Aspen. Vail. Park City. Jackson Hole. Big Sky? Yes, Big Sky. This Montana ski resort about an hour from Bozeman, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this 2023-24 winter season, is finally ready to be included among U.S. ski resort royalty. In fact, it’s ready to give its new peers a run for their money.
Big Sky Resort, which is owned and operated by the family-run Boyne Resorts, debuted in 1973 with four lifts and less than 20 trails. Today, it boasts 38 lifts and more than 300 trails, but more than that, it has panache and vibe that’s helping it go toe-to-toe with legendary mountains thanks to new luxury accommodations, top-of-the-line lifts, bucket-list experiences, and pure Rocky Mountain snow power. The upgrade comes courtesy of a $150 million capital improvement plan launched by the resort in 2016, with completion of its infrastructure, sustainability, and community enhancements expected by 2025.
As part of the improvement plan, Big Sky’s accommodation options have stepped up big-time in the last few years. Located in Mountain Village is the Summit Hotel, condo-style lodging that recently underwent a complete renovation to give it a luxurious upgrade. The Summit Hotel is an ideal option for families and larger groups, thanks to multi-room apartments and penthouses that include kitchens and living rooms. It’s also easily accessible to all of the base’s drinking and dining options, and of course the mountain, with direct ski-in/ski-out access.