Savor Big Sky Wine Festival 2024


Big Sky is your summer basecamp to the wonders of Yellowstone National Park and beyond. Home to wide-open spaces, blue-ribbon trout rivers, endless miles of trails, and fascinating mountain vistas, and an incredible food + wine scene!

WHEN: THURSDAY, JUNE 27 – SUNDAY, JUNE 30, 2024

Savor Big Sky Wine Festival is a celebration of food, wine, + spirits set against the stunning backdrop of Big Sky, Montana. Join in on the fun for an experience where you’ll expand your palate through the long weekend and beyond, shaped by world-renowned chefs, wineries, breweries, and spirits purveyors paired with the best local ingredients. Big Sky’s grand setting will not be lost on you as you hike to brunch, sip a glass of wine with live music, or stargaze with spirits in hand. Read on to view the entire event schedule and click through to buy your tickets today!

SAVOR GRAND TASTING

At the heart of Savor Big Sky is the Grand Tasting: a celebration of local, regional, and international farm-to-table fare. Over 30 wineries, breweries, and distilleries will showcase their best varieties alongside over eight of the region’s exemplary food purveyors, all against the backdrop of Big Sky’s Lone Mountain and the sounds of Montana’s own Tsunami Funk.

EVENT SCHEDULE

THURSDAY – JUNE 27th, 2024

BETTER OFF RED FARM-TO-TABLE DINNER

6 – 9 p.m. | Peaks Chophouse & Wine Lounge

Start your weekend at Better Off Red, a 5-course farm-to-table dinner at Peak’s Chophouse & Wine Lounge. Celebrate locally-sourced ingredients provided by Montana-based Chef Scott Myers and a selection of rich, complex red wines from Reynolds Family Winery. Full menu and wine pairings will be released in June.

Tickets Limited — $279

MUSIC IN THE MOUNTAINS

6 – 9 p.m. | Lenn Hill Park in Town Center

For more than a decade, Music in the Mountains has been Montana’s finest free outdoor concert series, featuring the best up-and-coming touring musicians as well as established, well-known, and well-loved artists from across the country. The festival also includes the Bravo! Big Sky Music Festival, and a free performance from Montana Shakespeare in the Parks.

FRIDAY – JUNE 28th, 2024

ANDESITE(S) + SIP

10 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. | Everett’s 8800

Savor the unparalleled beauty of Big Sky from 8800′ atop Andesite Mountain. Enjoy a two-mile hike or a ride up Ramcharger 8 chairlift and replenish with a 3-course, wine-paired lunch featuring selections from Argentina’s Piattelli Vineyards at Everett’s 8800. Sommelier Grant Jennings will guide you through this South American tasting lunch. Full menu and wine pairings will be released in June.

ROSÉ ALL DAY SEMINAR

1 – 2:30 p.m. | Peaks Chophouse & Wine Lounge

Take a ride up Ramcharger 8 chairlift and learn about the different styles and flavors of rosé, led by Sommelier Kellie Martin with SommSchool. Enjoy light bites from the culinary team at Everett’s 8800 while tasting different regions and grape varietals that make up this warm-weather favorite sip. Full menu and wine pairings will be released in June.

Limited Tickets — $89

SAVOR BIG SKY WELCOME PARTY

6 – 9 p.m. | Vista Hall

Join us for live music from Amanda Stewart, food tastings celebrating regional chefs, local distilleries and breweries, and highlighting wine from around the world. Full menu and wine pairings will be released in June.

Limited Tickets — $109

SATURDAY – JUNE 29th, 2024

BRUNCH BITES + BIG SIGHTS

10 a.m. – 12 p.m. | Everett’s 8800

Bubbly, brunch, and a beautiful view. Ride the Ramcharger 8 chairlift to Everett’s 8800 deck and sip and savor a delicious brunch tasting menu with selections from Gruet Winery. Sommelier Kellie Martin with SommSchool will lead you through this pairing brunch while you take in views of Lone Mountain. Full menu and wine pairings will be released in June.

Limited Tickets — $119

TRAILHEAD TASTINGS

11 a.m. – 2 p.m. | Peaks Chophouse & Wine Lounge

Lace up your boots and enjoy a guided hike exploring the terrain and vast beauty that Big Sky has to offer, followed by a 3-course, wine-paired lunch led by VinCru and Montana-based Chef Daniel Cox. Full menu and wine pairings will be released in June.

