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Thanksgiving Day marks the beginning of ski season here in Big Sky, and if you want to enjoy a great day on the slopes, but don’t want to miss out on a delicious turkey dinner, there are a number of great Thanksgiving Day specials in town.
Before you eat or ski this Thanksgiving stop by Firepit Park in Big Sky Town Center for the 4th Annual Big Sky Ski Education Foundation’s Turkey Trot. This 5K & Kids Fun Run begins at 9 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day. Registration is from 8 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. with a $20 entry fee for the 5K and a $10 entry fee for the Kids Fun Run. T-Shirt’s, pastries, bananas, and hot drinks for all participants will be provided as well as a number of prizes including a sleigh ride dinner for two at Lone Mountain Ranch, one night at the Huntley Lodge and a number of other gift certificates and prizes. All proceeds from the Turkey Trot benefit the Big Sky Ski Education Foundation’s ski teams.
After that, hit the hill for Big Sky Resort’s Opening Day and enjoy the Biggest Skiing in America before your Thanksgiving Dinner. Big Sky Resort recently merged with Moonlight Basin and Spanish Peaks to further increase their acreage. Big Sky Resort now boasts 5,750 acres of skiable terrain. Add virtually no lift lines, and you have some of the biggest and best skiing in the United States. Once you’re finished skiing or riding, stick around and enjoy holiday specials at a few great spots in Big Sky.
Buck’s T-4 is serving a family style Thanksgiving dinner from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. The menu includes T-4 house salad, farm fresh Hutterite turkey, classic stuffing, roasted garlic mashed Montana russet potatoes, sage pan gravy, candied yams with brown sugar and pecans, cranberry orange relish, chef’s choice fresh vegetables, and fresh baked rolls. Dessert choices at the table include pumpkin pie with whipped cream, warm apple turnover with cinnamon ice cream and candied pecans, or chocolate coffee pot de crème with orange flower essence. This Thanksgiving menu is $26.95 for adults and $12.95 for children. Buck’s T-4 will also be offering a limited regular menu for diner interested in some of the restaurants usual delectable staples. Reservations are recommended for this Thanksgiving meal.
The Corral Bar is also having an array of Thanksgiving specials to choose from. They will be serving breakfast beginning at 8 a.m. A delicious Thanksgiving buffet will be begin at 2 p.m. and end at 8 p.m. Enjoy as much roast tom turkey, smoked ham, mashed potatoes and gravy, sweet potatoes, green bean casserole, pearl onions, traditional stuffing, pumpkin bread, banana bread, cranberry sauce, salad, bread, and pumpkin pie as you desire at The Corral’s Thanksgiving feast. The cost is $13.95 for adults and $7.95 for children 6 to 10. Kids 5 & under are free.
The Lone Peak Brewery will be having a turkey dinner special on Thanksgiving. The brewery will be serving turkey breasts and legs along with mashed potatoes, gravy, and stuffing for $10. The Lone Peak Brewery will be open from 11:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Thanksgiving.
If you feel like staying in, order a deep fried turkey, maple smoked turkey, or hickory smoked ham from the Gallatin Riverhouse Grill. You can place on order online at www.gallatinriverhousegrill.com. The Gallatin Riverhouse Grill will also be raffling off a smoked or fried turkey on Sunday, November 24. Raffle tickets are $10 and all proceeds will be donated to Warriors and Quiet Waters Foundation. Whether you are ordering your turkey online or hoping for a raffle win while supporting a good cause let the Gallatin Riverhouse help you to prepare a memorable Thanksgiving meal.
The Hungry Moose Market & Deli will also have several Thanksgiving specials. Christmas Trees will be available for sale on its patio. Fresh Hutterite Turkeys will be available for purchase. There is a limited supply, and The Hungry Moose suggests reserving your turkeys in advance. House-made pies will also be available to order in advance. Individual Thanksgiving meals will also be for sale in the deli. They include: turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, vegetables, cranberry sauce and small slice of pie. The Hungry Moose will be open its full hours on Thanksgiving Day and every day from 6:30am -10:00pm.
The Hungry Moose Markey & Deli’s second location in the Mountain Mall at the base of Big Sky Resort will also be open on Thanksgiving from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Their hot bar will feature a Thanksgiving dinner and is available for purchase by weight for $8.99/lb. Starting Friday, November 29th, The Hungry Moose Market and Deli on the Mountain will be open 6:30am -10:00pm Daily for the remainder of the ski season.
Don’t forget the holidays are also a time for giving and the Big Sky Food Bank is having its 2nd annual Thanksgiving-In-A-Bag this season. The Big Sky Food Bank asks Big Sky residents and visitors when buying the turkey and fixings for their family meals, to throw in a few extra staples to take to the food bank this Thanksgiving. All food donations must be delivered before 5 p.m. on Friday, November 22 to the Big Sky Food Bank, Pretty Paws, Country Market, Lone Peak Brewery, the Big Sky Post Office, American Bank, or Ophir School. If you don’t have time to shop, you can still contribute to the Thanksgiving-In-A-Bag campaign by making at $25 donation to the Big Sky Community Food Bank.
Between running 5Ks, hitting the slopes, enjoying a meal out or at home, and giving back to the community, there certainly are a number of activities to enjoy Thanksgiving in Big Sky this year. So come down, enjoy the snow, and the community, and start new holiday traditions here in Big Sky.