We came to Big Sky solely because the kids skied free -- we walked out with a mortgage!!!!
mark purchased this chalet in 2006
We went to various ski resorts over the years -- wherever we could get the kids to ski free. In 2006, it was Big Sky's turn as kids 10 and under skied free -- we went home with a house!
The terrain, the vistas, the snow, the ambiance, the beauty, and the phenomenal skiing, were THE sales pitch. No matter were one is, which side of the mountain one in on, which trail one is skiing, or in which direction one is facing, the views are simply fantastic!!!
Big Sky is NOT much harder to get to than the Colorado and Utah resorts - there are direct flights from 14 cities: Atlanta, Chicago, Denver, Detroit, Los Vegas, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, New York, Newark, Phoenix, Portland, Salt Lake City, San Francisco and Seattle.
From the time we board our plane in Atlanta, until we walk in the door (including the stop at the Albertsons in Belgrade [remember to fax in your order]) -- 7 hours door to door
What a gem.
The snow is as good as anywhere, there are no lift lines (8 years and counting, the longest we have had to wait is 4-5 minutes (Spring Break), and usually, we ski onto the chair), the terrain is extremely variable, challenging and gorgeous. With over 250 runs (yes, 250 !!!!) -- there is no such thing as being bored of a run -- green, blue, black or double black
The airport is an hour or so away, and in the winter you do not need a car. Limo shuttle services are extremely convenient and are similar to winter auto rental rates.
With several restaurants in walking distance (50 paces to less than 150 yards), and several that are outside of walking distance providing shuttle services, a winter auto rental is not needed.
There is a local Big Sky bus service as well -- it takes you into the 'Meadow Village' area, where several other restaurants, lunch diners, stores and even a movie theater and ice skating rink are located.
You are able to skip the I-70, gripping the steering wheel drive and delays through the Eisenhower Tunnel, and instead, have a peaceful, gorgeous, RELIABLE and easy 60-75 minute drive along the Gallatin River (huge smile).