Big Sky Resort

Ski season ends with Pond Skim

Big Sky has 4 great parties during the ski season. New Year’s Eve, Snow Bar, The Dirt Bag Ball and Pond Skim. Pond Skim never disappoints for great entertainment. The combination of warm weather, crazy costumes, amazing skiing and even more amazing crashes is always a favorite and draws a big crowd to Big Sky on the closing weekend.

eremy Brooks celebrates a first-place finish in advanced downhill skiing.

Winning smiles

Special Olympics Winter Games–-Montana athletes are greeted with glad cheers from adoring fans wielding cowbells, clackers and kazoos, with songs like “Eye of the Tiger” blaring from giant speakers.

A few years ago, Betsy Rondeau saw perfectly good items no longer needed by Big Sky Resort, destined for the landfill. Rather than letting the items end up in the dump, she decided to do get them to people could put them to good use.

Behind the scenes support

I had heard tale of a mysterious group of do-gooders in Big Sky, initially thinking they were linked to another volunteer organization within the community. I was wrong. There’s no name for the group. No scheduled meetings. No 501c3 status. No minutes.

First, first chair! Left to right: Big Sky Resort Mountain Operations Vice President Mike Unruh, Big Sky Resort General Manager Taylor Middleton, Dominik Falkner of Doppelmayr Everett Kircher, President of Boyne Resorts Stephen Kircher, President of Doppelmayr USA Mark Bee, John McGregor of Big Sky Resort, Randy Woolwine, Doppelmayr’s president of sales.

Charging ahead

When Boyne Resorts President Stephen Kircher first set eyes on the completed Ramcharger 8, he said it blew his mind. Sure, Kircher was well aware what the eight-seater would be like – he was the one who decided to pull the trigger and bring the state-of-the-art chairlift to Big Sky.

Does housing in Big Sky feel especially out of reach this time of year?

Good luck

Looking at the Big Sky housing market, the fundamentals are fairly easy to understand. Supply is low, demand is high. And with the ski season on the horizon, property management companies are again seeing an influx of people unsuccessfully in search of housing.

The folks at Protect Our Winters are funny.

Early season eagerness

There were ski tracks on the steep stretch of road leading down to the Upper Beehive Basin Trailhead on Sunday, Nov. 4. From there, skin tracks ran from the parking lot up into higher elevations and deeper snow. A Subaru parked in the lot had a bumpersticker summing up the current season with a mixed message.

How many people visit Big Sky? Check out the available numbers and make your best guess.

Units of measurement

The available numbers detailing Big Sky’s tourism industry indicate it’s been a good winter. But when people ask Candace Carr Strauss with Visit Big Sky—“How many visitors does Big Sky attract?”—all Carr Strauss can do is guess. 

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