Tips For Fly Fishing in Big Sky, MT

In Big Sky, there are so many waterways to fish that it can be hard to find the perfect spot for your next trip. So, we teamed up with Gallatin River Guides, Hunter McPhillips to bring you the current fishing report in Big Sky, Montana for the summer of 2023.


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

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

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

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

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

Gallatin River

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

Madison River

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

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

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


10 Must See Summer Attractions in Big Sky, MT

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

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


1. Summer Activities at Big Sky Resort

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

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


2. Watersports on Lake Levinsky

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

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


3. Climb Big Sky’s Iconic Lone Mountain

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

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


4. World-Famous Blue Ribbon Waters

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

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


5. Wide-Open & Secluded Backcountry

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

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


6. Montana’s Natural Hot Springs

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


7. Summertime Patios & Live Music

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

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


8. Fabulous (& Free) Summer Events

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

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


9. Explore Yellowstone National Park

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

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


10. Attractive Big Sky Vacation Rentals

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

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


Big Sky Artists Collective


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

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

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

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Big Sky 4th of July Celebrations 2023


One of the biggest perks of traveling in the summer is enjoying the summer holiday events with family and friends. This Fourth of July in Big Sky is going to be one for the record books, with exciting events and concerts the whole family can enjoy. For many of our guests, the community events are one of the most important aspects of their trip.

Whether you’re traveling with friends, small kids or planning a large (and long overdue!) family reunion with the extended clan – here’s a list of all Fourth of July happenings in Big Sky, MT and use this guide to help maximize your time, and fun!


BIG SKY 4TH OF JULY FIREWORKS 2023

TUESDAY, JULY 4

EDITORS NOTE: THIS EVENT IS ON HOLD, AND MAY BE CANCELLED IN SUMMER 2023.

Experience the beauty of Big Sky’s skyline during a mesmerizing 4th Of July Fireworks display. Watch the night sky light up with vibrant colors over popular locations around Big Sky. The fireworks are launched from various locations and synchronized to music, creating a stunning visual and auditory experience. Whether you’re a local or visiting, don’t miss the chance to witness Big Sky’s the spectacular fireworks display. Discover some of the Best Fourth Of July Fireworks display 2023 happening in Big Sky.


SAVOR BIG SKY | FOOD, WINE & SPIRITS FESTIVAL

JUNE 29 – JULY 2

Calling all food, wine, spirits, outdoor, brunch, and party enthusiasts: we are thrilled to announce Savor Big Sky, a food, wine, and spirits festival happening with the stunning alpine backdrop of Lone Mountain.


FARMER’S MARKET

WEDNESDAYS 5 – 8 P.M.

Explore the best of Big Sky’s farmers and artists at the Farmers Market in Town Center all summer long


4TH OF JULY 5K

TUESDAY, JULY 4

Kick off your 4th of July Celebration with a 5k starting in Big Sky Town Center


FIRECRACKER OPEN

TUESDAY, JULY 4

Tuesday, July 4, 2023 at 10:00 AM

$5 of every entry fee goes to support the Folds of Honor Foundation. $125/player, entry fee includes 18 holes, cart, practice balls, lunch during golfing, flag prizes & awards, & player gift.

  • Team skins pot: $20/team (optional)
  • Format: 4 person – Red/White/Blue scramble
  • Payout will include 30% of the field in both the Gross and Net divisions


Call the golf shop at (406) 995-5780 to register.


RESORT ACTIVITIES

TUESDAY, JULY 4

Celebrate July 4th weekend at the resort with family crafts, face painting, summer treats, and live music 12 – 3 p.m.


MUSIC IN THE MOUNTAINS

TUESDAY, JULY 4

A special 4th of July edition of Music in the Mountains with The Tiny Band.

Len Hill Park
285 Simkins Drive

6:00pm – 10:30pm | FREE


4TH OF JULY POOL PARTY

WEDNESDAY, JULY 5

Join in on the fun at the Huntley Lodge for a mountain-side pool party featuring specialty drinks and mocktails, a live DJ, and unforgettable views for family-friendly fun. Included for guests of the Huntley Lodge; all others are welcome to join! RSVP required for non-guests, $15/person.

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

Download our Big Sky Travel App and you’re one step closer to a memorable vacation and personalized guest experience with Big Sky Vacation Rentals.

Yellowstone National Park Celebrates its 150th Birthday


March 1st marked the 150th anniversary of Yellowstone National Park, America’s first National Park and one of the top visited parks in the country!

Yellowstone National Park spans over 2 million acres and is home to historic & cultural sites, over 1,100 miles of trails with boardwalks, hidden waterfalls and unique scenery, an abundance of free-roaming wildlife, and over 10,000 hydrothermal sites. 

More than half the geothermal features in the world are found in Yellowstone – world-famous geysers, mud pots, natural hot springs, steaming fumaroles, and stunning travertine terraces – and one of the world’s largest volcanos, the Yellowstone Supervolcano lies beneath the surface of Yellowstone fueling many of the hydrothermal features and natural wonders throughout the park.  

