What’s Up With The New Tram At Big Sky Resort?


A Transformed Tram Experience at Big Sky Resort!

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! 

Imagine being perched on the edge of the Montana mountains, surrounded by breathtaking vistas that stretch as far as the eye can see. That’s the exhilaration you’ll experience when you step aboard the state-of-the-art Lone Peak Tram at Big Sky Resort, opening for Winter 2023-2024! 

Rising to the summit of Lone Peak at an astounding 11,166 feet, this high-alpine feat of engineering whisks you to the highest scenic overlook in Montana at a speed of 22mph in only four minutes, granting you unparalleled year-round access to the best skiing, snowboarding, and sightseeing that Montana has to offer. The long-awaited transformation of the Lone Peak Tram stands as one of the most highly anticipated ski lift projects in the world! Chinook helicopters soared the skies hauling equipment and materials, including over 250,000 pounds of steel and 300 cubic yards of concrete used to create the sole 100-foot tower, two 75-passenger cabins traveled more than 5,000 miles from Olten, Switzerland, and specialists from around the globe collaborated to achieve a major milestone in the Big Sky 2025 vision.

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 winter season ahead.


The Lone Peak Tram Experience

The Lone Peak Tram is more than an engineering marvel and mode of transport – it’s a journey that encapsulates the rugged beauty, awe-inspiring vistas, and endless adventures that define the Big Sky experience. The transformation of the Lone Peak Tram stands as a true testament to Big Sky Resort’s continued commitment to providing world-class experiences for its visitors.

Added Convenience

Big Sky Resort opened in 1973 with only four lifts! Today, Big Sky Resort boasts the fastest and most technologically advanced ski lifts in North America and an out-of-base capacity of approximately 10,000 skiers per hour. At Big Sky Resort, you can skip the lift lines, warm up on heated seats in the weatherproof Big Sky Blue Bubbles, and now ride the Lone Peak Tram at an unrivaled speed of 22 miles per hour to the most exhilarating terrain in North America, including the legendary Big Couloir. 

In the final chapter of Big Sky 2025, the Explorer chair in Mountain Village will be replaced by a two-stage gondola creating a seamless base-to-summit lift network at Big Sky Resort. This new gondola and tram connectivity will allow for ADA-accessible pedestrian access to the summit of Lone Mountain for the first time ever, both in winter and summer.

Enhanced Comfort

With blue weatherproof bubbles, ergonomically shaped heated seats, individual headrests and footrests, and whisper-quiet operations, Big Sky Resort’s ski lifts are meticulously designed for maximum comfort – and panoramic vistas! The Lone Peak tram passenger cabins are equally impressive! Imported from Olten, Switzerland, the customized 75-passenger cabins include seating for up to 12, speakers for music, and glass floor panels for summer visitors to soak up the views. 

Your comfort doesn’t end on the ski lifts! Big Sky Resort enhances your comfort both on and off the slopes. The Big Sky 2025 project includes enhanced on-mountain dining experiences featuring everything from family-friendly eateries and fireside fine dining to European-style après ski spots and live music. The final chapter of Big Sky 2025 features a new food and beverage hub at the connection terminal between the two-stage gondola top terminal and the Lone Peak tram, offering skiers, snowboarders, and pedestrian traffic endless options to refuel before adventuring to the summit of Lone Peak.   

Winter Access to Lone Peak Tram

To preserve the Big Sky ski experience, access to the tram during the winter season will be carefully regulated, taking into account the available open terrain, mountain conditions, and prevailing weather conditions. The allocation of tram riders will be assessed and adjusted daily by our dedicated ski patrol team, ensuring the safety and enjoyment of all guests at Big Sky Resort. The Lone Peak Tram opens in mid-December and will operate through the end of the season. This unique experience will be the highlight of your winter activities in Big Sky.

Summer Access to Lone Peak Tram

During the summer season, the Lone Peak Tram will operate at a full capacity of 75 passengers per cabin, with ADA access to ensure all visitors can enjoy the Lone Peak Tram experience to the highest scenic overlook in Montana. The summer tram experience will include an all-glass viewing platform with panoramic views of the Montana peaks and down the fall line of Big Sky Resort’s most challenging terrain. The mid-station terminal of the new gondola (coming Summer 2024) will serve as an adventure hub for summer activities in Big Sky – including mountain biking, hiking, and ziplining.

