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There is a giant mountain in Big Sky known as Lone Peak, it’s the main reason winter visitors flock here for epic skiing and snowboarding. But, it’s not just the mountain you should come here for, there are many events that take place each year during the winter months, and here are a few of my favorites.
Christmas Stroll in Town Center
Typically takes place the first Friday in December. All of the businesses in the Big Sky Meadow Village and Town Center stay open late for shoppers and holiday merrymakers. Each shop provides a snack or a beverage to entice you to linger longer and maybe get a start on your holiday gift shopping. The end of the evening concludes with a fireworks show over the ice rink in Town Center.
Big Sky Blue Grass Festival at Big Sky Resort
This music event brings blue grass musicians in from all over the country. Spend the day skiing and the afternoon and evenings warming up while dancing to classic blue grass. Also enjoy food, drink and lodging specials at Big Sky Resort.
Glide & Gorge at Lone Mountain Ranch
There’s nothing I love more than Cross Country skiing in the winter except for delicious, soul warming food. Usually in mid-March, this event combines both! Participants meet at the Outdoor Shop at Lone Mountain Ranch and can XC ski or snowshoe the ranch’s many miles of groomed trails while stopping along the way to enjoy snacks and treats prepared by Lone Mountain Ranch, Buck’s T-4 and other area restaurants. Beverages are also provided by the local Lone Peak Brewery and others. At least you’ll burn some of those calories off right away.
Pond Skim at Big Sky Resort
This is the quintessential winter event in Big Sky and the locals look forward to it all winter long. It takes place on the second to last day of the ski season. The competition is open to all ages and participants ski down the face of Hangman’s ski run, over a jump, and then try to clear a pond of water. About 1 in 5 skiers make it across. Most wear crazy costumes and those that don’t make it across are left wet but still come out of the pond with a smile. The hillside along the ski run is always filled with spectators and it’s a great party to end the ski season.
Lone Mountain has been here for hundreds of years, and will be for hundreds more. So be sure to take advantage of some of the other great things that are a part of a Big Sky winter.