrain off Lone Peak. When planning your ski trip to Big Sky, be sure to adventure beyond the slopes into the wilderness of the Montana mountains. From thrilling snowmobile and dog-sled adventures to ice-skating, family sleigh rides or winter fly-fishing expeditions on the world-famous Gallatin River, unique alpine experiences await in Big Sky, MT. For more bucket-list adventures, include a winter tour of Yellowstone National Park in your Big Sky itinerary.

Luxury Big Sky Resort Lodging

As Big Sky gains recognition as a top-notch ski and snowboard destination and Montana’s ultimate year-round escape, demand for resort lodging is on the rise! With over 130 vacation condos, cabins, custom lodges and ski chalets, Big Sky Vacation Rentals represent one of the largest collections of luxury vacation rentals in Big Sky and continue to hand-pick the best ski homes in Big Sky to meet the demand.

Booking with Big Sky Vacation Rentals ensures a hassle-free Big Sky vacation and a luxurious place to stay – secluded in the wilderness or slopeside at Big Sky Resort for easy early season ski access! Our luxury guest amenities ensure quality time off the slopes – gourmet kitchens, games rooms, indoor and outdoor entertainment areas, cozy fireplaces and outdoor fire pits, and private hot tubs overlooking Lone Peak. 

We partner with local reputable companies to offer our guests easy transportation to and from Bozeman International Airport, ski and snowboard rental and delivery, shipping services, grocery delivery to your vacation home prior to arrival, and elevated in-house dining options

Browse our selection of Big Sky luxury vacation rentals, download our Big Sky Vacation Guide for easy trip planning, or call our local team at +1-888-915-2787 to start planning your ski trip to Big Sky for winter 2022-23.


A Romantic Retreat in Big Sky, MT


A romantic retreat in Big Sky, Montana offers a dreamy mountain getaway to foster love and reconnection between you and your special someone. With Big Sky Vacation Rentals, you can enjoy all the seclusion of a mountain retreat, charming amenities right from home, and fun activities just outside your luxurious vacation rental!

Big Sky is the ideal location whether you’re looking for ideas to celebrate Valentine’s Day, a special occasion, an anniversary, a proposal, or for a honeymoon. With 125 luxury rentals to choose from, Big Sky Vacation Rentals is sure to make your next romantic retreat a dream come true.


Moonlight Luxury Suites 1

2 BED | 2 BATH

Inside this luxury Moonlight Basin home, you’ll find incredible views from every room and the perfect cozy space to spend a vacation with your loved one. This home is located close to the base of Moonlight Basin and ski access, perfect for taking on new adventures together. The combined living room, dining room, and kitchen create an expansive great room where special memories can be made. Enjoy the warmth of the fireplace while watching snow fall or sit outside on your balcony overlooking the ski run. 

ROMANTIC FEATURES


  • Master bedroom with king size bed
  • Warm fireplace to cozy up together
  • Private balcony overlooking the slopes
  • Propane BBQ grill to make dinner together
  • En suite full private bathroom with soaking tub

Moonlight Mountain Home 5 Derringer

2 BED | 3 BATH

Experience mountain living at its finest in this Big Sky home situated atop Cowboy Heaven on the Moonlight side of Lone Mountain. Big Sky Resort ski access doesn’t get better than this with America’s Biggest Skiing right off your back deck! This exceptional chalet-style home is stylish and sophisticated with a high-end alpine feel.

Connect with your significant other and nature at the same time as you embrace breathtaking views of the Spanish Peaks from the living area. Warm up by the wood-burning fire, taking in your special time together. Sit outside on the large wrap-around deck and take in the views together, enjoy a meal from the BBQ grill, or soak in the private hot tub!

ROMANTIC FEATURES


  • King size master bedroom
  • En suite full bathroom with soaking tub
  • Wood-burning fireplace for a cozy evening
  • Private hot tub overlooking the mountains
  • Multiple private outdoor decks with stunning views

Mountain Lake 402C

2 BED | 3 BATH

Take in all the grandeur of Big Sky Resort right from your front deck! Overlook Lake Levinsky and Lone Mountain from this top floor property with amazing views alongside your special someone. Inside you will find modern finishes and comfortable accouterments. The large kitchen provides ample room to cook and prepare a meal together. The adjacent farm table and living room create an amazing space to enjoy the fireplace. This entire room is lit up by the floor to ceiling views of Lone Peak. The private outdoor deck is the perfect place to watch a romantic sunset that you’ll never forget.

