Monthly Vacation Guide – June 2024

Every month brings something new and exciting in Big Sky, Montana! But you must be thinking, what is there to do while I’m there on vacation?

To help you plan your stay, our local team has put together the best of Big Sky from dining, properties to stay in, to the best events & activities! Here are our suggestions for unique ways to experience the best of Big Sky, MT in June 2024.

BIG SKY MONTHLY VACATION GUIDE


EVENTS & ACTIVITIES

1. Mountain Biking – Head to Big Sky Resort and enjoy lift-accessed mountain biking starting on June 8th! Take plenty of breaks to take in the views & celebrate your accomplishments up on the hill.

2. Savor Big Sky Wine Festival – Join in on the fun Thursday, June 27th – Sunday, June 30th at this celebration of food, wine, and spirits set against the stunning backdrop of Lone Peak!

3. Big Sky Farmers Market – The 2024 Big Sky Farmers Market will take place every wednesday from 5pm – 8pm in Big Sky Town Center starting June 5th and ending September 25th.

DINING GUIDE

1. 320 Ranch Steakhouse & Saloon – Montana cowboy cuisine featuring steaks and wild game along with a hand selected wine list. A perfect Big Sky dining option.

2. Pinky G’s Pizzeria – Open for dine-in, take out and delivery! Stop by and enjoy delicious food, good people, sports, cocktails or for just a break from the daily grind!

3. Alberto`s Authentic Mexican Cuisine – Offering traditional Mexican cuisine and a full bar, Alberto’s is a tasty option when dining in Big Sky, Montana.

FEAtured Properties

1. Powder Ridge Cabin Oglala 15 – Recently completed and located in the newest phase of the Powder Ridge development, the cozy, cabin-in-the-woods exterior gives way inside to high-end amenities, elegant furnishings, and modern conveniences throughout.

2. Silvertip Cabin 6 Rolling Ridge – This spectacular Moonlight Basin Lodge perched on the hillside in Cowboy Heaven offers picture-perfect views, luxury amenities, and easy access to Big Sky Resort.

3. Powder Ridge Cabin Moose Ridge 2 – Located in private forest surroundings with picture-perfect mountain views and private outdoor fireplace this cozy Big Sky cabin rental is your Big Sky vacation destination.


Big Sky Vacation Rentals offer a hand-picked selection of over 125 luxury vacation rentals in prime locations throughout Big Sky. We’ll find you the perfect home to suit your Big Sky vacation itinerary and assist with vacation planning

Book direct for the best Big Sky prices or call our vacation experts at (888) 915-2787 to start planning your vacation under Montana’s Big Sky. 

Spring 2024 Big Sky Events Calendar

Who doesn’t love a day spent outdoors, enjoying live music and an apres beverage with friends and family? Luckily, Big Sky Resort hosts a variety of different events in their indoor and outdoor venues throughout every season of the year. Read on to learn about the most up-to-date events and live music being offered this spring in Big Sky!

SPRING SERIES APRÈS


March 29 – April 13

Join in on the fun every Friday at Everett’s 8800 and Friday-Sunday in the Mountain Village Plaza—don’t forget your themed outfit!

Spring Series returns bigger and brighter. There’s no better way to wind down after a long day on the slopes or kickstart your weekend with a bang than après. Catch live DJs at Everett’s 8800 or in the Mountain Village Plaza. Grab a drink on the Everett’s 8800 deck or from the Umbrella Bar and get ready to dance in your boots (sorry, skiers). We can’t wait to see you there!

Music Schedule

  • Thursday, March 28 DJs in Mountain Village 3:30 – 6:30 p.m.
  • Friday, March 29 + Saturday, March 30 DJs on Everett’s Deck 12 – 3 p.m., DJs in Mountain Village 3:30 – 6:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, March 31 DJs in Mountain Village 3:30 – 6:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, April 4 DJs in Mountain Village 3:30 – 6:30 p.m.
  • Friday, April 5 + Saturday, April 6 DJs on Everett’s Deck 12 – 3 p.m., DJs in Mountain Village 3:30 – 6:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, April 7 DJs in Mountain Village 3:30 – 6:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, April 11 DJs in Mountain Village 3:30 – 6:30 p.m.
  • Friday, April 12 + Saturday, April 13 DJs on Everett’s Deck 12 – 3 p.m., DJs in Mountain Village 3:30 – 6:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, April 14 DJs in Mountain Village 3:30 – 6:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, April 18 – Sunday, April 21 DJs in Mountain Village 3:30 – 6:30 p.m.
  • April 27-28 is closing weekend! Keep an eye on our events page as details are released.