Limited Tickets — $129

FIRST SIP – SAVOR BIG SKY GRAND TASTING

2 – 2:30 p.m. | Mountain Village Plaza

Reserve your peakside table, meet the purveyors, and sip some of the best wine with this Grand Tasting Early Access. Includes General Admission Grand Tasting access from 2:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Tickets Limited — $159

SAVOR BIG SKY GRAND TASTING

2:30 – 5:30 p.m. | Mountain Village Plaza

At the heart of Savor Big Sky is the Grand Tasting: a celebration of local, regional, and international farm-to-table fare. Over 30 wineries, breweries, and distilleries will showcase their best varieties alongside over eight of the region’s best food purveyors. Guests can also look forward to a demonstration by Chef Jaison Leroy and live music by Montana’s own Tsunami Funk.

Tickets Limited — $139

SUNDAY – JUNE 30th, 2024

BUBBLES + BRUNCH

11 a.m. – 1 p.m. | Peaks Chophouse & Wine Lounge

A Savor Big Sky send-off. Cap off your weekend with delectable dishes from the culinary team at Peaks Chophouse & Wine Lounge and sparkling sips from Wine Bridge Imports. Full menu and wine pairings will be released in June.

Tickets Limited — $109

GETTING TO BIG SKY

Located a scenic hour-long drive through the Gallatin National Forest south of Bozeman, Big Sky has never been easier to access. With over 30 nonstop flights, Big Sky is the best-served mountain destination in the country. Extend your trip and explore all that the area has to offer, including Yellowstone National Park.


The Finest Big Sky Homes

Interested in other rental options with breathtaking views of Lone Mountain and the area? We offer the largest selection of luxury homes in the Big Sky, Moonlight and Meadow Village area. Whether you are looking for a cozy mountain cabin or a modern estate, we have the home for you.  Please give us a call today at +1-888-915-2787 or email us at info@bookbigsky.com to inquire, or simply browse through our available properties

Big Sky Winter Events Calendar ’23/24 


Winter magic calls to you from beautiful Big Sky, Montana! From enchanting forest walks, to captivating holiday traditions, to world-class music and epic winter sports, Big Sky beckons travelers from far and wide to experience a winter wonderland amidst the towering peaks of the Rocky Mountains.

The winter season starts early in Big Sky, MT. Wednesday, November 22nd marks the opening day of Big Sky Resort’s 2023-24 winter ski season, welcoming skiers and snowboarders to explore the slopes – and be the first to experience the all-new transformed Lone Peak tram coming Winter 2023. Big Sky’s bucket-list experiences don’t stop at skiing and snowboarding. Big Sky’s winter calendar is packed with off-slope activities and thrilling events that promise to make the season unforgettable. 

Bundle up, embrace the crisp mountain air, and come to Big Sky Montana this winter. In the meantime, check out this handy calendar of winter events…

Warren Miller Performing Arts Center 

The Warren Miller Performing Arts Center (WMPAC) opened its doors on March 12th, 2013 through a collaborative effort of the Big Sky Community, Friends of Big Sky Education, and the Big Sky School District. This incredible venue brings creative vision to the stage in Big Sky, through world-class acts, local performers, and community inspiration. The venue features only 280-seats that create an intimate experience, with dynamic sound and up-close visuals that draw in the audience members and engage the senses. Check out their schedule for the 2024 season HERE!

E: info@warrenmillerpac.org
P: 406-995-6345
VISIT WMPAC


Enchanted Forest

When winter blankets the stunning landscapes, a magical world awaits at Big Sky Resort’s Enchanted Forest. This enchanting experience is a must-visit during your winter getaway in Big Sky. Ride the Ramcharger 9 chairlift to embark on a journey through the woods, illuminated by thousands of twinkling lights. This immersive winter wonderland experience is perfect for couples, families, or solo adventurers! It’s a wonderful way to kick off your winter vacation in Big Sky, MT. 

Location: Big Sky Resort


Photos & Stories with Santa

December 24, 2023 | 7 PM 

There’s no better way to create lasting memories than by celebrating Christmas Eve with Santa at the Huntley Lodge in Big Sky. Bring your camera and holiday spirit as Santa Clause listens to your wishes and reads the enchanting holiday classic “T’was the Night Before Christmas”. After your visit with Santa, enjoy heartwarming holiday meals and festive slopeside après ski at one of Big Sky’s restaurants or bars. Reservations are essential at all Big Sky restaurants during the holiday season!   

Location: Huntley Lodge


Christmas Eve Torchlight Parade

December 24, 2023 | 7 PM 

Imagine mountain peaks lit up by the soft flow of torches as skiers and snowboarders descend! The Big Sky Christmas Eve Torchlight Parade is a captivating tradition where Andesite Mountain comes alive with a procession of torch-bearing skiers snaking down the slopes followed by festive fireworks lighting up Lone Peak. Hundreds of spectators gather around the base of Mountain Village for this highly-anticipated event. This winter season, you should too! 

