What to Expect at Big Sky Resort Winter 2022-23


Big Sky Resort has a goal to be the best ski experience, the best hospitality experience, and the best community experience in the North American ski industry and they are on track! 

As the Big Sky 2025 vision unfolds, each winter season at Montana’s Big Sky Resort gets bigger and better. Whether you’re a valued guest returning for an annual ski trip or Big Sky is dominating your ski destination searches and newsfeed and you’re coming to see what all the fuss is about – we’ve got the scoop on what’s new and what to expect at Big Sky Resort for the 2022-23 winter season ahead.


Opening Day at Big Sky Resort

Big Sky Resort opens for the 2022-23 winter season on Thursday November 24, 2022, just in time for a Thanksgiving getaway and early season ski trip! Snow comes early to the Northern Rockies and with Big Sky Resort’s expansive terrain (and advanced snowmaking facilities), the early season conditions make for a fun day on the slopes. The estimated closing date is April 23, 2023. Follow our Big Sky Vacation Blog for updates on Big Sky Resort opening day festivities – it’s always a blast!

Big Sky Resort Upgrades

The 2021-2022 Big Sky season opened with the introduction of the state-of-the-art Swift Current 6, Big Sky’s newest 6 person high-speed, heated chairlift and the fastest six-person chairlift in North America. In addition, Big Sky Resort installed new and advanced snowmaking equipment at the top of the Explorer Lift from Mountain Village base area, including two of the seven terrain parks, Swifty Park and The Cache.

Spectacular Terrain for All Abilities

Big Sky Resort boasts the “Biggest Skiing in America” with 5,850 acres of skiable terrain over four mountains, 300 named ski runs, 7 terrain parks, and 39 ski lifts (including the most technologically advanced lift network in North America). Stay within your limits on the wide beginner or intermediate groomers or, for steeps, deeps and unmatched expert inbound terrain, ride the Lone Peak Tram to the summit at a breathtaking 11,166 feet. 

Forget the long lift lines and cold winter chills – Big Sky Resort has a total of 1,800 chairs with an hourly uphill capacity of 42,000 skiers including four enclosed Big Sky Blue Bubbles with head rests and luxurious heated seats to warm up for your next run. Don’t let the expanse of Big Sky intimidate you – there is terrain for every level of skier and snowboarder at Big Sky.

Big Sky Mountain Stats

  • Beginner: 23%
  • Intermediate: 25%
  • Advanced: 34%
  • Expert: 13%
  • Extreme: 5%

Better Connections

Big Sky, Montana ranks as one of the best-served mountain destinations in the US! There are over 40 non-stop flights from the east and west coast daily into Bozeman during the ski season with convenient car rental agencies and transportation services directly from Bozeman to Big Sky, MT. Arrange slopeside ski-in ski-out lodging and you can vacation in Big Sky without a car!

Book your Lift Tickets & Ski Days

To ensure an enhanced ski experience and maintain a reputation of fewer lift lines and uncrowded slopes, lift ticket availability may be limited on certain peak dates. Big Sky Resort encourages skiers and snowboards to buy lift tickets in advance for the best rates and availability. New to winter 2022-2023, Ikon and Mountain Collective pass holders will be required to reserve their ski days in advance. 

Lone Peak Tram Access

Aside from the unlimited Big Sky Resort Gold Season Pass, Lone Peak tram access is no longer included in Big Sky Resort lift tickets and needs to be purchased separately. Riding the Lone Peak Tram is a bucket-list experience so be sure to add tram access to your lift ticket to avoid disappointment. If you can ski a groomed blue run, you can ride the Lone Peak Tram! Stay connected for updates on the transformed tram experience coming to Big Sky Resort in Winter 2023-24.

Big Sky Resort Activities & Programs

Big Sky Mountain Sports School offers private and group lessons with world-class ski and snowboard instructions, kids camps for ages 3 and up, and experienced tram guides to maximize (and enhance) your time spent discovering the best inbound terrain and biggest skiing in America off Lone Peak! Be sure to book your Big Sky lessons and guided experiences well in advance.  

