There are plenty of great things to see and do when you visit an area like Big Sky Montana. You’ll probably spend more time narrowing down your options than anything. Of course, depending on what you’re into, there are several different ways that you can go.
To help you get a better idea of how to enjoy your week in Big Sky, we’ve come up with a list of the best and most important things to see and do and approximately how much time you’ll need to each one. That way, you’ll be able to set your week up how you want and get more out of your getaway than ever before.
Day One: Arrival and Getting Settled
When you first get to the area, you’ll want to check into wherever you are staying and get yourself situated. If you want to have a unique experience during your stay, consider renting a private luxury villa instead of booking a stay at an overcrowded ski resort or chain hotel. Nothing competes with the comfort of feeling like you’re right at home, even if you’re thousands of miles away.
Once you’re settled into your accommodation, you’ll need to assess how much time you have left. If you arrive early enough, you may be able to pack a full day into your itinerary. At the very least, though, you should take a drive and check out the local offerings, from shops and restaurants to the various attractions that you’ll be exploring in the days to come. A lot of people skip this step, but an hour or so getting your bearings can go a long way in helping you enjoy your stay.
Day Two and Three: Ski Every Run You Want
The ski resorts and runs in the area offer something for just about everyone. From the massive runs at Lone Mountain to smaller family runs near the base of the range, there are skiing and snowboarding options for all ages and skill levels. Families can also find tubing, sledding, and other activities on the snow.
Big Sky Resort offers some of the “Biggest Skiing in America”, offering massive acreage of skiing and outdoor winter sports activities, along with some of the best and most impressive runs in the country. Headlamp night skiing can be a fun experience if you want to try something different, and snowcat rides from the Mountain Village are a great way to get back and forth from the slopes. Take the snowcat to the Montana Dinner Yurt for a unique dinner experience, or dine at one of the lodges on the mountain.
You could easily spend an entire week just skiing here, but with so much to see and do, it’s worth it to limit yourself and explore other activities.
Day Four: Yellowstone National Park
Less than an hour’s drive from Big Sky, visitors will find the West Entrance to Yellowstone National Park. Of course, the entrance is closed during the winter months but guided tours of the area are available. If you’re visiting during the summer months, feel free to drive right in and explore Old Faithful, the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, and other great landmarks and attractions throughout the park. Take in some nature watching and see wildlife like moose, elk, bison, and wolves.
Take a picnic lunch or grab a bite along the way at one of the many local restaurants, and make sure that you plan out your day ahead of time so that you don’t miss anything that you want to see.
Day Five: Relax and Take in the Local Offerings
Now that you’ve gone out and adventured your way through Big Sky, it’s time to sit back and enjoy. Of course, you can do this in between the big adventures of the days prior, as well, but to spend an entire day in the Mountain Village and exploring other local areas will prove to be a great last day in the region.
Start by checking out local craft beers and drinks at the many bars and pubs throughout the region. Unlike a lot of ski destinations, Big Sky isn’t near a major city, so you’ll be pleased to find a lot more local offerings that are one-of-a-kind. Plus, some of the pubs serve the best food in the area, to the surprise of many visitors.
Shops are plentiful, as well, including everything from local stores and markets to select major retailers located throughout the area. Whether you’re taking a stroll through Meadow Village or driving around to see what you can find, there will be plenty of shopping to be had. Find souvenirs, locally hand-crafted goods, some of the best outdoor gear available, and more.
If You’re Not Into Skiing
Despite the area’s reputation as a ski destination, there are plenty of people who visit that want nothing to do with hitting the slopes. If that’s the case, you’re still going to find plenty to see and do. Perhaps you’re visiting during the warmer months when skiing Isn’t as plentiful. Either way, you can still enjoy the great outdoors of Big Sky Country by checking out hiking trails, mountain biking, fishing, golf, hunting, horseback riding, whitewater rafting, and even ziplining and adventure tours.
Where to Stay
As mentioned above, Big Sky is home to plenty of chain hotels, luxury resorts, and other accommodations. However, people who want a unique vacation experience and a chance to experience a home away from home will want to check into a private luxury villa. These rentals are a great way to make any vacation feel more exclusive, and they offer more safety and privacy than any resort.
Plus, private holiday rentals generally include concierge service and 24-hour dedicated attention, ensuring that your stay is perfect from start to finish. Whether you choose a small private rental or an expansive luxury villa, you’ll find that there’s no place like home, even when you’re on vacation. To learn more or book your stay, visit Isle Blue.