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Big Sky was a ranch up until the early 1970's when T.V. newscaster Chet Huntley decided to turn it into a ski hill and resort area. It has grown considerably in the last 10 years but still is relatively uncrowded as most of the lodging in the area is houses and condos that are used infrequently.
You can fly into Bozeman and take a 45 minute drive down the canyon along the Gallatin River.
Big Sky is divided between the Mountain Village (at the base of the Big Sky Ski Resort) and the Meadow Village (that is a 10 minute car ride and several thousand vertical feet below the Mountain).
The Skyline Bus system operates a free public bus between the Meadow Village, Mountain Village and locations in Gallatin Canyon. In addition the Skyline Bus runs scheduled service from Bozeman, Four Corners and Gallatin Gateway to Big Sky (both villages). The bus services charges a nominal fee for service to/from the Big Sky area.. Ticket packs are the best value and can be purchased at various locations throughout the area. Details on both services can be found here: www.skylinebus.com
Near the Meadow Village there is a beautiful 30-foot falls, Ousel Falls, that freezes up in the winter. You can usually hear/see water running beneath the ice on the far right side. The trail to the falls is fairly well maintained and receives regular use. As you head from Highway 191 to Big Sky, you will see the golf course on your right. Soon after, there will be a left turn onto Ousel Falls Road. Travel about 2 miles to the obvious parking area and trail head on the left side. The trail to the falls follows a stream and is about 1.5 miles long.
There is great skiing and boarding, in particular for more advanced skiers. The lifts are never crowded. Top runs are.
This is a big mountain with lots of area to explore. Rocks are not marked very well, so use caution when off the groomers. There are also several good terrain parks for shred-heads and freestylers.
Visitors should be aware that Big Sky lies adjacent to the historic Karst Asbestos mine, which is dubiously marked out as "Asbestos Mine Trail." The mine, which is no longer active, has never been cleaned up, and visitors are advised to stay away from the area due to the danger of breathing asbestos dust.