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Big Sky, Montana

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Big Sky is ideally located approximately midway between West Yellowstone and Bozeman, MT, just 15 miles the northwestern border of the Yellowstone National Park. Surrounded by the Gallatin Forest, it is known as "The Meadow" area of Big Sky and lies in an Alpine valley formed long ago. It's rugged beauty is one of the primary reasons tourists are so attracted to the area.  

Big Sky, has two large ski resorts in the "Mountain" area: Big Sky Resort and Moonlight Basin. The combined terrain of the two resorts allows them to market themselves as the "Biggest Skiing in America."  Connected to these two resorts is The Club at Spanish Peaks, an exclusive ski and golf resort that has three chairlifts and thirteen ski runs located at the base of Big Sky's Southern Comfort lift. Adjacent to Big Sky is Lone Mountain Ranch, a Nordic ski and summer resort that professionally grooms over 75 kilometers of cross country ski trails each year. This combination of resorts truly make it the "Biggest Skiing in America."

The Big Sky ski area spreads over three mountains with a vertical drop of 4,350 feet. Encompassing 5,750 skiable acres and 250 named runs, 22 chair lifts and 9 terrain parks,  truly making it the Biggest Skiing in America.  Big Sky’s annual 400+ inches of snow make skiing, snowmobiling, and snowshoeing some of the best in the state.

From the beginner trails to the 6 mile long Liberty Bowl, Big Sky offers ski trails for any skill level. Even the 9 terrain parks cater to everyone from the greenest of beginners to the most seasoned veterans. Combine that with Big Sky’s famously short lines, and you have the perfect recipe for a fantastic experience on the slopes of Montana’s most legendary ski hill.

Big Sky offers a full complement of winter activities including downhill skiing, cross country skiing, snowshoeing, dog sledding, sledding and tubing, snowmobiling, sleigh rides, and much more.  One opportunity not to be missed is taking a tour of Yellowstone National Park; one of the true wonders in the United States. Yellowstone is also one of the most important wildlife sanctuaries in the nation. Guided tours through the park provide unique and insightful information while letting visitors focus on the scenery and wildlife instead of the road.

During the summer, Big Sky Resort’s 72 par Arnold Palmer golf course lies in the heart of Big Sky’s Meadow Village and provides a golf adventure in one of the best scenic settings you will find. Other summer activities include biking, hiking, horseback riding, rock climbing, hunting (hunting is prohibited in Big Sky proper, but it is permitted throughout the national forests that surround the area), whitewater rafting, ziplining, high ropes courses, giant swing, and a bungee trampoline.

The beautiful Gallatin Canyon opens itself to all kinds of exploration. The Gallatin River is a favorite for whitewater rafters and kayakers. It is a Blue Ribbon trout stream that attracts fly-fishers from around the world, and offers some of the best fly-fishing and whitewater rafting to be found.

The Town itself is made up of the "Meadow" and the "Mountain":

The Meadow: The Meadow contains many of the community’s 25 eateries and 40 shops. The Town Center and Meadow Village Center serve as the cultural hubs of Big Sky, hosting numerous events including the Music in the Mountains summer concert series, the Classical Festival, and the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival.

The Mountain:  At the base of the 11,166 foot Lone Peak, Big Sky and Moonlight Basin resorts form the Mountain section of Big Sky. From the Mountain Village, ski lifts provide access to the 5,750 acres of Big Sky skiing. Mountain Village also gives access to the Lone Peak Tram, which reaches the very summit of Lone Peak, and awes riders with views of three states and two National Parks. From the Mountain Village, visitors also access the lodging and entertainment venues of Big Sky and Moonlight Basin resorts.

Kids of all ages will enjoy Big Sky Resort’s unique blends of adrenaline-pumping excitement and scenic beauty. Soar through the Gallatin Canyon and bound leap high above Big Sky with the adventurous activities at Big Sky’s Basecamp.

Hiking trails thread throughout the landscape and into neighboring national forests. Camping sites are available throughout the Spanish Peaks and Gallatin National Forest. Elk, deer, black bears, grizzlies, upland birds, waterfowl, and wolves call this area home, so do not to interfere with them; it could turn out badly for you! Recreational snowmobiling is not permitted within the Meadow and on Mountain terrain, but it is permitted in the Gallatin Canyon and in areas to the south of Big Sky proper.

Big Sky offers a variety of recreational venues. In addition to outdoor activities, the Warren Miller Performing Arts Center attracts local, national, and international artists in every genre (music, drama, dance, visual arts, and creative composition) and offers a full schedule of events.

Known to locals as the WMPAC, the center is home to the Big Sky Community Chorus, the Big Sky Community Theater, Big Sky Broadway, and a children's musical theater company. During the summer, the Arts Council of Big Sky presents weekly free music concerts with musicians from across the nation at Center Stage in Town Center Park, and each August, holds a four-day classical music festival.

Several art galleries feature local and regional photography and other visual media. In mid-summer, Big Sky hosts the Big Sky PBR (Professional Bull Riders), which was awarded the Touring Pro Division "Event of the Year" in 2013 and 2014.

The Big Sky Farmers Market features live music, children's activities, and over 90 vendors selling fresh, locally-grown food, and crafts each Wednesday during the summer months in Town Center's Fire Pit Park. Town Center Park hosts Big Sky's hockey and ice skating rink  operated by the Big Sky Skating and Hockey Association.

If you are looking for a great ski vacation that won't break the bank, look no further.

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