Big Sky Ski Tips
If your staying in Big Sky, try to arrive at Bozeman Airport in the early afternoon so that your drive south to Big Sky is the most scenic before it gets too dark to see, plus if it is snowing hard, which happens freguently the drive will be safer. Hwy 191 is a bit twisty-curvey, take your time.
Try and rent your skis or snowboards the day you arrive as this can take some time in the rental shop; trying on different boots, etc.......That way, all you have to do is get up the next morning and hit the slopes! and possibly catch "first run" in some fresh powder!
If your planning on staying in Bozeman and driving to Big Sky each day, plan on leaving early. The lifts open at 9:00AM each day and the drive through the "canyon" (hwy 191 south) can be a bit tricky when it has been snowing all night.
I usually try and get to the Swift Current high speed quad at least 45 minutes early for those fresh powder mornings (6 inches or more). "First Run" is important in this area and is a" must do" at least once in life. I like to do it about 30 times each winter!
Most of the locals race for the Tram line to the top of the mountain or race over to the Challenger line, on powder mornings.
Here is an inside tip: Forget the race, and the long lines that result and drop right off into the blue runs right off Swift Current or to the side into "the Rice Bowl" (black diamond). You'll get three times the runs in, in untracked powder and often better snow which sometimes blows off the top and landed on the lower slopes. Then.......later on in the afternoon head for the top and catch some vertical if you want.
Best Food at lunch time slopeside? Top of the Ramcharger high speed quad. There is only one building there....you can't miss it. Eat at 11:00 and miss most of the rush.