Big Sky Montana Winter Adventure Guide

Big Sky Winter Adventure Weekend Itinerary

Updated August 2022

In this Big Sky winter adventure guide, you will find things to do, what to wear in winter, & where to stay. Big Sky is located in the state of Montana in the United States. The community is within the southern Rocky Mountains about halfway between Yellowstone & the city of Bozeman. This small town is called a community, as there is no official local government and is primarily supported by locals and tourists, especially during the winter months. Visitors flock from around the world to Lone Mountain. This Big Sky winter adventure guide itinerary will help you while you’re planning the perfect winter getaway to Big Sky Montana!

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Big Sky Montana is known for some of the best ski slope mountains in the Rockies! Offering tons of winter activities such as hiking trails to frozen waterfalls, snowshoeing up a mountain, and sledding! The mountain community offers something for everyone, making it a great place for a weekend getaway.

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How to get to Big Sky Montana

The nearest airport to Big Sky Montana is Bozeman Yellowstone International airport (BZN). The quaint airport is warm and welcoming with beautiful stone fireplaces and wood accents throughout the halls. To get to Big Sky from Bozeman airport you can either take a shuttle or rent a car to reach the mountain village if you plan on exploring outside the Town Center. Bozeman is the largest city near Big Sky so fill up on groceries, gas, and any other essentials you may need.

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Where to Stay in Big Sky Montana

Where to Stay in Big Sky During Winter


If you are worried about where to stay, no worries! Big Sky has plenty of places to stay and call home during your trip. Including epic ski resorts, a historic dude ranch, and incredible outdoor adventures. All bringing plenty of excitement to this friendly community year-round. The Town Center is centrally located and very walkable.

The Center is surrounded by vistas of snow-covered mountains and offers shopping, restaurants, a small grocery store, and medical facilities. The mountains provide coverage from brisk winds giving the village a mild climate. The center is just 7 miles below Lone Mountain and where trailheads to Ousel Falls and Lone Mountain Trail are located.

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Cabins in Big Sky Montana

LONE MOUNTAIN RANCH

Quaint Cabins

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.
Big Sky Resort Village

BIG SKY RESORT VILLAGE

Slopeside Village Center

Rating: 4 out of 5.

BUCK’S LODGE

Budget Friendly

Rating: 3 out of 5.

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where to eat in big sky

Horn & Cantle

Located at Lone Mountain Ranch, serving locally sourced, farm-to-table menus that reflect true Montana heritage. You’ll find a mix of on-the-range classics just off the beaten path like their FOIE GRAS PATE 39 – grade a foie gras, summer pickles, huckleberry mostarda, and crostini.

Olive B’s Big Sky Bistro

A continental bistro featuring fresh fish & seafood, steak and game. Housemade desserts, noteworthy wine list, and crafted cocktails. Start off with a bowl of classic french onion soup before diving into the garden risotto all with unrivaled views of Lone Mountain.

Montana Dinner Yurt

Located at Big Sky Resort, The Montana Dinner Yurt offers an intimate and unique backcountry dining experience you will not soon forget. Nestled in the woods on the flanks of Lone Peak, our warm and cozy candlelit dinner yurt is accessed by snowcat and serves an indulging and savory meal in a casually elegant atmosphere.

Things to do in Big Sky Montana
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Things to do & Winter Adventures

There isn’t a lack of things to do in the winter so when you are on your winter adventure don’t forget to plan! During my visit, I set out to explore the community and its surrounding area with some girlfriends. We spent the perfect weekend exploring the high summits and beautiful surrounding nature. Here are my tips and recommendations for things to do for the perfect Big Sky winter adventure!

Go on a winter wolf and wildlife tour and discover some of Yellowstone’s abundant and diverse wildlife.

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Ski or Snowboard Down Lone Mountain

One of the most popular things to do is to ski or snowboard down the famous Lone Mountain. Snowboards and skis are both available for rent at rental shops in Town Center or Resort Village. If you are staying at the Moonlight or Big Sky resorts, you can skip the lines and have your equipment delivered right to your door upon arrival with Black Tie Skis.

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Winter Clothing to Wear in Big Sky

Dressing properly is essential to enjoy your winter adventure. As you ascend the mountain the temperatures drop dramatically and winds pick up making the climate more hostile than the Town Center. If you are not wearing the right winter clothing your ski day may be cut short. LAYERS are the key to regulating your temperature during winter adventures.

Winter Adventure Guide to Big Sky Montana including things to do, where to stay, and how to dress for winter conditions.
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Go Snowshoeing

Another fun thing to do in winter besides snowboarding or skiing is snowshoeing! Snowshoes and poles are available for rent at rental shops in Town Center or Resort Village. Bringing your own equipment will help keep your budget low.

