December 11, 2017

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Big Sky, Montana

The history of Big Sky’s begins in the 1800’s when Montana was acquired by the U.S. through the Louisiana Purchase in 1803. It wasn’t until the late 1890’s that a small and remote ranching community began with the homesteaders.

It remained this way for the next 70 years until 1973, when NBC newscaster Chet Huntley opened Big Sky Resort for skiing, that the area came into its own. Three years later, in 1976, Boyne USA Resorts purchased the resort and has owned and managed it since then.

In 1995, the Resort built the Lone Peak Tram, increasing Big Sky’s vertical drop to 4,180 feet. In 2003, Moonlight Basin opened on the North side of Lone Peak, and in 2006, the resorts partnered up to offer the Lone Peak Ticket, creating the biggest skiing in America with over 5,512 acres of combined trails, and setting the standard for uncrowded slopes and non-existent lift lines.

Attractions:

Big Sky hosts numerous events and festivals throughout the year such as The Bluegrass Festival. Other popular events include The Snow Bar, a giant outdoor bar built from snow and filled with live bands and skiers and Pond Skim, where participants put on costumes, fly down a steep run and try to skim across a man-made pond.

This event has become a can’t miss spring skiing event.  If history is your thing, you’ll find a host of museums and attractions to explore. Check out the Museum of the Rockies where you’ll see Tyrannosaurus Rex and Triceratops on display in the dinosaur collection, the Taylor Planetarium, the Living History Farm where period re-enactors keep up the small homestead farm, and the Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center.

Dining:

You’ll find a variety of outstanding restaurants and dining options in Big Sky, serving everything from comfort food, continental cuisine, western chic, gourmet and fine dining.  Andiamo Italian Grill and Peaks are just a few of the establishments you’ll enjoy. For a unique dining experience, glide through the forest in a cozy horse-drawn sleigh to a rustic cabin at Lone Mountain Ranch or traverse the mountain terrain in a Snowcat to a backcountry yurt where you’ll dine, go sledding, and warm yourself by an outdoor fire.

After a long day outside, relax and take in the local après ski atmosphere. Sip your favorite beverage and locally brewed beers while enjoying live music and good conversation. Chet’s Bar & Grill hosts the Crazy Austrians variety show and live poker. Whiskey Jack’s serves up live music every
weekend.

Shopping:

Big Sky features more than 30 shops filled with authentic made-in-Montana oddities, art, gift items, home furnishings, clothing and outdoor gear. Whether you shop out of necessity or for fun, you’ll find a wide variety of shops in Big Sky Montana.