Outdoor Winter Fun in Big Sky

Big Sky was founded in the 1970s as a winter ski resort. Some forty years later, Big Sky isn’t just about skiing. There are now plenty of ways to play and enjoy winter for the whole family, even when off the slopes.

Snowshoeing, offered at three local centers – Lone Mountain Ranch, Big Sky Resort and Moonlight Basin, is as easy as walking. Visitors can rent snowshoes, get maps and trail descriptions and then explore Big Sky's mountain and lakeside trails.

Dog sledding is another way to get into the mountain wilderness. Spirit of the North, with sleds pulled by huskies, takes day visitors into Moonlight Basin or the Gallatin National Forest. Guides offer instructions in driving a spirited sled dog team.

The Base Camp, located in Mountain Village Plaza at Big Sky Resort, gives visitors the thrill of a guided zipline tour above the Lone Mountain ski trails and through slope-side forests. A ropes course features ten challenges, each 30 feet in the air. A 25-foot climbing wall has routes for climbers ranging from beginner to expert. For something requiring a little less skill, check out the giant swing and bungee trampoline, both propelling adventurers to dizzying heights.

After your adventure, enjoy Big Sky's star-filled evenings with an evening sleigh ride. Horse drawn sleighs take guests to cabins, tents and camps in the Montana backcountry. Lone Mountain Ranch offers Big Sky’s original sleigh ride, while outings are also offered by 320 Ranch and Cache Creek Outfitters. Big Sky Resort also offers a unique dining experience – get first tracks on fresh powder followed by a gourmet breakfast at Everett's 8800.

Town Center Park in Meadow Village offers an outdoor ice rink for free public skating daily from noon to 11 PM, a hockey rink for league and pickup games, and a kiddy skating rink. Figure and hockey skates can be rented at nearby outdoor stores, Gallatin Alpine Sports or Grizzly Outfitters, $8 for adults and $5 for kids.

Whichever adventure you choose, it's sure to be a blast!

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