Tips For Adjusting To High Altitude



Thinking about traveling to the highest of heights in Big Sky, MT? Nothing ruins a vacation faster than one of your group becoming afflicted with a very preventable ailment, especially when it happens right at the beginning of the trip! The rules are a little different at high altitude, so we’ve compiled a list to help you make the most of your mountain getaway.

Adjusting To Altitude

First things first: before you venture up the mountain pass, do your body a favor and educate yourself on altitude sickness, an annoying and potentially serious ailment that can put a serious damper on your stay. As you ascend to higher altitudes, the air is thinner and less oxygen is available. You may find yourself short of breath, nauseated, or unusually fatigued.

To avoid altitude sickness, High Country Healthcare recommends the following:

  • Increase fluid intake
  • Decrease salt intake
  • Moderate your physical activity
  • Eat high-carbohydrate, low-fat meals
  • Reduce alcohol and caffeine intake

Local’s Tip: If you notice a wet cough, or that any of your symptoms (headache, nausea) are not getting better, seek medical attention immediately.

Sun Exposure In The Mountains

Take the sun seriously: sunscreen and sunglasses. Winter, summer, clouds or clear skies, protect your skin and eyes from damaging injury. You are at an increased risk of sunburn and injury when at high altitude.  UV rays are more intense up here than they are at sea level, so make sure to protect yourself. Wear a hat that shades your face, ears and neck, and consider sun-protectant clothing.

Local’s Tip: Reapply! Make sure to consistently reapply sunscreen while you’re outside.  For more information on best sun protection practices, click here.

Thunderstorm & Mountain Weather

Be Smart About Storms: While beautiful, mountain storms can be deadly, and it’s a myth that lightning never strikes the same place twice. Lightning strikes can be deadly, and fatalities are highest June to August.  In addition to thunderstorms, the mountain tops can switch instantaneously from a beautiful 70 degree day, to a windy snowy high alpine environment.  Always take a raincoat and extra warm layers with you when hiking or biking in the high country.

Thunderstorms tend to surface in the afternoons, so most high alpine adventures are best planned for the mornings and midday.  Before you hike, check the forecast and locations of shelters. If you can’t complete a hike before the storm, reschedule for another day.

Local’s Tip: If you’re already on the mountain and you notice a storm rolling in, do not wait until it’s raining to find shelter. Lightning can be present without rain! Find shelter, avoid open areas, and do not place yourself under the tallest object. If you’re in a group, spread out and run back to shelter or your vehicle.

For more lightning safety tips, check out the National Weather Service Lightning Safety Page.

Monthly Vacation Guide – April 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 April 2024.

BIG SKY MONTHLY VACATION GUIDE


EVENTS & ACTIVITIES

1. Spring Series Apres – Join in on the fun every Friday at Everett’s 8800, and every Friday-Sunday (3pm – 5pm) at the Mountain Village Plaza until April 13th — don’t forget your favorite themed outfit!

2. Springtime at Yellowstone – Enjoy Yellowstone National Park as it opens this Spring 2024! Spring is one of the most dynamic times of the year to visit, fly fishing is a local’s favorite, flowers are blooming and the waterfalls are flowing. Beat the crowds, and visit after April 19th!

3. Closing Weekend – Who doesn’t love a day spent outdoors, enjoying live music and an apres beverage with friends and family? Enjoy music & fun and attend Big Sky Resort’s ’23/24 closing weekend event at the mountain on April 28th.

DINING GUIDE

1. Westward Social – Westward Social is known for its laid-back vibe, craft cocktails, and shared plates of homestyle food. Ski in straight from the slopes, gather with friends, play bar games and enjoy live entertainment from local bands and DJ’s.

2. Vista Bar – Located on the upper level of The Exchange in the Vista Hall, Big Sky’s modern slope side food court with roaring fireplaces, an inviting atmosphere and a choice of six eateries. Enjoy stunning views of the Mountain Village Plaza and Big Sky’s iconic Lone Peak.

3. Riverhouse BBQ – Situated on the mighty Gallatin River with views of the Spanish Peaks, Riverhouse BBQ features a casual family-friendly vibe, and bucket-list BBQ prepared in the authentic Texas Hill Country style.

FEAtured Properties

1. Powder Ridge Cabin Manitou 1 – Located on a corner lot in the pines, and only a few minutes from the Mountain Village, enjoy ski in / ski out access to the biggest skiing in America with all the peaceful solitude and natural beauty of a mountain paradise.

2. Silvertip Cabin 16 Alpine Bend – Elegance and comfort go hand in hand in this sumptuous cabin that takes full advantage of the mountain views and offers a true Big Sky mountain experience.