The History of Yellowstone National Park


Yellowstone National Parks boasts not only natural beauty and iconic landmarks, but a deep history dating back thousands of years. On March 1, 1872, President Ulysses S. Grant signed the Yellowstone National Park Protection Act into law, preserving over 2 million acres of wilderness and building a foundation to protect and preserve our natural and cultural treasures for the future.

The human history of the Yellowstone region is also well preserved with historical records documenting thousands of Native American tribes in the area as far back as 11,000 years. Today, the National Park Service recognizes 27 tribes with ties to the Yellowstone Region, and there are now over 63 US National Parks preserving more than 80 million acres of US history.

Top Attractions to Visit at Yellowstone National Park


Yellowstone National Park had its busiest year on record in 2021, with a record-breaking 4.9 million visitors to the park – over 1 million visitors entering Yellowstone in July alone! 

If you’re looking to escape the crowds, the spring season in Yellowstone offers visitors a unique experience. Wildlife abounds as Yellowstone’s residents emerge from hibernation, tiny offspring stumble through the alpine meadows and grass prairies, waterfalls and rivers flow at their finest with spring melt and there’s a breath of new life at every scenic turn. This is all before you’ve even spotted a hydrothermal feature or famous Yellowstone attraction!

Big Sky is only a 1-hour scenic drive to the West Entrance of Yellowstone and a guided Yellowstone tour is by far the best way to experience Yellowstone’s top attractions and learn the history of the area. If you’re planning a self-guided tour of Yellowstone, here are the top attractions to add to your day trip itinerary as not all Yellowstone attractions are open in early spring.

LOWER LOOP

Firehole River Swimming Area, Fountain Paint Pots – Lower Geyser Basin, Grand Prismatic Spring – Midway Geyser Basin, Old Faithful & Old Faithful Inn – Upper Geyser Basin, Artists Paint Pots – Norris Geyser Basin, Grand Canyon of Yellowstone, Hayden Valley for wildlife viewing, Yellowstone Lake & Lake Hotel.

UPPER LOOP

The Upper Loop covers the northern section of the park. Upper Loop attractions include the fumaroles at Roaring Mountain, Mammoth Hot Springs travertine terraces, spectacular wildlife viewing in Lamar Valley, and Yellowstone’s 20-mile long Grand Canyon.

WILDLIFE VIEWING

Yellowstone is home to the largest concentration of mammals in the lower 48 states, with 67 species of mammals including black bears & big grizzlies – wolves, lynx & coyotes – mule deer & white tail deer – moose, elk, pronghorn antelope & the biggest population of bison on US public land. Yellowstone is the only known destination in the US where bison have lived continuously since prehistoric times and is well-known for its bison jams! Keep your distance, males can weigh up to 2,000 pounds and can run at up to 35mph! 

Whether you’re seeking a luxury Yellowstone experience with a private tour guide, hiking adventures in the wilderness, a bucket-list wildlife safari of Yellowstone, or a comfortable coach tour for your whole group – you’ll find the ultimate tour of Yellowstone National Park departing right here in Big Sky!

National Parks Free Entrance Days 2022


All National Parks that charge entrance offer FREE admission on select dates throughout the year. The summer opening date for the West Entrance to Yellowstone is April 15th, 2022, and April 16th marks the first day of the presidentially proclaimed National Park Week!

If spring is too soon, you can enjoy the park later in the year as admission to Yellowstone is also free on August 4th (Anniversary of the Great American Outdoors Act), September 24th (National Public Lands Day), and later in the fall season on November 11th, 2022 (Veterans Day).  

Big Sky – Your Basecamp to Yellowstone National Park


Big Sky is an idyllic base camp for all your Yellowstone National Park adventures! Our selection of luxury condos, cabins & homes range from cozy hot tub retreats for just the two of you, to modern mountain lodges with platinum perks and luxury amenities for the whole crew.

Celebrating the birthday of America’s first National Park is easy with Big Sky Vacation Rentals! Find your dream home in the Montana mountains, download our Big Sky Vacation Guide to start planning your vacation, read our local tips to a memorable Big Sky vacation, and experience the best of Yellowstone National Park from your beautiful home away from home in Big Sky, MT.


10 Easy Ways to Support Local In Big Sky, MT


Big Sky is on the list of Time Magazines “World’s Greatest Places” and is becoming an increasingly popular destination for year-round travel. Travelers are seeking sustainable travel, eco-adventures, unique local experiences, and connection with their destination and the local community.

There has been a huge influx of new locals in the past few years, and new local businesses booming in the region. This burst of entrepreneurship has been a time of new growth for the Big Sky community. Both tourists and locals alike are choosing small, and deciding to support local when dining out and making purchases. Read on to learn how you can make an impact and support local businesses when traveling to Big Sky, MT!

1. Try Local Big Sky Activity Providers


Exploring a new destination is always an adventure but a guided experience is unbeatable – discover secret spots and hidden gems, learn the backstories of Big Sky, and venture off the beaten path without fear of getting lost! You’ll find a local tour guide and activity provider for every season and every unique outdoor adventure in Big Sky, MT.

