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July 21, 2006

Big Sky Records Most Skier Visits in History

I check in with Dax at Big Sky from time to time and as always, he has something interesting to say. But this (from an April Press Release) is incredible:

BIG SKY, Mont. — Big Sky attracted over 323,000 skier visits during the 2005-06 season, breaking the record set in the 2000-01 season. Many factors contributed to the record season, most notably over 500 inches of snow that fell on the upper mountain as well as the announcement of the biggest skiing in America with the partnership between Big Sky and Moonlight Basin, accessing 5,300 acres on one ticket.

The season started strong with three early opening days starting November 13, offering steep skiing from the Challenger chair. Big Sky’s upper mountain saw over 11 feet of snow fall on it by the end of November. The snowy season continued with the second deepest snowfall ever recorded at Big Sky Resort.

Dax let me know why it takes days instead of hours to send a response to an e-mail:

when living in the mountains where it snows 8 months of the year, I enjoy every piece of summer I can get

Don't we all. I assume that after an epic year like this one at Big Sky, Dax's legs needed some rest. Pow and more Pow will sap every ounce of energy out of you. The worst part of the year is April and May because with 500 inches of snow, you have to look at the peaks still covered and know that the lifts aren't running anymore.

This is the first time in several years I have not made it to Big Sky for my annual ski trip. I bought my frequency pass and all, but never used the thing. I spent most of the early season too busy at Brian Head to get north and the late season when the snow started coming at Brian Head, I actually tried to enjoy the condo.

This season, I am going to hit Big Sky when the whole place is open and spend a couple of days exploring their massive area. Huge vertical. 5300 Acres. No lines. No crowds. And Montana hospitality. I know that Colorado has tons of glitzy resorts, but Big Sky is second to none. From West Yellowstone, you can snowmobile all the way to Old Faithful Lodge and West Yellowstone is something like 60 miles away. I always hit Big Sky in the early season, so is usually not "fully open", but it would take a week to see all that the area has to offer.

The entire area is paradise and with 5300 Acres and drawing a less than 350,000 skier visits, you do the math on how busy the lines are.

Posted by Justin at July 21, 2006 02:47 PM