Think Big Sky is only fun in the winter? Think again. Over the last few years, Big Sky Resort has been ramping up their snowless activities, building a tasty menu of summer options that’s nearly on par with their wintertime fare. Here’s a look at what Big Sky has to offer when your skis are collecting dust in the garage.
This season, instead of bombing down Andesite, mountain biking is now open on Swift Current. With shovels in hand, the trail crew has been out since the snow melted, manicuring the singletrack to perfection. While huge burmed turns, gnarly drops, and blistering speed all sound good, are you ready for the best part? No more sweaty uphill slogs—just toss your bike onto the chairlift and enjoy a scenic ride to the top. Since these burly trails will challenge you and thrash your equipment, swing by the gear shop to rent some full-body armor and loaner bikes. Not only can you “drive ‘em like a rental,” but also these babies are dee-luxe, offering massive suspension that feels like a motorbike.
Down in the meadow, adrenaline is replaced with concentration on Big Sky’s scenic 18-hole, par-72 golf course. Winding along the banks of the West Fork of the Gallatin River, this Arnold Palmer course sits 6,500 feet above sea level—and that thinner air will add extra yards to your drives. After you’re done, swing by the Bunker Bar & Grill to relive your best shots over a few frosty libations. There are plenty of different tournaments all summer, so check the Big Sky website for details.
Lone Peak Expedition
Ever want to see three different states, two national parks, and the curvature of the Earth all at the same time? Well, now you can with Big Sky’s guided safari tours. Dubbed the Lone Peak Expedition, you can sign up for a fully guided experience up to 11,166 feet via chairlift, safari vehicle, and the Lone Peak Tram. After riding the Swift Current quad, board an open-top safari vehicle that will take you to the tram, where you’ll enjoy one of the best views in Montana. And once you reach the top, you have the choice to hike to the bottom unescorted. Expeditions run four times a day starting in July, so visit the Basecamp in the Mountain Village for more details.