Tick off a major bucket-list experience dog sledding through the Montana mountains, book a tram guide to explore Big Sky Resort’s advanced terrain, embark on alpine adventures and horseback rides in the backcountry, plan a thrilling whitewater expedition or tranquil fly fishing experience on the Gallatin River, or head out on guided adventures at Lone Mountain Ranch. Big Sky’s the basecamp for Yellowstone National Park and you’ll find a wide selection of year round tours, safaris and unique Yellowstone experiences departing from Big Sky – and local guides with lots of local stories to tell!

2. Shop Local in Big Sky


Big Sky offers a fun shopping experience and a great opportunity to support local! There’s a selection of classic, contemporary and inspiring Big Sky art galleries to pick up local artwork, unique stores for western décor and cowboy classics, local sports outfitters for all your rental gear (and upgrades), and shopping at the base areas with one of a kind Big Sky swag and souvenirs to take home.

The Big Sky Summer Farmers Market in Fire Pit Park (June – August) features over 100 local vendors with fresh farm produce, local cuisine, crafts and artwork, live Big Sky bands and the chance to mingle with locals and fellow vacationers. You’ll find a selection of small grocery stores & markets to pick up your vacation essentials – or leave the shopping to a local!

3. Use Local Grocery Delivery Services


Let a local Big Sky delivery & concierge service pick up your groceries and deliver them to your home prior to arrival – a guest service greatly appreciated after a day of travels and another way to support local Big Sky business! Place your grocery order at a Bozeman or local Big Sky grocery stores that offers curbside pick-up and they’ll do the rest ensuring all your vacation favorites (including liquor, beer, wine and organic meats from local farms) are ready for you on arrival.

4. Support Local Restaurants


Eating out is a great way to discover local cuisine, and culture! Big Sky has a restaurant for every taste (and occasion!) with Asian, Mexican, Italian, steakhouses and saloons, legendary hot dogs, authentic Texan BBQ on the Gallatin River, local breweries, cocktail lounges …. and the list goes on!

Tick off another bucket-list idea and book an adventure dining experience in Big Sky –  candlelit dinners in a backcountry yurt, legendary sleigh ride dinners, Montana cowboy dinners, or sundowners in an authentic western saloon. Be kind & tip generously – the staffing situation is still tough!

5. Indulge with In-Home Dining & Catering


Our Big Sky Vacation Rentals give you the chance to vacation in style with a cozy fireplace, bubbling hot tub, and all the comforts of home – you may just want the local cuisine to come to you!

Big Sky is blessed with talented local chefs to indulge in a restaurant quality experience in the comfort of your Big Sky vacation home. Our local chefs and caterers offer everything from drop off meals and children’s birthday parties to tasty brunches and formal dinners – with seasonal farm to table menus and the freshest local ingredients.

6. Pamper Yourself


Whether a massage is a weekly habit or a rare indulgence, it’s important to pamper yourself on vacation. Book a soothing soak at a historic hot springs resort near Big Sky, or pop on your favorite playlist, pour some champagne and let a local massage therapist pamper you in the privacy of your Big Sky home. You’ll need a little more of this if you’re traveling with kids!

7. Use Kid-Friendly Local Services


Big Sky Vacation Rentals partners with local businesses to take the pressure off traveling with kids! Ease the load and ship all your gear prior to your travels so it’s waiting on arrival either at the airport or your vacation home!. Parents of little ones will appreciate being able to rent baby gear, toys and safety equipment from a local Big Sky mom who understands the burden of traveling with kids and the importance of safety – and will deliver directly to your Big Sky vacation home! 

If you’re planning a romantic date night for your family vacation – no worries, our locals support your romance! You’ll find a local, dependable and experienced Big Sky babysitter to tend to your kids while you enjoy some much needed downtime.

8. Try A Transportation Service


If you’re flying into Bozeman, getting to Big Sky is easy. There are year-round airport shuttle services from Bozeman airport to Big Sky with options for private cars, limo services, coaches, local taxi services and car rentals (with 5% off for BSVR guests!). Once in Big Sky, there are on-call and rent by the hour taxi services and the local Skyline shuttle bus that services the Big Sky Resort area.

9. Leave Reviews & Engage on Social Media


Online reviews and word of mouth is the best form of marketing, drives growth for small businesses, and makes a difference! If you have a positive interaction with a Big Sky local, leave a positive review, give a shout out on social media, share your recommendations with other travelers, and make a difference!

10. Stay Local!


Our team at Big Sky Vacation Rentals treat your vacation as their own! We represent Big Sky’s most elite vacation rentals with an extra touch of luxury, modern amenities, meticulous property care, and exceptional guest services with a hands-on, local team intent on giving you peace of mind for your stay and creating a memorable and personalized vacation in Big Sky.

3 Steps to the Best Big Sky Vacation!


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Book your Big Sky vacation direct for the best pricing and reach out to our vacation specialists if you need any help finding the best Big Sky neighborhood or planning your trip to Big Sky. We live here, we play here, we know Big Sky!


