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Plan a winter weekend in Big Sky

Fresh powder and no lift lines are two reasons to check out this Montana mountain town


Big Sky is 56 miles south of Bozeman airport. Nonstop flights to BZN are available from Denver, Salt Lake City, and Seattle. Big Sky Resort (full-day ski pass $79; is at 1 Lone Mountain Trail; Moonlight Basin (ski season opens Dec 12; full-day pass from $55; is at 1020 State 64.


For riverside cabins, try the 320 Guest Ranch (from $79, including breakfast; restaurant $$$;, just outside Big Sky. At Big Sky Resort, check into the ski-in, ski-out Powder Ridge Cabins (from $485) or the Huntley Lodge (from $168). For a great steak dinner, head to the Corral Bar & Steakhouse ($$; closed Dec 4; 42895 Gallatin Rd., Gallatin Gateway; 406/995-4249).


Rent equipment at Lone Mountain Sports (from $27 per day; at Big Sky Resort;, and ski Flat Iron, Andesite, and Lone Peak Mountains. For lunch, order barbecue pork sandwiches at Pinnacle Restaurant ($$; opens Dec 15; 406/993-5800), at the top of Andesite. Later, saddle up at Jake’s Horses (from $37 per hour; reservations required; 200 Beaver Creek Rd., Gallatin Gateway; At Buck’s T-4 Lodge and Restaurant ($$$; 46625 Gallatin Rd., Gallatin Gateway; 406/995-4111), try the red deer.


Grab the new Biggest Skiing in America Pass ($94; available Dec 12;, so you can ski both resorts. From Big Sky Resort’s Liberty Bowl, ski to the Lodge at Moonlight Basin for chicken quesadillas at the Timbers Restaurant ($$; 406/995-7777). Back at the 320 Guest Ranch, take the hourlong sleigh ride ($32; 800/243-0320), also available to nonguests.

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