Unique Alpine Experiences Off the Slopes

Big Sky’s beauty is not limited to thousands of acres of terrain off Lone Peak. When planning your ski trip to Big Sky, be sure to adventure beyond the slopes into the wilderness of the Montana mountains. From thrilling snowmobile and dog-sled adventures to ice-skating, family sleigh rides or winter fly-fishing expeditions on the world-famous Gallatin River, unique alpine experiences await in Big Sky, MT. For more bucket-list adventures, include a winter tour of Yellowstone National Park in your Big Sky itinerary.

Luxury Big Sky Resort Lodging

As Big Sky gains recognition as a top-notch ski and snowboard destination and Montana’s ultimate year-round escape, demand for resort lodging is on the rise! With over 130 vacation condos, cabins, custom lodges and ski chalets, Big Sky Vacation Rentals represent one of the largest collections of luxury vacation rentals in Big Sky and continue to hand-pick the best ski homes in Big Sky to meet the demand.

Booking with Big Sky Vacation Rentals ensures a hassle-free Big Sky vacation and a luxurious place to stay – secluded in the wilderness or slopeside at Big Sky Resort for easy early season ski access! Our luxury guest amenities ensure quality time off the slopes – gourmet kitchens, games rooms, indoor and outdoor entertainment areas, cozy fireplaces and outdoor fire pits, and private hot tubs overlooking Lone Peak. 

We partner with local reputable companies to offer our guests easy transportation to and from Bozeman International Airport, ski and snowboard rental and delivery, shipping services, grocery delivery to your vacation home prior to arrival, and elevated in-house dining options

Browse our selection of Big Sky luxury vacation rentals, download our Big Sky Vacation Guide for easy trip planning, or call our local team at +1-888-915-2787 to start planning your ski trip to Big Sky for winter 2022-23.


3-Day Big Sky Winter Itinerary


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 to ensure your 3-day getaway to Big Sky is a special experience. 

To help you plan your stay, our local team has put together the best of Big Sky from dining, après-ski to the best activities! Here are our suggestions for unique ways to experience the best of Big Sky in 3 days.


Day 1 – A Warm Welcome to Big Sky

Breakfast

Begin your first day in Big Sky with a classic, hearty breakfast at the Carabiner Lounge overlooking the slopes of Big Sky Resort. Open daily from 6:30am this will not have to interfere with your on-mountain time! If you’re still settling in, start the day off slow with fresh coffee and homemade waffles prepared in your modern kitchen from the comfort of your Big Sky vacation home.

Ski Big Sky Resort

You’re fueled up and it’s time to hit the slopes at Big Sky Resort. Save time and reserve your lift tickets early! Big Sky boasts 5,850 acres of terrain and an average of 2 acres per skier, with fun and challenging slopes for every member in your travel pod. 

Slope Side Lunch

If you’re staying slope side you can always stop home for lunch, but we have a few on-mountain suggestions for a refuel. For a quick lunch, the best local meal deal on the mountain and legendary hot dogs, head to Yeti Dogs in Mountain Village or take your time and enjoy homestyle comfort food and a local brew at Westward Social in The Exchange.

Après Ski

After a long day of warming up your ski legs and cruising some of the greatest snow on earth, enjoy slopeside après ski with the best Montana craft brews on tap, signature cocktails and panoramic views of Lone Peak at the Vista Bar in Big Sky’s inviting food court overlooking the Mountain Village Plaza. 

Dine Out in Big Sky

Whatever tantalizes your taste buds, you’ll find it here in Big Sky. Experience the authentic flavors of Northern Italy at the award-winning Michelangelo’s contemporary bistro, sample Big Sky’s best sushi at the Blue Buddha Sushi Lounge or feast on drunken noodles and tasty Thai at the Lotus Pad in Big Sky Town Center.