SHEDHORN SKIMO


March 16

The Shedhorn Ski Mountaineering Race returns to Big Sky this March! In this world-class endurance race, you’ll work against gravity and come away knowing you completed the toughest SkiMo race course in the country. Taking you up long climbs and down big mountain descents like the Big Couloir, this race is not for the lighthearted.

THE RACES

The Shedhorn

16+ miles | 8,000 vertical feet
PREVIEW THE SHEDHORN ROUTE

Summiting Lone Peak twice and decending the classic Big Couloir, this route’s ups and downs are sure to test even the most advanced athletes. This is a technical ski mountaineering race and is designed to test multiple skill sets:

  • 4 alpine climbs with exposure over cliffs and avalanche paths
  • Max elevation of 11,166 feet above sea level
  • 50°+ boot packs
  • 4 alpine ski descents on 45°+ terrain


The Pronghorn

7+ miles | 4,500 vertical feet
PREVIEW THE PRONHORN ROUTE

Climbing to the top of Lone Peak, descending the Big Couloir, and then up and over the Headwaters Ridge, this shortened version of the Shedhorn is still a test of mountaineering feats:

  • 2 alpine climbs with exposure over cliffs and avalanche paths
  • Max elevation of 11,166 feet above sea level
  • 50°+ boot packs
  • 2 alpine ski descents on 45°+ terrain


The Shedling

3 miles | 720 vertical feet

Kids get to join in on the (type two) fun! The Shedling is for junior mountaineers aged 14 & under, traveling up a skin track, transitioning to bootpack, and returning to the base area.

EVENT SCHEDULE


Friday, March 15

5:30 – 7 p.m. Pre-race meeting in the Yellowstone Conference Center – all racers required to attend

Saturday, March 16
6:30 a.m. Racer registration and equipment check in the Yellowstone Conference Center
7:50 a.m. Racers ready at the start line
8 a.m.  Race starts from Mountain Village Plaza
10 a.m. Shedling Race starts from Mountain Village Plaza
1 p.m. Shedling awards ceremony in Mountain Village Plaza
5 p.m. Awards ceremony in Mountain Village Plaza

A DAY FOR JAKE


March 16

Join in on the fun for a global day to celebrate the legacy of Jake Burton Carpenter. Check in at the Burton store to enter the days raffle, pick up stickers and more (while supplies last). #rideonjake

Event Schedule

  • 9 – 12 a.m.: Register and pick up raffle tickets at The Rider’s Room in the Mountain Village
  • 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.: Check out our special park installation in the Powder Seeker Bowl
  • 2:30 – 3 p.m.: Meet at the base of the Bowl for a cheers to Jake and a group ride down Upper Morning Star.​ Lift tickets are required.
  • 4 – 6 p.m.: Après at Vista Hall​ with happy hour specials
  • 5 p.m.: Raffle winners announced in the Mountain Village Plaza

CLOSING WEEKEND


April 28

Help Big Sky Resort close out another great season on April 28th.

MUSIC & FUN FOR ALL!


Weekly Events At Big SKy Resort


Weekly events are always happening at Big Sky Resort! Check out their website for the most up-to-date information about these Weekly Events, and make sure you arrive early to stake your claim!

LIVE MUSIC IN CARABINER

TUESDAYS & FRIDAYS | 4 – 6 P.M.

AVALANCHE DOG MEET & GREET

MONDAYS & WEDNESDAYS | 4:30 P.M.

SMORES IN THE MOUNTAIN VILLAGE PLAZA

MONDAYS & WEDNESDAYS | 2:30 P.M.

PEAKSIDE POURS

TUESDAYS & FRIDAYS | 3 – 4 P.M.

LIVE MUSIC AT MONTANA JACK

MONDAYS – SATURDAYS | 4 – 6 P.M.

STAY with Big Sky Vacation Rentals


The beauty of Big Sky, Montana – you’re surrounded by wilderness and don’t need to find a trailhead to hit the trails! In our collection of 120+ Big Sky vacation rental homes and cabins, you’ll find everything from mountain modern for a luxury stay in Big Sky to quintessential mountain cabins with easy access to the trails, or even the best Big Sky hiking trails on your doorstep! 

Take a tour of the Big Sky Resort neighborhoods, browse our collection of Big Sky rentals online, download our Big Sky Vacation Guide for easy planning, or call our team today at (888) 915-2787

We live here, we play here, and we know the best places to hike in Big Sky, in any season.