ROMANTIC FEATURES


  • King bedroom with full en suite bathroom
  • Fireplace to keep warm together
  • Private balcony with unmatched views

Cowboy Heaven Cabin 11 Derringer

2 BED | 2 BATH

Ski onto the trails from your front deck in this traditional mountain log cabin perched high on Lone Mountain with sweeping 360-degree mountain views from your private hot tub! Cozy up with your lover in the spacious living area with views from every angle and warmth from the gas fireplace nestled in the corner. You’ll find all the comforts of home here, from kitchen amenities and board games to plush linens and upscale bathrooms. The wooden deck perched at the front of the home is the perfect spot to watch the sunrise, warm your hands by the fire, or soak in the hot tub together.

ROMANTIC FEATURES


  • Master bedroom with king bed
  • Private hot tub with exceptional views
  • Gas fireplace to nestle up together
  • Board games for quality time
  • Private outdoor deck to watch the sunrise

Cowboy Heaven Cabin 13 Derringer

2 BED | 2 BATH

A charming Cowboy Heaven Cabin nestled on the slopes of Lone Mountain in Moonlight Basin. This cozy retreat boasts a private deck and hot tub, panoramic Big Sky views and incredible ski-in/ski-out access, perfect for any romantic getaway. Cozy around the fireplace after skiing or exploring Big Sky, and lay on the couch with the flat screen TV for entertainment. Step outside to a private deck whether you sip champagne and plan your next day of Big Sky adventures, or relax in the private hot tub.

ROMANTIC FEATURES


  • Queen size master bedroom
  • Private outdoor deck 
  • Hot tub for special night sipping champagne
  • Panoramic views to wake up to
  • Cozy fireplace for cold nights

Cowboy Heaven Cabin 15 Derringer

2 BED | 2 BATH

Free-standing mountain cabin nestled beside the Powder River Run, high on the Moonlight Basin side of Lone Mountain. Step out your front door and onto the slopes for the perfect day of adventures with your loved one. This refined and elegant cabin boasts beautiful furnishings, a stone fireplace, and custom wood that makes for an unforgettable romantic retreat. Year-round Big Sky adventures abound under a galaxy of stars soaking in your private hot tub with unimaginable views of the Spanish Peaks.

ROMANTIC FEATURES


  • King size bedroom and private bath
  • Stone fireplace for cozy movie nights
  • Private hot tub with amazing mountain views
  • BBQ grill to make dinner together

Cowboy Heaven Cabin 7 Cowboy

2 BED | 2 BATH

Perched slope side atop Cowboy Heaven, this charming log cabin has the ambience of a cozy European ski cabin. The living area boasts all the comforts of home with a toasty fireplace, comfy couches and a modern well equipped kitchen for home cooked meals. This 880 sq ft cabin is an ideal romantic retreat with seclusion and extensive views from the outdoor deck with breathtaking views. Soak in the private hot tub beneath a canopy of stars, sip sundowners in front of the fire, and make Big Sky memories with your special someone.

ROMANTIC FEATURES


  • Master bedroom with king size bed
  • Toasty fireplace for cozy nights
  • Outdoor deck with expansive views
  • Private hot tub beneath the stars
  • Firepitt for sipping sundowners

Cowboy Heaven Cabin 13 Bandit

2 BED | 2.5 BATH

Charming cabin nestled on the slopes of Lone Mountain in Moonlight Basin, boasting a private deck and hot tub, panoramic Big Sky views, and incredible ski-in/ski-out access. The open plan living area welcomes you home with a gas fireplace to cozy around after skiing, and a flat screen TV awaits for romantic dinner and movie nights.

Step outside onto the private deck with some of the best views in Big Sky where you will find the hot tub. Whether you’re sipping wine in the hot tub as the sun sets, or simply soaking up the panoramic alpine views, this cozy cabin is an unbeatable and exceptionally scenic romantic retreat.

ROMANTIC FEATURES


  • King size primary bedroom
  • Private deck with hot tub
  • Fireplace to cozy around after skiing
  • Flat screen TV for at-home date nights

Cowboy Heaven Cabin 7 Rustic Ridge

2 BED | 2 BATH

Nestled in the pines on the Moonlight Basin side of Lone Mountain with direct ski-in/ski-out access to Big Sky’s slopes, this free-standing cabin offers comfort and convenience in an awesome location! An ideal Big Sky base for endless alpine adventures with your significant other. This 880 sq ft cabin is perfect for mountain-lovers and unwinding is inevitable from the deck of this wooded cabin. From BBQ date nights out on the deck and soothing dips in the hot tub, this cabin is the perfect romantic retreat for your Big Sky vacation.