Day 2 – Unique Big Sky Adventures

Breakfast

Pick up a coffee to go and breakfast sandwich or dine-in for local farm-to-table fare at Acre Kitchen, an intimate eatery in Big Sky Meadow Village. You’ll need plenty of carbo loading for your day of outdoor adventures in Montana’s Big Sky country. 

Snowmobiling

Snowmobiling is one of the top winter activities in Big Sky and the best way to explore the remote Montana wilderness is by snowmobile. Canyon Adventures offer half and full day guided backcountry trips near Big Sky or escape the crowds and discover the beauty and natural wonders of nearby Yellowstone National Park on a guided or self-guided snowmobiling tour.

Après Ski

A day of wilderness adventures is likely to leave you shattered so you may want to recoup and enjoy après ski curled in front of the fire or stargazing from your private hot tub. But, if the Big Sky après ski scene has you hooked, the Copper Whiskey Bar in Big Sky Town Center has a daily happy hour with delicious spiked hot drinks, après ski cocktails, elevated pub grub and a laid-back atmosphere. 

Ride a Snowcat to Dinner

For a unique backcountry dining experience, we highly recommend the 3-course candlelit dinner at the Montana Dinner Yurt. Ride a snowcat through the peaks of Big Sky to a secret location on Lone Peak for delicious fireside dining, live acoustic music, torch-lit sledding for the whole family, and the most spectacular stargazing in Big Sky.


Day 3 – Back on the Big Sky Slopes

Breakfast

Start your day slope side at the Vista Hall food court on the upper level of The Exchange in Big Sky Mountain Village. The Café & Bakery is a European style coffee shop and café serving freshly roasted illy coffee, smoothies and a selection of breakfast pastries for hungry skiers to start their day the right way. Of course, coffee and croissants as you watch the skiers on the slopes from your private hot tub (or pillow) sounds equally enticing.

Back on the Big Sky Slopes

Big Sky boasts the biggest skiing in America, so there’s still plenty of terrain still to cover. The world’s most advanced chairlift makes it easy and quick to explore the vast terrain of Big Sky from the easy groomers to the expert terrain at the summit of Big Sky’s iconic Lone Peak. 

Slopeside Lunch

Ski over to the Madison Base Area on the Moonlight side for a slope side lunch at the Headwaters Grille. On Big Sky’s bluebird days, you can dine on the outdoor patio or stay cozy and watch the skiers and boarders from a window table while you savor salads, soups, grilled farm-to table specials and burgers or chicken fingers for the kids! 

Cross Country Skiing

Explore the beautiful scenery on over 85 kilometers and 2,200 vertical feet of groomed cross country ski trails right out of Big Sky. Lone Mountain Ranch was voted #1 Nordic ski destination in North America in Cross Country Skier magazine and certified instructors available, they invite skiers of all abilities to venture out on the trails.

Big Sky Brewery Experience

Beehive Basin Brewery is one of the top après ski spots in Big Sky and a fun place to wind down after a day on the slopes. Grab a pint, fill up a growler or sample a flight of hand crafted Montana beer while soaking up spectacular views of the Big Sky landscapes. 

Dine in a Historic Mountain Lodge

Take a scenic drive to Lone Mountain Ranch for a fine dining experience in the historic mountain lodge. Sip on one last après ski cocktail in the saloon bar and continue your evening at the Horn & Cantle for an authentic Big Sky culinary experience.


5-Day Big Sky Winter Itinerary


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 to ensure your 5-day getaway to Big Sky is a special experience. 

To help you plan your stay, our local team has put together the best of Big Sky from dining, après-ski to the best activities! Here are our suggestions for unique ways to experience the best of Big Sky in 5 days.


Day 1 – Stay Local in Big Sky

Slope Side Breakfast

Day 1 deserves a slope side breakfast at Big Sky Resort to get your bearings and switch slowly to mountain time. Vista Hall is Big Sky’s newly renovated food court with views of the ski runs, inviting fireplaces and a delicious European style café & bakery with fresh roasted coffee and breakfast pastries to start your day. 