Lone Peak Tram Pricing

For the 2023-24 winter season, pricing for the Lone Peak tram will change from a daily rate to a per-ride fee. Most Big Sky lift tickets will not include scenic rides or ski/snowboard rides on the tram! For those wanting to ride the tram frequently, the Gold + Ikon Base and Gold Season passes provide unlimited tram access, or the Double Black Pass includes 25 skier/snowboarder rides and 10 scenic rides for the season. 

All other riders must enable Tram Autocharge with a credit card on their Big Sky Account to ride the tram. With the new per-ride dynamic pricing structure, rates will be set on a daily basis fluctuating between $10 in off-peak periods to $40+ in peak. The Autocharge account will be charged prior to each ride on the Lone Peak Tram. Create a Big Sky Account HERE to start planning your Lone Peak Tram experience!

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. 

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.

Stay Near the Lone Peak Tram with Big Sky Vacation Rentals

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.

Enhance your vacation by choosing a Big Sky vacation rental conveniently located near Big Sky Resort’s Mountain Village base area. Wake up to stunning mountain views, enjoy effortless access to the Lone Peak Tram, and return to all the comforts of home, and more! Big Sky Vacation Rentals is your gateway to a seamless, professional, and engaging mountain experience. We live here, we work here, we know Big Sky.

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!


8 Tips for First Timers on the Big Sky Slopes 


Are you planning your first ski vacation in Big Sky, Montana? Nestled in the heart of the breathtaking Rocky Mountains, Big Sky offers some of the best resort amenities and terrain in the West for both beginner and expert skiers and snowboarders – and those simply looking for a scenic setting to relax in the Montana mountains! 

Big Sky Montana boasts the biggest skiing in America – 5,850 skiable acres with 320 ski runs on 4 interconnected mountains, high-speed heated chairlifts, and breathtaking terrain ranging from green groomers and bunny hills in the base areas to iconic couloirs and terrifying triple diamonds stemming from the summit of Lone Peak. 

You can bring the whole crew to Big Sky and experience the winter adventure of a lifetime, and be one of the first to ride the transformed Lone Peak Tram this winter season! 

Forget the terrifying triple diamond rating at Big Sky – those slopes are for the experts! We’re here to share our 8 tips for first-timers on the Big Sky slopes  – and to tell you that there’s no better place on earth to enter the world of winter sports and learn to ski or snowboard than Big Sky Montana!


1. Book A Ski-In Ski-Out Vacation Rental

Forget the hassle of transportation, packed parking lots, and transitioning your gear from your rental home to the Big Sky slopes, and back home! Your first time on the slopes should be effortless, easy, and fun! From waking up to first tracks, skiing from your back deck, and easy access to the ski lifts and ski schools, to the convenience of taking a midday lunch break or hot tub soak, a slopeside vacation is the epitome of mountain living – and the ultimate experience for first-timers on the slopes. Word of caution, be sure the ski access is suitable for all levels of skiers and snowboarders. On that note, our Cowboy Heaven Cabins boast TRUE ski-in/ski-out access to Big Sky Resort for all levels of skiers and snowboarders.

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2. Choose Warmth & Comfort over Style

Montana winters are chilly and weather conditions in the higher elevations are constantly changing, so prioritize warmth and comfort over designer ski styles! We recommend wearing three layers; a moisture-wicking base layer to keep you dry, an insulating layer for warmth, and a waterproof outer layer to protect yourself against the elements. Top it off with waterproof gloves or mittens, a sweat-wicking skull cap beanie to wear under your helmet, and high-quality ski socks with padding to soften the ski boot. There’s a variety of outdoor gear stores in Mountain Village and Big Sky Town Center to shop locally too. 

Check out our Easy Winter Packing List for Kids


3. Rent Your Winter Sports Gear

While you may be tempted to snag a cool pair of vintage skis on eBay, for a successful first time on the slopes renting equipment locally is your best bet. There are so many different brands, types, lengths, and price ranges of skis and snowboards. As a beginner, choosing the right gear can be a confusing call. Our local Big Sky outfitters will equip you with the right gear for your weight, height, and skill level to enhance your experience, deliver directly to your Big Sky rental home, and even meet you on the mountain to switch out gear if you’re feeling out of sync. Bonus! Guests of Big Sky Vacation Rentals enjoy a 15% discount at Ski Butlers in Big Sky.   

