Top 5 Big Sky Winter Family Activities
There’s no doubt that the Big Sky area is big on skiing, and with the Biggest Skiing in America® being a draw for many, memorable family experiences come in many other forms. Here are some of the area’s top attractions:
1. Alpine and Nordic Skiing
Cruise the seemingly endless groomed runs, explore open glades and play around in the kid-friendly terrain parks with free skiing for kids 10 and under. Both Big Sky Resort and Moonlight Basin, together forming the Biggest Skiing in America®, offer unmatched skiing and snowboarding opportunities for families of all ages and abilities. Enjoy instant access to breathtaking and picturesque vistas and revel in the unparalleled opportunities for winter exploration and fun. Whether you are a first-timer or an expert, learn from the pros with safe and fun ski lessons, and meet up afterwards for a family ski day. Need a break from the downhill slopes? Nearby Lone Mountain Ranch offers 85 kilometers of cross-country ski trails that wind through peaceful and pristine wilderness, and lessons for all abilities.
2. Ziplines and Sledding
The fun doesn’t end on the slopes. For those looking for a fast-paced thrill, depart from the Big Sky Resort base area for a one-of-a-kind winter zipline experience, where you can enjoy a bird’s eyed view as you fly over gullies and through trees. And when the sun drops behind Lone Peak, the lights turn on at the Tube Park, a 500-foot sledding hill complete with a carpet lift to the top at Big Sky Resort. Or try The Blazing Saddles sledding hill at Moonlight Basin, with free tickets for a ride up the hill.
3. Back Country Dining
For a truly memorable family dining experience, make reservations for the Montana Backcountry Dinner Yurt. Departing from the Summit Hotel at Big Sky Resort, a snowcat will transport your crew to a cozy, candle-lit yurt nestled in the woods just below Lone Peak. Your kids will love the torch-lit sledding course and the bonfire that lights up the night sky. Then, the whole family can indulge in casual gourmet dining experience offering Montana-inspired cuisine and live music.
4. Visit Yellowstone
The only thing that separates Big Sky and the Biggest Skiing in America® from Yellowstone National Park is a picturesque one-hour drive through the Gallatin National Forest, making Big Sky the perfect launching pad for an unforgettable Yellowstone experience. Check out breathtaking snowy landscapes, steaming geysers, dramatic canyons and unmatched wildlife viewing. From cross-country skiing to guided snowmobile tours or heated snow cat excursions, experience the quiet and uncongested magic of Yellowstone in the winter.
5. Sleigh Rides
Bundle up and partake in an old-fashioned sleigh ride, Big Sky style. A team of horses will take you gliding over sparkling snow beneath Montana’s vast, starry skies. Lone Mountain Ranch transports guests to the cozy North Fork Cabin where a prime-rib feast, live music and stories await. The historic 320 Guest Ranch, located just 12 miles from Big Sky on the banks of the Gallatin River, offers sleigh rides to their Mountain Man campsite, where guests can warm up with hot drinks and a steaming bowl of cowboy chili.
For more information on any of these family experiences, check out biggestskiinginamerica.com.