Location: Big Sky Resort Mountain Village



New Year’s Eve Celebrations

December 31, 2023 

Bid farewell to the old year and welcome in the new with a bang at Big Sky Resort’s New Year’s Eve Celebrations. Indulge in a family-friendly New Year’s Eve buffet in the Huntley Lodge dining room, join the festivities and fireworks in Mountain Village, then ring in the new year with DJs and dancing at The Exchange. Whether you’re looking for a romantic evening with a loved one, a lively party with friends, or festivities fit for the whole family, you’ll find the perfect way to usher in the New Year in Big Sky, MT. 

Location: Big Sky Resort Mountain Village

Annual Best in the West Showdown

February, 2024 

The Annual Best in the West Showdown transforms Big Sky Town Center into a hub of winter-themed activities and live entertainment. Presented by Big Sky Skijoring, this four-day family-friendly festival features fast-paced skijoring competitions, silent discos and street dances, pro ice carving competitions, Viking races, sledding, kids obstacle courses, and so much more! If you’re looking for the coolest way to enjoy winter in Big Sky, book your stay near Big Sky Town Center now

Location: Big Sky Town Center

International Guitar Night

February 17, 2024 | Time TBA 

For a change of pace, treat yourself to an evening of world-class entertainment at the Warren Miller Performing Arts Center in Big Sky. The 24th Anniversary North American Tour of International Guitar Night brings together acoustic rock interpreter Luca Stricagnoli, award-winning classical guitarist Thu Le, internationally renowned Brazilian composer Marco Pereira, and blues slide guitarist and singer Minnie Marks for an enchanting musical experience. 

Location: Warren Miller Performing Arts Center


Big Sky Winter Market

March, 2024 | Date TBA 

Explore the local crafts, talents, and flavors of Big Sky at the Winter Market, held in the Wilson Hotel at Big Sky Town Center. This market showcases the best of the region, from handmade goods and artwork to locally produced food and beverages. The Winter Market is a delightful way to support the local community, discover the hidden gems of our mountain town, and find unique souvenirs and gifts to remember your winter adventure in Big Sky, MT. 

Location: Big Sky Town Center


Weekly Events in Big Sky, MT 


In addition to these annual events, Big Sky Montana offers a dynamic weekly calendar of winter activities and entertainment. From aprés ski, live music, and karaoke nights to fun family events, there’s always something happening during winter ski season in Big Sky! 

MONDAYS 

LIVE MUSIC AT MONTANA JACK | 4 PM – 6 PM

LIVE MUSIC IN VISTA HALL | 4 PM – 6 PM

MONDAY FAMILY NIGHT AT WAYPOINT | 5 PM to 7 PM

MOVIE NIGHT IN THE HUNTLEY LODGE AMPHITHEATER | 7 PM 

TUESDAYS 

LIVE MUSIC AT MONTANA JACK | 4 PM – 6 PM

LIVE MUSIC IN CARABINER LOUNGE | 4 PM – 6 PM 

WEDNESDAYS 

AVALANCHE DOG MEET & GREET AT THE HUNTLEY MOUNTAIN SIDE PATIO | 4:30 PM

LIVE MUSIC AT MONTANA JACK | 4 PM – 6 PM

LIVE MUSIC IN VISTA HALL | 4 PM – 6 PM

MOVIE NIGHT IN THE HUNTLEY LODGE AMPHITHEATER | 7 PM

WEDNESDAY TRIVIA NIGHT AT WAYPOINT | 8 PM to 10 PM

LIVE MUSIC AT TIPS UP IN BIG SKY TOWN CENTER | 9:45 PM – 11:45 PM 

THURSDAYS 

LIVE DJS AT WESTWARD SOCIAL | 3 PM – 6 PM

LIVE MUSIC AT MONTANA JACK | 4 PM – 6 PM

LIVE MUSIC AT TIPS UP IN BIG SKY TOWN CENTER | 9:45 PM – 11:45 PM 

FRIDAYS 

LIVE DJS IN THE MOUNTAIN VILLAGE PLAZA | 3 PM – 6 PM

LIVE MUSIC AT MONTANA JACK | 4 PM – 6 PM

LIVE MUSIC IN CARABINER LOUNGE | 4 PM – 6 PM

MOVIE NIGHT IN THE HUNTLEY LODGE AMPHITHEATER | 7 PM

LIVE MUSIC AT TIPS UP IN BIG SKY TOWN CENTER | 9:45 PM – 11:45 PM

FRIDAY KARAOKE NIGHT AT WAYPOINT | 9 PM to 11:55 PM 

SATURDAYS 

AVALANCHE DOG MEET & GREET AT THE HUNTLEY MOUNTAIN SIDE PATIO | 4:30 PM

LIVE DJS IN THE MOUNTAIN VILLAGE PLAZA | 3 PM – 6 PM

LIVE MUSIC AT TIPS UP IN BIG SKY TOWN CENTER | 9:45 PM – 11:45 PM 

SUNDAYS 

SUNDAY FUNDAY AT WAYPOINT | 2 PM to 11:55 PM

LIVE DJS IN THE MOUNTAIN VILLAGE PLAZA | 3 PM – 6 PM 


WINTER FUN AwaitS with Big Sky Vacation Rentals

When planning your winter escape to Big Sky, consider the comfort and convenience of a vacation rental! Stay near the best winter events in Big Sky with the flexibility of your own space and the freedom to create your own winter adventures. 