3. Black Eagle 25 – Step from the slopes into the hot tub when you stay in this exceptional Black Eagle Big Sky mountain lodge, a luxurious, ski in / ski out townhouse in the Mountain Village at Big Sky Resort.


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. 

Babysitting & Childcare Options in Big Sky, MT 

Planning a mountain getaway to Big Sky with the kiddos? Big Sky Montana ticks all the boxes for a family vacation – kid-friendly ski slopes (kids 6 and under ski for $4!), year-round resort activities worthy of a slot on your itinerary, local restaurants and nightlife with a focus on family, and scenery that makes you switch off, slow down, spontaneously explore nature, and de-stress! 

As a parent, perhaps vacations are no longer defined by carefree skiing and aprés, summer hikes, spa days, and wine tastings – but it’s your vacation too! Traveling with kids can be exciting and rewarding, but it can also be stressful and challenging – you need to be prepared for everything …. including time-out from the treasured tots and teens!

Big Sky offers excellent local babysitting and childcare options as well as everything you need in baby gear equipment rentals to make your stay comfortable, convenient, and carefree. Our list of suggested and reputable family resources in Big Sky offers the solutions and peace of mind needed when traveling with infants, toddlers, or teens. 

BIG SKY CHILDCARE & BABYSITTING OPTIONS


Finding the right childcare for your kids is daunting, especially in an unknown destination. With our local childcare and babysitting options in Big Sky, you can relax knowing your kids are in safe hands and having fun! The bigger kids may even beg you to take another date night! This valuable local service allows you to create your own hours, plan a night out on the town, book a spa day or round of alpine golf, and have the peace of mind of knowing your kids are safe with one-on-one childcare in the comfort of your Big Sky vacation home.

Lone Peak Playhouse

Big Sky Mountain Village | Phone: (406) 993-2220

Big Sky Madison Base Area | Phone: (406) 993-6060

Open 8:30 AM to 4 PM


For structured winter child care while you shred the slopes, soak in a spa, or take a long lazy lunch and afternoon nap with your loved one – look no further than Lone Peak Playhouse, Big Sky Resort’s full-service daycare program for ages 6 months to 8 years.

Lone Peak Playhouse has two convenient childcare centers at the base areas of Big Sky’s Mountain Village and Madison Base area offering morning, afternoon, or full-day childcare daily through the winter season. They’ll even coordinate with Mountain Sports School to get the kids off to a ski or snowboard lesson! Lone Peak Playhouse provides a safe and fun environment with social interaction, indoor and outdoor playtime, arts and crafts, dining areas, and nap rooms for infants and toddlers.  

Big Sky Sitters

Phone: (406) 282-3092


Big Sky Sitters is a local Big Sky company with a portfolio of personally interviewed, screened, reference-checked, and experienced CPR-certified sitters for your kids and pets! Whether you’re looking for a daytime or nighttime on-call sitter to care for your kids in your vacation rental (infant and toddler specialists are available), need a tag-along nanny for your adventures, or are looking for an on-site babysitter to lend a hand at a wedding or family reunion event, their childcare and babysitting services offer full peace of mind for your Big Sky family vacation. Make a reservation online and experience a personalized service matching you to the perfect sitter for your kids.


Four O Six Nannies

Phone: (406) 813-1896


In their own words “finding childcare can be like feeding a finicky toddler”, but not with 406 Nannies in Big Sky, MT. Four O Six Nannies have perfected the process of childcare and offer everything from one-time sitters and in-home nannies for your length of stay to hands-on childcare for events and pet-sitting. All childcare providers have extensive experience and are pre-qualified, fully screened and vetted, and ready to engage with your children while you enjoy your well-deserved share of vacation downtime.  


BABY GEAR & EQUIPMENT RENTALS IN BIG SKY


No matter how old the kids are, packing for a family vacation is always a challenge! There’s almost always a long packing list for an infant, toys for toddlers, personal gadgets for the older kids (unless you’ve instilled the art of sharing), gear to get around, and bags of basic essentials that traveling with kids requires. Challenging? Yes, but not when you vacation in Big Sky, MT.

Big Sky Baby Gear

Phone: (406) 995-2994


Lighten your load with Big Sky Baby Gear! Big Sky Baby Gear is owned and operated by Kami Hussey, a busy local Big Sky mom with a passion for travel. Simply place your order online, and for a small (and justifiable) delivery fee, your safe and sanitized baby gear will be delivered directly to your Big Sky vacation home prior to arrival. Rentals include baby bathtubs, booster seats, high chairs, potty seats, infant swings, pack n’ plays, full-size cribs, toy bins for all ages, relaxation sound spas, and video baby monitors. For adventures in Big Sky’s vast outdoor playground, you can rent single and double strollers or child carriers to head out on a hike.

