Big Sky Opens With Powder Conditions11/24/07
BIG SKY, Mont. - Big Sky opened Saturday with the second most skiable acreage in the Rockies with 854 acres of advanced, expert, intermediate and beginner terrain. The resort opened seven lifts including popular terrain from the Challenger Chair and the Lone Peak Triple.
The upper mountain terrain boasts completely natural snow that mostly fell in October. The three-foot base was then generously frosted with 14 inches of light, silky powder that fell Monday, November 19. Only Grand Targhee down the road to the south has more terrain open in the Rocky Mountain range from New Mexico to Montana.
"We got pasted with a perfect storm early in the week, followed by days of ideal snowmaking temperatures for the lower mountain," said sales and marketing director, Meg O'Leary. "Black diamond powder skiing in November, what else can go right."
Conditions continue to cooperate with snowmaking operations shifting to other parts of the resort, including Andesite mountain. However, the story is the amount of natural snow that complemented the snowmaking efforts, both cold temperatures and additional snow are in the seven-day weather forecast.
The mid-mountain settled base is 21 inches while the upper mountain has a settled base of 35 inches. The resort has 38 runs open with terrain to fit all levels of skiers and snowboarders.
Services open include Big Sky Central Reservations, Snowsports School, Ski and Snowboard Rental and the Mountain Mall restaurants and retail shops.
For the latest information please check for updates at www.bigskyresort.com. Early season lodging deals are still available by calling Big Sky Central Reservations at 1-800-548-4486. Non-stop flights are available daily to Big Sky from Denver, Salt Lake City, Seattle, Minneapolis, Chicago, with limited winter non-stops from Atlanta, Detroit and San Francisco.
Through the season, Big Sky offers the biggest skiing in America on 5,512 acres of terrain in cooperation with Moonlight Basin with the Lone Peak Pass.