Whether you’re seeking a cozy mountain cabin, a contemporary condo, or a luxurious mountain chalet, you’ll find a range of accommodations to suit your needs with Big Sky Vacation Rentals and a team of local experts to customize your stay!   

We live here, we play here, we know Big Sky!

Top 5 Fall Activities in Big Sky, MT


Fall is the perfect time of year for epic leaf-peeping adventures in Big Sky with cooler temperatures, fewer crowds, festive fall events and the soft golden hues of the aspens and cottonwoods highlighting the spectacular outdoor beauty that surrounds Big Sky. 

1. Resort Activities


Big Sky Resort offers award-winning golf, ziplining, a bungee trampoline, disc golf, archery and scenic chair rides up Andesite Mountain for hiking, mountain biking or an off-road experience on the Lone Mountain Expedition. On a clear day you can see from the summit of Lone Peak across two National Parks and three states!

2. Fall Hikes in Big Sky


The trail lined mountains of Big Sky boast endless adventures for all ages, close to town and in the secluded backcountry. Below are a few of our favorite trails highlighted for vibrant fall foliage and gorgeous mountain views. Always be prepared for approaching wildlife and carry bear spray when adventuring in Big Sky country!

Ousel Falls

This popular fall trail is easy to access and hike! The 1.6 mile trail follows the South Fork ravine through the pines, along the river, creeks and pools to the beautiful Ousel Falls. The Yellow Mule Trail and South Fork Loop join this trail for a longer hike. There are several picnic sites along the trail for a picnic break.

Beehive Basin

Big Sky’s best hike is a scenic moderate 6.6-mile out and back hike that leads to Beehive Basin, a crystal clear lake surrounded by the incredible Spanish Peaks wilderness and overlooking Lone Peak. Pack a picnic and spend the day soaking up the fall colors, mountain views and cool alpine waters.

Storm Castle

The Storm Castle trail is a popular 5.3 mile moderate trail in the Gallatin River Canyon. The trail begins at Storm Castle Creek and climbs up steep switchbacks through the forest and rocky slopes to the summit of Storm Castle Peak for magical views of Garnet Mountain, the Gallatin River and the upper Madison Range.

3. Horseback Riding


Horseback riding in the Montana backcountry is best in the cooler months when beautiful fall foliage surrounds you and you can find many opportunities to observe wildlife. Book a trail ride on an authentic Montana ranch or combine a day in the wilderness with an epic fly fishing adventure on the Gallatin River.

4. Yellowstone National Park


Take a day-trip to Yellowstone National Park for leaf-peeping, geyser gazing and wildlife viewing! The west entrance of Yellowstone is only a 50 mile scenic drive south of Big Sky, Montana. Interested in learning more about what Yellowstone National Park is like in the fall? Click here!

5. Stargazing from our Luxury Rentals


Fall is one of the best times to see the Milky Way, and even the Northern Lights over the Montana skies. Stay with Big Sky Vacation Rentals and choose from our selection of vacation homes and condos with luxury amenities including outdoor hot tubs, private wrap-around decks and quiet, secluded settings ideal for a night under Montana’s big skies.

Best Things To Do In Yellowstone In The Fall


Yellowstone National Park is one of the top most visited and one of the most beloved parks in the USA. Yellowstone even broke records and set new visitor highs this summer! While the summertime brings in the most visitors to the area, locals know that autumn is Yellowstone’s better and quieter season. With thinning crowds, bright sunny days, cool crisp air and a vibrant display of golden aspens, these gorgeous times make for some of the best days the park sees all year. Read on to learn about our tips for visiting the park this fall.

1. Fall Foliage Hikes in Yellowstone


Prime time for fall foliage in Yellowstone is from mid-September in the higher elevations above 7,000 feet through to mid-October in the lower valleys. The best way to see the autumn glow is on one of the many Yellowstone National Park hikes with ample leaf-peeping opportunities, wildlife viewing and panoramic vistas. The Bunsen Peak Trail south of Mammoth Hot Springs boasts 360-degree views of the Gallatin Mountains and Yellowstone River Valley. Safety first!

Local’s Tip: Be sure to carry bear spray at all times and know how to use it!