Big Boys Toys

Phone: (406) 587-4747


Based in Bozeman Montana, Big Boys Toys offer a large inventory of baby and children’s rental gear along with toys for the big boys too. Big boys have a choice of ATVs (side-by-side options for the kids), motorized and non-motorized boats, jet skis, snowmobiles, SUPs, and trailers to haul it all! For convenient travel with kids, they offer a wide selection of gear including baby bouncers, booster seats, infant and toddler car seats, full and compact cribs, portable pack ‘n plays, and strollers and backpacks to hit the Big Sky trails.




Ship Skis Shipping Services


If you prefer to bring your own baby gear to Big Sky, we’ve got you covered too. Big Sky Vacation Rentals partners with Ship Ski Shipping Services, a fast and easy door-to-door service for extra baggage, sports equipment (skis, snowboards, or summer golf equipment), and all your baby and toddler gear! Once your Big Sky vacation rental is reserved, simply follow the instructions and set up your order through our Ship Skis online portal to enjoy stress-free travels for your family vacation in Big Sky, MT.


Trade your hotel room kitchenette and mini bar fridge for all the comforts of home when you spend your family vacation in a private Big Sky vacation rental. Our selection of 125+ Big Sky condos, cabins, mountain lodges, and luxury Platinum Collection of properties are designed with family in mind and provide a true home away from home for your vacation. 

Whether you choose to stay in the heart of Big Sky Resort or Town Center within walking distance to restaurants, activities, and events or prefer the seclusion of serene forests on the upper slopes of Moonlight Basin with trails to adventure from home – your Big Sky family vacation begins here!  

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.

2024 Spring Series Aprés

Spring Series is back in Big Sky! Join in on the fun every Friday at Everett’s 8800 and every Friday – Sunday in the Mountain Village Plaza—don’t forget your themed outfit!

Spring Series returns for its third year – even bigger and brighter! There’s no better way to wind down after a long day on the slopes or kickstart your weekend full of fun than a good après. Catch live DJs at Everett’s 8800 or in the Mountain Village Plaza and join the festivities by dressing to the theme. Grab a drink on the Everett’s 8800 deck or from the Umbrella Bar and get ready to dance and apres the day away! Check out the schedule for events and music line-up below.


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!

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.

FUN STARTS AT HOME WITH BIG SKY VACATION RENTALS


Get ready for your day on the slopes in one of our gorgeous vacation home rentals! 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 and Big Sky Resort! 

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.


Top 10 Restaurants in Big Sky Montana 


Whether you’re shredding the slopes of the best and biggest skiing in America or exploring our world-famous wildflower trails on foot, bike, or horseback – you’re sure to work up an appetite adventuring in Big Sky’s breathtaking and impressive terrain. 

Between Big Sky Resort’s Mountain Village, Meadow Village, and the ever-evolving Town Center, Big Sky boasts an impressive list of restaurants to choose from ranging from pizza places for the kids to fine dining with mountain views and unique Montana adventure dining that will transform your Big Sky vacation. 


BIG SKY’S 10 BEST RESTAURANTS

1. Horn & Cantle

Open Daily for Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Lone Mountain Ranch Rd, Big Sky
Phone: (406) 995-2782


Established in 1915, Lone Mountain Ranch offers an authentic Montana dining experience in a cozy log cabin setting oozing with rustic charm. Unwind with a cowboy cocktail and live music at happy hour in the Saloon bar followed by casual fine dining on classic Western fare with an indulgent twist at Horn & Cantle, then delicious desserts around a glowing campfire. Expect a fine farm-to-table feast with menu items like elk chops, bison short ribs, and fresh local trout paired with an extensive drinks menu and warm welcoming service. Lone Mountain Ranch also offers Big Sky’s signature sleigh ride dinner, an unbeatable Montana dining experience for a winter stay.

2. Michaelangelo’s Ristorante

Open Wednesday to Sunday for Dinner
Big Sky Meadow Village
Phone: (406) 995-7373


Situated in Big Sky Meadow Village, Michaelangelo’s Ristorante is an authentic Italian restaurant inspired by award-winning Chef Michael’s culinary training in the Piedmont region of Italy. Chef Michael, a semifinalist in the 2023 James Beard Restaurant & Chef Awards, serves up extraordinary Italian cuisine in a refined and romantic setting for casual fine dining in Big Sky. The diverse menu includes traditional antipasti and small plates, artisan pastas and risottos, meats and fish, and classic Italian desserts and digestifs. The beverage menu is seemingly endless with local and Italian wines, domestic and imported beer, specialty cocktails, and a cellar selection of exclusive Italian and New World wines. Reservations are essential.

