Cross Country Skiing

Big Sky is home to Lone Mountain Ranch, voted the #1 Nordic Ski Resort in North America by Cross Country Skier magazine.

Cross country skiing map of Big Sky.
For trail conditions, click on the map.

With 85 kilometers of groomed trails and a trail system that encompasses 2,200 vertical feet, there is terrain for all abilities and enough space to feel a sense of quiet alpine solitude without having to bust your own trail. Lone Mountain Ranch has Professional Ski Instructors of America (PSIA) certified instructors to teach all levels, guided tours and gear rentals. Both season passes and day tickets are available.

Along with Lone Mountain Ranch’s groomed trails, there are a number of backcountry trails to explore throughout the Gallatin National Forest, ranging from mellow gliding to more rigorous terrain. Some popular trails include Porcupine Creek, Teepee Creek, and Beehive Basin, among many others. Area outdoor shops can recommend trails with the best ski conditions.

Ski back in time this winter. Start your Nordic ski adventure at the Historic Crail Ranch where you'll find free off-street parking, a groomed cross-country ski trail that connects to Moose Alley and Crail Ranch Trail, in addition to being a connector to a greater trail network at Lone Mountain Ranch.

For more information click here or visit the Crail Ranch in person, located in the Big Sky Meadow Village at 2110 Spotted Elk Road (across from the community park).

Inside view of an employee and skis at East Slope Outdoors

Interested in cross country skiing but don't have the gear? No problem! Big Sky has several options around so you can rent or buy the gear you need for an epic adventure!

You can also join Visit Big Sky, Big Sky Community Organization, and Lone Mountain Ranch for our bi-weekly cross country ski series to experience new trails paired with unique experiences! The series is running from January – March 2020. For more event details, click here!