Ski Big Sky Resort

Big Sky Ski Resort boasts 5,850 acres of terrain with over 400 inches of the greatest snow on earth, groomed runs for every skiers and snowboarder in your group and extreme off-piste skiing for the adventurous. With 39 lifts and over 300 named runs ranging from wide-open groomers to challenging steeps, we suggest you plan your day on the slopes in advance!

Lunch

If the conditions are good and the adrenaline is rushing, make a quick pit stop at Yeti Dogs in Mountain Village for quick service and the best hot dogs in Big Sky or ski-in to warm up at The Exchange. The Vista Hall food-court has plenty of options for you to enjoy.

A Local Big Sky Dinner

Big Sky Town Center and Meadow Village have many enticing eateries ranging from wood-fired pizza at Ousel & Spur to traditional Asian and Thai cuisine at Blue Buddha or Lotus Pad and elegant fine dining. Whether you’re visiting Big Sky with kids, friends or your beloved beau, you’ll find the perfect dining experience locally in Big Sky. 

Late Night Drinks

Save space for dessert and after dinner drinks at The Standard, Big Sky’s best cocktail lounge in the heart of Big Sky’s Mountain Village. The Standard is Big Sky’s hottest new après ski spot with a selection of local beer and wine, over 50 hand-crafted cocktails, warm, spiked after dinner drinks, and a delicious dessert bar.  


Day 2 – Big Sky Backcountry

Breakfast in Meadow Village

Start your day with a hearty and nourishing organic breakfast at Acre Kitchen, a trendy eatery in Meadow Village. Acre offers a fun and flavorful farm-to-fork experience with all you need to fuel your day of adventures in Big Sky’s beautiful backcountry.  

Snowmobiling

Snowmobiling in Big Sky is a must-do experience and is geared for the whole family. Play in the powder fields and open meadows of Gallatin Canyon on a Big Sky snowmobiling adventure or take it full throttle and book a guided snowmobile tour of Yellowstone National Park surrounded by majestic mountain peaks, frozen waterfalls and winter wildlife.

Fireside Après Ski

Let the spirit of adventure continue at Copper Whiskey Bar in Big Sky’s Wilson Hotel. Lounge by the fire with an old-fashioned or sip spicy margaritas, share ski stores with friends round the outdoor firepit and warm up for a night of more Big Sky adventures at one of the best après ski spots in Big Sky. 

Dinner in a Yurt

It’s not often you get to ride a snow cat to dinner, sled by torch light with the kids, sing along to acoustic tunes and enjoy a candlelit dinner in a secret Yurt on the slopes of Lone Peak! The Montana Dinner Yurt offers the most unique dining experience in the backcountry of Big Sky. Be sure to book ahead!


Day 3 – Unique Big Sky Experiences

Breakfast

You’ve only scraped the surface of Big Sky’s endless terrain so it’s time to get back on the slopes. Plan your ski day with breakfast at home or gather the crew and start your day slopeside with pancakes or a hearty omelet at the Carabiner Lounge in Mountain Village.

Ski Big Sky Resort

Sharpen your skills at Big Sky’s seven terrain parks or ride the Lone Peak Tram to discover the terrain at the summit of Lone Mountain. While the easiest run off Lone Peak is a steep black diamond, the journey is worth it for the 360-degree views of 3 states, 2 national parks and the spectacular peaks surrounding Big Sky Resort

Slope Side Lunch

It’s time to take a break to refuel. Mountain Village has lots of ski-in eateries for a quick lunch break (dine in or to-go!) or make your way to the Madison Village Base Area on the Moonlight side of Big Sky for lunch on the slopes at Headwaters Grille.

Cross Country Skiing

Explore the beautiful scenery on over 85 kilometers and 2,200 vertical feet of groomed cross country ski trails right out of Big Sky. Lone Mountain Ranch was voted #1 Nordic ski destination in North America in Cross Country Skier magazine and certified instructors available, they invite skiers of all abilities to venture out on the trails.