7 Best Hot Springs Near Big Sky, MT


Montana’s Big Sky Country is known for its vast stretches of untamed wilderness, rugged landscapes, majestic mountain views and natural, geothermal wonders bursting out from the surface of the earth. 

There are over 61 known natural hot springs in Montana ranging from primitive hot springs bubbling into mountain rivers to commercial, developed hot spring resorts with modern amenities. Some even offer farm-to-table and gourmet restaurants, poolside live music and entertainment, and relaxing, therapeutic and healing natural hot spring experiences unique to Big Sky Country.


Natural Hot Springs Near Big Sky

For travelers seeking a wilder experience in nature, there are not many undeveloped hot springs in Montana that are easily accessible on public land. Nearby Yellowstone National Park is home to over 10,000 hydrothermal features and some of the most colorful and famous hot springs in the US, unfortunately off-limits for a soothing soak, with two exceptions – the Firehole River Swimming Area and Boiling River.

1, Firehole River Swimming Area

West Yellowstone
Distance from Big Sky: Approx. 1-hour, depends on season and route.

The West Entrance to Yellowstone National Park is a scenic, 1-hour drive from Big Sky on Hwy 191. Head along Firehole Canyon Drive (near Madison Junction) to the Firehole River where hot springs feed designated swimming areas along the river for a warm dip. It’s a popular Yellowstone attraction and parking fills up fast!

2. Boiling River

North Entrance to Yellowstone National Park, MT
Distance from Big Sky: 125 miles

Take a soak in one of Yellowstone’s hydrothermal attractions in Boiling River at the North Entrance to Yellowstone National Park (open year round). The ice cold water of the Gardiner River is heated by 140 degree water from the famous Mammoth Hot Springs pouring gently over a travertine ledge into the river. Perfectly placed rock piles create tranquil soaking areas for a unique hot springs experience surrounded by the vast beauty of Yellowstone. Many guided tours to Yellowstone include the Boiling River on their itinerary, but however you choose to adventure – safety first and please leave no trace!


Montana Hot Springs Resorts near Big Sky

If you aren’t keen to clamber over river rocks and are seeking a slightly more upscale, resort-style experience, Big Sky Country is home to some of the best hot springs resorts in the US! The hot springs resorts near Big Sky are all an easy (and scenic) day trip away, perfect for an afternoon adventure to end a day of winter or summer Big Sky activities. 

Reservations are recommended and please check online for seasonal hours before embarking on your Big Sky hot springs experience.

3. Bozeman Hot Springs

Bozeman, MT
Distance from Big Sky: 36 miles
Open Daily: Seasonal Hours

Bozeman Hot Springs is the closest hot springs resort to Big Sky, and one of the most popular natural hot springs in Montana, nestled in the heart of the scenic Gallatin Valley. Once a rustic bathhouse in the 1800’s, today Bozeman Hot Springs is a hot spot for locals and visitors with 12 amazing therapeutic pools, dry & wet saunas, a full-service spa & fitness center, and a stage area with year-round live music events & entertainment.

Bozeman Hot Springs features 8 tranquil indoor pools in a tropical glass atrium and 4 outdoor pools, all fed from natural hot springs and combined with cooled water for different temperatures ranging from the cold soak tub at 59 degrees for muscle recovery to an inviting and therapeutic soak at 106 degrees. You can even rent a natural hot springs pool for a private party! There is no restaurant on site and Bozeman Hot Springs is a dry facility – outside food & drinks are welcomed (no alcohol or glass!).

4. Norris Hot Springs

Norris, MT
Distance from Big Sky: 65 miles
Open: Daily – Seasonal Hours

Norris Hot Springs is 30 miles west of Bozeman along the Madison River Valley, only an hour drive from Big Sky. These off-the-beaten path Montana hot springs are a series of artesian springs known as the “Water of the Gods” with a perfectly placed funky, timber pool directly over the source!

Aside from the healing waters, Norris Hot Springs is known for its live music vibe in a Geodesic music dome next to the pool, fresh farm-to-table dining with the 50 Mile Grill & No Loose Dogs Snack bar serving organic, fresh food from geothermally heated greenhouses, and cold local brews and wine from the Saloon Bar. It’s affordable with a laid back, rustic vibe and healing waters that will leave you relaxed, rejuvenated and ready for more unique Big Sky adventures.

5. Chico Hot Springs

Pray, MT
Distance from Big Sky: 90 miles
Open: Year Round 6am to Midnight

Chico Hot Springs is a legendary, historic hot springs resort in the heart of the Paradise Valley, 35 miles north of the North Entrance to Yellowstone National Park. Chico Hot Springs is one of the most famous Montana hot springs resorts with a blend of Victorian refinement and rustic western charm, a luxurious day spa, picturesque gardens, gourmet dining, live music, 18 hole disc golf, and two open-air spring fed mineral pools.

Book a luxury herbal wrap in the day spa, dine in a classic historic restaurant or pool side, unwind with live music in the Saloon, and soak up some vitamin D and healing vibes in the outdoor pools. The large outdoor swimming area is heated at a comfortable 96 degrees, with a covered soaking pool with hotter temperatures. Surrounded by views of the Absaroka Mountains and Emigrant Peak, this is the perfect hot springs experience to combine with a day trip to Yellowstone.