ROMANTIC FEATURES


  • Cozy queen size bedroom
  • Private deck under the stars
  • Soothing hot tub
  • BBQ grill for at-home date nights

Cowboy Heaven Cabin 15 Rustic Ridge

2 BED | 2 BATH

A true ski-in/ski-out and pet-friendly cabin nestled on the slopes of Powder River Run. Simply drop in and go from your porch or take a plunge in your private hot tub! At 1,000 sq feet, this cabin is a spacious romantic retreat with plenty of room for you, your partner, and your pet. The open plan living area offers ample space to reconnect by the fire, cook up a romantic meal, or stay in for movie night. The front deck features a private hot tub, BBQ grill, and recliners in front of the firepit. Whatever the weather, it’s a stunning place to relax, unwind and reconnect with your loved one and nature.   

ROMANTIC FEATURES


  • Master bedroom with king size bed
  • Firepit with recliners for talking and reconnecting
  • Private hot tub to relax and unwind

Big Sky Vacation Rentals represents Big Sky and Moonlight Basin’s top 125 luxury mountain retreats. With secluded properties, unmatched mountain views, top amenities, and action-packed adventures, Big Sky Vacation Rentals is the perfect romantic retreat for you and your partner!


Come Play in Big Sky this Winter


It’s no secret that Big Sky, Montana is booming! In 2016, Big Sky Resort unveiled Big Sky 2025, a 10-year plan to invest $150-million and transform the resort and town of Big Sky into one of the top luxury alpine destinations in the US – “from the moment you touch ground in Montana to the top of Lone Peak”. 

As the final chapter of Big Sky 2025 unfolds, visitors to Big Sky Resort are welcomed with a world-class alpine experience, some of the most advanced chairlifts in the world, luxury on-mountain dining, and the soul and hospitality of a charming Montana mountain town community. 

SKI Mag has named Big Sky Resort one of the “Best Ski Resorts in the West 2021”. Big Sky boasts the perfect blend of epic skiing and snowboarding (the Biggest in America!), outdoor activities beyond the slopes, vibey restaurants and aprés ski, and close proximity to Yellowstone National Park for bucket-list winter tours and experiences.


PICK YOUR DATES

If you’re planning your trip around a ski vacation, Big Sky Resort opens on Thanksgiving and celebrates the last day of the ski season mid-April. Snowfall is unpredictable but with Big Sky’s snowmaking expansion in Summer 2021, you’re always guaranteed a snowy slope! Our guide to the Best Time to Ski in Big Sky will help you find the perfect conditions to suit your ski style. 

If you’re visiting Big Sky to experience the outdoor activities beyond the slopes, Big Sky’s guided alpine activities and experiences and winter tours to Yellowstone operate from December to March.


ARRANGE YOUR TRAVELS

Whether you’re planning a family road trip or fly-drive vacation, it’s easy to get to Big Sky. Big Sky ranks as one of the most connected mountain destinations in the US with 40+ non-stop flights from over 30 destinations on the east and west coast. Reserve your car rental well in advance (demand is high!) or arrange ground transportation from Bozeman to Big Sky – and book a central Big Sky rental that doesn’t require a car. 

Our guide to Getting To & Around Big Sky will give you all the information you need to plan your  transportation to and around Big Sky.


PLAN YOUR BIG SKY TOURS & ACTIVITIES

The team at Big Sky Vacation Rentals are local and know the best places to stay and play in Big Sky! Download our Big Sky Vacation Guide for the most up to date local area resources and information, choose from our 3-Day and 5-Day winter itineraries, or customize your own Big Sky winter vacation bucket-list.

Big Sky Resort

With 5,850 acres of terrain over four mountains, seven snow parks with over 100 features, and the most technologically advanced lift network in North America, Big Sky Resort is unbeatable for skiing and snowboarding. The Big Sky ski school offers group and private lessons for all abilities, guided on-mountain experiences with a pro, and kids camps for little rippers as young as three. 

When you’re not riding the slopes, there’s endless options for on-mountain dining and vibey slopeside aprés ski (with plenty family-friendly options too!). Save time and reserve lift tickets early, arrange gear rentals delivered for delivery (or ship your own gear), and find a luxury vacation rental near Big Sky Resort with Big Sky Vacation Rentals.  

Off Slope Winter Activities

Whether you’re a non-skier or balancing your vacation time between the slopes and the wilderness of the Montana mountains, Big Sky has outdoor adventures for every type of traveler. Snowshoe the peaceful winter trails, fly fish for winter trout on the Gallatin River, snowmobile or dog-sled the canyons and mountain peaks, or plan a classic, western style sleigh ride dinner at Lone Mountain Ranch. Off slope winter activities abound for all ages and adventure levels in Big Sky.