3. Olive B’s Big Sky Bistro

Open Monday to Friday for Lunch & Dinner
Big Sky Meadow Village
Phone: (406) 995-3355


Located across from the Big Sky Golf Course, Olive B’s is another must-do restaurant in Big Sky Meadow Village. Olive B’s is a small-town continental bistro locally owned by Chef Ian Troxler, a prior long-time chef at Lone Mountain Ranch. Sip on specialty cocktails while savoring fresh seafood, Rocky Mountain Elk, Northern Plains bison, and delicious desserts with a side of Montana-made ice cream. The ambiance is easy-going, the service comes with a local smile, and in the summer season, there’s patio dining with a Big Sky view!

4. Blue Buddha Sushi Lounge

Open Tuesday to Saturday for Dinner
Big Sky Town Center
Phone: (406) 993-2583


For the best sushi in Big Sky, head to Blue Buddha Sushi Lounge in Big Sky Town Center. Blue Buddha is fun and funky with a fantastic menu of traditional Japanese cuisine with a contemporary spin and drinks with a twist! The menu features everything from traditional sushi and specialty rolls to tasty appetizers and entrees with a Japanese spin on classic Montana dishes (like Bison marinated in a Japanese Katsu sauce!). For happy hour, after-dinner drinks and dancing, and a unique experience in the art of Japanese mixology, Blue Buddha’s cocktail lounge, The Drunken Monk, is open nightly next door. Blue Buddha also offers traditional Omakase private dinners and chef services for a Japanese dining experience in your Big Sky vacation rental.

5. CABIN BAR & GRILL

Open Daily: Lunch & Dinner
Located on the 3rd floor of the
Arrowhead Mall, in Mountain Village
Phone: (406) 995-4244


Indulge in casual fine dining. Local ingredients and a fabulous specialty drink menu make The Cabin Bar & Grill a favorite for both tourists and locals alike! Their culinary team takes pride in blending contemporary and classic techniques with local and regional ingredients for a unique flair in “Rocky Mountain Cuisine!” They enjoy bringing fresh ideas and enthusiasm to their extensive menu, while maintaining the tradition of excellent food and fine dining that have made Curly’s restaurants a “must” to diners for years. There is something for everyone on their delectable menu including hand cut steaks, wild game, fresh seafood and nightly specials.

6. Ousel & Spur Pizza Company

Open Daily from 5 PM
Big Sky Town Center
Phone: (406) 995-7175


Ousel & Spur Pizza Company in Big Sky Town Center dishes up more than your average pizza! The menu at Ousel & Spur features a wide selection of creative small plates and salads, wood-fired pizzas with hand-tossed crusts, authentic Italian pasta, house-made desserts, and a bambino menu for the little ones. Pair it with a cold brew or iced cocktail and sunset views on the outdoor patio or a Hot Russian or mulled cider after a day on the slopes of Big Sky Resort. Ousel & Spur sources all ingredients from local farms and ranches with gluten-free and vegetarian options on all dishes, and a side of Montana flair and hospitality.  

7. Everett’s 8800

Open Daily for Lunch & Wednesday to Saturday for Dinner
Big Sky Resort On-Mountain Dining
Phone: (406) 995-8800


Named by Architectural Digest as the most beautifully designed bar in Montana and ranked in the top 10 restaurants for scenic views, Everett’s 8800 is Big Sky Resort’s signature on-mountain dining experience. Situated at 8,800 feet atop Andesite Mountain, this casual yet elegant bistro serves up local Montana fare paired with an impressive wine list and breathtaking views of Big Sky’s iconic Lone Peak. Getting there adds to the experience – a ride in the heated Ramcharger 8 blue bubble chairlift, or a hike on Big Sky Resort’s summer trails. Reservations are essential for dinner at Everett’s 8800.

8. Montana Dinner Yurt

Open during Big Sky Resort Ski Season
Big Sky Resort On-Mountain Dining
Phone: (406) 995-3880


Let’s set the tone for Big Sky’s most incredible dinner experience – a snowcat ride up Lone Peak to an intimate backcountry yurt, stargazing and socializing with friends, torchlit sledding with the kids, cowboys songs and storytelling, and delicious dining all surrounded by snowcapped peaks. This is the Montana Dinner Yurt experience! In this spectacular setting, you’ll overindulge in a three-course meal of baked French Onion Soup and warm bread, tender filet mignon and veggies served family-style, and a finale of warm Toblerone chocolate fondue. Vegetarian, fish options, and a kids menu are available on prior request, hot chocolate, hot apple cider, coffee, tea, and soda is served, or you can BYO wine or beer.  