The 5 Best Hikes in Big Sky, Montana


Who doesn’t love a day spent in the Great Outdoors? Tucked away in the expansive Madison Range sits the charming mountain town of Big Sky. This little slice of mountain paradise is surrounded by miles upon miles of untouched wilderness home to some of the most epic four-season hiking trails in all of Montana.

Montana is truly wild and the beauty of the mountain trails in Big Sky Country can be enjoyed year-round. Some locals say the best hiking only starts at the first snowfall! Whether you’re planning an easy nature stroll with the kids, a challenging summit climb to the peak of Lone Mountain, a winter snowshoe hike through Big Sky’s scenic snowy landscapes, or trails right from home – you’ll find it in Big Sky, MT.

Ousel Falls


Trailhead: Ousel Falls Road, Big Sky
Hiking & Snowshoeing
Easy: 1.6-mile Out & Back
Elevation Gain: 242 ft

The Ousel Falls trail is a must-do hike during your stay in Big Sky. Centrally located near Big Sky Town Center, the 1.6-mile dog-friendly trail to Ousel Falls offers big rewards with little effort and is an easy and exciting hike for the kids. 

The forested trail crosses a ravine and follows the scenic Gallatin River to a 100-foot waterfall plunging into a natural swimming hole. This Big Sky hike is beautiful in every season abounding in wildlife, fall foliage, and the breathtaking beauty of a frozen waterfall in winter. 

Uplands & Hummocks


Trailhead: Aspen Leaf Drive, Big Sky
Hiking & Snowshoeing
Moderate: 2.2-mile or 3-mile Loop Trail
Elevation Gain: 460 ft

The trailhead to the Uplands & Hummocks Big Sky community trails is located less than a mile from Big Sky Town Center, making this a great dog-friendly and close-to-town hike in Big Sky! Both trails are intermediate with forest canopies and aspen groves for shade, meadows of wildflowers in spring, regular wildlife sightings of moose, elk, and bears, and birds-eye views of Big Sky! These are popular trails for mountain bikers and horseback riders so be prepared to share the trails.

Beehive Basin


Trailhead: Beehive Basin Road, Big Sky
Hiking & Snowshoeing
Moderate: 7.1-mile Out & Back
Elevation Gain: 1,650 ft

The Beehive Basin Trail near Big Sky Mountain Village is ranked one of the “Best Hikes in the World” and is a must for every vacation itinerary in Big Sky – it’s a long hike but you can turn around at any time! The well-groomed trail winds along a creek to a stunning amphitheater-like alpine cirque with a small but spectacular glacial lake. Beehive Basin is a top spot for trout fishing, wildflower and wildlife watching, vibrant fall foliage, and challenging snowshoe hikes through a winter wonderland

Summit Climb to the Top of Lone Peak


Trailhead: Big Sky Resort
Strenuous: 7-mile
Elevation Gain: 3,677 ft

Now for Big Sky’s bucket-list hike – the summit climb to the iconic peak of Lone Mountain at a literally breathtaking elevation of 11,166 feet above sea level! Begin your Lone Peak summit hike on the mellow trails at the base of Big Sky Mountain Village, or from the top of the Swift Current chairlift for a shorter hike. 

From the base of the Bone Crusher ski run, it’s a steep 1.4-mile, 2,015-foot elevation climb to the summit of Lone Peak with panoramic views all the way to the Grand Tetons in Wyoming on a clear day! Solid hiking boots and ski poles are essential.

Lava Lake & Cascade Creek


Trailhead: 35MPH Bridge on Hwy 191, Big Sky
Hiking & Snowshoeing
Moderate: 4.9-mile Out & Back
Elevation Gain: 1,620 ft

The Lava Lake (Cascade Creek) trailhead is situated a short drive north of Big Sky on Scenic Hwy 191, and well worth the adventure. The wooded trail follows Cascade Creek with a slow and steady climb and a couple of steep switchbacks to an awe-inspiring alpine lake framed by the Lee Metcalf Wilderness mountain peaks. The trail is relatively easy however there are lots of rocky sections so good grip shoes and walking poles are highly recommended. 

You can walk the lake’s entire shoreline, fly fish for rainbow trout, take cooling summer dips, or continue on for a strenuous climb to the summit of Table Mountain in the Spanish Peaks. This dog-friendly Big Sky trail is popular for hiking, horseback riding, and winter snowshoeing.

