The Best Ski Runs in Big Sky, MT


Big Sky Resort’s early opening day this ski season goes down as a historic event! Big Sky Resort opened early for the 2022-23 winter season with 2,000+ acres of skiable terrain, the largest in the history of Big Sky Resort, over five feet of early season snowfall, and 6” of perfect powder for opening day. The conditions are amazing, the stoke is real, and we’re looking forward to an epic season on the slopes of Big Sky Resort

Big Sky Resort is BIG but far from intimidating! The ski area encompasses 5,850 acres of diverse terrain with famously uncrowded ski slopes, short lift lines, and the biggest terrain you can ride in the US – without clicking out of your bindings! With 300 named runs on four connected mountain peaks and 39 lifts, it’s often impossible for first-timers to Big Sky Resort to know where to start. 

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GREEN BEGINNER


23% Beginner Terrain

Big Sky Resort is massive but nearly a quarter of the terrain is geared for beginner skiers and young families negotiating the slopes. The Mountain Village Base Area is perfect for beginners with a long, covered magic carpet for skiers and snowboarders not yet ready to ride the lifts, and the kids love it! 

The conveyor takes you up to a slight incline to easily master a snowplow or pizza turn before advancing to the bigger lifts. The Explorer lift serves only beginner terrain and, once confident, the Swift Current 6 from Mountain Village, and Six Shooter 6 from the Madison Base Area, access some great green runs. The bonus – at Big Sky Resort kids 6 and under ski for $1!

Lone Wolf – Explorer 2

Mr. K – Swift Current 6

Lazy Jack – Six Shooter 6

Lone Wolf is Big Sky Resort’s signature green run under the Explorer chairlift and back to the Mountain Village Base Area. Lone Wolf is rated one of the best runs in Big Sky Resort for beginners to learn to ski. 

From the Swift Current chairlift take Jay Walk for an easy meander down Mr. K back to the Mountain Village Base Area.  Mr. K is a designated slow ski area making it the perfect spot to practice your turns, techniques, and tree skiing. 

The entire Madison Base Area is a slow ski area with easy greens accessed by the Derringer 4 chairlift. Once confident, take the Six Shooter lift for a slow cruise down Lazy Jack and Cinnabar back to the Madison Base Area. From Lazy Jack, you can join Fast Lane, an easy blue connecting back to the Mountain Village Base.

BLUE INTERMEDIATE


25% Intermediate Terrain

Another quarter of Big Sky Resort’s massive terrain is dedicated to intermediate skiers and snowboarders with some of the nicest groomed runs accessible on the Thunder Wolf 4 and Ramcharger 8 chairlifts on Andesite Mountain, and Swift Current 6 serving the lower elevations of Lone Peak. 

For the winter 2022-23 season, Big Sky Resort is offering Headlamp Night Skiing for intermediate skiers from the top of Ramcharger 8. You’ll stay extra warm with heated seats in the iconic Big Sky Blue weatherproof bubble and it’s sure to be a Big Sky experience you’ll never forget!

Elk Park Ridge – Ramcharger 8 & Thunder Wolf 4

Calamity Jane – Swift Current 6

Lookout Ridge – Lone Tree 5

Accessed from both Ramcharger 8 and Thunder Wolf 4, Elk Park Ridge is a long, blue corduroy groomer that runs back to the Thunder Wolf chairlift. The trail is wide open with a consistent slope to warm up your ski legs, and spectacular views of the snow-capped peaks.

When you’re ready to venture from beginner greens to blue, Calamity Jane is one of our favorite blue runs to practice. This 1-mile-long blue run is slightly steeper than Mr. K and runs underneath the Swift Current chairlift back to the base area.

From the Madison Base Area, ride the Six Shooter lift, exit to the right, and take Lone Tree 5 to access the best intermediate runs on the Moonlight Basin side of the mountain. Lookout Ridge is a long winding run from Lone Tree back down to the Madison Base Area with black diamond offshoots when you’re ready to advance!

BLACK DIAMOND


34% Advanced Terrain

13% Expert Terrain

With over half the mountain dedicated to advanced, expert, and extreme skiers, Big Sky Resort boasts a long list of black diamond ski runs to keep even the most advanced skiers and snowboarders shredding for days! From famous couloirs, chutes, and hike-to trails off Big Sky’s iconic Lone Peak to epic tree skiing, adrenaline-pumping mogul runs, and deep bowls, Big Sky Resort’s black diamond terrain is on the bucket list of most advanced and expert skiers.

Liberty Bowl – Lone Peak Tram

Mad Wolf – Thunder Wolf 4

Broken Heart – Lone Tree

For first-timers skiing the black diamond terrain on Lone Peak, the Liberty Bowl on the mountain’s South Face is the easiest way down the mountain from the summit of the Lone Peak Tram. Spanning six miles from the summit to the Mountain Village Base Area, the Liberty Bowl has a perfect slope angle for advanced intermediates to experience some of the best inbound big mountain terrain in the US.

For advanced skiers and snowboarders comfortable maneuvering moguls, Mad Wolf is an amazing mogul-filled black diamond run dropping 1,000 vertical feet off the backside of Big Sky’s Andesite Mountain. Mad Wolf connects to Elk Park Ridge and back to the base of Thunder Wolf.

Big Sky Resort ranks as one of North America’s favorite resorts for tree skiing with easy glade runs for beginners and tight trees for the experts! Right off the Lone Tree lift, Broken Heart is a great introduction to advanced tree skiing with well-spaced lodgepole pines and deep untouched pillows of powder. The trail connects to blue or black runs back to Madison Base Area.

TRIPLE BLACK DIAMOND


5% Extreme Terrain

In 2019, Big Sky Resort introduced a triple black diamond rating to educate guests on the risks of their challenging and technical high-alpine terrain, rating 5% of Big Sky Resort for extreme skiers only. Big Sky Resort’s expert terrain are managed access areas requiring all skiers to sign out at the ski patrol shack at the summit of Lone Peak, wear a beacon, and always ski with a partner. First-timers can experience Big Sky’s triple black diamond terrain in confidence with a certified Big Sky Resort Tram Guide.

The Headwaters – Challenger 3 & Headwater 2

North Summit Snowfield – Lone Peak Tram

Big Couloir – Lone Peak Tram

The Headwaters Bowl Traverse is accessed by the Challenger lift or Six Shooter and Headwaters lift from the Madison Base Area. To the right of the lift line are three steep double-black diamond runs dropping into the Headwaters Bowl, or embark on an exceptionally scenic hike along the ridge to the Headwaters and A-Z Chutes, home to the best triple black diamonds at Big Sky Resort.

The North Summit Snowfield descends from the summit of Lone Peak into the northern slopes of the mountain with the largest vertical drop of any run in Big Sky Resort. Known by local Big Sky skiers as the “gum wall”, the chutes below the North Summit Snowfield boast some of the best fall-line skiing in North America. Skiers are required to sign up for time slots to head down the Snowfield.

Dropping into the Big Couloir is on the bucket list of every expert skier and snowboarder! The infamous Big Couloir is Big Sky’s most iconic ski run and one of the most extreme ski slopes in North America. The couloir drops 1,400 vertical feet from the peak of Lone Mountain with a gnarly 45-degree funnel entrance to a long narrow chute framed by sheer rock face to the left and right! Ride the Lone Peak Tram first to check it out – once you’ve punched in and pushed off, there’s no turning back.


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