6. Yellowstone Hot Springs

Gardiner, MT
Distance from Big Sky: 115 miles
Open: Wednesday thru Sunday – Seasonal Hours

Yellowstone Hot Springs (formerly Corwin Hot Springs) is the newest addition to Montana’s hot springs resorts situated on the road to the North Entrance to Yellowstone National Park, 25 miles south of Chico Hot Springs. There is no restaurant facility, however snacks are available to purchase and you may picnic outside. The resort is built on church premises and no alcohol, smoking or vaping is allowed!

Nestled on the banks of the Yellowstone River in the Paradise Valley, Yellowstone Hot Springs is one of the most scenic places to soak near Big Sky with three mineral rich pools to experience the full benefits of the therapeutic waters – a cold plunge pool in the 60s, a main pool in the high 90s, and a hot soaking pool at 103-105 degrees.

7. White Sulphur Hot Springs

White Sulphur Springs, MT
Distance from Big Sky: 115 miles North
Open: Year Round 7am to 10pm

Spa Hot Springs in White Sulphur Springs is 90 miles north of Bozeman along Highway 89 (The Kings Hill Scenic Byway), near the Lewis and Clark National Forest. This is a historic and well-preserved hot springs resort to combine a healing natural soak with a scenic drive from Big Sky. There are no restaurant facilities but you’ll find unique eateries and breweries nearby on Main Street.

As with most of the developed hot springs resorts near Big Sky, the White Sulphur Hot Springs has a rich Native American heritage and legacy of peace, healing and positive energy. The tiny historic cabin that once stood has transformed to Spa Hot Springs Resort with an indoor pool and two outdoor pools framed by hand painted murals, all natural, no chemicals and a relaxing atmosphere for the whole family.


Therapeutic Healing Benefits of Mineral Rich Natural Hot Springs

  • Natural Pain Relief: Soothes health ailments and relieves pain
  • Natural Healing: Increases blood flow, circulation and metabolism
  • Natural Stress Relief: Releases negative energies and restores your spirit
  • Natural Vitamin D: Natural sunshine on your shoulders makes you happy
  • Natural State of Mind: It feels good!

Best Hot Tub Vacation Cabins & Condos in Big Sky

Soak in style on your next Montana mountain escape in the best hot tub vacation rentals in Big Sky, MT – no driving required – simply step outside and soak in your private Big Sky hot tub!

From secluded cabins on the slopes to luxury modern mountain homes, our Big Sky hot tub homes are situated in the most desirable locations in Big Sky and offer the ultimate retreat to end your day of skiing, fly-fishing or hiking in the mountains with awe-inspiring views, all the comforts of home, and exceptional guest services for a hassle-free and therapeutic vacation in Big Sky, MT.


8 Spots For Working Remote In Big Sky, MT


According to a recent survey, eight in ten remote workers consider doing their jobs from vacation, with nearly half choosing a longer trip with work over a shorter trip without work involved! 

Whether you’re one of the eight ready to explore beyond the boundaries of your everyday home office, or in the smaller group of remote workers who haven’t even considered working remotely on vacation an option – we invite you to spend some time mixing business with leisure in Big Sky MT. 
You know what they say about the boost a change of scenery brings – and the scenery in Big Sky MT is breathtaking beyond belief. From our beautifully-appointed Big Sky vacation rentals to community centers and coffee shops with big views, here are our 8 top spots for working remote in Big Sky, MT.


1. Big Sky Luxury Home Office

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Our hand-picked selection of professionally managed Big Sky Vacation Rentals offers the ultimate option for working remotely from the mountains. Indulge in spacious, stylish living with dens and dedicated workspaces, reliable high-speed WiFi, and creature comforts that make it easy to crush your to-do list! For added indulgence, our Platinum Collection of Big Sky rentals boasts a consistent selection of luxury amenities including spa rooms, gaming systems, Smart TVs with live streaming services, and alpine-inspired outdoor spaces with private hot tubs to set up office outdoors! 

Our selection of condos, cabins, and custom homes includes rentals in the Big Sky neighborhoods of Moonlight Basin, Powder Ridge, Mountain Village, and Meadow Village near Big Sky Town Center.  With adventurous outdoor activities, world-class ski slopes, and tranquil trails on your doorstep, along with a variety of local shops, restaurants, and nightlife close to “home”, our Big Sky vacation rentals are the best destination for a perfectly balanced Big Sky workcation.


2. Big Sky Community Library

Neighborhood: Meadow Village – Big Sky Town Center
Location: 45465 Gallatin Rd, Big Sky, MT
Phone: (406) 995-4281
Hours:
Monday – Wednesday 4 PM to 8 PM
Friday 3 PM to 7 PM
Saturday 12 PM to 6 PM 
Closed Thursday & Sunday

Situated just off US Highway 191 into Big Sky, the Big Sky Community Library offers library and computer services for both locals and visitors to Big Sky, MT. The library has sixteen internet-ready computers with free WiFi for public use and paid printing options available. With an early learning center, educational games and toys, and regular story times, it’s a favorite kid-friendly space to get some remote work done in Big Sky.