Guided Hikes in Big Sky Country


Guided hikes in Big Sky, Montana offer a unique and rewarding experience, providing insight into the diverse flora and fauna of the unique Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem and the natural beauty of the wilderness surrounding Big Sky. Led by knowledgeable and experienced local naturalist guides, your hiking experience is tailored to match your interests and skill level and is a great way to safely and confidently explore Big Sky, and beyond!

Big Sky Resort: Big Sky Resort offers private 1-hour and 2-hour guided summer hikes with a naturalist for groups of up to 8 on the lift-served hiking trails at Big Sky Resort. Big Sky Resort’s guided hikes are customized for your ability and fitness level making it a great option for a family hike on the ski slopes. In the winter months, Big Sky Resort offers guided snowshoe tours through Moose Tracks Gully near the base area of Mountain Village.  

Lone Mountain Ranch: Lone Mountain Ranch is a top destination for year-round outdoor activities in Big Sky. From May to October, you can venture through the National Forest wilderness with a naturalist and, as the snow falls, there are 30km of snowshoe trails to explore, self-guided or with a Lone Mountain Ranch guide.

Yellowstone National Park: Big Sky is a basecamp for year-round adventures in Yellowstone National Park. Whether you’re visiting in the summer season, wildlife watching in spring, chasing fall foliage or experiencing the beauty of a Yellowstone winter, you’ll find tailored tours of Yellowstone National Park from Big Sky in all four seasons.

Hike from Home with Big Sky Vacation Rentals


The beauty of Big Sky, Montana – you’re surrounded by wilderness and don’t need to find a trailhead to hit the trails! In our collection of 120+ Big Sky vacation rental homes and cabins, you’ll find everything from mountain modern for a luxury stay in Big Sky to quintessential mountain cabins with easy access to the trails, or even the best Big Sky hiking trails on your doorstep! 

Take a tour of the Big Sky Resort neighborhoods, browse our collection of Big Sky rentals online, download our Big Sky Vacation Guide for easy planning, or call our team today at (888) 915-2787

We live here, we play here, and we know the best places to hike in Big Sky, in any season.


10 Reasons to Visit Big Sky Summer 2024


Are you ready to plan the ultimate summer vacation in the mountains? The charming resort town of Big Sky, Montana is the perfect location for your next group getaway, family retreat, or romantic trip for two! 

Nestled in the Rocky Mountains, Big Sky is a stunning alpine destination with endless opportunities for outdoor adventures in nature, relaxation, rejuvenation, and unmatched summer fun! There is something for everyone at any age in Big Sky, MT. Alpine adventures in the great outdoors, summer resort activities – combined with a diverse selection of sunny patios, bars, and nightlife, and small-town festivals under the stars, have made Big Sky a premier destination for adventure seekers. Here are the top 10 reasons to pack your bags and head to Big Sky this summer.

1. EXPERIENCE ThE Small-Town Charm

There is something undeniably charming about small mountain towns in the summer. Big Sky Montana is a thriving mountain resort community with an abundance of small-town charm, friendly locals who are happy to chat and share their stories, and a welcome change of pace from the hustle and bustle of city life. The small-town charm of Big Sky, Montana is a big part of its appeal.

2. Reconnect with Nature

Whether your idea of reconnecting with nature is climbing to the summit of Lone Peak, hiking, biking, or horse riding the backcountry trails, paddling Lake Levinsky or a remote alpine lake, or basking in natural hot springs – it’s easy to reconnect with nature in Big Sky, MT. The mild summer weather is perfect for adventuring in nature – fresh cool mornings, warm afternoons, and crisp evenings with secluded wide-open spaces to stargaze the majestic Montana skies.

3. Unique Alpine Experiences

There’s more to Big Sky Resort than the “Biggest Skiing in America”. Summertime at Big Sky Resort is a blast! Enjoy a scenic chairlift ride to miles of lift-served trails for mountain biking, hiking, or guided tours, ride the Ramcharger 8 to the archery course, play a round of alpine disc golf, or zipline down Big Sky’s ski slopes on the Nature or Adventure Zipline Tour. 

Back at the Big Sky Mountain Village base area, you’ll find shopping, restaurants, and endless fun for the whole family at Adventure Mountain with a climbing wall, bungee trampoline, giant swing, marble run, gemstone mining, and mini-golf.