2. Autumn Fishing in Yellowstone


Fishing in Yellowstone during the autumn months offers some of the best fly fishing and the potential for the perfect catch. The brown trout spawn between late-October and mid-November, perfectly timed with Yellowstone’s fall foliage season. The Madison River near the west entrance to Yellowstone National Park and the Gardner River near Mammoth Hot Springs are prime spots for fall fishing in Yellowstone.

3. Check Out Yellowstone’s Geological Wonders


More than half the world’s hydrothermal features (more than 10,000!) are preserved at Yellowstone National Park from hot springs and mud pots to the world-famous geysers. “Geyser Gazers” flock to Yellowstone throughout the year to view these geological wonders. Top geysers easily accessible on a day trip to Yellowstone from Big Sky include the spectacular Grand Prismatic Spring and Old Faithful to the south and Artists Paintpots, Norris Geyser and the terraces and thermal pools of Mammoth Hot Springs up north.

4. Wildlife Viewing


Fall is the best time to see the Iconic Yellowstone wildlife, with best viewing times at dawn and dusk. Herds of elk and humpbacked bison migrate from higher elevations to the valleys for winter grazing, bears forage for food in preparation for winter hibernation and the hawks and raptors begin their annual fall migration (best seen in the Hayden Valley). Mid-September to mid-June is prime time for wolf watching in Yellowstone and the musical bugle of the elk during rutting (breeding) season can be heard from September and often as late as mid-October (best seen at Mammoth Hot Springs). Safety first! Stay well away from wildlife as the park suggests 100 years from bears and wolves, 25 yards from all other animals.

5. Don’t Forget: Check the Weather & Road Closures


The autumn weather in Yellowstone can be highly unpredictable and snow can begin to accumulate as early as October in the higher elevations! Be prepared to experience a wide range of temperatures from cool lows of 20 F to highs in the 60’s. 

Many of Yellowstone’s restaurants, services and lodging facilities close by mid-October, however the roads remain open until November 8th for guided and self-drive tours of Yellowstone. Always check for seasonal road closures when planning an autumn trip to Yellowstone.

Big Sky Vacation Rentals offer a premier portfolio of vacation rentals near Yellowstone, an easy drive from the west entrance on Highway 191, and our local team are ready to help you choose the perfect home-away-from-home and best tour of Yellowstone National Park for a memorable autumn escape and fall-foliage trip to Yellowstone National Park. 

Big Sky PBR Bull Riding Event 2024


Come to Big Sky and enjoy three nights of professional bull riding and attend the toughest sport on dirt! The Big Sky PBR is part of PBR’s True Velocity Tour – a competition series following World Finals consisting of more than 60 events in 27 states across the United States. The Big Sky PBR has been voted Event of the Year by PBR bull riders for nine consecutive years (2013-2021) at the PBR World Finals, sharing Montana with the world one bull ride at a time.

Big Sky PBR’s high-octane show is a spectacle to witness, and a treat to experience in Big Sky’s intimate arena with one of Mother Nature’s best backdrops – the 11,166-foot Lone Mountain.

July 18th – 20th, 2024 –> GET TICKETS

Tickets for the 2024 PBR are on sale now. Enjoy three nights of Challenger Series Professional Bull Riding July 18-20 with some of the world’s top riders and bulls.


JOIN IN ON THE FUN AT THE AFTER PARTY!

Enjoy live music following the Big Sky PBR featuring some of the best music on the country circuit.

*After Party music is included with your Big Sky PBR ticket. Music-only entry tickets will also be available for purchase on March 4 at 10am MT

CORB LUND
Friday, July 19

LISTEN ON SPOTIFY

JASON BOLAND & THE STRAGGLERS
Saturday, July 20

LISTEN ON SPOTIFY

TICKET PRICES

Tickets range from General Admission to Golden Buckle VIP and are all first come, first served bleacher seating. Big Sky PBR is set in an outdoor arena and is a rain or shine event. All ticket purchases are final and non-refundable.

Babies/toddlers 2 years and under are free of charge.

**Big Sky Resort Tax (4%) is added into the price of each ticket.


General Admission Night #1

First come, first served bleacher seating on Thursday, July 18.

12000

  • Access to full bull riding event
  • Access to food vendors and cash bar

GA Kids 10 & Under Night #1

First come, first served bleacher seating on Thursday, July 18.

6500

  • Access to full bull riding event
  • Access to food vendors

GA Night #2 or Night #3

First come, first served bleacher seating on Friday, July 19 OR Saturday, July 20.

25000

  • Access to full bull riding event
  • Access to food vendors and cash bar
  • Entrance to PBR After Party

Golden Buckle VIP Night #2 or Night #3

First come, first served VIP bleacher seating on Fri, July 19 ($550) OR Sat, July 20 ($650).

