Dorothy said, “There’s no place like home” in the Wizard of Oz. I think there’s no place like
It took days for us to explore all of Big Sky’s 3,812 skiable acres. Big Sky has everything on the menu, above tree-line bowls and chutes, glades, and blue square boulevards. In fact, you can ski all that in one six-mile 4,350-foot vertical run.
We skied from
Aside from Big Sky’s three mountains of skiing, there’s plenty to soak in after the lifts close too: The outdoor pool, the live après ski music at the Carabiner bar in cozy cowhide chairs, the Crazy Austrians at Chet’s, and fresh pasta at stylish Andiamo’s.
Big Sky lodging ranges from the swank, slopeside Summit Hotel - my personal fave (the bellman are cowboys and the décor is
For young families, kids 10 and under ski and stay free at Big Sky (with paying parents – don’t just ship your kids out), and there’s a free Kids Club in the evening. You can take time off the slopes for dog sledding, zip-lining, or a winter tour of nearby
For extreme skiers,
Big Sky is beautiful, big, and off the beaten path for most skiers (read: no crowds). We met friendly Montanans everywhere we roamed in the Big Sky state, plus the occasional big horn sheep on the roadside. The snow and the scenery are amazing. Go to
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Eric Wilbur is a lifelong recreational skier who spends most of his winter and spring in the mountains of New England. He does not ski in jeans. You can read more of Eric's work here.
Heather Burke is an award winning ski journalist with over a decade of ski news coverage. As a former ski instructor and a ski parent, she knows the ski biz from the inside out. She and her family visit New England ski resorts, as well as the West and Canada, to report on the latest trends and their best family finds. Her husband Greg takes all the accompanying photos, and their work can be seen at www.familyskitrips.com and www.luxuryskitrips.com.