4. Award-Winning Golf

Surrounded by stunning landscapes and snow-clad peaks, the award-winning Arnold Palmer-designed golf course at Big Sky Resort is a top attraction in the summer. Located in Big Sky Meadow Village, this classic 18-hole links-style course sits at an elevation of 6,500 feet and stretches out to 6,806 yards at a par 72. Players are presented with impressive alpine scenery, a challenging design suited for all skill levels, and a well-maintained course worth the tee time! 

For the ultimate summer golf getaway to Big Sky, browse our collection of Meadow Village vacation homes or book your stay in our 3-bedroom and 4-bedroom Spanish Peaks Club condos backing onto the Big Sky Golf Course, with luxury community amenities included in your stay.

5. Check Out Filming Locations from “A River Runs Through It

The classic movie “A River Runs Through It” filmed many of their fly-fishing scenes on the mighty Gallatin River that flows through the heart of Big Sky. The drive from Bozeman to Big Sky along US-191 follows the Gallatin River with pull-outs to soak up the scenery, world-class trout fishing, riverside trails abounding in wildlife, and whitewater rafting trips with Class I rapids for first-timers and gnarly Class IV+ rapids for thrill seekers. Download our Big Sky Vacation Guide App to find the best guided fly-fishing packages, whitewater rafting tours, and riverside hiking trails to personally experience the unsurpassed beauty of “A River Runs Through It” during your summer vacation in Big Sky, MT.

6. Summer Festivals & Events

There’s always something fun happening in the summertime, with a long lineup of festive events that only add to the small-town charm of Big Sky. Pick up local produce and one-of-a-kind crafts and souvenirs at the weekly Big Sky Farmers market, dance under the stars at Music in the Mountains, or unleash your inner cowboy at a classic western rodeo or PBR bull-riding event. 

From Center Stage in Big Sky Town Center to the summer slopes of Big Sky Resort, the summer festivals and events in Big Sky are filled with small-town community spirit and are truly epic!

7. Bluebird Patio Dining

Summer is the season to enjoy the best aprés ski outdoor patios in Big Sky, many offering live music during peak season and gorgeous views of the Montana mountain peaks. End a round of golf at the Bunker Deck & Grill overlooking Big Sky Meadows, dine on the slopeside decks at Big Sky Resort, or take a stroll around Big Sky Town Center with a great selection of bars, tasting rooms, breweries, and restaurants with bustling outdoor patios packed with locals and summer tourists. 

Alternatively, you can take advantage of our local grocery delivery or private catering and personal chef services and experience the finest patio dining with Lone Peak views from the comfort of your home-away-from-home in Big Sky, MT. 

8. Yellowstone National Park

Big Sky is only a short drive through the scenic Gallatin Canyon to Yellowstone National Park – perfect for a day trip to explore the natural wonders of America’s oldest national park. Summer in Yellowstone is busy! Staying in Big Sky offers the opportunity to experience the splendor of Yellowstone in summer, and return to a quintessential Montana cabin in the mountains, without the crowds! 

Big Sky’s proximity to the West Entrance of Yellowstone National Park makes it a perfect basecamp for guided tours or family day trips to Yellowstone in summer.

9. Getting to Big Sky is Easy!

Getting to Big Sky is Easy! Big Sky is an easy drive to destination with non-stop flights from over 30 destinations on the east and west coast, making it one of the most connected mountain resort destinations in America. Car rentals and convenient transportation services are readily available with door-to-door service to your Big Sky vacation rental

The Skyline Bus offers a free shuttle service through the summer season with stops in all of Big Sky’s neighborhoods and on-call taxis are available to get around Big Sky. Local Tip! If you’re driving to Big Sky, please download directions to your vacation rental in advance – cell service driving through the mountains can be spotty!

10. Big Sky Vacation Rentals

Big Sky Vacation Rentals have a summer home-away-from-home for every group size and summer style. Stay in the heart of Big Sky Resort Mountain Village with resort amenities and summer activities on your doorstep, on the lush greens of the golf course, within walking distance to the summer fun at Big Sky Town Center, or surrounded by forests and wildlife on the slopes of Moonlight Basin

Our collection of custom Big Sky homes and cabins are equipped with your summer vacation in mind! Gorgeous gourmet kitchens and patios for alfresco dining, outdoor firepits and hot tubs for crisp summer nights, luxury vacation amenities to enhance your stay, and stunning views of the Big Sky landscapes. Book direct online or call our team at (888) 915-2787 – we’d be happy to match you with the perfect home for your summer vacation in Big Sky, MT.


