Majestic Montana: Big Sky, MT
It's been nearly 20 years since I lived under the beautiful Montana sky and majestic mountains. Every time I visit I find myself holding my breath as mountains start popping up against the horizon right before my eyes. Its really something to see. This easter I had the chance to return for a wonderful trip to Big Sky Resort for some skiing and resort life. Growing up in Montana I never found myself spending the weekend at a ski resort because we always lived nearby so this was quite a treat to stay right next to the slopes.
As we arrived in Big Sky, the excitement was already building from a shopping trip in Bozeman and quick stop at my favorite Thai Bistro. We pulled up to the Summit Hotel which has the most delectable view of the Lone Mountain summit. The Summit was adorned with rustic furnishings which you come to expect when walking into a Montana hotel along with a roaring fire coming from the hotels two-story fireplace. After a long days journey and in anticipation of a long day on the slopes our first stop was our room. We opened a bottle of wine and took in the view.
Snow fell all night and the mountain was coated with nearly 10 inches of fresh powder. We were delighted. We were about to embark on one of the greatest weekends of skiing during the entire season. The resort was buzzing with excitement. Everyone we met had a childlike grin on their face about the magic that happened over night. With bellies full from breakfast we made our way to the lifts to make the trek up the mountain to enjoy our first run. Even the view from the lift was spectacular.
"I felt like the child I was 20 years ago making my way up the mountain. I was giddy."
It was time. We launched ourselves off the lift and selected our first run back. The snow is so soft and fluffy and ready to be breached by our skis. While carving fresh tracks down the mountain, its just us and the mountain. Its quite and perfectly still. With a gentle snowfall coming down I barely notice anyone next to me and the feeling is incredible...it feels as if we have the entire mountain to ourselves. The runs are so long we had to stop and take breaks to take it all in and catch our breath. Every run was different offering new obstacles, challenges and more beautiful views. The acreage of skiing was endless.
After several runs under our belt we stopped for a delicious lunch and a few beers at Chet's and caught a few moments of the hockey game. We got to sample some of Montana's finest micro-brews on tap....which were delicious! Refueled and rested we were ready to get back at it.
While we were lunching the snow started coming down a bit harder and we made our way to a new section of the mountain to enjoy some more fresh powder. The trees were swelling with fresh snow and the trails were clear of any trace of visitors. We had hours of fun staking our claim on the mountain and enjoying all the beauty. On our last run we grabbed a cup of cocoa as we made our way back. The heat of the cocoa was felt all the way down, warming out bellies. By the end of the day on the mountain our legs were completed exhausted and we collapsed in the giant sofas in the living room. The fire was still roaring and the heat was so inviting. Now it was time to head home. After packing up all our things we snuck one last peak of the Lone Mountain summit as we pulled away from the resort.
Our trip to Big Sky Resort is one I'll never forget. As we make our way down the winding roads of the mountain I can still see the mountain in the rearview mirror and I can still feel the skis and trails beneath my feet.