About Us

Visit Big Sky (VBS) is a 501(c)(6) nonprofit membership organization


Big Sky's confluence of nature, culture, people and preservation is so inspiring that one visit makes you want to stay for a lifetime.


As the Big Sky community's official destination marketing and management organization, Visit Big Sky leads the development and promotion of authentic tourism experiences through research and stakeholder collaboration to grow Big Sky's economy while balancing the need to sustain quality of life for its residents.


Visit Big Sky's, up to 11- member, Board of Directors meets every third Thursday monthly at 8:30 a.m. virtually via Go To Meeting until further notice due to the impact of COVID-19.

Visit Big Sky FY21 Budget


  • Tim Drain, President – General Manager, Natural Retreats
  • Dan Martin, Vice President - Owner, Karst Stage
  • Ryan Kunz, Secretary/Treasurer - General Manager, Lone Mountain Ranch


  • Justin Bain - Vice President, Cross Harbor Capital Partners
  • Chris Dunkerson - Residential Services Manager, Yellowstone Club
  • Kirsten King - Owner, Big Sky Vacation Rentals
  • Julie Grimm-Lisk – Jake’s Horses
  • Stacie Mesuda - Public Relations Manager, Big Sky Resort
  • Krista Traxler – Vice President of Marketing, Lone Mountain Land Co.
  • Josh Treasure - General Manager, Roxy's
  • Vacant

Team Big Sky

Candace Carr Strauss | CEO

Candace is a brand-raiser in the EXPERIENCE Economy: she has spent twenty five years curating memorable, once-in-a-lifetime experiences for individuals, brands, and organizations by promoting purpose with passion, forging connections, building relationships that enable deeper engagement, providing stewardship and ultimately creating loyal fans, customers, and donors. She most recently conducted a funding study for Wonderful Copenhagen, the official Destination Marketing Organization for Denmark’s capital region. Other past experience includes work as Director of Development at Bozeman’s Museum of the Rockies from 2008-2014 and Director of Corporate Relations at the Houston Symphony.

Lori Wetzel | Compliance Manager

Lori graduated from MSU Billings with an accounting degree and passed the CPA exam that same year. She is a Montana native, spending most of her life in the Billings area. After a couple of years in Arizona, she and her husband have returned to their home in the mountains and look forward to enjoying the big blue skies, clean air, beautiful white snow and abundant wildlife.

Nicole Hom | Graphic Designer

Nicole brings with her over a decade of adventuring and creating in the southwest Montana region. A fine arts graduate of Bethany College she completed her masters degree in Museum Exhibition Design through Johns Hopkins University. Her work in the arts industry has encompassed editorial and publication design, gallery management, museum exhibition design, and freelance graphic design.


Located in the heart of Town Center, the Big Sky & Yellowstone Visitor Information Center (VIC) and its staff are here to provide you with a variety of travel information. Located at 88 Ousel Falls Road Unit A1, the VIC is here for any questions you may have!

Our experienced travel counselors are more than happy to help you plan your trip. If you have questions before your stay, please call us at (406) 995-3000, email us at info@visitbigskymt.com.

Hours of Operation: Temporarily closed to the public

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