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Big Sky Resort Village Center
Ranked #5 of 9 Hotels in Big Sky
Reviewed March 5, 2009

We loved our studio room. It was the perfect location for ski in/out and upscale feel. We had a nice studio with kitchen, fireplace, patio and flat screen. And everything was very clean. What more could you ask for.

  • Stayed: February 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 2, 2009

We stayed for 5 nights, it is in the middle of the base. Easy to ski in & out to high speed chairs. Easy walk to all the other lodges/dinning/ and bar areas at the base.
I like this since it was very new & clean. Bathrooms were huge, tile & stone.
Lots of space. But like the other reviewer wrote about the murphy bed in the way of drawers is true. Only one night did housekeeping put up the bed, but it would not have mattered, since you wake up and dress. But there are so many other drawers you can use. Nice fireplace. Little kitchen, no stove, but microwave and frige.
The best part of it: was you rarely saw another person. The hot tub, rarely used. No noise ever heard, except the groomers at night, We had friends who stayed at the Huntley, every night they heard people staying up late, Music noise from the hot tub area. Not to mention the crowds. Could not even find a spot in the hot tubs.
Is a bit inconvient to check in, but the cowboys do take your bags & pick them up.
Plus none of the lodgings have close parking.
I would stay in this area again.
We at one point had 9 people total at the mountain, We did the moonlight dinners
Yurt meal. Was the best thing we did.

  • Stayed: February 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 1, 2009

Though we usually stay at Big Sky Resort when we take our annual family ski trip to Montana, we took a chance and decided to stay at Moonlight Basin. A bad decision, to say the least.

Unbelievably expensive for what is, at best, the third-best resort in Big Sky, which isn't even incorporated. The quality of the mountain, accommodations, and ambiance were not worth exorbitant prices they charged for everything, food included. They gouge you whenever they can, which is likely owing to their recent financial troubles. The skiing itself, while certainly aided by the excellent ski weather, wasn't very good due the generally lack of good terrain. I've seen better skiing on the East Coast, even without the snowfall that they see in Montana.

Next time, we'll be staying at Big Sky Resort. It completely eclipses Moonlight in that it has everything that Moonlight Basin has, and much more. It's also a much better value for the money.

  • Stayed: November 2008, traveled with family
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Reviewed December 28, 2008

My husband & I wanted to play hooky from the warmth of Texas for Christmas. I found Big Sky on a search. Thank goodness I did. They treated us as if we were the only people there. Everyone no matter who they were on the totem pole greeted us. Our room was BEAUTIFUL , clean & cozy. Tons of storage. we are already planning on going back next year. Think Norman Rockwell Christmas.

Because nothing can be perfect, 2 VERY small complaints. No bathtub & no ledge for a lady to shave her legs without getting a head rush. Finally no gift shop in our actual hotel. There is one a couple of steps away, but when I realized I had forgotten my contact lens solution, I had to suit up with all my cold weather apparel to make the walk. (snow boots, jacket, hat etc...) Not to bad at all!

I HIGHLY recommend staying & or visiting. It was LOVE at first sight.

  • Stayed: December 2008, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 27, 2008

Our stay at Big Sky was fabulous! Service is second to none. The entire staff -wherever we went- whether it be check in at hotel, consierge desk, wait staff at restaurants, etc. were so very kind. We had to move rooms due to fireplace malfunction (no danger just didn't work properly at the time) and received a free bottle of wine courtesy of management for the small inconvenience. Follow up phone calls were made to see we were comfortable. Rooms were very clean. Decor was great. Cleaning staff visited our room to offer clean towels and chocolates. Doors were opened and you were greeted immediatley upon your arrival at the hotelWhen we went out to dinner, we returned to our room with the Murphy Bed drawn down and set for us - including chocolates on our pillows. Most of all, the Valet service crew( from the Summit) was amazing. Not only were they friendly, but they made you feel like you knew them for years. If you stay at the Village Center, you will not regret it.

  • Stayed: December 2008, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 12, 2008

We've been to Moonlight Basin for family skiing two years in a row. We love this place. We almost want to keep it our only little secret. We had the same ski instructors both years (tells a lot about the work enviroment). The lifts were never crowded and we go on Presidents wkend. The kids programs are AWESOME and the whole staff will go over and beyond to help you in anyway. We are going to Colorado this year for our ski trip (just to try a different place) and I know it will not match up to Moonlight. We will miss you guys but I'm sure will return soon!