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4. Learn With A Pro (Not Your Pals!)

Learning to ski or snowboard is fun, but for first-timers, it can be a tiring experience with a high level of fear and frustration. But, everyone has to start somewhere, and Big Sky is the place! The seasoned instructors at Big Sky Mountain Sports School specialize in tailoring their instruction to your individual needs, ensuring you learn at your own pace, build confidence to conquer the beginner Big Sky slopes, and transition with ease from pizza slices and snow plows to smooth carves or parallel turns in no time! Big Sky Resort offers a variety of ski and snowboard lessons including kids lessons for ages 2 and up, private one-on-one sessions with an instructor, and group lessons for all ages and ability levels. 

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5. Get Lift Tickets in Advance

For the best rates and confirmed availability, don’t wait until you’re at the resort to purchase your lift tickets. Lift tickets are not included in ski and snowboard lessons, so a pass is required for every day you intend to ski. All Ikon Passholders and Mountain Collective pass holders will need to make a reservation to use their days at Big Sky, or for daily lift tickets get the best per-day rate by booking early, and bundling up your days! Big Sky Resort offers Beginner Tickets which include access to the Explorer lift at Mountain Village, the Derringer lift at Madison Base, and the magic carpets at both Big Sky base areas. Tickets are not available in the early season and are available at ticket windows only. 

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6. Build Confidence Cruising Big Sky’s Beginner Terrain

Big Sky Resort’s beginner terrain will have you building confidence on the slopes in no time! For those looking to escape the crowds, the Madison base area on the north side of the mountain is quieter than Mountain Village and easily accessible from our ski in ski out rentals in Moonlight Basin. Both base areas have a Mountain Sports School, gentle green trails, easy chairlifts, and small terrain parks for beginners to practice their jumps, tricks, and stunts in a fun and safe setting. You’ll be riding the iconic high-speed high-tech Big Sky Blue Bubbles and all-new Lone Peak Tram to the upper elevation slopes in no time! 

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7. Safety First

As you embark on your snow-filled adventure, your personal safety is paramount! On your first day on the slopes, you’ll discover muscles you never knew you had, so warm up and stretch before strapping on your gear. Always use proper equipment and protective gear, and smother on the sunscreen – the higher the altitude, the easier the sunburn. Dehydration at high altitudes is also a reality, so stay hydrated – and we’re not talking about mountain mimosas and craft beer at the on-mountain restaurants! Last, but not least, familiarize yourself with the Skier Responsibility Code and safety at Big Sky Resort and, as a beginner, always hit the slopes with a buddy. 

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8. Balance Your Time in Big Sky

Balancing your time in Big Sky is all about embracing the diversity of experiences our winter wonderland has to offer, and having fun! Aside from the elevated experiences at Big Sky Resort, you’ll find an array of activities to keep your off-slope days just as exciting as your time on the mountain. Have fun and mix it up a little with an easy snowshoe hike, a coach or snowmobile tour of Yellowstone National Park, sledding and ice skating at Town Center, or a bucket-list day of mushing in the Montana mountains. Big Sky hosts a lineup of epic winter events in Big Sky and an evening of après ski always awaits!


Our Big Sky vacation rentals have been the home base of many first-timers evolving into true Big Sky triple black aficionados! We know your ski vacation is a big investment! We represent the best vacation homes and condos in Big Sky with a local team to provide you with guest services and tips to make your vacation truly exceptional. BOOK ONLINE or call our team today at (888) 915-2787.


Hosting Your Family Reunion in Big Sky, MT


Gathering family members together from near and far is no easy feat and there’s relatives of all ages, abilities and energy levels to consider. A successful family reunion begins with finding a destination that appeals to the oldest family member as much as the little ones and Big Sky has it all!

Big Sky, MT is a family reunion destination that will make every individual in your family happy! Our charming mountain town offers the perfect balance of outdoor adventures, unique year-round experiences, and quality downtime to reconnect with family in the mountains of Montana. Whether you’re seeking an action packed family reunion itinerary or hours of storytelling, s’mores around the campfire, and fun family gatherings at home, you’ll find it all in Big Sky, MT.


Outdoor Activities for Every Generation

Big Sky is an idyllic four season destination, so the next step is to choose your season! Spring has sprung, and it’s a spectacular time of year to visit Big Sky. The snow is melting, the blue-ribbon waters are flowing, the trails are opening up and it’s an exceptional time of year to view Big Sky’s wildlife “springing” to life. 

