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Big Sky, Montana
Surrounded by the Gallatin National Forest, Big Sky offers the best in outdoor recreation year round. 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, Big Sky is, quite literally, the Biggest Skiing in America. In addition, Lone Mountain Ranch offers 85 km of award winning Nordic ski trails and Big Sky’s annual 400+ inches of snow make snowmobiling and snowshoeing some of the best in the state.
The fun in Big Sky doesn’t stop with the snow. Big Sky Resort’s 72 par Arnold Palmer golf course starts in the heart of Big Sky’s Meadow Village. The beautiful Gallatin Canyon opens itself to all kinds of exploration. With rock climbing, hiking, horseback riding, ziplines and high ropes courses, Big Sky has adventures for everyone. Of course, through it all flows the Gallatin River. This blue ribbon trout stream, just minutes from Big Sky, offers some of the best fly-fishing and white water rafting to be found. Welcome to the best vacation you’ll ever have.
Big Sky Activities
Biking: With thousands of acres of forest and miles of winding roads, Big Sky is a biker’s paradise. Big Sky resort even offers lift access to well maintained bike trails of all terrains on Lone Mountain.
Climbing: The twisting walls of the Gallatin Canyon provide exciting climbing possibilities, and Big Sky’s many outfitters willingly offer equipment rentals and guided trips. A 25 foot wall sits at Big Sky Resort’s Basecamp, and Geyser Whitewater has an indoor climbing wall year-round for those rafting with them and others who reserve a spot.
Fishing: Big Sky sits in the midst of some of the best fishing in America. The Gallatin, one of Montana’s premier trout streams, flows a few miles from town. Visitors from the world over come to fish the waters of Yellowstone National Park, and the legendary Madison flows just over the mountains to the west. Each summer Big Sky attracts some of the top outfitters in the business.
Golf: A stunning mountain panorama makes Big Sky’s Arnold Palmer-designed golf course one of the most beautiful in the country.
Whitewater Rafting: The twisting Gallatin Canyon provides simply incredible rafting opportunities. Area guides can take you on trips ranging from wicked whitewater to mellow meadows and everything in between.
Yellowstone Tours: Only 18 miles down the road, Yellowstone National Park stuns visitors with the world’s most extensive area of geothermal activity. 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. Local companies cater to large and small groups with hiking and auto tours.
Cross Country Skiing: Lone Mountain Ranch offers 85 kilometers of impeccably groomed trails minutes from Big Sky. Several area outfitters also lead trips into the backcountry to ski through the area’s pristine National Forest land.
Dog Sledding: Speed through the backcountry on this unique transportation. Guides offer half day tours, and even instructions, allowing guests to mush their own team of dogs.
Downhill Skiing: One lift ticket gives access to the most skiable acres of any ski resort in America. Big Sky resort sprawls over three mountains, with terrain to satisfy all skill levels. The perfect elements have combine to make Big Sky a legendary skiing experience.
Ice Skating: Big Sky’s Town Center features a full size hockey and ice skating rink. Businesses around the center offer affordable rentals, the perfect way to cap off a stay in this winter paradise.
Ski & Snowboard Lesson: Not sure about hitting the slopes? Big Sky Resort offers ski and snowboard lessons for all ages and skill levels.
Sledding & Tubing: Big Sky Resort features tube and sled parks, complete with lifts to the top of the hill. Sled and tube rentals are available.
Sleigh Rides: Old fashioned sleigh ride tours let visitors relax and soak in the scenery as experienced guides tell stories to ward off the chill.
Snowmobiling: Speed through mountains and fields of powder on powerful snowmobiles. Outfitters offer family friendly tours, backcountry adventures and trips to Yellowstone destinations.
Snowshoeing: Float over the snow as you explore the Gallatin National Forest on snowshoes. Set your own adventure with rentals from one of the many stores in the area, or enjoy a tour from local experts.
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