Ikon Pass Road Trip: Big Sky Resort to Jackson Hole Mountain Resort

Break out your skis or snowboard and tune-up because there’s a tour of two amazing Rocky Mountain ski resorts in your future.

This action-packed skication will have you exploring the open runs at Big Sky Resort and the seemingly endless terrain at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. The best part is, you can have access to both legendary ski areas and many more with only one pass! Introducing: The Ikon Pass. If you aren’t quite up to date on all the features this multi-destination pass offers to holders, be sure to browse their website for all the details and participating destinations.

Let’s get this adventure started in Montana’s humble ski town of Big Sky, MT!

Day 1: Fly to Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport #FLYBZN

Flying into Bozeman is essentially effortless. With nonstop flights to 21 destinations throughout the United States, including the popular cities of Seattle, Las Vegas, Dallas, Atlanta, Denver, New York, Minneapolis, and San Francisco, your trip is off to a smooth start. When you touch down, you’ll be greeted by the cozy cabin-style aesthetic of Big Sky’s closest airport. Rent an SUV or your favorite ski-friendly vehicle at the airport and revel in the beautiful scenery as you make your way to Big Sky in under 1 hour by way of the Gallatin River Canyon. With an early morning flight into Bozeman, you could be at the top of Andesite Mountain by early afternoon.

Big Sky Resort is a bucket list destination for all riders itching to experience wide-open runs and unleash on some of the best conditions in the country! With 5,850 skiable acres, 38 lifts, and 4,350 feet of vertical drop, there’s no wonder Big Sky Resort is called the Biggest Skiing in America. For those new to big mountain riding or eager to advance to next level riding, Big Sky Mountain Sports School offers a variety of lessons and programs perfect for all ages and experience levels! Start on Ramcharger 8, the first eight-seat chairlift in North America, for a speedy ride up to the top of the mountain on heated seats! When you’ve tired yourself out or the lifts cut you off for the day, head to the NEW Vista Hall for an Après drink. Craving delicious Thai cuisine? The Lotus Pad has you covered with a dinner menu full of authentic favorites and a relaxing atmosphere.

Time to turn in for the night. You’ll want to make the first chair in the morning!

Day 2: Ski Under Bluebird Skies

You’re in for a full day of pow at Big Sky Resort! Maximize your ski time with a breakfast burrito to go from the Hungry Moose Market & Deli this morning. Conveniently located next to the lifts, the Hungry Moose is a local favorite for their quick bite options and wide variety of caffeinated beverages.

Warm-up on the runs off Swift Current and work your way up to more challenging territory. Once you’ve got all the jitters out, take a ride up to the top of the mountain via the Lone Peak Tram for access to the infamous triple black diamond runs, Big Couloir and North Summit Snowfield. Lunch is hot and ready at the Shedhorn Grill. With a prime location right under Shedhorn lift, it’s a perfect place to bask in panoramic views off the deck or warm up by the fire with a Montana micro-brew and homemade soup.

After what could be nothing less than an amazing day of skiing Big Sky, make your way back down to the Mountain Village. The Carabiner Lounge, located within the Summit Hotel, is a great spot to relax after a day on the slopes and is an ideal Après spot. Later, it’s dinner at the Lone Peak Brewery to experience local company, great beer, and one of “Big Sky’s Best Burgers”.

Day 3: Drive to Jackson Hole Mountain Resort

Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, Big Sky’s neighbor, is another member destination to the Ikon Pass. Located under 4 driving hours away from Big Sky, Jackson Hole is a popular and easily accessible destination for Big Sky locals and visitors alike.

The two featured mountains at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort are Après Vous and Rendezvous, and both are unlike anything you have ever skied before, besides Big Sky of course! Boasting 2,500 acres of skiable terrain and 3,000 backcountry acres, Jackson Hole Mountain Resort sees an average of 459” of snowfall each year! Notorious for extensive intermediate and advanced level shredding, beginners are highly encouraged to stick close to the Eagle’s Rest and Teewinot lifts until they feel confident perusing intermediate level runs.

You can head to the lifts right away or give your legs a rest-day while checking out the western town of Jackson. For the best pizza and beer deals, head to Pinky G’s and don’t miss your chance to get that iconic photo under the antler arch in Town Square.

If your eager to hit the slopes, make your way over to Teton Village for some warm-up on Lower Werner. Enjoy a not to be missed Après drink and live music at the Mangy Moose, a bar known as a must-see Jackson Hole classic. Dinner tonight is served at the Million Dollar Cowboy Bar, which is a great spot for group photos and an out of this world steak.

Day 5: Exhaust Your Legs at Jackson Hole

Here’s to your last full day on the mountain! To go big today you’re going to need some fuel. Persephone Bakery in Jackson has exactly what you need whether it’s something hearty, healthy, or sweet you’ll find it here!

Today we are starting with a ride on Big Red. Pump up to the morning tunes playing over the sound-system while ascending to 10,000 ft. The Arial Tram gives skiers access to Rendezvous Bowl, which is a grand snowfield providing straightforward access to Bivouac and Wally-World. Pick and choose your way around the mountain making sure to stop for pizza by the slice at Off Piste Market at the top of the Bridger Gondola.

Need I remind you... it’s your last full ski day!? That means you shouldn’t be quitting before the lifts unless your legs in true agony! This afternoon’s Après is at RPK3, which is built right into the tram deck you began the day at. Grab a plate of nachos and soak up those good mountain vibes before finishing the day with a local brew and delicious entrée at Snake River Brewing.

Day 6: Depart to home from the Jackson Hole Airport

From the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, you’re only a 30-minute drive to the airport, so relish those final hours of vacation and squeeze in as much skiing as you can before lift-off.

Dream and scheme about your next Ikon road trip on the flight home.

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