- Outdoor Recreation
- Where to Stay
- Plan Your Trip
Yes, Big Sky was founded in the 1970s as a winter ski resort. 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 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 area mountain and lakeside trails.
Another opportunity to get into mountain wilderness areas can be experienced through dog sledding adventures. 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 30 feet in the air. A 25 foot climbing wall has routes for climbers ranging from beginner to expert. Requiring no special skills, a giant swing and bungee trampoline both propel adventurers to dizzying heights.
Zipping down hills can be done at Big Sky Resort’s Base Camp’s tube park and also at Moonlight Basin’s Blazing Saddles Sledding Hill. Tube and sled rentals are available.
Enjoy Big Sky’s crisp, star-filled evenings with a dinner 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 offers another backcountry dining experience – ride a snowcat to a candlelit yurt for dinner, go sledding and keep warm by the bonfire.
Town Center Park in Meadow Village offers an outdoor ice rink for free public skating daily from noon to 10 p.m., 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.
Not a second will pass without opportunity here at Big Sky.