55000+

  • Access to full bull riding event
  • Access to the covered VIP tent and catered food
  • Access to 2 VIP bars plus 2 complimentary drinks
  • Access to air-conditioned and flushable bathrooms
  • Entrance to PBR After Party

Entering its 13th season, the first Big Sky PBR event was a one-night show held in 2011 with a second night added in 2012. Since then, Big Sky PBR’s massive production has turned one week of the year into Big Sky’s Biggest Week, bringing economic boom to Southwest Montana and drawing over 30,000 attendees and the best bull riders from around the world.

Tickets sell out quickly for the series of events so act fast to secure your spot in one of the most exciting events to hit the greater Yellowstone region.

At the Big Sky PBR, it’s not just about bull riding. In 2023, over $290,000 was raised for local nonprofits throughout Big Sky’s Biggest Week events.

It’s a great week to plan a trip to Big Sky, Montana!


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OUTLAW BULLS

Meet the athletes behind the sport of bullriding and some of the best bucking bulls around. These 2,000-pound beasts are bred to buck and work in concert with the athleticism of their rider making for a unique match with each, nail-biting, 8-second run. Meet the bulls, keep track of their standings and purchase PBR gear online.


VISIT WEBSITE


ABOUT PBR

Headquartered in Pueblo, Colorado, the Professional Bull Riders (PBR) tour was founded in 1992 by a group of 20 bull riders looking to bring their sport mainstream. The PBR now holds more than 300 annual events in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Brazil and Australia, attracting more than 2.5 million spectators each year. “The Toughest Sport on Dirt,” combines intense sports action and world-class production that can’t be rivaled by any other major league sport. In just two decades, PBR has grown into a global sports sensation that has awarded more than $140 million in prize money. The PBR has rapidly transformed one of the fastest-growing sports in America into a worldwide phenomenon.


VISIT WEBSITE

Why Visit Yellowstone In The Springtime?




Spring is one of the most dynamic times of the year in the Yellowstone National Park. The landscape changes almost daily as the hillsides start turning green and the days grow longer. The rivers run higher and the waterfalls become more prominent from the snow melt while snow still lingers in higher elevations. As the temperatures increases, wildlife including grizzly and black bears will start coming out of hibernation and become more active in the meadows. 

Escape the Crowds and Enjoy Yellowstone National Park as it Opens this Spring 2024!

While most visitors don’t come to Yellowstone National Park until the months of July and August, there is a certain beauty to the park in the spring time making it worth a visit before the crowded summer months. Please check the National Park Service website for current weather and road conditions. 

Travel Tips

Dress Warm While the weather is generally milder than in March, April still brings occasional snow storms with temperatures dropping below freezing on some days.

Rise Early Before sunrise if possible as Yellowstone in the spring has some of the most exciting wildlife watching. Rising early is the best time to observe animals in their natural habitat.

Be Prepared If you plan to hike make sure to bring bear spray, water, sunscreen and rain gear as Yellowstone is a mountain wilderness and being prepared will ensure you have an enjoyable trip.

Pack Your Lunch Most restaurants and services in the park will still be closed for the season so make sure you bring enough food for an entire day’s explorations.

Biking in Yellowstone National Park

Every spring, biking, including e-bikes are allowed on Yellowstone National Park roads while they are still closed to motorized, public travel. Spring bicycling season usually starts by early April with no set date as designated routes are opened once they are cleared from snow. The closest route to Big Sky that is open to biking is from the West Entrance to Mammoth Hot Springs.

This is a wonderful way to explore the vastness and wildlife of the park in all tranquility while getting some exercising in as well!

Yellowstone Wildlife in the Spring

Spring is the best season to view wildlife in Yellowstone. Baby animals start appearing all over the park, including grizzly and black bear cubs starting mid March, bison calves in April and elk calves later on from May to June. While bears and bison are incredibly exciting to observe, please be sure to respect wildlife, follow all park safety guidelines and keep your distance for your safety and theirs.

Bison calves tend to be born from late March through May and have a fuzzy, orange-reddish fur, earning them the nickname “red dogs”. The bison calves are able to keep up with their mothers just a couple hours after they are born and they are protected from danger by the rest of the herd surrounding them at all times. You will be able to see the herds with the red dogs in the meadows, make sure to watch from a distance as bison can get aggressive if too close.

