Texas Travel Files – A luxurious new look for Big Sky Resort, Montana
Big Sky Resort is appropriately named. The destination is the largest ski resort in our country, where wide open spaces meet dramatic peaks, providing a world-class alpine experience in Montana’s Spanish Peaks mountain range. The resort just unveiled the renovation of its first Mountain Village Hotel, The Summit, in December 2021. That same month, the area also saw the addition of a new luxury destination, Montage Big Sky, which includes ski-in ski-out to the wide slopes of the Resort.
When most people think of Montana, glimpses of Paramount’s hit show, Yellowstone, may come to mind. When it comes to Big Sky, the neck can stretch 360 degrees and soak up mountain views with every glance. The complex includes several hotels, restaurants and ski slopes. In fact, between spas, restaurants, entertainment, and outdoor adventures, you can unpack and never leave the property.
Montana warmth meets alpine luxury at Grand Sky Resort. Several of the resort’s properties have undergone brand new renovations for this year’s ski season, all of which were unveiled in mid-December 2021. The summit hotel, Big Sky’s first slopeside accommodation, offers a stylish nod to ski culture with natural beauty and a contemporary vibe in its updated common areas and 213 guest rooms. With its mountain-front location in the heart of Big Sky country, many of the hotel’s rooms overlook the majestic 11,166-foot rise of Lone Mountain, the centerpiece of the resort and a feature of the Madison Range. Another updated hotel property, The Huntley Lodge, offers a traditional slopeside ski lodge in the heart of Mountain Village.
December 2021 also marked the big start of the Big Sky Mount, a luxury hotel centrally located in the 1,530-hectare Spanish Peaks enclave of Big Sky, with a modern mountain design and a timeless palette of regional woods. Resort facilities include an all-day dining restaurant, lobby bar, market, pub, recreation room with bowling alley, fitness center and the signature Spa Montage.
Dinner in the mountains
There’s no shortage of mountain-inspired, farm-to-table dishes. But the crown jewel of the mountain is Everett’s 8800. Half the fun is the ride to the restaurant on the Ramcharger 8 chairlift, with heated seats and a waterproof bubble. The restaurant is accessible to skiers and non-skiers alike, offering a premier dining experience on the mountain with magnificent views of Lone Peak.
And what ski destination is complete without the unmissable après-ski spot? Social West sits at the foot of the slopes and is home to craft cocktails and comfort food with a Montana twist.
For those looking for mountain fare in a chophouse environment, Summit Hotel’s Peaks is the perfect place to unwind with a glass of wine, a hearty steak and a grand view of the ski slopes.
A different kind of Aprilès skiing — discover the enchanted forest on snowshoes. (courtesy)
Big Sky Beyond Skiing
Anyone venturing to Big Sky in winter has their pick of outdoor adventure offerings. From Nordic skiing to snowshoeing, there are plenty of options for ski enthusiasts and those who prefer a more grounded piste experience. For those who fall into the latter category, the Enchanted Forest is a relaxing nighttime hiking experience in the Moose Tracks Gully guided by the warm glow of trail lights. Other activities Texans flock to when visiting Big Sky include dog sledding, horseback riding with a seasoned wrangler, snowmobile tours in Yellowstone, sleigh rides, and even zipline escapes.
Of course, skiing is the star attraction at Big Sky Resort, which averages more than one acre per skier. In addition to serious wiggle room, the mountain has the most technologically advanced lift system in North America with four total bubble lifts, warm-up breaks, and mountain traverses.
Big Sky Resort the priority is to keep guests and team members safe and healthy as they return to the mountain this winter. For better availability, whether for private ski lessons or dinner reservations, the Resort encourages visitors to book as soon as possible. It’s also the best way to save on lift tickets, lessons, rentals and more. Policies and guidelines are fluid as the resort learns more about COVID-19, so the property’s website is updated in real time, as well as the Big Sky Resort App.