The slopes

  • Extent 4 out of 5
  • Fast lifts 2 out of 5
  • Snow 5 out of 5
  • Queues 5 out of 5
  • Terrain p'ks 4 out of 5
  • Expert 4 out of 5
  • Intermediate 4 out of 5
  • Beginner 5 out of 5
  • Boarder 4 out of 5
  • X-country 4 out of 5
  • Restaurants 1 out of 5
  • Schools 4 out of 5
  • Families 4 out of 5

The resort

  • Resort charm 2 out of 5
  • Convenience 4 out of 5
  • Scenery 3 out of 5
  • Eating out 3 out of 5
  • Apres ski 1 out of 5
  • Off-slope 2 out of 5

Key facts covers:

  • Big Sky only

Key facts

Resort2285 m
Slopes2070-3400 m
Lifts29
Pistes5800 acres
Price index180

Big Sky

USA

BigSky

The upside

  • It lives up to its name – easily bigger than Vail, though no longer the biggest in the States
  • By far the quietest slopes you will find in a major resort, anywhere
  • Among the cheapest resorts in the US for food and drink
  • Excellent snow record
  • Some slope-side lodgings, but ...

The downside

  • Many condos are spread widely away from the lift base
  • Resort amenities are limited, with little choice of nightlife and no resort-village atmosphere
  • Tiny top lift accessing the most testing terrain is prone to queues
  • Getting there from the UK involves at least one plane change
  • Latest user reviews

    The write up on this resort is bang on. An amazing…

    Cozzy 19 Apr 2016 

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    News – 2017/18

    Four new moving carpet lifts were installed. Three (including one that is covered) are in the main base beginner area. The other is at the outlying Madison base area.

    Several new gladed runs were created.

    Summary

    Big Sky is phenomenal. It has always been big, but a few seasons ago it acquired two adjacent mountains – small but interesting Moonlight Basin and tiny Spanish Peaks – and so overtook Vail, traditional resort-size leader in the States (now put in the shade by the new Park City / Canyons link in Utah). The area totals 5,800 acres; its lifts can carry 29,000 people an hour; but typically there are only about 3,000 people on the hill. So you get about 2 acres of snow each; or, to look at it another way .... (That’s enough statistics – Ed.)

    The point is, skiing Big Sky is unlike skiing anywhere else. As an experienced reporter put it, ‘the busiest runs would be considered empty in other resorts’. The resort has other attractions too. But if you like to amble around in the evening soaking up the mountain village atmosphere, forget it.

    Big Sky hadn’t installed a new lift for a decade; then two come along at once (read the news, above). It looks like you won’t need to wait another decade for further major new lifts – the resort has big plans to overhaul its lift system in the coming years.

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    The slopes

    • Extent 4 out of 5
    • Fast lifts 2 out of 5
    • Snow 5 out of 5
    • Queues 5 out of 5
    • Terrain p'ks 4 out of 5
    • Expert 4 out of 5
    • Intermediate 4 out of 5
    • Beginner 5 out of 5
    • Boarder 4 out of 5
    • X-country 4 out of 5
    • Restaurants 1 out of 5
    • Schools 4 out of 5
    • Families 4 out of 5

    The resort

    • Resort charm 2 out of 5
    • Convenience 4 out of 5
    • Scenery 3 out of 5
    • Eating out 3 out of 5
    • Apres ski 1 out of 5
    • Off-slope 2 out of 5

    Key facts covers:

    • Big Sky only

    Key facts

    Resort2285 m
    Slopes2070-3400 m
    Lifts29
    Pistes5800 acres
    Price index180