Big Sky’s Got Big Plans

Big Sky was recently highlighted by Forbes.com in an article by Caroline Tell entitled, Big Sky’s Got Big Plans, So You Better Book It Now.

“Word-of-mouth no longer, Big Sky is on the map and on the verge. To quote the parlance of our times, it has arrived, and so too have hordes of skiers and snowboarders lusting after its thrilling terrain, world class ski school and consistently snowy conditions. It’s a town looking for the pike of rapid development, and it’s stepping up, making room and embracing the hype.”

The articles goes on to highlight the “Big Sky 2025 Vision” that will transform Big Sky into a premier year-round mountain destination, complete with new luxury hotels and residences, a reimagined mountain village, technologically-advanced lift system and increased daily air service in and out of Bozeman with a $150 million dollar investment by Boyne Resorts.

“The goal is to offer a new standard of amenities to a new tier of travelers that compliments the mountain itself. Big Sky is not a cookie-cutter resort, said Troy Nedved, general manager at Big Sky Resort. It’s unique to Montana and unique to the ski industry. Lone Mountain has a presence – it’s the beating heart of Big Sky. We’re preserving that magic while enhancing the ski experience on every level. We have the ability to make something really special in Big Sky, and that vision is becoming a reality through our Big Sky 2025 Plan.”

“Five years into the 2025 plan, and Big Sky’s landscape is a mix of old and new. You’ve got locals only outposts like Scissorbills Saloon alongside the swanky new Vista Hall, an upscale food court with flat screen televisions, cozy club chairs, sleek fireplaces and stations serving everything from sushi to tacos. Just outside is the new Vista Deck, an enhanced outdoor space that sits up to 250 people, while below sits Westward Social, Big Sky’s newest restaurant featuring high-end barbecue fare. These on-mountain eateries join Everett’s 8800, a mountaintop chalet at the top of the heated Ramcharger 8 bubble lift. (More high-speed heated lifts are slated in the plan.) It serves breakfast, lunch and dinner with stunning views of Lone Peak in its backdrop. If you’re not night skiing, you’ll want to pop in for elk, bison, or a simple caesar salad and locally caught trout.”

“Beyond dining, Big Sky is building out hotel offerings to accommodate its sheer number of travelers. Both the Summit Hotel and Huntley Lodge will start renovations in 2020 to reflect the town’s “mountain modern” aesthetic, and joining these properties is the Wilson Hotel, a new Residence Inn By Marriott that opened last June in town center. The property represents the town’s first major hotel brand and features 129 suites, a fitness center, outdoor heated pool, hot tub and game room. For the luxury client, the Montage Big Sky is going up at nearby Spanish Peaks, and the luxe One&Only hotel brand will be breaking ground at Moonlight Basin on the north side of Big Sky, at the base of the Madison Range.”

“While Big Sky is a far cry from luxury enclaves like Aspen and Vail, it claims to have top Colorado mountains beat in terms of pure acreage as well as in its educational offerings. The mountain may have a reputation of being extreme, but it has over 2,300 acres of beginner and intermediate terrain and a well-staffed ski school program that spans nearly every age and skill. My three-year-old daughter spent the first hour of her ski career in the Small Fry Try program, where she navigated a tiny hill ankle-deep in powder before retreating indoors. Meanwhile, my six-year-old son zoomed off for the day with the Mini Skier Camp. At the end of each day, both children were equal parts delirious, exhausted and ski-obsessed. There’s also family friendly action off the mountain, like a thrilling dog-sled trip at Moonlight Basin with Spirit of the North Sled Dog Adventures or a snowmobile journey into Yellowstone National Park.”

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