Big Sky Travel Guide

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Big Sky Restaurants

  • Have to ski down from the restaurant!

    You take a ski lift (Ramcharger lift) up to the restaurant. Very cozy and a little more upscale as far as restaurants on top of mountains go. There is dining outside but it's more self serve and you order your food at a window (also outside). Great views and the food was pretty good, too!. I had a bread bowl of chili and it was delicious along with...

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  • Nicer Dining Experience in Big Sky

    We dined here as part of a catered event. Not sure if our entrees were on the regular menu but can speak of it's quality in preparation. I would say it was just okay. I had a parmesan crusted sea bass. The fish served to me was quite a bit. More than I can eat. Fish seemed fresh and the parmesan crust was just on top. Served with a few sprigs of...

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  • Salads, Burgers, Sandwiches, Fish &...

    Simple lunch menu but pretty good. Haven't seen the dinner menu. I had the pastrami ruben and it was quite tasty served with potato chips and a tiny scoop of coleslaw. My boyfriend had the bison burger. I had a bite and it was good, too, served with french fries. We went back a second time and we split the fish & chips. Three pieces of fish, not...

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  • Burgers, Salads, Appetizers

    Located at the Mountain Mall, this was a place we had lunch after a few hours of skiing. I had the chicken tortilla soup which was okay, not great. My boyfriend had a burger and he seem to enjoy that. We both had beers and lunch was satisfactory. Prices are reasonable and the place is convenient to the ski lifts.

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  • Decent Buffet Breakfast!

    They serve breakfast, lunch and dinner but we have just had breakfast here. Not bad! Omelet Bar is the bomb. Have your omelet any way you want, eggs, bacon, biscuits & gravy, pancakes, cheese blintz, cereals, fruit, muffins, pastries, good coffee. Not sure what breakfast costs because we are staying at this lodge and included with our stay is the...

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  • Excellent Dining in Montana

    From the moment you enter the Rainbow Ranch Lodge in Big Sky, Montana, its staff do an incredible job of making your night special. Whether one is in the mood for fresh flown in seafood, beef, wild game or a variety of vegetarian options, Chef Tom Donohoe prepares and presents dishes that suit everyones' palate. The wine list compares to some of...

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Big Sky Transportation

  • Fly into Bozeman to get to Big Sky

    To get to Big Sky, you need to fly into the Bozeman airport. It's rather small airport but sometimes that's a good thing. No confusion, the luggage came quick. We took a shuttle bus to Big Sky that took about 1 1/2 hours. We flew Alaska Airlines but there are many other airlines servicing the area. Since we intended on skiing, we brought our skies....

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  • Free Transportation - Skyline

    This bus systems travels to key areas (not many) in Big Sky (including certain resort locations) and to Bozeman. It's free but they accept tips. Usually, on schedule and you can see the direction of travel as "Up Mountain" or "Down Mountain". We found it convenient when we went horse back riding and to the Hungry Moose market area.

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  • Airport transfer

    Easiest way to get to the mountain village is to go with Karst Stage. They take you from the airport in Belgrade to the Hotel in a little more than 1 hour. Cost is about $80 for a return ticket.I you stay in the mountain village it is no use to have a car.

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Big Sky Shopping

  • High Light in BIG SKY

    There isn't much in Big Sky to see. Shopping, forget it! But there is this great little market that is worth the visit. Touts a big wine and beer selection, amazing selection of groceries including meat, produce, spices, chocolate, etc! Prices aren't cheap but not outrageous either.

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  • Not to be confused with Meadow Village

    Shops include the Hungry Moose market, Blue Moon Bakery, The Lone Perk, Trailhead Pizza, Big Horn Boutique, Grizzly Outfitters, Choppers and a few others.Not a big shopping center. The Meadow Village looked like it may had a few more shops. The Skyline Bus will take you there.

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  • Tiniest of Malls Ever!

