Skiing in Big Sky, Montana

Big Sky Resort Skiing

Big Sky is home to some of the most diverse mountain terrain ensuring skiers and snowboarders a varied and challenging ride. From the top of Lone Peak, you can glide down the 2,000 vertical foot descent into a powder filled bowl, weave through the wild backcountry of the Bavarian Forest, and start it all over again with the dramatic rise of the Lone Peak Tram. There are almost twice as many acres of skiable terrain as skiers, so you’re sure to have plenty of elbow room.

Cross-country and alpine backcountry skiers have a myriad of choices when it comes to fresh snow. Riders can venture next door to Porcupine Creek or Beehive Basin, visit areas of the neighboring Gallatin National Forest, or try a guided tour of Yellowstone. Local shops can prepare you for everything you’ll encounter out there, providing rental equipment, gear, clothing, and trail maps.

Whatever you choose to do, you are certain to find adventure in Big Sky’s wild mountains. Read below for some great options available:

Winter activities in Big Sky

Snow Sports School

The experienced staff of instructors at Big Sky knows alpine sports. Their wealth of knowledge and commitment to excellent training can help bring your skiing or snowboarding skills to a whole new level. Whether you want to brush up on the basics or learn to carve through thick powder and colossal moguls in style, these certified instructors can help you achieve those goals. Private or group lessons are available for all ages. Let these snow sport professionals show you how to navigate Big Sky like you never have before.

Cross-Country Skiing

Big Sky is home to countless miles of expansive backcountry just waiting for skiers. Cross-country skiing is an excellent way to see and experience Montana’s wildlife up close, and with a professional guide, you’ll see that wildlife like never before. Lone Mountain Ranch also maintains over 50 miles of groomed trails ideal for novices, experts, and classic or skate-style skiers alike. Be sure to check out the local shops for rental equipment and advice on trails.


A knowledgeable guide would be happy to take you on an interpretive snowshoe tour through Montana’s wild backcountry on the Moose Tracks Trail. Located between Andesite Mountain and Lone Peak, this trail takes snowshoers through lush forests and wildlife habitat, and offers spectacular views of the surrounding peaks. If you would prefer to set out on your own, rental equipment and trail maps are available.

Snowcoach/Snowmobile Tours

The dramatic weather changes of Montana and the Yellowstone area can make it hard to predict when you can access the park, but an early snowstorm doesn’t have to prevent you from experiencing this unique terrain. You can still enjoy the sights in the comfort of a heated snowcoach. These guided tours carry visitors through pristine animal habitat along trails that aren’t accessible any other way. For a unique and unforgettable view of Big Sky, this is the way to go.