Where To Stay in Big Sky, MT


You’ve picked the best destination in the west, Big Sky Montana! Now it’s time to find a vacation home in a neighborhood to suit your vacation style, size and budget. Big Sky is experiencing massive growth with new developments, communities, and vacation rental options being added to the map regularly. One of the most common questions the Big Sky Vacation Rentals team is asked “Where should I stay in Big Sky?” 

When deciding where to stay in Big Sky consider a few things – desired proximity to the slopes and resort areas, nearby shopping and restaurants, and the level of seclusion you’re seeking for your vacation. Getting around Big Sky is easy. In season, the free Skyline shuttle bus operates between all Big Sky neighborhoods or choose to stay slopeside at the base of Big Sky Resort and vacation without a car.   

The Big Sky community can be broken down into three distinct neighborhoods: Meadow Village, Big Sky Mountain Village, and Moonlight Basin. Big Sky Vacation Rentals feature a selection of 120+ mountain cabins, ski chalets, luxury suites, and custom Big Sky homes with options in every Big Sky neighborhood. 

Our vacation rentals can accommodate anywhere from 2 to 28 guests with neighboring properties for large group gatherings or a first-class family reunion in Big Sky! You’ll love the gourmet kitchens, wood-burning fireplaces, private hot tubs and fire pits with mountain views, games rooms, and luxury amenities that make BSVR stand out from the rest. Find a neighborhood to suit your style and spend your vacation in luxury with Big Sky Vacation Rentals!


Big Sky Meadow Village

Meadow Village is the first Big Sky neighborhood you reach after exiting US Highway 191 from the Gallatin Canyon. Situated a scenic 7-mile drive (or free shuttle ride) from Mountain Village and Big Sky Resort, and walking distance to Big Sky Town Center, Meadow Village is centrally located to experience both sides of Big Sky – the resort vibe and local community! 

Big Sky Town Center has rapidly evolved into Big Sky’s downtown area and is the heartbeat of the local community. The Meadow Village and Big Sky Town Center neighborhood is home to a movie theater, outdoor ice rink, and the biggest concentration of restaurants, cafés, aprés bars, and stores in Big Sky. It’s also the main hub for Big Sky’s most notable local events including the Annual Big Sky Winter Fest.

Big Sky Meadow Village rentals do not have ski-in/ski-out access but you’re only a short drive or shuttle ride to free skier parking at Big Sky Resort. If cross-country skiing is on your Big Sky itinerary, the Big Sky Nordic Center is minutes away and connects to a network of trail systems at Lone Mountain Ranch. Our luxury Spanish Peaks Club condos are minutes from the trails … or seek seclusion in a custom mountain lodge in the meadows. Browse our selection of luxury Big Sky Meadow Village vacation rentals.


Big Sky Mountain Village

If proximity to Big Sky Resort amenities and ski lifts is your first priority, book your stay in Big Sky Mountain Village. The Mountain Village neighborhood sits at an elevation of 7,500 feet at the base of Big Sky’s iconic Lone Peak with majestic mountain views, a vibrant alpine atmosphere, and direct access to everything. 

There’s no need for a rental car in Mountain Village! The Big Sky Resort base area is within walking distance with lively après bars, sunny outdoor patios, restaurants, shopping and quick, easy access to 5,850 acres of skiable terrain and endless alpine experiences at Big Sky Resort. With regular service throughout the ski season, the free Skyline Bus Shuttle makes it easy to explore beyond the resort area.

Mountain Village is home to a wide variety of luxury Big Sky vacation rentals with some of the best ski-in ski-out access to Big Sky Resort. Popular ski-in/ski-out neighborhoods in Big Sky Mountain Village include Homestead Chalets, Black Eagle Lodges, Beaverhead Condos, Powder Ridge Cabins, and luxury custom homes on the slopes of Big Sky Resort. Browse our selection of luxury Big Sky Mountain Village vacation rentals.


Moonlight Basin

Encompassing 8,000 acres on the north side of Lone Mountain, Moonlight Basin is a luxury ski-in/ski-out neighborhood and a haven for nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts. This unique Big Sky neighborhood offers the epitome of Montana mountain living with serene surroundings, stunning views of the Spanish Peaks, bountiful wildlife, and luxury slopeside rentals set away from the hustle and bustle of Town Center and Big Sky Resort. 

Our luxury vacation rentals in Moonlight Basin have exceptional ski-in/ski-out access to both the Mountain Village and Madison base areas of Big Sky Resort and guests have an option to purchase exclusive membership to Moonlight Lodge with tavern dining, a fitness center, a family lounge, and outdoor pool and hot tub open year-round.  