Big Sky Town Center

Big Sky Town Center is the heart and soul of the Big Sky community. Situated near the Big Sky Nordic Center in Meadow Village, Town Center has the biggest selection of restaurants, breweries and festive aprés ski bars in Big Sky with daily happy hours, live music, and award-wining cuisine. For family fun (or a romantic swirl), the outdoor ice rink is open daily during the winter season. 

Yellowstone National Park

A vacation to Big Sky is not complete without a winter tour of Yellowstone National Park. Located only 50 miles from the West Entrance to Yellowstone, Big Sky is the ideal base camp for winter exploration of America’s oldest and most visited national park. Whether you plan to sightsee from the comfort of a heated snowcoach or on a thrilling snowmobile tour of Yellowstone, visitors are spoilt for choice for winter tours of Yellowstone departing directly from Big Sky. 


CHOOSE YOUR BIG SKY NEIGHBORHOOD

Now you have your bucket-list of Big Sky activities, it’s time to choose a neighborhood to match your needs. Stay walking distance to Big Sky Resort in Mountain Village, near Big Sky Town Center in Meadow Village or slopeside overlooking the Spanish Peaks in Moonlight Basin. View our Big Sky Neighborhood Guide to find the neighborhood that fits your needs the best.


BOOK YOUR STAY WITH BIG SKY VACATION RENTALS

Come play in Big Sky this winter – but don’t leave your trip planning to the last minute! From cozy Cowboy Heaven cabins for two to luxury ski-in/ski-out mountain lodges with unparalleled platinum perks, Big Sky Vacation Rentals represent the top luxury properties in Big Sky and Moonlight Basin with exceptional guest services from a local team. 

For a personal pick of the best ski rentals in Big Sky and to secure the Montana mountain home of your dreams, book your winter vacation with Big Sky Vacation Rentals. We live here, we play here, we know Big Sky!


Planning a Fall Trip to Yellowstone National Park


Yellowstone National Park is the world’s first and most famous national park! Yellowstone spans over 2 million acres and across three states (Wyoming, Idaho, and Montana), has five entrances and visitor centers, and welcomes nearly 5 million visitors annually. 

The summer months account for over half of the annual visitors to Yellowstone National Park, with more than 1 million visitors in July alone. The best way to escape the crowds at Yellowstone is to visit in the off season. Fall is the perfect time to avoid the masses of tourists, reconnect and recreate in nature, and witness some of the most spectacular geothermal features in the world surrounded by the beauty of fall colors and Yellowstone’s local wildlife preparing for winter. 

Here’s our guide to the best time to visit Yellowstone for fall foliage, activities and attractions to include in your itinerary, and where to stay to experience the beauty of Yellowstone National Park in fall.


Pick Your Dates for Prime Fall Foliage

The first signs of fall appear in late August – there’s a cooler nip in the air, layers of sunrise frost blanket the valleys, and the higher elevations above 7,000 feet begin to turn to glorious shades of gold. From mid-September to mid-October the fall foliage cascades from the upper elevations down to the lower valleys with hues of golden yellows, burnt oranges and brilliant reds adding contrast to Yellowstone’s captivating landscapes.

September

Low 30oF – High 64oF

Fall colors above 7,000 feet

September is still a popular time to visit Yellowstone so be prepared for potential crowds of tourists (far fewer than summer!) and traffic lines of enthusiastic leaf peepers and wildlife viewers. September highlights include the famous elk rut near Mammoth Hot Springs, the fascinating raptor migration in the Hayden Valley, and a higher chance of incredible bear sightings as the black bears and grizzly bears prepare for winter hibernation foraging for berries, nuts and roots in the valleys and roadside meadows.

October

Low 22oF – High 51oF

Fall colors below 7,000 feet

By October the fall foliage in the lower elevations is vibrant, the crowds have dissipated, the roads are quieter, and the chance of wildlife sightings is climbing! The Yellowstone Park restaurants, services and facilities begin to close down mid-October, and the weather is unpredictable! Light snowfalls can begin as early as October in Yellowstone so pack your layers and be prepared for potential dangerous winter driving conditions and road closures – or take a guided Yellowstone tour!

November

Low 12oF – High 34oF

Fall colors fading

By November the fall colors have faded, the peaks are blanketed with snow, and most of the roads within Yellowstone National Park are closed. The Visitor Center at the West Entrance remains open year round, however entrance to the park is limited. Yellowstone winter tours begin early November with amazing private and group experiences from wolf watching and wildlife tours to snowshoe tours, snowmobile expeditions and unique backcountry experiences.