9. Buck’s T-4

TEMPORARILY CLOSED
46625 Gallatin Rd, Big Sky

Phone: (406) 993-5222


“Big Sky’s Most Famous Restaurant” at Buck’s T-4 Lodge is recognized as one of the finest eateries in Montana with an award-winning wine list featuring a selection of 175 wines from around the globe. Situated a few miles south of Big Sky in the Gallatin Canyon, the restaurant offers a relaxed, rustic, and exceptional Montana dining experience. The Montana-inspired menu features tempting appetizers, cheese and charcuterie boards, and hearty, home-cooked meals featuring wild game, fresh fish, vegetarian Bolognese, and daily specialties with “enhancements” and “finishing touches” that may draw you back more than once during your stay in Big Sky, MT.   

10. Riverhouse BBQ

Open Daily from 3 PM to 9 PM
45130 Gallatin Rd, Big Sky
Phone: (406) 995-7427


Cruise a few miles south through the scenic Gallatin Canyon towards Yellowstone National Park and you’ll reach Riverhouse BBQ, known for the best barbeque under the Big Sky. Situated on the banks of the mighty Gallatin River, the setting is sublime with views of the Spanish Peaks from the dining area and deck complemented by year-round live music, a casual family-friendly vibe, and bucket-list BBQ prepared in the authentic Texas Hill Country style. It’s always a smokin’ good time at Riverhouse BBQ in Big Sky.


Stay with Big Sky Vacation Rentals

For the foodies in your family, our collection of 125+ Big Sky vacation rentals includes ski condos, chalets, and modern mountain lodges with gorgeous gourmet kitchens, perfectly perched hot tubs for sunset cocktails, outdoor decks for backyard BBQs, firepits for s’mores, and some of the best dinner views in Big Sky, all from the comfort of home. 

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.  


22 Bucket List Items For Big Sky, MT


Is Big Sky Montana on your travel destination bucket list? Big Sky Montana is ranked one of the “World’s Greatest Places” and is a destination worthy of every travel bucket list. Nestled in Montana’s Rocky Mountains between Bozeman and the West Entrance to Yellowstone National Park, Big Sky blends the charm of a small mountain town and rugged untamed wilderness with world-class ski resort activities, unique culinary experiences, warm hospitality, and big-time bucket-list adventures unique to Montana’s Big Sky Country. 

Winter, Spring, Summer & Fall – Big Sky Montana has it all and Big Sky Vacation Rentals have a dreamy vacation home that’ll have you counting the sleeps to your next bucket-list adventure in Big Sky, MT! 

WINTER BUCKET-LIST


1. Ski & Snowboard Big Sky Resort


Big Sky Resort boasts the “Biggest Skiing in America”, an excellent network of Nordic trails, and some of the top bucket-list ski runs in the US! Whether you’re looking for a fun first time on the ski slopes or dreaming of dropping into Big Sky’s iconic Big Couloir, skiing and snowboarding at Big Sky Resort is world-class.

2. Snowmobile through the Gallatin National Forest


Big Sky is surrounded by breathtaking backcountry terrain with 100+ miles of snowmobiling trails waiting to be explored. Snowmobile rentals are readily available locally or venture into the vast Montana wilderness on a private snowmobile tour with a local guide to navigate the canyons, peaks, and gorgeous Gallatin National Forest.   

3. Mush Your Own Dog Sled Team


You don’t need to travel to Alaska to mush your own dog sled team! You can do it right here in Big Sky! Local companies, Yellowstone Dog Sled Adventures and Spirit of the North, offer unique dog sledding and mushing adventures in Big Sky’s Moonlight Basin, led by teams of spirited Alaskan Huskies, the stars of the show! Another bucket-list adventure in Big Sky.

4. Ice Skating in Big Sky Town Center (CURRENTLY CLOSED)


Find family fun under the stars on the ice rink at Big Sky Town Center. The Big Sky Ice Rink is open daily with free skate sessions during the day and by night under the star-studded skies of Big Sky Country. What a way to end a winter’s day playing in Big Sky. Skate rentals are available at Christy Sports and East Slope Anglers in Big Sky Town Center. Summertime check out Wildlands Festival!

5. Big Sky Skijoring


February brings one of the fastest-growing winter sports to town, Big Sky Skijoring! Skijoring is a combination of horseriding and ski jumping with a rider and skier competing for speed on a snow-covered course. Big Sky Skijoring attracts 4,000+ visitors to Big Sky for a weekend of old-fashioned, western-style, winter fun!

