Best Ski Conditions in the Rockies Found at Big Sky Resort1/02/12
BIG SKY, Mont. — With several large snowstorms and 2,912 acres open so far this season, Big Sky Resort has some of the best ski conditions and most open acres in the rocky mountains so far this season. With such good conditions, skiers have been flocking to Big Sky, making for a record holiday week for the Resort.
“Skiers go where the snow is good and where they get the most terrain for their dollar,” said Big Sky Resort Public Relations Manager Chad Jones. “That makes skiing Big Sky a no-brainer.”
Home to the Biggest Skiing in America, Big Sky Resort has a total of 3,832 acres. “Big Sky has more open terrain now than most ski resorts do at 100%,” said Jones. “And most other resorts have only been able to open a small fraction of their terrain.”
Even resorts that compare closely in total acreage to Big Sky Resort have far less terrain open. “Big Sky has about twice the acreage open than places like Vail and Jackson Hole do right now,” said Jones. “We’ve been really fortunate, and the forecast is still in our favor.”
The great conditions helped bring in an outstanding number of skiers and resort guests to Big Sky during the week between Christmas 2011 and New Year’s 2012, an already typically busy time of year. With an increase of nearly 15% in skier visits over same week in 2010, and an increase over the previous record season in 2007/2008 as well, the 2011 holiday week proved to be a banner week for the Resort.
“Great snow, moderate temperatures, fun activities, and great deals all combined to make the 2011 holiday season a success,” said Big Sky Resort General Manager Taylor Middleton. “With Christmas and New Years each falling on a Sunday it was easy for guests to stay the whole week, and great conditions and events drew in the local and regional crowds as well.”
The season’s first big snowstorm, which brought over a foot of fresh snow to Lone Peak just before Christmas, allowed ski patrol to open more terrain each day leading up to December 25th, and 20 out of 21 lifts were open in time for Christmas Day. The snowfall and expansive open terrain, combined with several 28-degree bluebird days, drew skiers to hit the slopes in record numbers.
Lively holiday festivities drew visitors as well. After a torchlight parade and fireworks, Santa repelled into the base area on Big Sky’s Twin Zip on Christmas Eve, and holiday dinners, performances, and parties throughout the week were capped off with a sold-out New Years party at Whiskey Jack’s with live music by Alter Ego.
“The Mountain Village has been bustling,” said Jones, “and numbers are showing us that the recession is fading in Big Sky. People are taking ski vacations again, and in bigger numbers than ever.”