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; bigskyresort.com) is at 1 Lone Mountain Trail; Moonlight Basin (ski season opens Dec 12; full-day pass from $55; moonlightbasin.com) is at 1020 State 64.
For riverside cabins, try the 320 Guest Ranch (from $79, including breakfast; restaurant $$$; 320ranch.com), just outside Big Sky. At Big Sky Resort, check into the ski-in, ski-out Powder Ridge Cabins (from $485) or the Huntley Lodge (from $168). For a great steak dinner, head to the Corral Bar & Steakhouse ($$; 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; lonemountainsports.net), and ski Flat Iron, Andesite, and Lone Peak Mountains. For lunch, order barbecue pork sandwiches at Pinnacle Restaurant ($$; opens Dec 15; 406/993-5800), at the top of Andesite. Later, saddle up at Jake’s Horses (from $37 per hour; reservations required; 200 Beaver Creek Rd., Gallatin Gateway; jakeshorses.com). At Buck’s T-4 Lodge and Restaurant ($$$; 46625 Gallatin Rd., Gallatin Gateway; 406/995-4111), try the red deer.
Grab the new Biggest Skiing in America Pass ($94; available Dec 12; biggestskiinginamerica.com), 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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