SPRING BUCKET-LIST


6. Whitewater Rafting on the Gallatin River


The spring snowmelt brings some of the best whitewater rafting in Montana to the wild and scenic Gallatin River. From scenic family float trips on the upper Gallatin to wild whitewater rafting trips in the lower Gallatin River Canyon, there’s a whitewater rafting experience in Big Sky for every age and adventure level. Check out Montana Whitewater for more info!

7. Wildlife Watching


As the snow melts and the days grow longer, the Montana mountains come alive with the sights and sounds of nature springing to life. Elk and moose graze in the Big Sky meadows, bighorn sheep trail the rocky ridges, and bears emerge from their dens with newborn cubs. Come spring season, wildlife watching is on everyone’s Big Sky bucket list! 

8. Chase Waterfalls & Wildflowers


Wildlife, waterfalls, and wildflowers are top attractions during the spring season in Big Sky, MT. Waterfall and wildflower adventures include following the Gallatin River from Big Sky to the pools and cascading waterfall at Big Sky’s Ousel Falls and venturing through a dazzling display of wildflowers in Beehive Basin, ranked one of the world’s 10 greatest hikes!

9. Mountain Bike the Trails


Big Sky has miles of trails for horseriding, hiking, snowshoeing, and four seasons of biking! You may need to rent a fat bike (thanks to mud season)! Grizzly Loop and Lemondrop Loop are great mountain bike trails near Big Sky or the lift-served trails at Big Sky Resort open in June with 50+ miles of world-class mountain bike trails – and mind-bending alpine views to match!

SUMMER BUCKET-LIST


10. Ride the Summer Chairlift at Big Sky Resort


Big Sky Resort’s scenic summer lift ride is breathtaking. The Explorer chairlift ride is uphill only for hiking, biking, or ziplining back down the mountain – or ride the Ramcharger 8 & Swift Current 6 to hone your archery skills, enjoy alpine-inspired on-mountain dining, and soak up sweeping views of Lone Mountain, the Spanish Peaks, and the Gallatin River Valley below.!

11. Climb Lone Mountain


Lone Mountain Trail is Big Sky’s bucket-list hike to the summit of the iconic Lone Peak that looms large over the town of Big Sky, MT. Trails lead from the base of Big Sky Mountain Village or from the top of Swift Current 6 chairlift to the 11,166-ft summit with panoramic views all the way to Wyoming’s Grand Tetons. Solid hiking boots, ski poles, and lots of hydration for a high-elevation hike are essential! 

12. Paddle Lake Levinsky


Nestled at the base of Big Sky Mountain Village, Lake Levinsky is Big Sky’s summer destination for water activities or a refreshing dip in the lake! The lake is open daily from 10 AM to 6 PM with first come first serve boat rentals. Or check out Montana Whitewater for more info!

13. Attend a PBR Event


The award-winning Big Sky PBR event in July is the biggest week of the year in Big Sky. Big Sky PBR tickets are on sale from March 1st and sell out fast (as does accommodation!). The event includes professional bull riding events, mutton bustin’ for the kids, a vendor village, and nightly music events to keep the party going! 

14. Attend an Outdoor Music Festival


Our favorite thing about summer in Big Sky is the endless music festivals under the stars! Big Sky Town Center’s Music in the Mountains runs throughout summer with 12 weeks of free family-friendly outdoor music concerts, August brings the Bravo! Big Sky Music Festival, and Big Sky Town Center regularly host major big bands at the outdoor events arena. Sign up for our Big Sky newsletter to stay up to date with local events and festivals!

AUTUMN BUCKET-LIST


15. Book A Round of Alpine Golf


The award-winning Big Sky Golf Course in Meadow Village is open until early October, also prime time for fall foliage in Big Sky, MT! The course combines a classic links-style golf course and the natural beauty of Big Sky’s stunning landscapes with a pro shop, golf lessons for all abilities, and a bar and grill to end your game. Tee times are now available for Summer 2023.   

16. Saddle Up for a Western Trail Ride


Another bucket-list fall foliage adventure is exploring Big Sky’s cowboy country on horseback. Saddling up for a western trail ride with a local cowboy on an authentic Montana dude ranch sure sounds bucket-list to us! Classic old-west horseback experiences are available for every age and adventure level in Big Sky, MT.

17. Fly-Fish the Gallatin River


Sit back and watch “A River Runs Through It” and flyfishing the blue-ribbon Gallatin River will soon be on your bucket list of skills to learn and fly fishing destinations! Gallatin River Guides in Big Sky Town Center are your one-stop shop for fishing gear rentals and local tips, or reel in a trophy wild trout with a local Gallatin River guide leading the way. 

