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Big Sky Montana The Biggest Skiing in America Highlights for Winter 2015-2016

Let It snow! is the song they’re already humming at Big Sky Resort as a dusting of snow on Lone Mountain has us excited for winter and sad to see their summer season coming to an end on September 27th.

Terrain Park Total Recall

Swift Current Terrain Park – Summer dirt work has increased the size of the Swift Current Terrain Park by 25%, focusing on reducing the double fall line, improving the jump line with more enhanced jumps and jibs, and will help the park to open sooner. Located about half way from the top of the popular Swift Current chair lift, under the lift line. Closer to the bottom of chair lift is the Swifty 2.0 Terrain Park. 
New Stash Park – Into the woods at skier’s left of Swift Current Terrain Park is a new stash park, The Cache, providing small to medium features in a natural park style. The Cache will replace the traditional Freestyle Forest in the Moonlight Area, which has been redeveloped into a family friendly kid’s adventure area, Lost Frontier.
Terrain Parks Moved and Made New – Multiple terrain parks were moved over the summer to dedicate an efficient

terrain park area off of Wagon Train ski run located in the Moonlight area.  The upper part of Wagon Train will be a large terrain park replacing the Zero Gravity Park traditionally located off of the Park Avenue ski run, allowing Park Avenue to revert back to a world class groomer.  The new Peacemaker Terrain Park will have access from either Pony Express or Six Shooter chair lifts. A new smaller to medium terrain park, Maverick, is where Glacier Way intersects with Wagon Train, replacing the old Pony Park, making this a ski run must for terrain park riders.

Total Terrain Parks: Explorer (beginner), Cowpoke (beginner), Swifty 2.0 (intermediate), Maverick (intermediate), The Cache (advanced), Peacemaker (advanced), and Swift Current (advanced)       
New Family Friendly Kid’s Adventure Area – Lost Frontier is a wonderfully fun and playful area everyone in the family can enjoy located off the top of the Pony Express chair lift in the Moonlight area.

Glades Fresh & Green Improvements

New Glade Ski Run White Magic intermediate ski run is the new fun and winding glade accessed via Swift Current chair lift on the skier’s right of Crazy Horse ski run below the confluence of Buffalo Jump ski run.  Approximately 3 acres of new terrain has been selectively thinned with deadfall and stump removal to create a new addition to the continually growing list of great glade skiing.
New Ski Way Connection – The new ski connection, named Comet, is a ski way providing easier access from below the Outer Limits ski run, accessed via Challenger chair lift, to the top of Six Shooter chair lift.
Glade Run Improvements The use of the specialized Fecon mower has provided outstanding improvements on existing runs to provide an enhanced skiing surface which will help open the runs sooner. The Fecon mows re-growth, deadfall, and stumps. Saw crews have been assisting in areas the machine can’t get to which will allow more terrain to open faster. It’s a dirty job, but necessary when opening terrain as fast as possible and reducing fire danger in the summer.
Chair Lift Improvement – Lone Tree chair lift has been converted from a diesel generator to an electric drive which will save thousands of gallons of diesel emission and produce clean, quite power.
New Destination Charging Stations – Tesla car owners often craft their vacations and business trips around charging availability. Big Sky Resort will be hosting Tesla Connectors for our guests in our Summit Hotel garage.

Kids Ski & Play Free

FREE Skiing & FREE Kids Club – Kids 10 years old and younger ski FREE and enjoy Kids Club FREE, an après ski for kids, when staying with their family in Big Sky Resort managed properties of hotels, condos, cabins, or individual homes. Kids 5 years old and younger always ski FREE no matter where they stay.
FREE Skiing with Lesson – Kids 10 years old and younger, regardless of where they stay, ski FREE all day on the day they are enrolled in a lesson with our Mountain Sports School.
FREE ski & boot storage – It’s easy to get kids, and adults, on the slopes with FREE ski storage next Swift Current and Ramcharger chair lifts. Lodge in Big Sky Resort’s Huntley Lodge, Shoshone Condominiums, or the Summit Hotel and receive FREE slopeside ski storage and FREE boot storage with dryers.
FREE Movies – Nightly FREE movies in the Yellowstone Amphitheater rated G or PG.

NewSlopeside Neighborhood

The Homestead Chalets construction is underway for Big Sky’s newest ski-in/ski-out neighborhood. Nestled at the base of Lone Mountain, the 11 Homestead Chalets will each boast 3,500-3,700+/- square feet of beautifully appointed interiors as well as unparalleled ski access to the White Otter chair lift. With spaciously designed interiors, oversized windows, and ample outdoor living spaces, these 5- and 6-bedroom free-standing condominiums have been very well received by the lifestyle real estate buyer. The Homestead Chalets are located on Rising Bull Road near the popular Powder Ridge Cabins and are within a short ski or drive to the Mountain Village amenities.

Everett’s 8800 Restaurant

An elegant, rustic restaurant serving American Alpine Fare at the top of Andesite Mountain providing spectacular views of Lone Peak and ski slopes from the expansive deck and dining area with massive indoor/outdoor fireplaces and stunning décor. Brunch, lunch, and après ski served daily with dinners on Friday, Saturday, and Sundays. Originally constructed in 2007, this beautiful log restaurant opened again in December 2014.  Everett’s 8800 is named after Everett Kircher who brought Big Sky Resort into the Boyne Resorts family in 1976 and the elevation on which it stands, 8,800 feet.

The Biggest Skiing in America

Space to Ski – 5,800 seamless skiable acres with 4,350 vertical drop and about 2 acres per skier, that’s more than a football field of room per skier.
More Slope Time – Ski more lines by not waiting in line. An average of 3,000 skiers per day, which is a fraction of skiers at metropolitan resorts of similar size.
Consistent Snowfall – Based on historical weather patterns, total annual snowfall of 400” fluctuates very little from year to year.
Terrain Variety – The best mix of beginner (15%), intermediate (25%), advanced (42%), and expert (18%) terrain for seamless skiing between 4 mountains served by 30 lifts with more than 300 runs.
Lone Peak – There is only one. Ride the Lone Peak Tram to 11,166 feet for 300° of skiing, views of 3 states, and 2 National Parks. Breathtaking to see, breathtaking to ski.

Events of Interest

January 16 & 23, 2016        SnoBar – An outdoor dance club made out of snow.
February 4-7, 2016             Big Sky Big Grass – Music festival of bluegrass music and more.
February 20, 2016               Dummy Jump – Creative dummies are launched off a snow jump to their demise.
March/April Saturdays        Sunset Saturdays – Ramcharger chair lift stays open until 5:00 pm each Saturday in March/April.
March 11-13, 2016             Headwaters Spring Runoff –Freeride competition for adults and juniors.
April 9, 2016                         Shedhorn Ski Mo – A ski mountaineering race on the extreme terrain of Lone Mountain.

April 16, 2016                      Pond Skim – Famous end of the ski season fun where participants ski over ponds of water.               

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