Moonlight Basin is a short drive from Big Sky Town Center and Moonlight Basin with Skyline shuttle stops making it easy to shop, dine, and socialize and return home to quiet seclusion! From classic Cowboy Heaven and Ulerys Lake cabins to magnificent Moonlight Mountain custom homes and lodges, there’s a retreat for every traveler in Big Sky Moonlight Basin. Browse our selection of luxury Big Sky Moonlight Basin vacation rentals.


Many of our vacation rentals are in newer Big Sky neighborhoods and developments and cell phone reception can be spotty driving in the mountains. When driving to Big Sky, please use GPS with care and preferably download directions prior to your travels to avoid ending up in the wrong location! When you stay with BSVR we’re by your side throughout the vacation planning process and our team will send you exact driving directions to your vacation home prior to your arrival to get you there safely. 

Explore the best Big Sky has to offer, find the ultimate Big Sky vacation rental, and don’t miss a thing when you download our Big Sky Vacation Guide – all the Big Sky resources you need in one place!


Big Sky Autumn Events Calendar 2023


Amidst the breathtaking scenery and crisp mountain air, a realm of fall wonders awaits in Big Sky, Montana. Whether you’re a music enthusiast, trailblazer, thrill seeker, or someone who simply delights in the beauty of autumn’s changing leaves, Big Sky boasts a delightful lineup of autumn activities and events backdropped by the majestic Montana mountains and the western charm of our small mountain town.


Metal in the Mountains

Thursday, September 14, 2023 | 5 PM

Location: Len Hill Park – Big Sky Town Center 

Schedule of Events
5:30 PM Stoneman’s Way
6:30 PM Liquid Gnar
8:00 PM Scavenger

Elevate your autumn adventure in Big Sky at the exhilarating Metal in the Mountain festival. Hosted by the Arts Council of Big Sky and Rocks Tasting Room, Metal in the Mountains is a special addition to the Music in the Mountains summer series and a first of its kind in Big Sky. This free end of summer bonus festival features three local heavy metal bands headlined by local Big Sky band Scavenger with supporting acts from Liquid Gnar of Belgrade and Stoneman’s Way of Big Sky.


The Rut

Friday, September 15, 2023 – Sunday, September 17, 2023

Location: Lone Mountain, Big Sky

For those seeking a fall challenge that blends breathtaking scenery with physical prowess, look no further than The Rut Mountain Run on Big Sky’s iconic Lone Mountain. The Rut is a three-day Montana mountain running celebration designed for all levels of athletes, from amateurs and kids to professional trail runners. Please note that 2023 Registration is FULL but it’s a great event for spectators too! The Kids 1K Rut Run is still open for registration.

15th Annual Big Sky Farmers Market

Wednesday, September 27, 2023 | 5 PM to 8 PM

Location: Big Sky Town Center 

The final Big Sky Fall Farmers Market takes place on Wednesday, September 27 in Big Sky Town Center Plaza. Slightly smaller than the summer farmers market, the fall market features handmade crafts and artwork from talented local artisans, live music, food vendors, and a variety of fresh fall produce and seasonal supplies from local farmers.  

Big Sky Cars & Coffee

Sunday, October 1, 2023 | 8 AM to 12 PM

Location: Big Sky Town Center Plaza

Calling all car enthusiasts! Prepare for a high-octane morning at Big Sky Cars & Coffee in Town Center Plaza. Taking place on the first Sunday of every month, this fun event features a dazzling array of cars ranging from classic and luxury vehicles to hot rods and muscle cars. Engage with fellow enthusiasts, swap stories, and sip coffee surrounded by the sights of autumn in Big Sky, MT. 

7th Annual Haunted Peaks Halloween Festival

October 27-29, 2023

Location: Big Sky Town Center 

Embrace the spooky side of fall at the 7th Annual Haunted Peaks Halloween Festival, a three-day Dia De Los Muertos and Halloween celebration in Big Sky Town Center. Bring the whole family along for a bewitching experience that includes traditional holiday activities, pumpkin carving competitions, a costume contest and block party, trick or treating, haunted runs, horror films, and so much more!

Thanksgiving Dinners

Thursday, November 23, 2023

Whether you’re looking for a traditional feast in a ranch-style setting or an intimate holiday meal at home, Big Sky offers a variety of Thanksgiving dinner options. Take advantage of our grocery delivery services to stock your rental with all you need for a family Turkey Day at home, indulge in a gourmet Thanksgiving dinner party with a personal chef, or reserve a table for a traditional Montana Thanksgiving meal at a local Big Sky restaurant.


