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Avalanche | Photo: D. Lennon
The Big Sky backcountry is huge. There are endless opportunities for winter adventures in the surrounding mountains. It's easy to get out and explore the vast mountains that surround our mountain town. With minimal effort you can get far off the beaten path and into the wild. When you do this you're on your own and need to be able to safely navigate the mountain terrain of Big Sky Country at all times.
As winter settles in and snow coats the mountains in a beautiful blanket of white, the mountain environment changes and there are new hazards that every backcountry traveler needs to be aware of - including avalanches.
Skiers, riders, snowshoers, snowmobilers, hunters, and anyone else who ventures into the snowy mountains needs to be aware of avalanches. Snow and avalanches are complex topics and anyone who heads into the backcountry needs to make the effort to boost their backcountry savvy because it can save your life.
Winter backcountry travel in Big Sky Country can be rewarding and fun, but the mountains must be treated with respect at all times. Whether you're snowshoeing in Beehive Basin, skiing out the backcountry gates on Lone Peak, or snowmobiling on Buck Ridge, you are in the backcountry.
Skiing In Big Sky Backcountry | Photo: D. Lennon
It's your responsibility make your own decisions in the mountains. You are completely on your own out there. Make smart decisions and play it safe.
Always enjoy the backcountry responsibly.