Lone Peak is still heavily snow-covered in March and April.
FROM NOVEMBER to April in a ski town, the population becomes overcome with thoughts of skiing and snowboarding. Visions of freeskiers dance in local’s heads, and every conversation revolves around sick lines and snowpack. All talk turns to turns, and people talk skiing non-stop everywhere - In a house, with a mouse, in a box, with a fox. In the Hungry Moose, like Dr. Seuss: Would you ski here or there? I would ski anywhere! Do you like to ride the tram? Yes, I love it, Sam I Am!
Just don’t pull a real Green Eggs and Ham – if you’re secretly excited for spring, you sure as heck better not admit it! You’ll risk blank stares and long silences until you break the ice by mentioning the snow forecast and the fact that winter is still in full swing up on Lone Peak.
Because though it may be 60 degrees in Bozeman and unseasonably warm across the country, yesterday Big Sky received 9 inches of snow. With three weeks left in the ski season, there’s still time for winter fun – on and off the slopes. But you better get it in now, before lifts stop turning and temps start climbing.
Skiing and Snowboarding: There’s a reason Big Sky locals are obsessed with skiing: it’s really, really fun. Especially when temperatures are comfortable enough to take off your gloves on the chairlift and enjoy beers in the base-area.
Pond Skimming: The perfect winter-meets-spring activity for skiers, riders, and swimmers. Sign up for Big Sky’s annual Pond Skim on April 14th.
Snowshoeing: Mountain trails stay snowy up high - strap into a pair of shoes the size of tennis rackets and start hiking.
Ziplining: Not many ziplines are open in the winter, but at Big Sky it’s an all-season affair.
Nordic Skiing: Trails are melting in the meadow, but higher up you can still skate and classic ski routes at Lone Mountain Ranch.
Running: That’s what YakTrax are for!
Lyndsey Owens kills it on skate skis near Lone Moose.
Snowshoeing in Big Sky last week.