As summer in Big Sky approaches, the wildflowers start to bloom, the mountains come alive, and visitors have an endless option of outdoor activities to choose from – something for the tweens, parents and grandparents. Spend your days golfing, boating on the lake, fishing or rafting the famous Gallatin River, biking, hiking or horseback riding the trails, strolling the farmers markets, and reconnecting with family at one of Big Sky’s awesome summer events! Our Big Sky summer vacation itinerary is a great start for inspiration!

Fall in Big Sky is the perfect season for cooler temperatures and amazing leaf peeping adventures, and for families that love snow sports and activities, winter in Big Sky is a must! Planning a winter family reunion may require a little extra effort to make sure everyone is catered for, but there’s unique winter activities in Big Sky that will leave every family member smiling! 

Big Sky Resort boasts the biggest skiing in America with terrain for every ability, easy snowshoe hikes, and miles of scenic Nordic ski trails. You can tick big alpine bucket-list items off in Big Sky with opportunities for sleigh rides, dogsledding, and winter tours of Yellowstone National Park. Here’s our Big Sky winter itinerary to get your started!

No matter what season you visit Big Sky, you’ll find family-friendly eateries and unique dining experiences! The summer months bring sunny skies and live music to the outdoor patios – if you’re visiting in winter, it’s more bucket-list experiences with kid-friendly après ski, sleigh ride dinners, snowcat rides to a candlelit adventure in a secret backcountry yurt, or authentic Texas BBQ with a Montana twist on the Gallatin River.


Getting to Big Sky, MT

Perhaps the hardest part in picking a family reunion vacation destination is finding somewhere that’s easy to get to – for everyone! Big Sky is the most connected mountain destination in the US with over 40 non-stop flights from over 30 destinations landing at Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport daily, including all major west and east coast cities. Pick up a car rental and take a scenic drive on Highway 191 up the Gallatin River Canyon or arrange convenient airport transportation to Big Sky.

Once in Big Sky, the Skyline Bus runs 7 days a week with free transportation and stops throughout Big Sky. You can also book your stay in a Big Sky family reunion vacation rental that is within walking distance to all that Big Sky has to offer.


Easy Vacation Planning with Big Sky Vacation Rentals

We Live Here, We Play Here, We Know Big Sky, and we delight in creating the perfect reunion for our guests! Download our customized Big Sky Vacation Guide app which can help you in planning your next Montana mountain family reunion. You can arrange your airport transportation, ship all your gear in advance, book personal chefs or caterers for your signature reunion events, reserve baby gear, toys and babysitters for the little ones, order your groceries prior to arrival, and find the best large group and family reunion vacation rentals in Big Sky.


Big Sky Vacation Rentals
 have all the lodging options for the ultimate family reunion in Big Sky, MT. Stay together under one roof in a majestic mountain lodge, as neighbors in a modern mountain condo complex, or side by side in cozy mountain cabins on the slopes of Big Sky, MT. 

Our portfolio of luxury Big Sky rentals includes modern open layouts and roaring fireplaces for gatherings, trivia nights and talent shows, gourmet kitchens for easy catering, theater rooms for old family movies, game rooms for the whole crew, kid-inspired bunk rooms, Peloton bikes, and platinum property comforts for a hassle-free family reunion.


Stay Together Under One Roof

In our selection of Big Sky family reunion rentals, you’ll find luxury outdoor living with furnished decks and grill areas for signature BBQs, outdoor hot tubs and firepits for storytelling and s’mores, and breathtaking wraparound Big Sky views. You get to customize your Big Sky location too! Stay minutes from Big Sky Mountain Village or Town Center, or escape the crowds and find a secluded location on the slopes of Moonlight Basin in Big Sky, MT.

Start planning your Big Sky family reunion now with our top pick of vacation rentals to enhance your family reunion in Big Sky, MT!


10 Tips for Holiday Season Travel to Big Sky


Welcome to the breathtaking winter wonderland of Big Sky, Montana! As you plan your holiday season escape to this picturesque destination, we want to ensure that your vacation is nothing short of memorable. Whether you’re an avid skiing family, learning the art of snowboarding, or simply just seeking a cozy mountain retreat for the holiday season, Big Sky Montana is a magical place to spend the holidays. 