    It's called the Mountain Mall but it's equivalent to the size of a strip mall on a street corner. About 3 gift shops, a sporting goods store, a Starbucks, a couple of restaurants, a small market/convenience store, a very nice (really) fur coat shop and on the second floor a large cafeteria type area and a business center.It's adjacent to the ski...

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Big Sky Local Customs

  • Mardi Gras Beads going up the ski lift!

    Going up the ski lift at Big Sky, you see one particular tree off to the right side full of Mardi Gras beads, bras and panties. It seems tactful and fun since it's only on this particular tree. Most ski lifts I've been on have something similar with usually the bras and panties.

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  • i Ranch - Business Office

    The hotel/lodge doesn't have a business office even though they tell you they have one. It is located inside the Mountain Mall on the second floor. You can print out documents and fax them from here. A fax costs about $3. If you only print a few pages, it's free. Printing boarding passes is also free. They also let you use the internet but not sure...

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  • Local Paper, Local Information

    Big Sky has a Town Center paper and website with information about the city, tourism, happenings around town. There can't be too much going on but if you're visiting Big Sky, you want to know what's going on. Check it out!

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Big Sky Warnings and Dangers

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    by GracesTrips Written Mar 12, 2010

    Big Sky depending if you are at the lodge (8,000 ft) or skiing down from the mountain (10,000 ft) is up at a high altitude. The causes dehydration. You need to drink lots of water. Also, the sun's strength is much stronger so make sure to use sunscreen.

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Big Sky Tourist Traps

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    by GracesTrips Written Mar 12, 2010

    Whenever I travel, I like to find some kind of great souveniers that are useful or tasty to bring home. But more often, I find junk or over priced items. I found Huckleberry jam in many stores and priced quite high. I was actually surprised to see this since this is something more likely to be found in Idaho where huckleberries actually grow. I didn't find anything worth while.

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Big Sky Off The Beaten Path

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    by Yellowstone-Bearman Written Feb 25, 2003

    Visting Yellowstone Park while you are staying in Big Sky is easy. The West Entrance into the park is just 45 minutes south of Big Sky.

    Hire a guide. They will save you time and will explain in detail what you are seeing and why it is there. Information is limited in the park should you travel without a guide.

    If your interested in seeing the backcountry and getting off the beaten path you will be especially greatful for a guide. Grizzly bears are common in the backcountry and can be a bit tricky to deal with. Plus, if you are interested in seeing bears you will need a guide to take you where the bears are.......which is not next to the road!

    In winter, the bears are hibernating and the park is closed to vehicles. You will have to travel by snowcoach or snowmobile through the West Entrance if you are interested in seeing geysers. On the other hand, you can travel the long way around and enter the North Entrance 1.5 hour drive and see the northern range of the park by vehicle. This is where I take folks out to view wolves in winter.

    Note: During drought years the park may not be open during the winter months. The park is also closed in mid-October until about X-mas to allow snow to build on the roadway. The park is also closed in late winter from about mid-March through May to allow crews to clear the roads of snow.

    I have access to portions of the park year round and is never closed for me and my guests.

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Big Sky Sports & Outdoors

  • Horseback Riding

    We booked a horseback ride from one of the places that the resort recommended. There were guided tours from one hour to all day Beginners or experienced riders welcome. These are the phone numbers of their 'partners' Cache Creek Outfitters: (406) 995-3888 Canyon Adventures: (406) 995-4450 Cedar Mountain Corrals: (406) 539-4065 Jake's Horses: (800)...

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  • Heated Pool!

    After a cold, snowy round of skiing or snowboarding, a dip in the heated pool feels fantastic! And, when I sat heated, it is HOT! At the Huntleigh Lodge, a dressing room area leads to an entrance of the pool (indoors). That first section, the temperature was up at 107 degrees F! You exit to the outdoor pool area and the temperatures are more...

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  • Horseback Riding

    I usually enjoy horseback riding and depending on the location, it can be rather expensive. This was quite reasonable. We paid $57 per person for a 2 hour ride. I'm not sure if the rates go up during the summer. We went during the winter time (March). There was still snow on the ground and the temperatures were chilly. We took a trail that leads up...

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