Big Sky Resort 2023-34 Winter Opening Day

Wednesday, November 22, 2023 | 9 AM

Fall signals the approach of a winter wonderland and there’s no better way to usher it in than at Big Sky Resort’s 2023-24 Winter Opening Day! Get ready for Big Sky’s biggest and best season yet! Big Sky’s 50th anniversary season kicks off on Wednesday, November 22 with the opening of the new Lone Peak tram and fun, family-friendly opening day festivities in Mountain Village. Big Sky Resort is scheduled to close on April 28th, making Winter 2023-24 the longest Big Sky ski season on record! 

During your search for Big Sky Thanksgiving rentals, please check the ski access information on each property before booking. November and the first half of December are considered early season and, while there are plenty of snow covered slopes for skiers and snowboarders, some ski in ski out Big Sky rentals rely on lifts that are not open in the early season. Browse our ski-in ski-out rentals HERE.


Big Sky Christmas Stroll

December 8-9, 2023

Location: Big Sky Town Center 

The Big Sky Christmas Stroll is a cherished holiday tradition that kicks off the festive season in Big Sky. During this magical two-day event, the streets of Big Sky Meadow Village and Town Center come alive with fun festivities including tree lighting ceremonies, photos with Santa, Christmas carolers, fireworks, wagon rides, ice skating, live music, and outdoor activities on Big Sky’s illuminated winter trails. Browse our vacation rentals near Big Sky Meadow Village and Town Center HERE.

Live Music at Tips Up

Every Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday | 9:45 PM – 11:45 PM

Location: Big Sky Town Center 

Looking to unwind and let loose with some live music and laid-back vibes? Located in the heart of Big Sky’s Town Center, Tips Up guarantees a good time with live music, interactive games like shuffleboard and cornhole, and arcade and casino favorites including live poker! Open for lunch, dinner, and late night entertainment, when you’re down for a good time (and the best fried chicken in Big Sky), head to Tips Up in Big Sky Town Center. Click HERE to view the Tips Up live music schedule.

The Waypoint

Location: Big Sky Town Center 

Formerly known as The Independent, The Waypoint in Town Center is the place where Big Sky comes together! The Waypoint is a movie theater and community hub with a Mediterranean inspired restaurant, seasonal outdoor bar, relaxing atmosphere, and a lineup of events that appeal to all ages. Tickets for all events are available at the door. 

DAILY MOVIES | 5 PM & 7 PM
Throwback movie nights, comedy movies, film festivals, and more!
Cost: $15.50 Adults – $10 kids 

SUNDAY FUNDAY | 2 PM to 11:55 PM
Food, outdoor games, drink specials, and bottomless bubbles! 
Cost: $25 

MONDAY FAMILY NIGHT | 5 PM to 7 PM
Drinks, board games, and great specials for the kids and parents too! 
Cost: $10 kids meal & mocktail – $2 off wine, beer & cocktails

WEDNESDAY TRIVIA NIGHT | 8 PM to 10 PM
Live trivia for the whole family every Wednesday night
Cost: Free

THURSDAY HARRY POTTER FEST – The Chamber of Secrets | 7 PM to 9:30 PM
Journey to Hogwarts for the Fall Harry Potter Fest 
Cost: $10 at the door

FRIDAY KARAOKE NIGHT | 9 PM to 11:55 PM
Bring the house down at Karaoke Night at The Waypoint
Cost: Free 


Autumn’s Wonders Await with Big Sky Vacation Rentals

Imagine waking up in the heart of the action with the best of Big Sky right on your doorstep! At Big Sky Vacation Rentals, we’re here to make your fall getaway truly exceptional. With cozy creature comforts perfectly suited for crisp autumn weather, luxurious amenities that pamper you after a day of adventures, and easy access to Big Sky’s signature events, we’re here to ensure your stay is as magical as the season itself! 

PS: Our slopeside rentals in Mountain Village are perfectly positioned for the ultimate Opening Day at Big Sky Resort. We hope to see you on the slopes!


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.

Browse our collection of ski-in ski-out rentals in Big Sky    


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. 

Book Big Sky Mountain Sports School ski and snowboard lessons


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. 

Explore all Big Sky Resort Lift Ticket Options


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! 

Take a Tour of Big Sky Resort Winter Trails


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. 

Learn About Safety at Big Sky Resort


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.


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!