Plan Your Fall Attractions & Activities

For the ultimate fall trip to Yellowstone National Park, we highly recommend booking a guided Yellowstone tour with a local tour company. An experienced local guide has an in-depth knowledge of Yellowstone’s diverse ecosystems and natural wonders, wonderful stories to share, and will ensure you visit the top sightseeing spots during fall. 

Scenic Drives: Firehole Canyon Drive and Firehole Lake Drive.

Natural Hot Springs: Firehole River near Madison Junction.

Waterfalls: Fairy Falls and Firehole Falls.

Geological Wonders: Grand Prismatic Spring, Old Faithful, Artists Paintpots, Norris Geyser, Mammoth Hot Springs

Wildlife Viewing: Hayden Valley, Mammoth Hot Springs, Lamar Valley.

Fall Fly Fishing: The Madison River is a hot spot for fall flying fishing.


Expand Your Exploration Beyond Yellowstone

Situated only 50 miles north of the West Entrance, Big, Sky Montana is the ideal base camp for a trip to Yellowstone -and is fast becoming one of the top travel spots in the western USA worthy of every vacation bucket-list. 

In 2021, Big Sky was voted one of the “Best Ski Resorts in the West”, one of the “Best Mountain Towns to Visit in the USA”, and one of “The Coolest Towns in America to Visit in 2021”. Big Sky was also ranked as an extraordinary destination to explore in “The World’s Greatest Places of 2021” by Time USA.

Expand your exploration out of the park and stay in Big Sky, MT. Tours of Yellowstone National Park depart right from the heart of Big Sky (or from your front door if you choose a private trip!). After your fall trip to Yellowstone, you can join in end of season golfing and summer activities at Big Sky Resort, hike or bike through vibrant fall foliage on Big Sky’s epic network of trails, flyfish the Gallatin River, horseback ride, or simply stay home, soak up the views, and stargaze from your private hot tub!


Stay with Big Sky Vacation Rentals

Whether you choose to stay minutes from the action in Mountain Village or Big Sky Town Center or in a secluded setting for stargazing and wildlife viewing from home, our collection of luxury Big Sky rentals is sure to include a private mountain cabin near Yellowstone National Park, perfect for you!

Mountain Village

Browse our selection of 70+ custom vacation homes, cabins and ski condos in the heart of Big Sky Resort’s Mountain Village at the base of Lone Peak. Our convenient Big Sky Resort lodging ranges from 2 bedroom contemporary condos overlooking Lake Levinsky to rare 7 bedroom modern mountain chalets for a family reunion near Yellowstone.

Meadow Village

Our collection of 4 to 6 bedroom Meadow Village condos and custom lodges are conveniently situated close to shopping, dining and world-class golf in Big Sky Town Center. Meadow Village is an easy 7-mile drive or free shuttle ride to Big Sky Resort Mountain Village.

Moonlight Basin

Moonlight Basin is a Big Sky neighborhood perched high on ski runs and trails of Lone Mountain. Whether you’re seeking a secluded and cozy mountain cabin or an exclusive mountain lodge for a large group getaway, even the most distinguished guests will find their luxury Yellowstone retreat in Moonlight Basin.

Start planning your fall visit to Yellowstone with Big Sky Vacation Rentals. Browse our collection of vacation rentals near Yellowstone, download our Big Sky Vacation Guide for trip planning, or call our team of local experts who are happy to help with tour suggestions for Yellowstone, local Big Sky recommendations, and find you a Yellowstone vacation rental to match your needs. 


Big Sky Town Center

A Destination for Family Fun, Fab Festivals & Farmers Markets


Summer is the best season to plan a getaway to Big Sky! Escape the mundane and explore miles of wilderness for hiking, biking, horseback riding, ATV adventures, ziplining, river rafting and famous blue-ribbon fly fishing. Big Sky Resort opens up their world-famous ski slopes for classic summer alpine adventures and the town is abuzz with locals and tourists soaking up the sunshine, swimming and boating on Lake Levinsky, dining on outdoor patios, and living the laid-back mountain life.  

Situated in Meadow Village, Big Sky Town Center is a year-round destination for family fun, fab festivals, summer farmers markets, and world-class golfing. Big Sky Town Center is the heart and soul of the Big Sky community, the best place to shop, dine and sip local craft beer, and a hangout for locals and visitors alike. You’ll find everything from pizza to fine dining, cocktails bars and breweries, grocery stores and unique Old West boutiques, and classic movies and music at The Independent.   

Throughout the summer Big Sky Town Center is the central hub for some of the biggest events in Big Sky and free festivals! Nothing beats browsing vibrant mountain markets, live music in an iconic outdoor arena with top touring bands, and free fun for the whole family. Here’s what to expect at Big Sky Town Center this summer.