  • Stayed: February 2007, traveled with family
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Reviewed April 4, 2008

Our trip in March 2008 was one of our all-time favorite ski vacations. Big Sky seemed remarkably uncrowded by comparison to Colorado & Utah resorts. Views were especially stunning. There was great snow coverage and plenty of terrain for all types of skiers, including lots of extreme (backcountry gear required). The two resorts combined are huge; we were there for a week, and didn’t get through it all. One disadvantage: the weather seemed unusually unpredictable. It snowed a lot of the time we were there (making for a few fantastic powder days); but even within an hour, the weather could go from sunny and clear and calm to windy and snowy with poor visibility.

We skied Moonlight Basin one day and Big Sky the other five – although our kids went to ski school two days at Moonlight and two days at Big Sky (see my posting on Kids Ski School in the Big Sky Forum). Moonlight has a lot of nice trails – possibly more emphasis on tree-skiing than at Big Sky – but is a bit short on lifts at present (more are planned). Big Sky is considerably bigger, both in terms of trails/bowls and lifts; lots of fabulous skiing—it would be nearly impossible to get bored.

We found the small Madison Base at Moonlight to be very convenient. The Moonlight Lodge (alongside the Pony Express lift, and accessible on either lift ticket) is beautiful; there’s a fantastic fireplace inside, and even a small fire outside, for warming up on cold days. The Big Sky base is somewhat less convenient. Lots of poling is required to get from one end to the other, and you have to walk down a hill or a flight of steps, across a plaza, and up another set of steps just to get to the (exceedingly ordinary) cafeteria.

We stayed at the Cabins at Moonlight (also called the Cowboy Heaven Cabins). It’s tough to find these on the map, but they are to the right (as you look at the trail map) of the Powder River Run, just across from the top of the Riffle Run. (Note that the Big Sky trail map incorrectly shows the top of the Pony Express lift just below this point – the top is actually 150 or so yards above it.) Our cabin was right on the edge of the trail – it doesn’t get any more ski in-ski out than that! – with stunning views of mountains and the resort. Notwithstanding the trailside location, and the fact that there were a couple of dozen other cabins in the immediate vicinity, the cabin seemed very private. It was solidly built and nicely furnished; a large main room w/ full kitchen, dining & living areas, 2 bedrooms & 2 baths, plus an outdoor hot tub on the front porch. Both resorts were accessible (on skis) from the cabins, although it was a bit of a push to get down to the Big Sky base by the 9:30 a.m. lesson start time (particularly with beginning skiers). Also, you have to make sure to catch the Pony Express or Iron Horse or Six Shooter lift up before 4 p.m., in order to be able to ski back in to the cabin (otherwise, a shuttle from the Moonlight Lodge or a 300+ yard hike up the Powder River Trail would be required). If you book long enough in advance, you may be able to get a free night – check on Expedia; East-West Resorts did not advertise this rate, but was willing to match it.

We had a very good dinner at Buck’s T-4 (main dining room) – wild boar stew and venison entrees. It was a great choice for a nice meal out with kids in tow. Children’s menu is typical, and thus was liked by our kids. They also liked the decor (lots of interesting stuff to check out) and the nearby game room. Another night we had pizza at the Blue Moon Bakery – a very informal restaurant, also kid-friendly. Food was good, but not great. For lunches: the bison chili at the Madison Base was quite tasty; the deli at the Moonlight Lodge was very good; the Pinnacle Restaurant on the (Big Sky) Andesite Mountain was pretty, but the food was mediocre and overpriced; our best & most comfortable lunches were at our cabin! The Hungry Moose and the Country Store are both nice little grocery stores with good wine and beer selections; Country Store seemed less expensive than Hungry Moose on average and had a better selection of “ordinary” supplies and food items—both stores had comparable selections of “gourmet” items. Country Store is a bit farther from the resorts, however.

The drive from Bozeman took about 45 minutes in good weather and little traffic. We rented an all-wheel drive vehicle; it was not necessary, but was comforting especially driving around the steep roads that led up to the cabin and in the snow on the way back to the airport.

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Address: 50 Big Sky Resort Road, Big Sky, MT 59716
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Location: United States > Montana > Big Sky
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Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #5 of 9 Hotels in Big Sky
Price Range: $201 - $460 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Big Sky Resort Village Center 3.5*
Number of rooms: 30
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located in the heart of Big Sky Resort's Mountain Village, these units offer comfort and convenience. Guests will enjoy the innovative suites and condominiums in the slopeside Village Center along with numerous shopping and dining options on the plaza level. Village Center features fine finishes, designer decor, and Boyne Beds. Select rates include breakfast. ... more   less 
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