3. Big Sky BASE

Neighborhood: Meadow Village – Big Sky Town Center
Location: 285 Simkins Dr, Big Sky, MT
Phone: (406) 993-2112
Hours: 
Monday – Friday 6 AM to 8 PM
Saturday – Sunday 9 AM to 6 PM

2023 Pricing:
Day Pass: $30 or $40 including climbing wall, purchased on-site 
7-Day Group Pass: $500 (up to 4 visitors, $20 per additional person)
7-Day Single Pass: $150
Camp Big Sky: From $75

Purchase Passes Here!

For a comfortable and convenient co-working space, head to Big Sky BASE Community Center located in Big Sky Town Center. BASE (meaning Big Adventure Safe Environment) is Big Sky’s first local community and recreation center, featuring 27,000 square feet of state-of-the-art facilities including a climbing and bouldering wall, a full gymnasium, sports courts, a fitness facility, and large gathering areas and meeting rooms with tables and laptop plug-ins for remote work. Traveling to Big Sky with kids? Camp Big Sky is a community day camp at BASE with a drop-in childcare option for kids grades 1-6. To keep the kids happy while getting work done on vacation, just register ahead of time HERE


4. Cowboy Coffee Co.

Neighborhood: Meadow Village – Big Sky Town Center
Location: 25 Town Center Ave, Big Sky, MT
Hours: Daily 6 AM to 6 PM

For a more casual, digital “snowmad” setting, set up your remote work station at Big Sky’s Cowboy Coffee Co., a long-time fixture of Jackson Hole, and a new addition to Big Sky Town Center for 2023. Open early every day at 6 AM, this is one of the biggest remote workspaces in Big Sky with free WiFi, outlets, and plenty of seating, indoors or out on the seasonal patio. This vibey remote work spot may not come with complete peace and quiet, but for a casual work day on vacation, it’s nothing noise-canceling air pods and a spicy Cowboy Cubano can’t fix!


5. Caliber Coffee Roaster

Neighborhood: Meadow Village – Big Sky Town Center
Location: 80 Snowy Mountain Circle, Big Sky, MT
Phone: (406) 995-7311
Hours: 
Monday – Saturday 7 AM to 3 PM
Sunday 7 AM to 1 PM

Voted “Best Coffee in Big Sky” by Best of Big Sky for 5 years in a row, Caliber Coffee is worthy of a stop during your mountain escape, whether you’re working remotely or simply enjoying a vacation in the Montana mountains! It’s a small, intimate space with café tables, chairs, a cozy booth, and fast, free WiFi to catch up on emails while you savor the best cup of coffee in Big Sky along with amazing breakfast burritos, bagels, and biscuit sandwiches to fuel up outdoor adventure breaks. Be sure to pick up their whole-bean coffee to brew while working from your Big Sky rental home! If printing is a priority, Big Sky Print and Ship is right across the way for all your office services.


6. Bunker Deck & Grill

Neighborhood: Meadow Village – Big Sky Town Center
Location: 2100 Black Otter Road, Big Sky, MT 
Phone: (406) 995-4047
Hours: Daily 8 AM to 8 PM

If you’re planning to play a high-elevation round at the Big Sky Golf Course, you can combine world-class golf with work at Bunker Deck & Grill. Located on the Big Sky Golf Course, Bunker Deck & Grill is open throughout the Big Sky golf season (May 19 to October 1) for breakfast, lunch, and dinner with a scenic sunny patio to blend work with play during your stay in Big Sky. Bonus: Bunker Deck & Grill is also open to non-players and boasts some of the best views of Big Sky’s Meadow Village.  


7. The Exchange

Neighborhood: Big Sky Mountain Village
Location: 52 Big Sky Resort Rd, Big Sky, MT
Phone: (406) 995-5555
Seasonal Hours: Mid-June to Mid-September & Winter Ski Season



Formerly known as the Mountain Mall, The Exchange at Big Sky has several spots to fuel up and freelance or remote work from the Montana mountains – whatever remote work vibe you’re after! The modern Vista Hall on the top floor offers the Vista Bar with a deck overlooking Big Sky Village Plaza and a Food Hall with a choice of six eateries, Illy Café & Bakery, Deluxe Grill, Stone Fired Pizza, Sushi + Bowls, Taqueria, and 3 Forks Deli. If a lively aprés scene and live music inspire your work ideas (no one is judging!), Westward Social and Montana Jack on the ground floor of the Exchange buzz during the summer & winter seasons.


8. Everett’s 8800

Neighborhood: Big Sky Mountain Village
Location: Andesite Mountain, Big Sky Resort
Phone: (406) 995-8800
Seasonal Hours: Mid-June to Mid-September & Winter Ski Season

Why not scale new heights of productivity while working remote at 8,880 feet from the summit of Big Sky Resort? Take a scenic ride on the Ramcharger 8, America’s most technologically advanced lift, to the top of Andesite Mountain for “American Alps Cuisine” and a high-elevation remote work setup with breathtaking views of Lone Peak! Big Sky Resort lift tickets and reservations are required for dining with a view (and laptop!) at Everett’s 8800.