Big Sky Farmers Market

Every Wednesday – June to September

Big Sky Town Center

Every Wednesday from June to September, the Big Sky Farmers Market comes to Big Sky Town Center, and it’s one of our favorite events of the year! The Big Sky Farmers Market features 90+ vendors ranging from regional farmers with fresh local produce to eclectic craftsmen with creative arts, crafts, and one-of-a-kind treasures found only at Big Sky Farmers Market. The market is family-friendly with fun activities for the kids, the setting is spectacular with Lone Peak looming in the background, and the small town charm of Big Sky is evident at every stall!


Music in the mountains

Every Thursday – June to September

Center Stage in Len Hill Park, Big Sky Town Center

Thursday evenings, rain or shine, you’ll find an amazing line up of talented artists at Music in the Mountains, Montana’s finest free outdoor concert hosted by the Arts Council of Big Sky. The Music in the Mountain series includes 12 weeks of free family-friendly concerts, the Bravo! Big Sky Music Festival (formerly the Big Sky Classical Music Festival) on Friday August 5th, and a special free performance from Montana Shakespeare in the Parks on Monday August 8th.


Big Sky PBR Rodeo

Thursday July 21 to Saturday July 23, 2022

Big Sky Events Arena

There’s still time to book your vacation condo or cabin for Big Sky’s biggest week of the year, the award-winning PBR Rodeo. The PBR event includes three nights of Touring Pro Division professional bull riding events, mutton bustin’ for the little buckaroos, and fun nightly after party concerts with live music. The PBR event is sold out with a waiting list, however you can still get tickets for the nightly music events!


2022 Wildlands Festival

Friday August 12 & Saturday August 13, 2022

Big Sky Events Arena

Produced by Outlaw Partners, the Wildlands Festival is one of the biggest music events of the summer! The outdoor music festival celebrates a mutual love for music and Big Sky’s wild and scenic landscapes and features a two-day star-studded line up with four Grammy-winning artists taking center stage at the Big Sky Events Arena. 

Friday, August 12th:

  • Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit
  • Lukas Nelson and POTR

Saturday, August 13:

  • Indigo Girls
  • Brandi Carlile – Beyond These Silent Days Tour 

Tickets to the Wildlands Festival sell fast and availability is limited! A percentage of all ticket sales for Wildlands Festival are donated to local nonprofits for preservation and protection of the wildlands of Big Sky.


Where to Stay near Big Sky Town Center

Big Sky has three main neighborhoods: Mountain Village at Big Sky Resort, Moonlight Basin on the slopes of Lone Mountain, and Meadow Village, the nearest neighborhood to Big Sky Town Center. 

Big Sky Vacation Rentals offers a selection of luxury vacation homes and condos walking distance to Big Sky Town Center, the Big Sky Golf Course, and some of the top trailheads in Big Sky! Our vacation homes are fully-equipped with modern comforts, luxury amenities and all the bells and whistles for a memorable Big Sky vacation. 

Whether you’re planning a golf getaway, romantic escape or family reunion in Big Sky, Big Sky Town Center is a destination for endless summer fun and the team at Big Sky Vacation Rentals are ready to help you plan your trip and find your dream vacation home in the Montana mountains! 

Find more vacation inspiration in our Big Sky vacation blog and download our Big Sky Vacation Guide app so you don’t miss a thing that Big Sky has to offer, year-round!


10 Must See Summer Attractions in Big Sky, MT

TIME named Big Sky, Montana one of The World’s Greatest Places of 2021, and we agree 100%. 

Big Sky is one of Montana’s best small mountain towns nestled high in the Madison Range of Southwest Montana. Big Sky is a world-class winter destination renowned for its expanse of ski slopes at Big Sky Resort, a vast and remote wilderness in the backcountry, and a convenient and scenic base camp for winter tours of Yellowstone. 

Big Sky is not only a winter destination – visitors can experience four seasons of adventures in Big Sky and summertime is our best kept secret! Whether you’re seeking rest, relaxation and solitude in the mountains, secluded adventures in the great outdoors, or days of action packed summer fun with activities for the whole family – you’ll find it all right here in our 10 must see and do attractions for a summer vacation in Big Sky, MT.


Summer Activities at Big Sky Resort

Big Sky Resort is known for epic skiing and snowboarding trips, exhilarating winter activities and bucket-list expeditions into the backcountry. In the summer months, Big Sky Resort doesn’t slow down – visitors have access to endless summer alpine activities and experiences including award-winning golf at Big Sky Golf Course, and ziplining, archery, bungee trampolines and great kid-friendly fun at Big Sky Basecamp. 