18. Take a Trip to Yellowstone National Park


Tours of Yellowstone National Park are available year-round from Big Sky but in fall the crowds are thinner, wildlife is abundant, and vibrant fall foliage sets the steamy landscapes (and your heart!) on fire. The roads are open to take a self-guided tour or book a guided tour of Yellowstone National Park to tick America’s oldest national park and top natural wonder off your bucket-list. 

YEAR-ROUND BIG SKY BUCKET LIST


19. Shop Local at Big Sky Town Center


Big Sky is a small mountain town with a tight-knit local community, unique stores and restaurants, and a seasonal summer farmer’s market that attracts our guests back to Big Sky each year! The Big Sky Farmers Market features 100+ local vendors, amazing food stalls, one-of-a-kind souvenirs, and live music in Fire Pit Park at Big Sky Town Center

20. Eat at Local Restaurants


For a small mountain town, Big Sky has an amazing selection of coffee shops, breweries, bars and restaurants with culinary experiences unique to Big Sky! Savor Montana’s finest elk, bison, or wild trout at Lone Mountain Ranch, take a horse-drawn sleigh ride to dinner, ride a snowcat for a candlelit dinner in a backcountry yurt, or indulge in a private local chef for an intimate gathering at home

21. Relax at a Spa


Every vacation bucket list deserves a little self-pampering! Revitalize your body and spirit at the Solace Spa at Huntley Lodge, soak in the rejuvenating natural hot springs surrounding Big Sky, or experience the ultimate self-pampering in our Platinum Collection of Big Sky vacation rentals with private outdoor hot tubs and spa-inspired bathrooms including all the luxe amenities for a pampering spa session at home.

22. Stay in a Classic Montana Mountain Cabin


Whether you’re a solo traveler, a couple seeking romance, a fun-loving family, or a group of bucket-list adventurers, you’ll find a classic Montana mountain cabin with Big Sky Vacation Rentals. Our hand-picked collection of 125+ Big Sky vacation rentals includes everything from classic cowboy cabins with rustic charm to modern mountain marvels to accommodate even the most distinguished guests.


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Begin your Big Sky mountain escape with Big Sky Vacation Rentals. Start planning your Big Sky bucket-list adventures with our local team at Big Sky Vacation Rentals! Book online or call our team of vacation specialists at (888) 915-2787 today!

Tips To Plan A Fall Trip To Yellowstone National Park


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

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

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


1. Pick Your Dates for Prime Fall Foliage

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

September

Low 30oF – High 64oF

Fall colors above 7,000 feet

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

October

Low 22oF – High 51oF

Fall colors below 7,000 feet

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

November

Low 12oF – High 34oF

Fall colors fading

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


2. Plan Your Fall Attractions & Activities

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

Scenic Drives: Firehole Canyon Drive and Firehole Lake Drive.

Natural Hot Springs: Firehole River near Madison Junction.

Waterfalls: Fairy Falls and Firehole Falls.

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

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

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


3. Expand Your Exploration Beyond Yellowstone

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

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

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


4. Stay with Big Sky Vacation Rentals

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

Mountain Village

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

Meadow Village

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

Moonlight Basin

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

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


How To Easily Get To Big Sky, Montana?


Big Sky, MT is a booming destination growing in popularity each and every season. Tucked in the scenic Montana mountains halfway between the bustling town of Bozeman and West Yellowstone, the charming mountain town of Big Sky is an off the beaten path destination yet ranks as one of the most connected mountain destinations in the US! 

Getting to & from, and around Big Sky is easy! Whether you’re road tripping with the family, planning a fly-drive vacation, or looking for a luxury personal chauffeur for your mountain escape, Big Sky is an easy drive-to destination with daily flights from most major airports, and convenient transportation services with door-to-door service to your Big Sky vacation home.

Flying into Big Sky


Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport has seen an 82% increase in passengers over the past five years and welcomed over 2 million visitors last year. With over 40 non-stop flights from over 30 east and west coast destinations, Big Sky Resort is one the most connected mountain resort destinations in the US. 

On arrival at Bozeman, guests have the option of car rentals, group shuttles or private luxury transportation to make the scenic 45 mile journey along the Gallatin River to Big Sky, MT.

Big Sky Airport Shuttles


There are various local Bozeman and Big Sky companies that offer public and private transportation from Bozeman International Airport, to and around Big Sky, and beyond!