Tired of working remotely holed up at home? Whether it’s meadows of summer wildflowers or world-class winter slopes that inspire creativity, there’s no reason “home” can’t be a cozy alpine cabin, executive style suite, or family-friendly vacation home with modern comforts in the Montana mountains! 

Come visit us in Big Sky – a destination where work meets wanderlust, WiFi exists in the wilderness, and outdoor activities in the majestic Montana Mountains await on your doorstep. We live here. We play here. We work here. We know Big Sky! Browse our portfolio of Big Sky Vacation Rentals to work from home or call our local team of vacation planners today at (888) 915-2787. 

How to Get on the Slopes at Big Sky Resort


Big Sky Resort is one of the “Top-Ranked Ski Resorts in the West” and boasts the “Biggest Skiing in America” with 5,850 acres of terrain for all abilities, 7 terrain parks and some of the best views in the Montana mountains dominated by Big Sky’s iconic Lone Peak. 

Our charming mountain town is family-friendly and a prime alpine destination for energetic outdoor adventures or a secluded getaway in a winter wonderland with roaring fires, hot tub soaks, panoramic mountain vistas, spiked winter cocktails, and rejuvenating downtime from the hustle and bustle of daily living. 

Big Sky, Montana is a paradise for winter sports enthusiasts! If you’re planning a vacation to Big Sky Resort, you’re in for an unforgettable experience of skiing and snowboarding on some of the most pristine and diverse terrain in the Rocky Mountains. Getting on the slopes at Big Sky Resort is a journey worth taking, and with the right preparations, it becomes an experience of a lifetime. 

In this guide, we’ll walk you through the essentials to ensure your trip is seamless and filled with powder-packed adventures. From choosing the ideal Big Sky ski pass to gearing up with top-notch equipment and enjoying the convenience of ski-in/ski-out lodging, your adventure in Big Sky, Montana, is destined to be filled with excitement and memories that will last a lifetime. 

Get ready to carve your way through a snowy and magical Montana wonderland when you embrace the thrill of skiing, snowboarding, or simply sightseeing in Big Sky Montana!

The best time to ski Big Sky is in February and March! These are the snowiest months in Big Sky with a deep base depth and an average of 4-5 snow days a week! Big Sky Resort is the main attraction with fresh powder stashes for skiing and snowboarding, uncrowded lift lines, heated lifts to keep you happy and warm, and winter activities for the whole family. But the fun doesn’t end on the slopes, there’s so much more to Big Sky than meets the eye. 

Hike the kid-friendly snowshoe trails to frozen waterfalls, glide the Nordic trails at Lone Mountain Ranch, catch a winter trout on the Gallatin River, take a romantic western style sleigh ride, or go snowmobiling and dog-sledding through the powdery canyons. Big Sky has a fun selection of shops for retail therapy, mountain side spas for a pamper, and diverse dining options for every occasion. 

Big Sky Resort: Mountain Statistics

Big Sky Resort’s mountain statistics tell a story of unparalleled variety, space, and innovation, ensuring every skier and snowboarder finds their perfect path on our expansive slopes! Big Sky Resort boasts 5,850 skiable acres with 50% beginner-intermediate terrain and 50% advanced terrain, one of the most technologically advanced lift systems in the world, and an average of 400 inches of snowfall annually! With more than an acre per skier on average, you can explore the grandeur of Big Sky, without the crowds. 

Big Sky Resort: Lift Tickets

Embark on your ski journey by securing the perfect ski pass for your needs. Big Sky Resort offers a variety of lift ticket options to cater to every type of skier and snowboarder. From single and multi-day passes for the occasional thrill-seeker to season passes for the dedicated powder chaser, there’s a pass that suits everyone. 

Explore your choices below, purchase tickets as early as possible for the best prices, pick up your Sky Card on arrival, and make the most of your time on the slopes. If you’re still in the vacation planning process, Monday to Thursday, and non holiday periods, are more affordable!

Kids’ Lift Tickets

Kid’s ski for a dollar a day at Big Sky Resort! What a bonus for a family ski vacation! Be sure to book your tickets in advance online and note that lift tickets are not included in kids lessons and clinics at Mountain Sports Ski School.

Beginner Tickets

Big Sky Resort offers Beginner Tickets to access the magic carpet and Explorer lift at Mountain Village and the magic carpet and Derringer lift at the Madison Base area. The perfect option for first-timers on the slopes of Big Ski Resort. Beginner Tickets are available at ticket windows only and are not available in the early season.

Single Day Tickets

If you’re in town for a weekend and only skiing one day, single day lift tickets are available with prices ranging from $69 to $250. Depending on availability, discounted half-day lift tickets are available for same-day purchase from 12 PM at the ticket window, for lift access from 1 PM to 4 PM.

