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Located between West Yellowstone and Bozeman along the beautiful Gallatin River, Big Sky is one of Montana’s fastest growing resort communities.
Summer just may be Big Sky’s best kept secret. The days are long, sunny and warm, the nights are cool, and filled with stars; crowds are non-existent and outdoor activities are endless. The real reason for a visit to Big Sky isn’t the food, the music or even the outdoor activities… Mother Nature has provided Big Sky with something far more powerful than all of those combined. Big Sky has the type of beauty and serenity that most people only dream of and few can re-create. So, grab your hiking boots, fly rod, golf clubs and camera, and come enjoy all of the reasons why summer is Big Sky’s best kept secret.
Winter visitors can enjoy world-class downhill skiing at Big Sky and Moonlight Basin resorts. The two adjacent resorts’ combined acreage total a staggering 5,300 acres and 4,350 vertical feet, making the experience the "biggest skiing in America". The Lone Mountain Ranch in Big Sky features over 75 km of groomed Nordic trails in the shadow of Lone Peak. Yellowstone National Park can be explored by snowcoach or snowmobile, only 45 minutes away.
Ski season opens Thanksgiving weekend, and runs through mid-April. Snow conditions in November-December can vary, though the resorts are usually 100% open by December 15. November-January will usually see a week or so of cold snap, with nighttime temperatures dipping below zero. January usually sees the most winter storms, with snowfall high and crowds low. February-April usually offer more spring skiing conditions, with warmer days punctuated by heavy snows. Average annual snowfall is around 400 inches.
From mid-April through Memorial Day, temperatures are warming and the snow is disappearing. Some businesses choose to close for this "off-season" period. Yellowstone usually opens for car travel around the first of May. Daytime temperatures are usually in the 50’s to 60’s, with night temperatures in the 30’s-40’s. Snow is possible, though is usually ephemeral and rarely sticks.
June-September offers spectacular summer weather. Mornings are crisp and clear, with warm and breezy afternoons and cool, "open-window" nights. Daytime temperatures rarely top 90, and evenings are usually in the 50’s. a brief afternoon shower is a fairly common occurence, especially in June. The Big Sky Association for the Arts features an evening outdoor concert series in July-August, with a magnificent fireworks display on the 4th of July. Summer offers a variety of events.
Many people consider September-October the best time to visit Yellowsotne, as the crowds are diminished, and the weather is beautiful. These are also arguably the best times for fly fishing. Yellowstone usually closes its roads around the end of October. Some Big Sky businesses close for the fall off-season from late October through Thanksgiving.
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