Big Sky Events
Each winter, the Big Sky area brings us more than just the biggest skiing in America. Here are some of the best events around town and the surrounding resorts that you don’t want to miss.
December 15 – March 31
320 Guest Ranch Sleigh Rides
Monday through Saturday, conditions permitting, these one-hour rides leave three times daily. Pulled by draft horses along the Gallatin River, participants get views of the river and starry winter sky before enjoying an appetizer or dessert by the bonfire. 320ranch.com.
Guided Snowshoe Hikes Begin
Every Tuesday throughout winter, Moonlight Basin offers guided snowshoeing trips around the area to explore the scenery and wildlife. moonlightbasin.com.
Big Sky Christmas Eve Festivities
This event at Big Sky Resort has something for everyone: alpine skiing, sleigh rides, snowshoeing, horseback riding, dog sledding, interdenominational services, and more. bigskyresort.com.
Montana Appreciation Day
Local skiers and boarders receive a special $20 single-day pass at Moonlight Basin. Be sure to bring your Montana driver’s license or college ID. moonlightbasin.com.
Winter Trails Day
At this Lone Mountain Ranch event, children and adults learn and enjoy the fitness benefits of cross-country skiing and snowshoeing—totally free. As the LMR motto says, “Bears hibernate. People ski.” lonemountainranch.com.
January 12 & January 19
Big Sky SnoBar
The SnoBar offers plenty of activities, but the spinnin’ DJ, dance floor made of snow, and badass bar are the main highlights of this 21-and-over party. bigskyresort.com.
Let your creativity run wild by building a dummy to launch down a ramp and into the air at this annual Big Sky Resort tradition. bigskyresort.com.
Special Olympics Montana
Moonlight Basin hosts the Special Olympics, with events including alpine and Nordic skiing, as well as snowshoeing. moonlightbasin.com.
Chamberlin Rail Jam
Rail jams, live music, competitions, and parties on the slopes of Big Sky. Need we say more? bigskyresort.com.
Big Sky Sunset Saturdays Begin
When daylight savings hits, the Ramcharger ski lift at Big Sky operates for an hour longer until the close of the season. bigskyresort.com.
Photo by Ryan Turner