Big Sky Resort

Big Sky Resort is a ski area located in the state of Montana in USA. The resort is in the town of Big Sky, MT. We recently ranked all of Montana's ski resorts, so you can see where Big Sky Resort stacks up against all its nearby ski hills!

Big Sky Resort is a part of the Ikon Ski Pass network. This allows you to buy one lift pass, and ski at all or most of the Ikon-sponsored slopes with it throughout the year, depending on the type of pass you bought.

Big Sky Resort is a part of the Mountain Collective network. This allows you to buy one lift pass, and ski at all of the slopes that are also a part of the Collective.

Big Sky Resort Lodging:

Big Sky Resort Terrain Overview

Big Sky Resort has a total of 317 ski trails, which are serviced by 36 ski lifts, gondolas and/or trams. The amount of skiable area in this park is huge, with a maximum of 5,800 acres available to skiers. This area is equivalent to 2,347 hectares, 9 square miles, or 23 square kilometers.

Big Sky Resort's slopes see on average 400 inches (157 cm) of snowfall a year. That is almost 33 feet a year!

Total Runs
Ski Lift
Skiable Acres
5,800(23 km2)
Annual Snowfall
400"(157 cm)

Big Sky Resort Elevation

Big Sky Resort has a summit elevation of 11,166 feet, or 3,403 meters. However, not all of that elevation is able to be skied. The base of the ski slope sits at 7,500 feet above sea level, creating a ski hill that is 3,666 feet (1,117 meters) high. This is referred to as the slope's vertical drop - or a measure of how high the skiable hill is.

The summit of 11,166 feet makes this ski resort one of the highest in the country. The average ski slope summit is around 4,000 feet, so this is extremely high compared to its peers.

Mountain Summit
Summit Elevation
11,166'(3,403 m)
Vertical Drop
Vertical Drop
3,666'(1,117 m)
Mountain base
Base Elevation
7,500'(2,286 m)

Big Sky Resort Difficulty Level

Difficulty Score
82.5out of 100
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Big Sky Resort is one of the hardest ski areas in the country, with a difficulty score of 82.5. This mountain ranks in the top 10% of most-difficult ski resorts in all of North America, mostly due to the fact that it has 60% of its trails rated as expert-level, and a vertical drop of 3,666 feet.


At Parks & Trips, we've created a proprietary Difficulty Score that attempts to show how difficult a particular ski slope is. We get to this number by combining a number of metrics for each resort and comparing them to its peers. Most of the score is based off the amount of easy-intermediate-expert slopes by acreage and the maximum vertical drop of the overall resort, but also includes a few lesser-used metrics as well.

Our algorithm compares each resort’s metrics with all others in North America, then assigns each a Difficulty Score, which we use to rank them accordingly. Resorts with a lower score are easier to ski than those with a higher one. However, a high score does not mean that the resort does not have any easy slopes, or vice versa. This is just an overall score given to the resort based on all its metrics grouped together.

Skiiable Area by Difficulty Level

Big Sky Resort has 5,800 total skiable acres, which can be broken down into the three main groups of difficulty: Beginner, Intermediate, and Expert.

Seeing as Big Sky Resort is one of the hardest ski areas in the country, it's no surprise that over 85% of its trails rated as either intermediate or expert-level. This leaves only 15% of its skiable acres for the beginners.
15%(870 acres)

Beginner trails (identified by a green circle) are the easiest trails on the hill with a gradual 25% or less gradient, and are usually wide to accommodate beginner skiers.

Blue Square
25%(1,450 acres)

Intermediate trails (identified by a blue square) are usually the most popular and crowded runs, which have a slope of anywhere between 25-40%.

Black Diamond
60%(3,480 acres)

Expert trails (identified by a black diamond... or two) are the hardest slopes on the mountain, and have very steep gradients over 40%.

Is Big Sky Resort good for beginners?

This is one of the hardest ski areas in the country to ski at, so it is not great for beginners. Big Sky Resort ranks in the top 10% of the most-difficult ski resorts in the country. It has 60% of its trails rated as expert, or black-diamond level.

Big Sky Resort Location

Big Sky Resort is located in the state of Montana, USA. This ski area is nearby the town of Big Sky, MT.

Big Sky, MT 59716 USA
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GPS Coordinates:
45.29000, -111.38000

Getting to Big Sky Resort

By Car: If you are driving, you would set your GPS to either the ski resort's name (Big Sky Resort), its coordinates of 45.29000, -111.38000 (latitude, longitude), or simply drive towards the town of Big Sky, MT to get close.

By Air: If you are coming in from across the country, then you may need to board an airplane to get here.

A medium-sized airport has scheduled regional airline service. This type of airport may or may not accept international flights. Here are the closest medium-sized airport(s) to Big Sky Resort.

Bozeman Yellowstone International AirportBZNBozeman, MT35 mi
Bert Mooney AirportBTMButte, MT71 mi
Helena Regional AirportHLNHelena, MT95 mi

There may also be much smaller regional airports next to Big Sky Resort, but we didn't list them here due to the fact that no major airlines go through them.

Other Nearby Ski Resorts

Skiers will - especially if coming from far away - try and visit a couple different slopes all in the same trip. Here are the closest other ski slopes within 100 miles of Big Sky Resort.

NameLocationSummitDifficulty ScoreDistance
Lost Trail PowderSula, MT8,200 ft46%32 mi
Bridger BowlBozeman, MT8,700 ft72%44 mi
Discovery BasinAnaconda, MT8,158 ft66%79 mi
Maverick MountainPolaris, MT8,820 ft59%87 mi
Sleeping GiantCody, WY7,428 ft47%92 mi

Big Sky Resort Mountain Stats

Summit Elevation11,166 ft
Base Elevation7,500 ft
Vertical Drop3,666 ft
(15% Beginner,  25% Intermediate,  60% Expert)
Skiable Acres5,800
Avg. Annual Snowfall400 inches
Big Sky Resort Mountain Stats