On a sunny day in Big Sky, business leaders and involved citizens welcomed the remodeled Big Sky Chamber and Visit Big Sky building. Photo by Jana Bounds

Revamp for a growing team in a growing community

Big Sky Chamber and Visit Big Sky get a few more creature comforts

On a sunny June 14, as tourists poured into the community and a traffic jam developed on Highway 2 just south of Big Sky – from the spotting of a moose cow and calf, more than 50 people flowed in and out of the newly revamped Big Sky Chamber and Visit Big Sky building. 

Floor to ceiling windows greet visitors at the entryway as Chet Huntley’s desk is prominently displayed to the right, adorned with a “Do Not Touch” sign.  To the left are large photos of the bygone days of Big Sky.

Big Sky Chamber of Commerce CEO Candace Carr Strauss said the remodel began before Thanksgiving. 

“We don’t know what has been spent, but it has been generously done by our landlord Michael Schreiner to make us more comfortable in this space and to better reflect our world class destination to our visitors,” Strauss said. 

There is a cost benefit of having the two organizations – Big Sky Chamber and Visit Big Sky – sharing the same space, but the interior had to be redesigned to better support how the team works. Storage basically became offices. Restrooms were improved to accommodate visitors and staff. The kitchen was upgraded and now has a dishwasher. 

“I’m excited for them to have a workable space with a functioning kitchen and functioning bathrooms,” Julie Grimm-Lisk, who is a member of the Visit Big Sky board said. “There’s a sense of business class. They have elevated their offices.”

Big Sky Resort director of sales Katie Grice said the revamp is a fresh new look for an exceptional team and visitors. 

“It is a wonderful new beginning to welcome newcomers to this unbelievably beautiful place,” Sotheby’s International Realty agent Justa Adams said.

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