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Old 12-27-2011, 08:46 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I'm looking at doing a Big sky trip as it is one of the only (major) places in the US that I haven't been to. I would be going right at the end of January/early February.

Is Big Sky nice? How does it compare to other areas throughout the country? I'm always slightly biased towards Vail as they have a large amount of diversity and almost always seem to have great conditions.


-What should I be expecting temperature to be?
-Are there any nice powder stashes that I should know about?
-How's the town?
-Should I be expecting fairly consistent powder at this time of year? I know that it's varies based on the weather, but I'm just looking for a general answer.
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Old 12-28-2011, 08:33 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Here is a great indebt review on Big Sky Resort with great info on the whole mountain. Big Sky is amazing, check it out

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Old 12-28-2011, 11:01 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I have been considering a trip late Feb to Mont as well.
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Old 12-28-2011, 12:25 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Big sky is one of the best places I have ridden. Definitely go. You won't regret it. No lift lines, no people, tons of awesome terrain. I love Vail, but Big Sky destroys it. Very little night life, but still very much fun to be had. Review posted above is on point.
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I'm going in two weeks. If they don't get some serious snow between now and then I will be pretty annoyed.
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^^ You might be in for some great snow. I called in today and they said that they got some decent snow and are expecting more to come in the next few days.


How would you guys compare the town at Vail, Aspen, Killington, Mammoth, Park City, etc to Big Sky? My friends family would be tagging along with us and they have some youngsters that like to walk around checking things out. Are there a decent amount of people walking around or is it a ghost town? Last time I was at Reno, it was EMPTY. It felt awkward being the only one in a whole city...
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^^ You might be in for some great snow. I called in today and they said that they got some decent snow and are expecting more to come in the next few days.
Excellent. Please let it come true.
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^^ You might be in for some great snow. I called in today and they said that they got some decent snow and are expecting more to come in the next few days.


How would you guys compare the town at Vail, Aspen, Killington, Mammoth, Park City, etc to Big Sky? My friends family would be tagging along with us and they have some youngsters that like to walk around checking things out. Are there a decent amount of people walking around or is it a ghost town? Last time I was at Reno, it was EMPTY. It felt awkward being the only one in a whole city...

It is nothing like vail, aspen, pc, or any of those. there is little night life at the base. a few bars. A couple places to eat. You have to go down the mountain about 15 minutes to find a few more places. You go there to ride and that is about it. If people are going to enjoy the town, there is not much, but they will enjoy the scenery. You aren't going to see people. the mountain gets hundreds of people total per day, not 10's of thousands like the others you mentioned.
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The deal pretty much with the whole Inland Northwest region is that you come here for the terrain and powder - nightlife and "big city" appeal being an afterthought. It's the whole reason the boarding is so good here: very little people or glitz and glam.
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It is nothing like vail, aspen, pc, or any of those. there is little night life at the base. a few bars. A couple places to eat. You have to go down the mountain about 15 minutes to find a few more places. You go there to ride and that is about it. If people are going to enjoy the town, there is not much, but they will enjoy the scenery. You aren't going to see people. the mountain gets hundreds of people total per day, not 10's of thousands like the others you mentioned.
I've been to essentially every major resort in the U.S. except for Jackson Hole and Big Sky. Considering I wouldn't be paying a penny for the trip (thank you American express/airlines miles...), would you reccomend just going back to Vail? While the riding sounds excellent, I am "in charge" of choosing a location for a family that has been friends with mine for years. Do you even see people on the mountain? No crowds sounds great, but the other family might not enjoy the isolation.
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