To make your holiday season experience in Big Sky Montana unforgettable, we’ve put together a list of top tips to help you navigate the destination, plan your activities, and make the most of your holiday season travel to Big Sky. 


1. Find a Holiday Home First!


As the holiday season approaches, keep in mind that Christmas and New Year are peak visitation times in Big Sky, and the demand for vacation rental homes and condos is high! Finding a holiday home first, sets the stage for a magical stay filled with festive feasts, quality time with friends and family, and snowy adventures right from home. 

Our Big Sky vacation rentals are designed and equipped for holiday gatherings of all sizes. From well-equipped kitchens and snug living spaces with crackling fireplaces, to outdoor hot tubs and firepits nestled beneath star-studded skies, your Big Sky holiday home is the cornerstone of an enchanting holiday season in Big Sky.

2. Secure Your Ski Passes in Advance


With 5,800 acres of diverse terrain, Big Sky is a haven for skiing and snowboarding – but the holiday season draws the crowds! Reservations are required for Mountain Collective and Ikon Passholders to use their days at Big Sky, all other skiers and snowboarders should purchase tickets in advance for the best prices and availability. Securing your lift tickets before arriving in Big Sky will be a game-changer for your holiday season getaway. 

This holiday season, all visitors to Big Sky get to experience the all-new transformed Lone Peak Tram! Note that advance lift tickets are not available for the Lone Peak Tram. Whether you’re a skier, snowboarder, or a scenic sightseer, simply enable autocharge on your Big Sky account and tram rides are charged directly to your credit card as you pass through the entrance gate. It’s a must-do attraction for the ultimate holiday hoorah in Big Sky.

3. Arrange Ski & Snowboard Delivery


Whether you’re a seasoned pro or a first-time skier, having the right gear and equipment enhances your overall winter sports experience on the slopes of Big Sky. Instead of waiting until you arrive, standing in lines, and wasting valuable time on the slopes, Ski Butlers in Big Sky offer the convenience of having top-notch equipment delivered to your Big Sky vacation rental, ensuring a hassle-free and personalized experience on the slopes. 

Simply reserve the equipment you want online, relax in your vacation home while they fit your gear, and enjoy full support on the slopes while you ski or snowboard – their ski technicians will even meet you on the mountain while you enjoy an apres break! If you’d rather ship your gear from home, we’ve got you covered too!

4. Plan Your Off-Piste Pleasures


Big Sky is renowned for its world-class skiing and snowboarding, but your off-slope adventure options are as diverse as the Big Sky slopes! To avoid missing out on these unforgettable and popular winter experiences, be sure to book all your off-slope activities in advance. 

Picture the enchantment of a horse-drawn sleigh ride with the jingling serenade of sleigh bells, the tranquility of soaking in natural hot springs, or a bucket-list worthy guided winter tour of Yellowstone National Park, where the wonders of nature take on a whole new allure in the winter season. Follow the quick links below to Big Sky’s off-slope activities, or download the Big Sky app on your phone for easy planning at your fingertips! 

Dogsledding in Big Sky

Winter Fly Fishing with Gallatin River Guides

Nordic Skiing & Snowshoe Tours 

Sleigh Rides 

Snowmobile Rentals & Tours 

Guided Winter Yellowstone Tours from Big Sky 

Hot Springs near Big Sky

5. Make Dinner Reservations Now!


Equally important are reservations for your dining experiences in Big Sky. Big Sky has an amazing selection of restaurants or, for a true taste of Montana, book a sleigh ride dinner with cowboy singers, dine by candlelight in a backcountry yurt, or cozy up with cowboy cuisine on a dude ranch. During peak season, dinner reservations are required at most Big Sky restaurants and you’ll definitely want to plan ahead for Big Sky’s unique adventure dining experiences! 

Of course, you’ll want to warm up the evening with aprés ski and live music (no reservations required!) or, if you prefer fine dining in the comfort of home, reserve a private chef to bring a magical Montana holiday feast to you!

6. Schedule Your Festive Fun


For a small mountain town, Big Sky Montana knows how to celebrate the holiday season! Make sure you capture every moment of the festive magic by noting the array of enchanting events and festivities happening in Big Sky during the holiday season. Immerse yourself in the whimsical wonders of an enchanted forest, surprise the kids with photos and stories with Santa, browse the holiday markets, and witness the mesmerizing torchlight parade and fireworks illuminating Big Sky’s iconic Lone Peak. 

