Big Mountain Ski Resort
Big Mountain must be skied to be believed. Amazing terrain, incredible snow, and virtually no people. It’s set in the upper most corner of Montana, near Glacier National Park. The scenery is majestic and the snow that falls there is some of the lightest to be found. This is a mountain that deserves its name. With over 3000 skiable acres, it offers cruisers, powder shots off-piste, and a reasonably sized beginner area.
The resort gets rave reviews from the American ski magazines every year and it will definitely become one of those destinations you just have to visit. But overall, there is such a lack of mainstream publicity about the area that people tend to overlook it when considering where to ski. You can get to Big Mountain very easily and combining it with Fernie makes for a great two-week holiday. There is just so much to ski you won’t get bored.
Why Go There?
Why Go Elsewhere?
Truly undiscovered destination
Amazing amounts of lift served terrain
Charming town of Whitefish
Very short transfers
Not for people looking for the atmosphere of Aspen & Vail
No non-stop flights
Accommodation options abound at the mountain and in the town of Whitefish. There are cheap and cheerful motels, luxury hotels, and deluxe self-catering condos. The resort has a very good shuttle system so getting between accommodation, town, and the mountain is also very easy.
Grouse Mountain Lodge: Located in the town of Whitefish, just west of Glacier National Park and minutes from the ski area, Grouse Mountain Lodge offers first class accommodation. Well-appointed rooms and loft units can sleep up to seven people. The lodge offers two outdoor whirlpools overlooking the golf course and the Rocky Mountains. There is also a great end of day tradition of sipping a hot toddy while relaxing in an overstuffed armchair by a roaring fire. It’s as good as it gets at Grouse Mountain!
Kandahar Lodge: This ski-in/ski-out “inn” is a warm and wonderful three-story lodge built around a central sunken lobby with an immense rock fireplace and an array of comfortable sofas and chairs flanked by reading lamps, period antiques, and original art. Hotel, studio, and loft rooms are available, accommodating up to 8 people. The slopside location is also close to the main Village at Big Mountain for easy access to shopping and restaurants.
This is the resort for skiers who want to get off the beaten track, but still want the amenities they have come to expect from ski resorts. This is also the place to go if you are looking for a town and an area that loves skiing. Passionately. Big Mountain isn’t called “big” just for its skiing, it offers a big helping of hospitality, comfort, and true America.
Two Centre Options:
Big Sky Ski Resort
Big Sky offers a tranquil yet exhilarating ski experience. Set just north of Yellowstone National Park in Montana, Big Sky is the place to be for those looking for a destination where they can ski suburb snow right from their door. Beginners have plenty of terrain to explore while intermediates and advanced skiers will be pleased with the offerings all over the mountain. The Lone Peak Tram has made skiing from the top of Big Sky a must do for experts, with big open faces and views that will astound.
Nightlife is not the reason to go to Big Sky, but you won’t be disappointed with what is available. Chet’s, Lolo’s, and Scissor Bill’s are there to help you enjoy your apres ski and if you are staying down the mountain in Meadow Village, there are a few bars and restaurants there as well.
Why Go There?
Why Go Elsewhere?
Great snow record; suburb powder
Most accommodation is ski-in/ski-out
Perfect location for groups
Excellent spot for families
Quiet and comfortable
Great snowmobiling nearby as well as day trips to Yellowstone
Limited night life and other infrastructure
Not for late bookers-things sell out early!
Huntley Lodge (slopeside) this hotel is not a true “ski-in/ski-out” property, but since it is located in the base area, it’s only a couple minutes walk to the lifts. It offers all the mod cons one would expect from a large deluxe hotel. Spacious public areas, comfortable bedrooms, outdoor pool, two large outdoor hot tubs, sauna, gym, massage, fine dining, bar. (The buffet breakfast is seriously huge!) Standard, deluxe, and loft bedrooms available.
The Summit Hotel (slopeside) this 10-story luxury complex combines the convenience of a hotel with the amenities one would expect of a condominium. Situated close to the mountain, it is ski-in, ski-out to the three high-speed lifts in the base area. Amenities include a health club, spa, whirlpool spa, underground parking and ski storage, shops, dining, lounge and terrace right on the main plaza.
Big Sky Condos, Homes, and Cabins (various locations) you can’t go wrong with any of them! Most of the units are comfortable and convenient with all the mod cons. Stillwater Condos are the most reasonable in the pricing but may not be as nice as other properties offered at Big Sky. All in all, the condos are a decent value and a good choice for families or small groups.
Bucks-T-4 (down valley) Great value just 7 miles from the slopes. The rustic log interior of this old hunting lodge is full of cosy charm. The lounge has an impressive stone fireplace with exposed beams and old wooden skis adorning the walls. Nice bedrooms, two giant outdoor hot tubs, and the restaurant has been voted one of the top 10 in American ski resorts.
All in all, Big Sky is a great destination for those who are looking for good skiing and a nice spot to hang with friends and family. And of course, SkiarUS can get you there this winter!
Day Trip Options:
Two Centre Options:
Jackson Hole, Grand Targhee, Sun Valley, Red Lodge