This was a family ski trip, where we decided to try yet another "non Colorado location". This was because the snow in Colorado continued to be very erratic, and because Big Sky would not have the same altitude (7,218 feet) issues that Colorado has.
We had never been to Montana before, having spent all of our ski trips in Colorado. So we decided that we needed to mark that check box off, and flew into Bozeman, MT. Picked up our rental vehicle, and drove down to Big Sky.
We had decided to rent a 4WD, and it proved to be a fortunate decision the very first night we were in the condo!
The condo was nice sized, sufficient room for everyone to be comfortable, get their ski equipment on, etc. However, the very first night, the condo heating unit did not function. We called the condo owner, but he could not get anyone to come out and repair it until the next day. Overnight was a full tilt blizzard, and the wind howled all night long as the condo temperature dropped like a stone.
The next morning, when we got up, we found that it had snowed 17 inches overnight! We had the only 4WD vehicle in the condo parking lot, and were able to drive out without any problems.
There were people everywhere in the parking lot, digging out their 2WD vehicles! We offered to help a few, but there were so many people digging, and so many snow removal trucks trying to get into the parking lot, that they just motioned us onwards.
Chelsea and I waving at Mom as she glides over all that powder! It is difficult to adjust one's snowboarding riding stance to clumps of fresh powder, but once you adjust, riding becomes fun again.
See how deep the powder is on the table tops? The powder has stacked up everywhere. As cold as it was that morning, something warm to drink hit the spot.
I think Chelsea & Jeremy were laughing because it was nice and warm in the cable car, compared to outside conditions!
The geography throughout Yellowstone Park is highly variable, and as you can see, very rugged country.
And like all good vacations, this one came to an end and we flew back to Virginia. This was a fun trip, and we all came away with the feeling that Montana was a great place to recreate at. Not the altitude related issues you bump into in Colorado!
In fact, we liked it so much that we decided that we were going to go to Whitefish, MT at some future date.
Ski Resort Statistics:
- 44 miles from Bozeman, MT airport
- BASE ELEVATION:
- 7,500 feet
- SUMMIT ELEVATION:
- 11,166 feet
- VERTICAL DROP:
- 4,350 feet
- CHAIR LIFTS:
- SURFACE LIFTS:
- SKIABLE ACRES:
- 5,800 acres
- # TERRAIN PARKS:
- MARKED TRAILS:
- 300 named runs on 4 connected mountains
- AVERAGE SNOWFALL:
- 400 inches
- 364 acres/148 hectares
- LONGEST RUN:
- Liberty Bowl to Mountain Mall: 6 miles
- LONGEST PATH DOWN:
- 2.8 miles/5 kilometers (Soliloquy to Roundabout)
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