Check out our 2023-24 Big Sky Winter Events Calendar for holiday festivities and special events taking place during your stay.

7. Pack Essentials for Cold Weather


Big Sky’s winter temperatures can be chilly, so it’s important to pack the right essentials for a comfortable and enjoyable vacation. Make sure to include windproof and waterproof winter clothing to shield yourself from the cold, warm socks and insulated winter boots to keep your feet toasty, and accessories like beanies, gloves and hand warmers to protect against the chill. 

The mountain air is dry so include lip balm, moisturizer, and sunscreen to keep your skin feeling its best. If you happen to forget something, don’t fret! Big Sky Town Center and Mountain Village are home to local stores offering a diverse range of winter essentials including clothing, sports gear, and personal care items. These conveniently located shops serve as a swift solution for any unexpected needs during your stay.

8. Be Mindful of Altitude


When visiting Big Sky, it’s crucial to be mindful of the high altitude at play! The base elevation of Big Sky Resort sits at 7,500 feet above sea level, and the summit of Lone Peak soars to a staggering 11,000 feet, adding an extra element of adventure to your trip. Take a leisurely start on your first day to allow your body to acclimate gradually. 

Staying hydrated is key at these heights, so be sure to take breaks as needed and drink plenty of water, not alcohol! A lesser known fact, the effects of alcohol are more pronounced at higher elevations so take it easy this holiday season! Adventure awaits at every elevation in Big Sky, MT.

9. Check the Road Conditions!


Before traveling to Big Sky, check the road conditions and weather forecasts. Winter conditions can impact road safety, so it is essential to be prepared and informed about the route you plan to take. Please also download directions to your vacation rental prior to your travels. Cell phone signal can be spotty in the mountains and we want to ensure you reach your vacation rental with ease. 

Highway 191 to Big Sky is known for its wildlife crossings! This region is a habitat for bears, elk, moose, deer, bighorn sheep, foxes, and more! Always be wildlife aware, especially when driving, and follow the guidelines to observe wildlife from a safe distance. If you’d prefer to leave the driving to a local, regular airport shuttles and taxi services are available from Bozeman to Big Sky.

10. Book Direct for a Local Experience!


For a quintessential Big Sky adventure, the service of a local team, and the best lodging prices in Big Sky, book your stay directly with Big Sky Vacation Rentals. Whether it’s a contemporary ski condo, a cowboy cabin, or a luxury slopeside chalet, Big Sky Vacation Rentals offers a variety of accommodations to suit your group size and preferences. After a day of exploring, you’ll be unwinding in the comfort of your private holiday home, snuggled by the fireplace, and celebrating the holidays with your nearest and dearest, surrounded by the spectacular scenery of Big Sky, MT. 

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With these tips in mind, your holiday season travel to Big Sky Montana is sure to be filled with unforgettable moments and winter magic. Bundle up, hit the slopes, and savor every moment in this enchanting mountain retreat. Happy holidays and safe travels! 

All that’s left is to start planning your luxury slopeside vacation in Big Sky! Our team at Big Sky Vacation Rentals live here, work here and play here – we know Big Sky! 

For further assistance in trip planning, give our team a call at (888) 915-2787

Browse our Big Sky Vacation Blog for inspiration, download our Big Sky Vacation Guide for all the local information in one place, and book your stay with BSVR for a customized vacation experience and long lasting memories!


How To Plan A Big Sky Vacation This Winter


It’s no secret that Big Sky, Montana is booming! 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”. 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.


1. 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 efforts, 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.


2. 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.


3. 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 easy 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. 


4. 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.


5. 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!


Tips To Plan A Fall Trip To Yellowstone National Park


Yellowstone National Park is the world’s first and most famous National Park! Yellowstone is huge, and spans over 2 million acres and across three states (Wyoming, Idaho, and Montana), it has five entrances and just as many visitor centers, and welcomes nearly 5 million visitors annually. With those types of stats, it’s easy to see why everyone loves this national treasure!

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.


1. 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.


2. 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.


3. 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!


4. 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. 


4 Big Sky Town Center Events Not To Miss


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 its 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.Summer is the best season to plan a getaway to Big Sky, and the the Town Center is a destination for family fun, fab festivals & all things farmers’ markets.

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. 

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, listening to live music in an iconic outdoor arena with top touring bands, and enjoying free fun for the whole family. 