One of the top summer activities at Big Sky Resort is the scenic chairlift ride to miles of mountain biking and hiking trails, fields of wildflowers, and breathtaking Big Sky views.


Watersports on Lake Levinsky

Lake Levinsky is one of Big Sky’s top summer attractions, nestled beneath the towering peaks of Lone Mountain near Big Sky Resort Mountain Village. The 10-acre lake is a hub of activity in the summer months with vacationers (and locals!) dipping in the refreshing water, paddleboarding, kayaking or pedal boating around the lake. Boat rentals are available through the summer months from Geyser Whitewater Expeditions at the Lake Levinsky Marina. 

Check out our guide to the “Best Places to Swim and Boat in Big Sky” for more secluded swimming holes, alpine lakes for boating, and remote hot springs for a quintessential Montana experience. 


Climb Big Sky’s Iconic Lone Mountain

The iconic peak of Lone Mountain towers above Big Sky at an elevation 11,166 ft with a vertical drop of 4,350 ft to the base area. Located in the heart of the Madison Mountain Range, Lone Peak is the highest overlook in Montana with 360-degree panoramic views of Big Sky, the Montana mountains and as far as Yellowstone National Park. For a challenging and highly rewarding alpine experience, follow the hiking trails from the base area at Big Sky Mountain Village to the summit of Lone Mountain

Big Sky 2025 is an exciting 10-year plan to revitalize Big Sky Resort. The final chapter of Big Sky 2025 includes a brand new base to summit tram from Big Sky Mountain Village to the summit of Big Sky’s iconic Lone Peak with construction beginning this summer!


World-Famous Blue Ribbon Waters

Southwest Montana is home to five blue-ribbon trout streams – the Madison River, Yellowstone River, Missouri River, Big Hole and the mighty Gallatin River near Big Sky, MT. The Gallatin River is one of the best whitewater rafting rivers in Montana with Class I to IV rapids, and a legendary destination for world-class fly fishing with trophy sized trout. 

Whether you’re taking a scenic family float to escape the summer heat, riding the raging Mad Mile or House Rock Rapids, or fly fishing along the river banks – Big Sky’s blue ribbon waters are a top attraction and one of the top spots for wildlife viewing near Big Sky.


Wide-Open & Secluded Backcountry

Big Sky is a utopia for lovers of the great outdoors with miles of wilderness and untouched terrain in Big Sky’s vast backcountry. Families traveling with kids to Big Sky can take an easy stroll along the Gallatin River to Ousel Falls, plan a picnic among the wildflowers in the Beehive Basin, horseback ride through the Lee Metcalf Wilderness, and fish in secluded alpine lakes. 

For more exhilarating summer adventures in Big Sky’s backcountry, hike to the summit of Beehive Peak, Gallatin Peak or Wilson Peak, or head deep into the Gallatin Canyon for rock climbing and mountaineering.


Montana’s Natural Hot Springs

The Montana mountains are home to over 60 natural hot springs, with several only a short, scenic drive from your Big Sky vacation home. Visitors to Big Sky can choose from soothing soaks in the natural hot springs at Yellowstone or family-friendly hot springs resorts with indoor and outdoor pools, on-site restaurants, live music and summer fun for the whole family.


Summertime Patios & Live Music

Discover the charm of the Montana mountains this summer in Big Sky! Lazy afternoons and warm summer evenings are best spent enjoying the best of Big Sky’s outdoor patio dining, listening to the tunes of local Big Sky bands, sipping craft cocktails, or cold brews, and savoring flavors from Montana (and around the world!) at Big Sky’s ever-growing selection of restaurants, cafes and breweries. 

The vibey après ski culture of our world-class ski resort continues on into the summer months in Big Sky!


Fabulous (& Free) Summer Events

Big Sky’s summer events attract travelers of all types. The Summer Farmers Market in Fire Pit Park is a favorite with our Big Sky Vacation Rentals guests, the Big Sky PBR is “Big Sky’s Biggest Week”, Music in the Mountains brings the best well-known artists to Big Sky Town Center for live music under the stars, and there are fabulous, free events for the whole family throughout the summer months. 

Download our Big Sky Vacation Guide app to stay up to date with local events happening in Big Sky this summer.


Explore Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park is the #1 national park in the US and less than an hour from Big Sky. Whether you’re planning a solo expedition or a scenic guided tour of Yellowstone, Big Sky’s the ultimate base camp to experience one of the most iconic parks in the US. 