Stay With Us! Check Out Our Big Sky Homes

After each full day of exploring Yellowstone National Park, hiking or biking around Big Sky, retreat to your luxurious, comfortable vacation home for an evening to remember. We proudly boast one of Big Sky’s largest selections of vacation rentals, so you’re bound to find one that perfectly suits your group’s size, style, and budget. Luxuries include private hot tubs, lavish outdoor patios and incredible mountain views. Please give us a call today at +1-888-915-2787 or email us at info@bookbigsky.com to inquire, or simply browse through our available properties

Not Skiing? 8 Things To Do In Big Sky Off The Slopes


Big Sky is known for its world class skiing and snowboarding, with some of the best snow in the country. But what if you’re not here to ski but still want to enjoy the snow and have some winter fun?

Not to worry! The fun in Big Sky doesn’t start at the top of the mountain and end at the base area. Montana provides a variety of activities for all ages and there is always something new and somewhere new to explore. For guests who’ve never stepped foot on skis, family members who want additional options, or skiers and riders who just want to take a day to enjoy something new, Big Sky has something for everyone.

Here are some of our top choices for fun activities in Big Sky when you’re not hitting the slopes….

1. Snowshoeing

Snowshoeing is a fantastic way to get outside and enjoy the beautiful views of Montana. If you get lucky, you might even see some wildlife! Big Sky is tucked in the middle of the Madison Range and with the Gallatin Range and Yellowstone National Park close by, the opportunities to explore are endless. Just grab you pair of snowshoes or rent one at Grizzly Outfitters and go explore the wintery scenery.

More Info Here

2. Cross Country Skiing

Explore the beautiful scenery on over 85 kilometers and 2,200 vertical feet of groomed cross country ski trails right out of Big Sky. Lone Mountain Ranch was voted #1 Nordic ski destination in North America in Cross Country Skier magazine and certified instructors available, they invite skiers of all abilities to venture out on the trails. If you are looking for a more backcountry feel, Big Sky has a large trail network that is suitable for cross country skiing as well, with rentals available through Grizzly Outfitters.

More Info Here

3. Snowmobiling

Conquer the snow in style! Take a snowmobile tour for a couple hours or a full day and enjoy slicing your way through the snowy mountains while taking in the beauty of Montana’s finest. With options around Big Sky and West Yellowstone, expert guides and top-notch equipment, snowmobile companies ensure a safe, enjoyable and memorable experience for you and your whole group.

More Info Here

4. Ice Skating

The free ice skating rink in the heart of the Big Sky Town Center is opening back up on December 1st for the winter, come enjoy an afternoon of the ice with your family and friends!  Ice skate rentals are available at Grizzly Outfitters and East Slope Outdoors in Town Center. 

More Info Here

5. Dog Sledding

Big Sky offers some of the best dog sledding in Montana! This is truly a unique way to experience the wintry beauty of Big Sky and learn more about the art of dog sledding. Sit back and get ready for an exhilarating adventure that the entire family will enjoy. If you would like to get more involved and learn to mush, Yellowstone Dog Sled Adventures offers half day experiences where you get to drive your own sled and team of dogs. 

More Info Here

6. Sleigh Riding

Offered from December to March, sleigh ride dinners at Lone Mountain Sports provides a relaxing and magical evening activity for the entire family. Guests load up in a sleigh and are taken on an enjoyable moonlight ride through the snowy landscape of Big Sky to the North Fork cabin for a family-style prime rib dinner, one of the most delicious meals you’ll ever have!

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7. Sledding

Skiing and snowboarding aren’t the only ways to fly down the hillsides around Big Sky. Grab a sled at Grizzly Outfitters or Ace Hardware, and enjoy some fast runs down on sleds behind Town Center with the entire family!

8. Winter Tours in Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone receives millions of visitors every year, but only a small percentage visit the park in the winter. Without the traffic and the crows, Yellowstone National Park is a magical winter wonderland. Yellowstone snow coach tours are available to several park destinations including Old Faithful and the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone River. If you are lucky you might see a herd of bison, elk and even some wolves!

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In House Dining Options


Best dining options in the comfort of your home

Big Sky Delivery & Concierge

Are you looking to get to your home without having to go through the hassle of picking up groceries? Have Alisa deliver them straight to you! Place your online order with any grocery store in Bozeman or Big Sky that offers curbside pickup and Alisa will pick it up and bring it to your home before you arrive. Bozeman Grocery Stores:  Safeway, Smith’s and Albertson’s.  Big Sky Grocery Stores: Roxy’s and Hungry Moose.

alisaallgood@hotmail.com

406-539-9662

Family Meal By Phil

Whether ordering tailor-made dinners ready to eat, pantry staples to have on hand, or if you require Chef Phil on site for large parties, intimate dinners or individual cooking classes in your rental property, we provide custom menus using local & seasonal ingredients. With a well-trained eye for the freshest in-season produce, & utilizing his long-standing relationships with farmers, growers, cheesemongers, fishermen, & large & small purveyors of the finest ingredients, Phil combines his Michelin star hospitality and dining experience with the comfort of dining in your own home, into each of his dishes.