Here are 4 events not to miss at Big Sky Town Center this summer:


#1 – BIG SKY FARMERS MARKET

WHEN: Wednesdays – June 5 to September 25, 2024 

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!


#2 – MUSIC IN THE MOUNTAINS

WHEN: Thursdays – June 20 to September 5, 2024

Center Stage in Len Hill Park, Big Sky Town Center

Thursday evenings, rain or shine, you’ll find an amazing lineup 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 takes place on Center Stage and includes 12 weeks of free family-friendly concerts, the Bravo! Big Sky Music Festival (formerly the Big Sky Classical Music Festival), and a special free performance from Montana Shakespeare in the Parks. View the full line-up for Music in the Mountains 2024 HERE!


#3 – BIG SKY PBR RODEO

WHEN:  July 18 to July 20, 2024

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!


#4 – 2024 WILDLANDS FESTIVAL

WHEN: August 2 to August 3, 2024

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 lineup with world-class artists taking center stage at the Big Sky Events Arena. Tickets to the Wildlands Festival sell fast and availability is limited! A percentage of all ticket sales for the Wildlands Festival are donated to local nonprofits for the preservation and protection of the wildlands of Big Sky.

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!


Tips For Fly Fishing in Big Sky, MT

In Big Sky, there are so many waterways to fish that it can be hard to find the perfect spot for your next trip. So, we teamed up with Gallatin River Guides, Hunter McPhillips to bring you the current fishing report in Big Sky, Montana for the summer.


There are several ways to count the population of fish which helps to understand the fishing conditions. For example, you can set up a fish ladder to manually count every fish as they pass through. You could use a counting fence to count the fish in that restricted region. Or, you could try electro-fishing where a section of the river is electrically shocked, then the fish are temporarily stunned long enough to count once they float to the top, where they can be counted. Instead of making you research things like population dynamics, probability sampling, abundance density distribution, and genetic data, we talked to Hunter McPhillips to get the latest run-down on Big Sky’s fishing report.

Instead of relying on numbers and equations for how many fish are in the water, fishing reports focus on the prospects of catching fish and give advice on how to make your catch. When you’re here in Big Sky, don’t worry about how deep the trout are, what they’re eating, and whether or not they’ll like your bait because we’re saving you that trouble.

The likelihood of catching fish in a river can depend on many things. What predators are in the area and how many? What are the dynamics of the river? How long, wide, and fast is it? Is the river heavily fished? Knowing how many fish are in the river is not going to help us catch more fish. A fishing report will help, but it must come from a trusted source that knows the waterways well and fishes them often.

Gallatin River Guides has been a year-round source for fly fishing the Gallatin, Madison, Yellowstone, and Paradise Valley Spring Creeks for over 30 years. With their expertise in guiding and fishing experience, they’re sure to know their way around the waters. Gallatin River Guides is the best source for all things fishing on your next Big Sky vacation

Gallatin River Guides’ fly fishing trips showcase the great waters of Montana, like the Gallatin River and the Madison River. From these central locations, you can find the highest concentration of world class, wild fly-fishing waters. Take a look at Gallatin River Guide, Hunter McPhillips’, favorite fishing spots for the summer of 2023.

Gallatin River

The Gallatin River has bumped up and turned brown, making for a great fishing option. Targeting water from the bank and fishing the first 1-2 feet off the river’s bank will be key. Fly selection will be easy as bugs release in the high water. Rubber legs, prince nymphs, and worm patterns will be your best bet.

Madison River

The Upper Madison River is starting to rise which should put fish back in easy holding water where the water will be clearer above the West fork. Check the Upper Madison flowcharts to see any plugs of mud heading down low. Stonefly and caddis patterns are the go-to and small streamers near the banks could move some bigger fish.

To reserve your next fly fishing day trip or custom fly fishing adventure, request Hunter McPhillips at Gallatin River Guides.

Big Sky is an outdoor paradise and with so many summer adventures to choose from why not start planning your mountain getaway with Big Sky Vacation Rentals. Stay in the heart of all that our majestic mountain town offers and soak up the beauty of nature. You can enjoy the views while you cook up your fresh catch in one of our luxurious kitchens!


10 Must See Summer Attractions in Big Sky, MT

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.


1. 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.


2. 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. 


3. 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!


4. 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.


5. 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.


6. 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.


7. 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!


8. 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.


9. 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.


10. 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.