I'm considering making a trip to Big Sky, Montana in mid-March. Have any of you visited Big Sky? If so, what did you think? The vertical is advertised as being over 4,000 feet, but it doesn't look like there's any top-to-bottom runs that come near that. Also, the terrain at the very top looks a little "extreme skiing" to me - is there a not-too-hair-raising way down from the very top?
Unfortunately the summit tram was only open for scenic rides. The wind blows so hard on the peak that it takes alot of base for them to get it open. But even the ride is well worth it. The tram is a straight shot to the summit, with no supports for the lift cable. Its as close to flying as you can get while still attached to the ground.
Last year we returned with better conditions. It was another beautiful cold and sunny day. By late afternoon they opened the tram and we got one run in. It was very windy and cold up there, creating a fairly hard crust layer on top of the snowpack. We skied down the wide open south slope. This was the longest steepest run I have ever made. It has to be as close as you can get to high-altitude skiing in the lower 48.
We spent most of our time on Lone Peak, then switched to the lower mountain as it cooled off later in the day. There are some terrific powder and bump runs down there as well.
The name says it all here. A huge mountain, with lots of terrain, and no lift lines, period. Unfortunately it looks like I wont get out there this winter, but we are already planning on next Christmas.
All that travel is expensive and Big Sky is expensive also. But the skiing is great though. Certainly, the most enjoyable place I've been.