Big Sky Brewery Experience

Quench your thirst with a cold craft brew at Beehive Basin Brewery, Big Sky’s newest brewery. Beehive Basin is a seven barrel microbrewery and taproom with a rotating selection of seasonal brews, Big Sky mountain views and a fun ski-town vibe.

Dinner on the Ranch

From a star studded dinner in a yurt to fine dining in a historic Montana ranch lodge! Lone Mountain Ranch offers an authentic Montana culinary experience at the authentic saloon bar and the intimate Horn & Cantle Restaurant. Savor the best of the west, paired with signature cocktails, local Montana beers and an impressive wine list. 


Day 4 – Discover Yellowstone’s Natural Wonders

Sunrise Breakfast

With a full day of adventures ahead, it’s an early start! Pick up a quick coffee and breakfast pastry at Caliber Coffee Roasters or a grab-n-go breakfast on your way out of town at Café 191 in Big Sky Canyon Village.   

Yellowstone Park Winter Tour

Yellowstone is a natural wonderland that is even more beautiful under a blanket of snow. Only a one-hour drive from Big Sky, Yellowstone is easily accessible and an experience not to be missed. You’re welcomed by vast snow-covered plateaus with free roaming elk, wolves and moose, frozen waterfalls, thermal pools, erupting geysers and spectacular natural wonders. 

Take a self-guided tour or book a winter tour of Yellowstone from Big Sky. Yellowstone Guidelines offer snowshoe, cross-country ski and wildlife tours throughout the winter or book a guided Yellowstone tour from Big Sky Meadow Village with Yellowstone Scenic Tours

Adventures for the Kids

Consider a dog sled adventure through beautiful Moonlight Basin or a traditional horse-drawn sleigh ride and family-style dinner at Lone Mountain Ranch. 

Dinner on the Gallatin River

The Riverhouse is a Big Sky attraction and locals favorite! Located just outside of Big Sky (and conveniently on the way home from Yellowstone) on the banks of the Gallatin River, the Riverhouse serves up authentic Texas BBQ with a Montana twist. As they say, “it’s a smokin’ good time” at Riverhouse BBQ.


Day 5 – Create Lasting Big Sky Memories

Breakfast in Bed

You’re exhausted, we get it! There’s so much to do in Big Sky but today it’s breakfast in bed, a soothing hot tub and slow start at home. BSVR kitchens are well-equipped (and pre-stocked if you choose) to whip up a home-cooked meal any time of the day! If you’ve got ski-in/ski-out access to Big Sky there’s no rush at all!

Breathe in the Crisp Mountain Air

It’s your final day in Big Sky so be sure to get outdoors and breathe in the crisp mountain air! This may mean heading back to your favorite ski runs or terrain park, fly-fishing on the Gallatin River, heading off the trails on a backcountry snowshoe hike or early après ski on a sunny outdoor patio. Savor the day and make lifelong memories in Big Sky. 

Lunch at the Summit

Wherever you roam, we suggest reserving a table for lunch at Everett’s 8,800 for a Big Sky mountain-top dining experience at the summit of Andesite Mountain. This beautiful timber lodge boasts unbeatable Lone Peak views from the indoor dining area and outdoor deck with roaring fireplaces, exceptional alpine cuisine and an elevated dining experience.

Après Ski

Soak up the Big Sky après-ski scene with one last drink on the mountain. Grab a snack from the Vista Hall food court, enjoy a cocktail or cold brew and get a final picture perfect shot of Lone Peak at the Vista Bar in the Mountain Village Exchange.

Dinner on the Mountain

Enjoy cozy and casual fine dining at the Cabin Bar and Grill, overlooking the ski runs in the heart of Big Sky’s Mountain Village. Delectable Rocky Mountain cuisine, a full bar and extensive wine list, Big Sky views and take-out if you’d prefer to dine in the comfort of your luxury Big Sky vacation rental.