Okay, wow. Big Sky is BIG. It’s just gargantuan! Enormous! The sky literally is just big out west, and perhaps even more so on the drive up to Big Sky. My friend Andrew and I had planned this trip a few months ago, and it was finally time to experience some of the biggest skiing in North America. We were lucky enough to have recent snowfall in the days before with cold temperatures to keep the snow soft and fluffy. As we drove up, the scene got snowier and snowier. It was just beautiful!
We were driving through the first part of Big Sky on our way to our lodging in Bozeman, and we caught our first peak of Lone Mountain. We both turned to each other with a look of bewilderment on our faces. It was a perfect blue day, and between the mountains and business stood a huge, towering peak. It was just awe-inspiring!
Bozeman is a cute little town. We walked the main strip near our hotel, and since we arrived on St. Patrick’s Day, the town was totally popping! There were lots of college kids and tourists alike wandering the streets, and it made the time feel so alive! We didn’t take part in the festivities since we had been driving all day and wanted to make sure we could wake up at a reasonable time. So, we went to bed early and prepped for our ski day.
After a quick stop at Treeline Coffee at the Lark (my Google review is here), we began our drive to Big Sky Resort. We arrived early, and couldn’t see much due to low cloud cover and a little bit of fresh snow. We mounted up and took our first chair, a six-pack chair with heated seats and a wind cover, and headed up the mountain. Then, the clouds started to dissipate and I started snapping photos. It was just way too gorgeous!
We stayed in this area for quite a while until we got tired of it and wanted to ski something different. Andrew’s eyes kept bugging out for every possible steep skiing opportunity and my eyes kept bugging out for beautiful scenes and legendary photos. So while Andrew skied the steeps, I took some time to capture some beautiful photos and embrace the world around me!
I guess the spot I was standing at was a gathering point for many skiers. Two chairlifts dump their skiers at around the same spot, but you’re able to access two different sides to the ridgeline with each chairlift. Skiers were taking photos, looking at the views, and picking their lines all within 30 seconds or a minute. Some people are there for the skiing, and I can totally respect that. Montana has world class skiing! I, for one, just cannot get over how incredible the views were. I wish I had more time so evenly split up skiing and photography!
The rest of the day consisted of more skiing and less photos. I took quite a few on my first day! Exploring new mountains is always really rewarding. There’s new scenery, new terrain, and new chairlifts to ride. It’s a great time!
I’ll be writing about each day I spent in Big Sky – this is the first of my three skiing days here, so hang tight for more! There’s a lot of photos to get to in the next blogs, including a snowy day.
See you soon!
Next blog: Day two of skiing Big Sky.