Multi-Day Tickets

The best option for Big Sky lift tickets is a multi-day pass, with options ranging from 2 out of 3 days to 7 out of 9 days. The more days you book, the more savings you receive! Reserve your dates online to ensure you don’t miss out!


Ikon Pass at Big Sky Resort

All Ikon Passholders will need to make a reservation to use their days at Big Sky, managed through their Ikon Pass account. Share discount codes for friends and family to purchase lift tickets, and take note of the blackout date for the 2023-24 season.

23/24 IKON Blackout Dates

  • December 26 -31, 2023
  • January 13- 14, 2024
  • February 17-18, 2024

Mountain Collective at Big Sky

Reservations are also required for Mountain Collective Passholders to use their days at Big Sky. Once you have used up the two days included in your Mountain Collective pass, enable autocharge and you may purchase additional days at a 50% discounted rates.

Lone Peak Tram Tickets

The newly transformed Lone Peak Tram transports skiers, snowboarders, and sightseers to the summit of Big Sky Resort at a staggering 11,166 feet above sea level! Winter access is regulated based on weather conditions and open terrain, pricing is based on a per-ride fee, and tram tickets may not be purchased in advance! Click HERE to explore what’s up with the new tram at Big Sky Resort!

Ski & Snowboard Rental Delivery

Getting on the slopes in Big Sky has never been easier! With Ski Butlers, the hassle of traditional equipment rental is a thing of the past and Big Sky Vacation Rentals guests enjoy 15% off all ski and snowboard rentals.  Save money, skip the lines and embrace a streamlined, personalized experience that offers high-performance ski and snowboard gear for every ability, terrain, and condition and maximizes your time on the slopes. 

Reserve your gear online and Ski Butlers will deliver to your vacation home, ensure the right fit, and send their technicians out to switch your gear if you’re not enjoying your every turn!

Mountain Sports Ski School

If you’re seeking professional instruction, or unsure of negotiating Big Sky’s vast terrain alone, the Mountain Sports Ski School is your ticket to conquering the slopes with confidence. The Mountain Sports Ski School offers a wide range of options for ages 3 and up, including private instruction and group lessons, multi-day camps and clinics, kids lessons and camps, adaptive programs, early and late season headlamp night skiing, and experienced tram guides to explore the advanced terrain on Big Sky’s iconic Lone Peak. 

Browse the Big Sky Mountain Sports Ski School to book your lesson or experience. 

Big Sky Resort Childcare

Don’t let the little ones stop you from experiencing the best of Big Sky! The Lone Peak Playhouse offers parents a worry-free experience with flexible options for morning, afternoon, or full-day childcare daily for children six months to 8 years. The playhouse has two convenient locations in Mountain Village and in the Madison Base area with indoor and outdoor play spaces, nap rooms for infants and toddlers, and a seamless connection to the Mountain Sports Ski School to set your kids up with lessons and camps. 

Reservations are required prior to arrival – call (406) 993-2220 for Mountain Village or (406) 993-6060 for Madison Base.

Parking at Big Sky Resort

Paid parking is available next to the Exchange building in Mountain Village, pricing starts at $52/day and reservations are required. All other Big Sky parking is free but can fill up fast, especially on holidays and weekends. There are free parking lots at the Madison Base area and in Mountain Village including a premium lot for carpool drivers (3+ drivers). From 8 AM to 6 PM, open-air shuttles run in constant rotation from the Mountain Village parking lots to the Exchange building at the base area. Visit the Big Sky Resort website for parking maps and availability. 

For carbon footprint conscious travelers, the Skyline Bus offers a seasonal service between Big Sky and Bozeman, and a daily service throughout Big Sky seven days a week from November 20, 2023 to April 14, 2024. Click HERE for the winter schedule to plan your rides from your Big Sky vacation rental to the Big Sky Resort slopes – or simply stay slopeside in a Big Sky ski-in/ski-out vacation rental

Ski-In/Ski-Out Lodging in Big Sky Montana

The best way to get on the slopes at Big Sky, is to stay on them! Our exclusive collection of Big Sky ski-in/ski-out rentals is your gateway to a seamless and stress-free mountain experience at Big Sky Resort. Make every moment on the mountain count, from the ease of ski school drop-offs and lunch breaks at home, to the unparalleled luxury of gliding back to your private hot tub for soothing apres ski soaks. When you stay slopeside, your mountain adventure awaits effortlessly on your doorstep! 

Getting to Big Sky is easy with regular flights into Bozeman Airport (only 40 minutes away) and airport shuttles and transportation direct to Big Sky. The Skyline Bus runs seven days a week during the winter season, making it easy to get around town once you’re here with several local tour companies available for bucket-list winter adventures in nearby Yellowstone National Park.

Winter season is booking up fast, so start planning your Big Sky winter getaway today with Big Sky Vacation Rentals. Our collection of premier Big Sky chalets and homes are located in the best neighborhoods in Big Sky with ski-in/ski-out vacation rentals to suit every size and style, and exceptional guest services for a last minute winter getaway in Big Sky, MT!