Yellowstone features as one of the “7 Natural Wonders of North America” with over 10,000 geothermal features, 60+ species of wildlife, awe-inspiring landscapes, and bucket-list experiences for sightseeing, wildlife viewing and reconnecting with nature.


Attractive Big Sky Vacation Rentals

Our selection of luxury Big Sky vacation rentals are as much an attraction as the destination! Stay walking distance to the summer activities at Big Sky Resort in Mountain Village, near the summer events and markets in Big Sky Town Center or find seclusion in a Moonlight mountain cabin with wilderness trails on your doorstep and wildlife viewing from the hot tub! 

From cozy mountain cabins to majestic mountain lodges – our portfolio includes inviting Big Sky rentals for groups of all sizes, luxury amenities to enhance your stay, exceptional guest services for easy planning, and a welcoming space to call home for your summer vacation in Big Sky, MT.


Big Sky Artists Collective


The Big Sky Artists Collective is a community of visual artists located in Big Sky and was created out of the group of artists that participated in the First Annual Big Sky Open Studio Tour in December of 2019. That initial event motivated the artists to work as a group to promote local artists.

The mission of the Big Sky Artists Collective is to support, inspire and promote local artists in the community by building a community of artists who live and/or work in the Big Sky, MT area.

Their vision is that by working together with the Arts Council and the Chamber of Commerce of Big Sky, along with local businesses they can build a more vibrant visual arts community that celebrates local artists, and provides art and educational resources for both the residents and visitors of Big Sky.

The Artists Collective will be participating in the 2022 Big Sky Artisans Festival and hosting Art For Everyone. In addition they are offering classes and workshops in conjunction with the Arts Council at the BASE Art Studio so visit their website for more information.


Maria S Westland is inspired by her love and affinity for the countryside and she creates her artwork using oil on canvas or board to share the beauty of creation, the blessings and intensity of the life she experiences in nature.


Maggie Shane is an artist and life-long creative soul. Painting has become her passion, a place to reflect, relax and release the inner artist. She utilizes a water-based medium on canvas and paper to produce representational landscapes and florals.


Heather Rapp is a local Big Sky artist who paints abstract landscapes and wildlife. Her style is attributed to the roughness of a palette knife, the use of a spray bottle in dripping & layering vibrant saturated colors, and mixed media & mark making.


Jake Mosher is a full-time nature photographer living in Bozeman, MT. His work has appeared across the globe and he believes that in nature nothing is ordinary. “The world,” he says, “particularly off the beaten path, is still a wonderful thing to see.”


Annie McCoy is a home-grown Appalachian mountain girl who relishes her time in the wild. She considers herself a traditional plain air artist but not an alla prima painter.  She prefers to return day after day to the same location, sometimes taking weeks to complete a painting.


Michelle Kristula-Green creates contemporary mosaics that capture the beauty, austerity and ruggedness of the natural world, using hand cut stone, flint, marble and Italian smalti. Many of her pieces focus on the Yellowstone ecosystem and the wildlife within it.


Kim Eggemeyer paints to capture the play of light and shadow, the reaction of color against color, the beauty of form, and to simplify nature’s complexities. Recording her emotional response to fleeting moments can be elusive, but is an endless source of inspiration and pleasure.


Paul Brourman toggles between his studios in both Evanston, IL and Big Sky, Montana. He draws immense joy pursuing storytelling through the medium of oils in settings such as these. His subjects include portraiture, landscapes, western narratives and abstract works.


Patty Bauchman moved to Big Sky to be surrounded by amazing wildlife and natural beauty. Her main goal with wildlife photography is to observe and catch animal behavior without her presence affecting their actions and to capture a moment that tells a story.


Paul Barmore was fortunate to be mentored by a successful Montana bronze-casting artist as a young welder, which helped solidify his ambition of combining art and welding. From fly-fishing the Gallatin river as a child, to exploring new mountaintops as an adult, he creates art with nature and Montana-inspired themes that any outdoor enthusiast will relate to.


Carol Barmore has been a Montana artist for 32 years. Her love of the outdoors and animals is translated onto the canvas. Carol’s sensitivity to color relationships and love of impressionism has given her paintings a unique style.


Georgia Baker enjoys being outdoors, plein aire painting which creates in her a state of awe. Habitat loss can be devastating for species that are already endangered, but it is a serious threat for countless others as well. She hopes that her work inspires others to help preserve and restore our wild spaces for future generations. 


Big Sky offers so much beauty in the natural landscape of the mountains and rivers, all of which is captured by local artists and what better way to see it than to start planning your magical mountain getaway with Big Sky Vacation Rentals. Immerse yourself in the majestic wonders of our Montana mountain town and find inspiration all around you.