It was closing weekend at Big Sky and that can only mean one thing: Pond Skim. The crew is packed up, ready to go and we got an early start making our way up to Big Sky. This year would be different than last because this year I was going to be one of those skimmers.
The mountain fills with speckles of people as they await the debauchery that they are about to see, and I head to the top to make my debut as the fastest 80's skier that ever skimmed a pond. To say I was excited was a complete understatement. In a matter of minutes, the announcer calls my name, I jolt over to the start and I am ripping down the icy entrance switch as I await the inevitable crash into the water. I almost want to not make it across so I can get out of this suit that my dad wore every day in the 80s - the smell follows that description as well. As I am about to hit the water, I start day dreaming about how big this day has been and how Big Sky Resort closing weekend is and has been one of the best weekends of my life. The skies are blue, the beers are cold, and the onsies are vibrant. Big Sky closing weekend is something that anyone who calls themselves a skier should experience.
The live music scene in Big Sky, Montana, is unexpected and fantastic. Not only does Big Sky Resort offer live après music nearly every day during the winter across three outlets, but Scissorbill's Saloon, Ousel & Spur Pizza, The Gallatin Riverhouse, and By Word of Mouth also offer a variety of live music weekly. For a town of 2,000 people the live music can't be beat.
Live music suggestions during a winter visit:
1. Whiskey Jack's. Easily the best après food (Nachos!), but also Whiskey Jack's has the best vibe for music having featured Big Sky locals the Driftwood Grinners to post-Pond Skim with Milton Menasco. Throughout the winter and summer seasons Whiskey Jack's also offers fantastic late night music with Pinky and the Floyd, Cure for the Common, or Jerry Joseph and the Jack Mormons.
2. Ousel & Spur Pizza Co. Located next to the movie theater in the meadow, Ousel & Spur has great late night live music with a lot of the same musicians Whiskey Jack's entertains, but in a more intimate setting.
3. Gallatin Riverhouse. The Riverhouse, as it's known locally, is a must-do for a more country music feel. Go get some fried chicken and check out Bottom of the Barrel.
4. Open Mic Night at By Word of Mouth. By Word of Mouth (BYWOM) has open mic night once a week all winter long. It's great for finding out just how talented ones friends are.
5. Carabiner Lounge. Carabiner's cozy fireplace, chairs, and excellent service makes for a great setting to listen to après or late night music every day during winter season. I love it for a late burger dinner with solo acts Mike Haring or Kevin Fabozzi.
Bill Payne and the Hooligans at Whiskey Jacks.
It's always unexpected. Those April powder days that come every year, yet we are always surprised by their mid-February feel. With only about a week into the month of April, it's been one for the books. Not only with fantastic events like the first ever ski mountaineering race, Shedhorn SkiMo, at Big Sky Resort, but also a whiskey tasting post-race to boot. It's days like April 6, 7, and 8, and events like these that make living in Big Sky a continual working vacation.
Video: Michael Jezak
Instagram shows us The Biggest Skiing in America every day. Not just through @bigskyresort account or @ridebigskyresort, but through the photos guests take while on vacation or locals take on their 10th time down The Big Couloir. #bigskyresort tracks these sweet photos. Here are all the #bigskyresort winners from January. Don't forget to #bigskyresort for a chance to win a prize.
A long-standing event tradition at Big Sky Resort, Snobar comes back to the Mountain Village Base Area January 17 & 24. Featuring DJ 5 STAR and a few new glowing items (glowing beach balls anyone?) plus new bar features this year's Snobar sits right next to Swifty 2.0 and will be glowing Saturday night. Snobar takes a snow cat, a chainsaw, four nights, and a good attitude to create. A big thanks to the crew that makes it happen. We're building a bit of excitement with the following video time lapse of Wednesday night's build.
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