Skyline Link Express

1-406-995-6287

The Skyline Bus has a Link Express service offering easy and reliable transportation from Bozeman International Airport to Big Sky, MT. The service runs seven days a week and is an affordable option for airport transportation to and from Big Sky, MT. 

** NOTE: As of Dec. 2023, Skyline does not provide airport shuttle service. However, they are still offering transport services around Big Sky.

Karst Stage

1-800-845-2778

Karst Stage offers year-round shuttle services from the Bozeman Airport to Big Sky, as well as private car services to get you wherever you need to go. Karst Stage offers transportation services for all travelers ranging from group minivans to your nearest Big Sky bus stop to private charter services including luxury SUVs and luxury motorcoaches for your large group getaway or family reunion in Big Sky.

Big Sky Shuttle Inc.

1-866-661-6836

Big Sky Shuttle offers a Bozeman to Big Sky airport shuttle along with private car services, charters around Big Sky, and luxury touring coaches for groups of up to 40 to discover the beauty of Big Sky and nearby Yellowstone National Park, in style and comfort.

Classic Limo

1-406-585-5466

Classic Limo have been chauffeuring visitors to and around Big Sky for over 30 years, with chauffeured limo services in Big Sky and across all of southwest Montana. From airport meet and greet services to leisure and recreation, their selection of SUVs, super-stretch SUVs and elegant stretch limos offer visitors a luxury option for transportation to and around Big Sky.

Black Bird Limousine

1-406-624-8600

Travel in luxury in Black Bird Limousine’s fleet of chauffeur driven black on black, full-size SUVs with private transportation services from Bozeman International Airport to Big Sky and West Yellowstone, and chauffeur services in and around Big Sky.

Montana Chauffeur

1-406-595-1459

Montana Chauffeur offers luxury private airport rides from BZN, full chauffeur services, multi-day private drivers to chauffeur you around during your stay, and luxury transportation for a special occasion or destination wedding in Big Sky.

Montana Canyon & Cab Co.

1-406-551-3553

Mountain and Canyon Cab Co. is Big Sky’s premiere on-call taxi service. Their services include on-call taxis between all of Big Sky’s neighborhoods (must be booked in advance for 12am-8am), out of area rides, and a loyalty program with points that never expire.

Shuttle To Big Sky

1-406-995-4895

Shuttle to Big Sky specializes in transportation to and around Big Sky and have been servicing Big Sky and surrounding areas for over 35 years. They offer a safe and reliable service in a luxury fleet with private door to door transportation from Bozeman, shared airport shuttle rides, specialty charters for groups, and transportation for Big Sky events.

Big Sky Bound LLC Shuttle & Transportation

1-406-539-3828

Big Sky Bound operates 24/7 with private and group transportation between Big Sky and Bozeman International Airport. If you’re Big Sky bound without a car, they offer a “rent me by the hour” service for a night out on the town, grocery shopping, or even a private trip to Yellowstone National Park.

Rental Cars in Big Sky


For full flexibility to discover the abundance of attractions and activities in and around Big Sky at your own pace, we highly recommend booking a rental car well in advance for your Big Sky vacation. Having a car in Big Sky gives you the opportunity to explore the surrounding areas, visit the local Montana hot springs, head off the beaten path, and discover the beauty of Yellowstone National Park without a tour. 

Unless you’re exploring the 4X4 trails, a four-wheel drive is not essential, but an AWD, snow tires or chains are required for safe winter travel in and around Big Sky. The Big Sky car rental agencies available at Bozeman International Airport include Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, Hertz, Thrifty and National.

Journey Rent-A-Car

1-406-551-2277

Journey Rent A Car is located a few miles from Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport and will have you on the road in no time. They pick up from the airport, transport you to your vehicle with vans and SUVs available for large groups, and offer exceptional hospitality with an additional 5% discount for Big Sky Vacation Rental guests.

Rocky Mountain Expeditions

1-406-530-5337

Is a 4X4 Jeep more your style? Rocky Mountain Expeditions offers private door to door transportation services between Bozeman, Big Sky and Yellowstone and Big Sky Jeep Wrangler rentals for an adventurous vacation in the rugged landscapes of Montana.

Getting Around Big Sky


Once in Big Sky there are several private transportation companies and on-call taxis and the Skyline Bus offers a free shuttle service with multiple stops around Big Sky including the Canyon, Meadow Village, Mountain Village, Moonlight Basin and Big Sky Town Center.

Our selection of luxury Big Sky vacation rentals are situated in the best neighborhoods in Big Sky, MT. Whether you’re searching for Big Sky rentals that don’t require a car or complete seclusion on the slopes of Moonlight Mountain, you’ll find the perfect mountain escape with Big Sky Vacation Rentals

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