Parade at National Brotherhood of Snow Sports in Big Sky, Montana
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How to Get to Big Sky, Montana

How to get to Big Sky Montana

Located 45 minutes from West Yellowstone and Bozeman, Big Sky is a hot destination all year round, even when winter arrives. Known for its rugged atmosphere and stunning natural beauty, people travel to Big Sky from far and wide for the legendary outdoor recreation. For most travelers, you’ll fly to the nearest airport, Bozeman Airport, which is only 45 minutes away from Big Sky. For freedom and flexibility, whether you’re here for the weekend or a week, book yourself a rental car to travel from the airport to Big Sky.

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If you prefer to avoid rental cars, you can always book private transportation with the Karst Stage Shuttle. For $155, you can book round-trip transportation to and from Bozeman Airport for your peace of mind.

Where to Stay in Big Sky

Cabins in Big Sky Montana

Due to its attractive landscapes and array of outdoor fun, Big Sky offers several accommodations. To luxuriate in all that the area has to offer, the Summit Hotel is a premier Mountain Village hotel with a timeless charm and warm Montana hospitality. If you’re planning to ski, this resort is right next to the slopes, so you can wake up, get ready, and head outside to enjoy the winter fun.

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For larger groups, Vrbo is a great platform to find a number of condos, houses, and other vacation rentals for parties of all sizes. Whether you’re traveling with three people or with twenty, you’ll be able to search through over 1,000 accommodations to fit your itinerary.

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Best Things to Do in Big Sky, Montana in Winter

Woman standing on mountain in skies in front of Big Sky sign

Now that you’ve organized your flights and hotels, let’s dive into the various Big Sky winter activities. From skiing to sleigh rides and even luxurious afternoons at the spa, here’s what you can plan for your Montana winter vacation.

Hit the Slopes to Ski and Snowboard

Black woman skiing in yellow ski coat in Big Sky Montana

If you’re interested in skiing or snowboarding, Big Sky Resort is a must-see spot for at least one day of exploring the slopes. As a world-class mountain, there are over 5,800 skiable acres for you to enjoy. You can even take a skiing class or hit the slopes yourself next to other experienced snowboarders. Plan at least a day on the slopes to truly enjoy all that Big Sky Resort has to offer.

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Have dinner at the top of a mountain

At the base of Big Sky Resort, you can hop on the Ramcharger 8, an eight-seater chairlift with heated seats, and a weather-proof bubble, and take the scenic ride up for dinner on top of a mountain. At the top you will find Everett’s 8800, alpine fine dining at 8,800 feet high! The views are spectacular and the dinner and drinks are just as fulfilling. I enjoyed a delicious  After dinner, you can check out the Enchanted Forest, a whimsical trail adorned with glowing lights.

Snuggle in for a Sleigh Ride

Sleigh ride in Big Sky Montana

A sleigh ride dinner with Lone Mountain Ranch was the most magical thing I did while in Big Sky and is not to be missed! Experience an old-fashioned sleigh ride adventure underneath the warmth of a blanket! If you choose to indulge in an evening sleigh ride, you can dine at a backcountry yurt or cabin by the fire. We opted for the 4:30 pm dinner option, as opposed to the 7:30 option. I highly recommend the earlier time slot so you can experience those breathtaking views while riding through the snow-clad forest. You can also opt for a lunch sleigh ride where you can enjoy a buffet lunch at the Horn & Cantle. It’s one of the best things to do in Big Sky in the winter while also staying warm and cozy! Also, it was one of my favorite meals while in Big Sky!

Cozy cabin dinner in Big Sky Montana

Indulge in a Spa Day at Solace Spa

Things to do in Big Sky Montana

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Big Sky is known not just for its slopes but also for its relaxation. Solace Spa is the perfect place to stop and revitalize your spirit. With expert facials, massages, and more, you enjoy natural products and an afternoon solely dedicated to your well-being. You can even book ahead of time online so you can balance your itinerary with both fun and relaxing activities. Be sure to ask for Mikalyn! She gave me one of the best massages I’ve ever had! Also, don’t miss the Recovery Lounge — 30 minutes in the Therabody compression boots is the perfect way to rejuvenate your legs after a day of skiing.

Book a Snowcoach Tour to Yellowstone

Yellowstone Snowcoach tour

photo via Big Sky Resort

Explore Yellowstone on a guided tour as you take in the awe-inspiring landscapes of one of America’s most beloved national parks. From the comfort of a snowcoach, you can see tons of wildlife and the Old Faithful Geyser and Snow Lodge, and the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone. There will be plenty of opportunities for some stunning photos. Exploring Yellowstone via snowcoach is the perfect family-friendly activity to do in Big Sky.

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Enjoy Ice Skating at Big Sky Town Center

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If skiing or snowboarding is not your vibe, why not go ice skating? The ice rink is open daily and includes a full-size hockey and ice skating rink, perfect for skaters of all levels. If you didn’t bring your skates, don’t worry—you can rent some down at Grizzly Outfitters and other stores nearby.

Explore the Scenery on a Snowmobile

Woman snowmobiling

With miles of backcountry trails and plenty of guided tours to choose from, snowmobiling through the local area and Yellowstone National Park offers you the chance to see the scenery up close. Be sure to book a full day and dress warm from head to toe for an excursion to remember. Check out this post on what to wear snowmobiling.

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Try Out Snowshoeing at Big Sky

Winter activities snowshoeing

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If you’re eager to explore the trails but don’t want to hop on a snowmobile, snowshoeing is one of the best Big Sky winter activities, with plenty of trails to choose from. The Big Sky region, including Lone Mountain Ranch, has 18 kilometers of trails, and many of the local retailers can provide you with gear and maps so you can prepare and explore to your heart’s content.

Go Dog Sledding for a One-of-a-Kind Experience

Dog Sledding - Things to do in Big Sky, Montana in Winter

If you’ve ever dreamed of going dog sledding, you’ll definitely want to book a trip through Montana’s backcountry trails. This one-of-a-kind experience gives you the chance to explore the local wildlife while learning how to mush on the back of the sled. It’s one of the most unique things to do in Big Sky, Montana in winter!

Schedule a Meal at Montana Dinner Yurt

For a truly unique experience, you can’t go wrong with a meal at Montana Dinner Yurt. You can take in the breathtaking scenery while sitting in a cozy yurt and eating savory dishes prepared by hand. Those who book a sleigh ride can arrive in style in the evening after a day of Big Sky winter activities on the slopes.

Fish at the Legendary Gallatin River

Fly fishing - things to do in big sky montana in winter

Winter flyfishing is another fantastic activity for your Montana winter vacation. The world-class fishing at Big Sky is a must for any avid angler or even for those who want to try their hand at catching blue-ribbon trout. You can fish the Gallatin River and even spots near Yellowstone while taking in the endless views.

As you can see, you will not find a shortage of things to do in Big Sky, even if you don’t ski! I had the most incredible time here and can’t wait to visit again!

This post is in partnership with Visit Big Sky. All opinions are my own.

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