https://www.familymealbyphil.com

929-278-0473

Forage & Fire

Forage & Fire provides elevated Montana cuisine with fresh local ingredients. Hire one of our chefs for private in-home services, maybe enjoy a delicious meal with the family, or make your special day remarkable with our upscale dining menu. Contact us to discuss menu selections and availability.

https://www.forageandfirecatering.com

406-282-1477

The Gourmet Gals Catering

Gourmet Catering in Big Sky, Montana. Dishing it out, so you don’t have to!

https://thegourmetgals.com

406-995-7300

The Dinner Biz
Elizabeth Zimney

The Dinner Biz personal chef service offers premium service at an affordable price. Our offered services range from in-home dinner parties and brunches, to grocery delivery and leave behind meals ready for you at your convenience. The Dinner Biz is prepared to meet and exceed your expectations, on your schedule, and at your convenience.

https://personalchefbozeman.com

406-600-6737

J. Lake Chef
Jeremiah Lake

A trusted reputation throughout Montana, J. Lake Chef brings a simple but sophisticated touch to any event from small intimate gatherings in your home to larger events such as weddings, social and corporate events.

Chef’s Table Montana
Matt Fritz

Chef’s Table serves gourmet meals in your home, prepared with fresh, local, and organic ingredients. Bringing a fine-dining experience to your home for all occasions: dinner parties, luncheons, corporate gatherings, showers, and family meals.

http://chefstablemt.com/home.html

406-599-2750

Montana Chef
Jeff Brauer

Whether it’s a formal dinner, a luncheon or child’s birthday party, Montana Chef is happy to create a customized menu for you and are available on an as-needed basis. The Montana Chef`s culinary background provides a broad array of food styles and cuisines to pull from, handling everything from Superbowl parties to family get-together and holiday gatherings.

https://montanachef.com

406-581-5769

Sweet Buns Catering

Sweet Buns Catering is committed to providing the best quality of food for any occasion . Our goal is provide delicious, natural options. That’s why we prepare all of our meals with fresh, locally sourced ingredients. Creating a personalized menu for any night of the week. Ask about our GLUTEN FREE, VEGETARIAN, and VEGAN options!

https://sweetbunscatering.com

813-340-0422

Wild Chef

Enjoy an experience created just for you by two chefs from Napa Valley. With over 20 years of combined professional experience in Michelin-level kitchens, we can design a meal for any occasion. Our food philosophy is to keep things simple, with great flavors, proper cooking techniques and using the best, locally-sourced ingredients through family owned purveyors.

http://www.eatwildchef.com

707-761-9032

Cinnamon and Sage

Cinnamon and Sage Catering and Events provides world-class catering for weddings, private and corporate events, and parties in Bozeman, Big Sky, Livingston, Three Forks and Helena We create customized menus with fresh vision befitting the expansiveness of Big Sky Country.

Food For Thought

Food For Thought specializes in exquisitely presented, modern farm to table seasonal menus, utilizing the freshest, organic and local ingredients available. Our professionally trained culinary and hospitality teams provide unforgettable food experiences for occasions of all kinds, including freshly prepared foods and meal packages. Perhaps that’s why we’ve been voted Bozeman’s choice caterer for the last six years in a row!

https://www.foodforthoughtmt.com

406-595-1730

Totally Tasty Catering

Totally Tasty Offers Totally Awesome Sliders that will fill you up and give you the energy you need to keep your Montana lifestyle going strong! We also cook up some delicious Grilled Cheeses, Kurobuta Bratwursts, Catfish Hoagies, and tasty vegetarian sliders! We use mostly local, organic, and non-gmo ingredients and make everything from scratch. Totally Tasty not only dishes out awesome sliders, brats, and grilled cheeses, we also offer custom catering for any size event! 

http://totallytastyfoodtruck.com

406-600-2898

Seasonal Montana

Seasonal Montana is a celebration of food and life in Southwest Montana. We are committed to providing a high-end, local, farm-to-table experience every time. We provide 100% customizable in-person and drop-off catering, and we love working with clients to create Montana magic for every occasion.

Country Market of Big Sky

The Country Market is a full-service grocery store, offering the widest selection of groceries, deli items, produce, beer and wine. Delivery service and gift baskets available, what could be better than having your favorite snacks await your arrival!

https://www.countrymarketofbigsky.com

406-995-4636

Research and Developed

Chef Austin Brown is delighted to offer his clients his experience and belief in using fresh and locally sourced ingredients to create unforgettable, and from scratch, experiences. Proudly offering all services from catered events, private dinners, rustic outdoor dining, and group cooking lessons to pre-prepared meals to maximize your time outdoors.

https://www.researchedanddeveloped.org

406-534-9980