The Big Sky Montana Lifestyle
Living in Montana makes one feel as if on a permanent vacation. You never tire of the surrounding beauty. Everywhere you look, open plains are surrounded by mountain ranges. As the sun progresses across the sky, the views constantly change as mountain peaks are lit in a myriad of ways. It is like watching an artist’s canvas.
In summer, you have low humidity with comfortable temperatures; and in the winter, you have tons of snow and so many ways to play in it! In every season, recreational opportunities abound. The following are excerpts from a few great articles, plus links to the full-story PDFs, that really sum up all that is Big Sky, Montana.
From "One Mountain Undivided," the New York Times, January 2006:
Skiers this winter who buy the new Lone Peak Pass can make turns on an astonishing 5,512 acres of terrain across both resorts the most you can ride in the United States without clicking out of your bindings. (The runner up, Vail, boasts 5,289 acres.) The combined skiing isn't just wide, it's also tall: 4,350 vertical feet. In North America only Whistler/Blackcomb, British Columbia, and Snowmass, Colo., offer more top-to-bottom skiing.
The arrangement harkens to those European ski networks like the Italian Dolomites or the French Trois Vallées,in which skiers move seamlessly across several different areas, and sometimes even national borders, on unified lift passes. In this nation, only Alta/Snowbird and Solitude/Brighton, all in Utah, have similar arrangements.
From "Dream Team," Ski Magazine, 2007:
Big Sky is, readers agree, a nirvana for skiers. Visitors universally praise the huge mountain's diverse terrain – ranked No. 7 – noting that it offers long sustained slopes with character, lots of swoopers and plenty of lines to put the hair up on the back of your neck. Special kudos go to Big Sky's steeps (No. 10) and Lone Peak's oh-my-God big lines – the only type of lines you'll likely see at Big Sky, where it's never crowded.”