Winter hiking trails to explore during winter in Big Sky Montana.
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Hiking Trails

Trail Information

Ousel Falls Trail

Great trail for snowshoeing or hiking!

Location: Gallatin Gateway Resort Hiking Loop 1

Length: 1.6 miles

Duration: 20 minutes – 4 hours depending on trail

Trail Difficulty: Easy, Beginner

Scenery: gorgeous snow-covered forest views ending at a beautiful blue frozen waterfall

Moose Tracks Snowshoe Trail

Location: Custer Gallatin National Forest

Length: 2.3 miles

Duration: 1.15 hours

Trail Difficulty: Easy, Beginner

Scenery: gorgeous snow-covered forest views ending at a beautiful blue frozen waterfall


Winter Hiking Trails in Big Sky Montana

Trails

  • Ousel Falls
  • Beehive Basin trail No. 40: Moderate – 7.1 miles – 4 hours
  • Yellowmule Loop: Moderate – 18.9 miles – 9.5 hours
  • The Reflector Loop: Moderate – 4.1 miles – 2.15 hours
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Custer Gallatin National Forest

Hiking Trails

  • Porcupine Creek – Easy, 3.5 miles, 1.5 hours
  • Ophir School – Easy, 5.3 miles, 2.14 hours
  • Crail Ranch Trail – Easy, 2.8 miles, 1 hour
  • North Fork – Moderate, 5.8 miles, 2.5 hours
  • Elk Park – Moderate, 5 miles, 2.4 hours
  • Buck Ridge – Moderate, 12 miles, 6.5 hours
  • Lemon Knob Loop – Moderate, 3.5 miles, 2.10 hours
  • Bear Basin: Moderate, 12 miles, 6 hours
  • Big Sky Ski Resort Hiking Loop – Hard, 5.3 miles, 3.7 hours
  • Summit Lake: Hard, 15.9 miles, 7.5 hours
  • Gallatin Peak: Hard, 18.2 miles, 10.5 hours

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47 comments

  1. Big Sky looks so beautiful! I visited Montana this past September and loved it. I also spent some time in Bozeman. Would love to go back in the winter. 🙂

  2. Girl I am craving to be in the snow around this time of year! Hopeful I can visit Montana or somewhere with snow before the end of 2020!

  3. I love Big Sky! I’ve been visiting for the past 3 years during the summer, but I’ve still never made a winter visit, which is crazy because I love to ski! Saving this post for when I finally make a winter trip!

  4. We’re getting into summer here in Australia and it’s pretty hot already… When that happens, I always have a thought for cold weather destinations and having a Christmas in the snow… I love the combination of skiing and hiking in Big Sky, what a great name too!

  5. This is such a beautiful area of Montana! I would either be doing some hiking, sledding, or snowshoeing! I used to ski, but quit several years ago. I would also be hanging out by the fire with some hot chocolate!!

  6. Oh Chelsey this looks magical!
    I love in Sweden, and I dont even like the snow (accept for John Snow 😛 ) but I like the visions of sitting in a cozy cabin when its snowing outside. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  7. Awesome info on Big Sky! We went Snowboarding there last year and fell in love. Planning another trip for January!!!

  8. Looks amazing! Beautiful scenes and a whole lot of fun. Looks like a trip to Big Sky is in order! Thank you for sharing.

  9. I’ve always heard amazing things about Big Sky, but I never realized just how much there was to do there beyond just skiing.

  10. It is a dream of mine to have a winter vacation with the family. The kids want to experience snow like this–in the mountains! Montana is absolute breathtaking!

  11. This trip sure does look like an adventure! I wish I knew how to do more winter sports – I am only able to ice skate!

  12. Looks like so much fun! Being on the East Coast…We are limited to the Poconos, Catskills, or Adirondacks. But, I look forward to visiting the Rocky’s one day in the future. Thanks for sharing!

  13. Travelling during the winter isn’t one of my favourite things but this place looks really good! My favourite part are those cozy room decor! Love love them!

    1. It was truly gorgeous. Surprisingly it wasn’t as cold as I thought it would be in town..once you get higher in altitude/up the mountain the temp drops but sometimes its worth it. The most beautiful places are typically in the most challenging environments for humans. haha nature is funny. she knew.

  14. This place looks amazing! I’ve never been in Montana… I would love to go either in Spring or Fall… Thanks for your beautiful post.

  15. This place looks amazing… I’ve never been in Montana… during Summer time LOL! Thank you for sharing!

  16. Personally I’m not a great lover of winter holidays, at least not in cold places, but maybe following your guide I could try and have fun too!

    1. haha I grew up in Michigan with 6 months of winter often spending weeks in the negative temps. This was WARMER… I couldn’t believe it. The valleys are kept warmer by the mountains, so its not TOO COLD until you climb to higher altitude.

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