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Big Snow? Big Sky!

3bigsky-map-lonepeak.jpgLooking for the snow? I found it... in Montana. The 4th largest state in the country is home to big snow once again this season. Big Sky Resort in Montana is snowy and huge, with its recent acquisition of neighboring Moonlight Basin and Spanish Peaks ski areas, Big Sky now offers 5,750-acres of ski terrain - the biggest skiing in America on one ticket.

I just returned from Big Sky, skiing soft fresh snow eight days in a row, base depths are up to 67'' and growing - among the most snow in the country right now along with Grand Targhee, Jackson Hole, Alta/Snowbird and Steamboat.

Arriving at Big Sky Resort, having reserved lodging at Big Sky, I loved brandishing my New England Gold Pass for free lift tickets, since Big Sky is a Boyne sister resort to Sunday River, Sugarloaf and Loon. Pretty amazing pass benefit.

ian-heather-ski-bigsky250.jpgWhat's really amazing about Big Sky is the terrain, over 250 named trails serviced by 29 lifts, an 11,166' summit peak and a jaw dropping 4,350' vertical. Big Sky is bigger than Vail (5,750-acres versus 5,289) with a fraction of the skiers. Picture yourself under brilliant western blue sky, skiing snowy trails stretching for miles, often without another skier in sight. Skiing from the Lone Peak summit off the 15 passenger Tram is some of the best, beefiest, all-natural above tree-line steeps, snowfields and chutes I have found in the US, Europe and Canada, rivaling Verbier and surpassing Jackson Hole in my mind.

But Big Sky has plenty of blue squares, gorgeous glades and hundreds of groomed runs among the seven super scenic mountain aspects. At the end of each ski day, you descend to Big Sky's resort village, for a Montana ale at one of the cowboy bars, or hit the outdoor hot tub with a view of the mighty mountains you just skied. I suggest you go discover the snow at the biggest skiing in America at Big Sky before everyone else does. 4greg-liberty-bowl.jpg Big Sky Montana Photos by Greg Burke

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