Big Sky's Happily Ever After

Written by Anna Husted and Margo Magnant on at

Planning a destination wedding? Look no further than Big Sky, Montana. With world-class lodging, dining, and skiing, Big Sky Resort is the perfect place for your big day. Here are the top reasons to marry that special someone in the mountains of Big Sky.
1. Montana's big sky. Whether indoors or out, the Montana sky opens up and embraces you like the arms of the one you love.
2. Nature's Romance. See the wild flowers in full bloom, spot a moose, mountain goat, or elk, and get married in front of iconic Lone Peak. Not only does nature create for amazing wedding photos, but it will take your breath away. 
3. The Wild West. The bell of the ball meets the Wild West without giving up elegance, luxury, or ease of access. Some couples marry in a hot air balloon; others take the bungee plunge after saying "I do." If these feats of strength and adrenaline are up your alley, Big Sky Resort is the place for your extreme wedding. Ski to the ceremony location, take the tram to 11,166 feet, whitewater raft the Gallatin River, or zipline through the trees post-nuptial.
4. Anniversary Destination Trips. One of the best parts of having a destination wedding is the return anniversary trip.   
5. Guest Experience. Big Sky Resort offers one-of-a-kind experiences for your guests from multiple ziplines to a plethora of restaurants to choose from. All within walking distance of the Mountain Village.
6. Food. From the ultimate fondue experience to the Huckleberry Bison Short Ribs, prepare your palate for delicious delicacies right here at Big Sky Resort.
7. Moonlight Lodge Penthouse. Big Sky Resort offers hundreds of room types, but the Moonlight Lodge Penthouse is as unique and beautiful as the mountains surrounding it. With slopeside access for the winter wedding or private balconies perfect for dining in the summer, the Moonlight Lodge offers a private entrance and hot tub, yet easy access to the Spa, Mercantile, Jack Creek Grille, and much more.

Moonlight Lodge
Moonlight Lodge Penthouse. 

Wedding on Peak

Happy Valentine's Day: Faceshots from Big Sky Resort to you

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Happy Valentine's Day from Big Sky Resort to all of you. Get some faceshots today and enjoy this powder video from February footage.

Fondue Stube: Melting tradition and cheese since the 1970s

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Beginning in the 1970s, Chet's Bar had a traditional fondue stube with Austrian singers, servers, and cheesy hot goodness in every pot. After a hiatus, the stube reopened a few years back and is better than ever. Cheese, oil, chocolate, and interactive eating, what a grand idea.

Originating in the confluence of Switzerland, Italy and France, this communal pot (called a caquelon) over a portable stove (a rechaud) was made fashionable by the Swiss as a way to increase cheese consumption, and therefore, cheese sales in the early 1900s. Fondue was then popularized in America at the 1964 World's Fair. Then, not long after, at Big Sky Resort.

Fondue means "to melt," and the first written fondue recipe called for the melting of cheese and wine as a dip for bread. At Big Sky Resort's Fondue Stube I had the chance to drink a glass of wine, while dipping bread in a melted pot of cheese (Gruyere and Emmentaler). This palatable experience was as delicious as it sounds, and it only gets better. I sat around the table with friends, none of whom had experienced fondue before, and we became curious about fondue's origin story as we ordered our second course of hot oil for elk, shrimp and chicken. What we found most surprising was that fondue, as silly and entertaining as it can be, has its own formal etiquette. For instance, if a man loses his piece of food in the communal pot he must buy a round of drinks for the table, and if a woman loses her piece of food in the pot, she much kiss those she is sitting next to. It is not proper etiquette to double dip any food, and the dipping fork is only used for dipping and not to be used for eating. Finally, beverage choice is important when eating fondue, but it varies from country to country. In the United States anything goes, but in Switzerland white wine or black tea is the way to go to avoid any cultural embarrassment.

The Fondue Stube at Chet's, where flavors mingle and stories will be told.

The Cheese Fondue Experience with apples and bread

Apples and Bread and Wine
The Cheese Fondue Experience with a glass of red

Main fondue course
Aged Elk Tenderloin Entree dipped in oil fondue

Shrimp in fondue
Tempura Tiger Shrimp Entree with batter 

Fondue forks
All four forks in the Fondue Oil

Chocolate Fondue
Chocolate Fondue with bananas, cherries, strawberries, mint marshmellows, chocolate cookie dough, and pound cake. 

Inside the best of Business Insider's data crunching ski resort results

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I wish I could say that I spent weeks crunching numbers and putting them into a fancy scoring system that resulted in Business Insider being the best online business publication or FindTheBest the best online business comparison site. However, I left the number crunching to the numbers people, and they found that Big Sky Resort is the best ski resort in America (those are the numbers talking). With a 97 percent smart rating from FindTheBest, Big Sky Resort ranked number one with 34 points (almost twice that of second place finisher, Jackson Hole, which scored 18 points).

Here's how it works:
The Scoring:
10 points for each 1st place finish
8 points for each 2nd place finish
6 points for 3rd
4 points for 4th
2 points for 5th

Round 1: Skiable Acres
Big Sky ranked first.
Round 2: Vertical
Big Sky ranked third.
Round 3: Average Snowfall
Big Sky ranked sixth.
Round 4: Longest Run
Big Sky ranked second.
Round 5: Number of Trails
Big Sky ranked first.

Not only is Big Sky Resort ahead of the rest based on the facts, it's ahead of the rest based on so much more: amenities, friendliness, and a sense of belonging. It is the place where so many people venture into new experiences, whether by skiing for the first time or skiing powder for the first time. Book a trip to the best ski resort in America today.

Lo by Ball
Skier: Lyndsey Owens   Photo: Lonnie Ball

Photo © Ryan Day Thompson, 2014 |

Q&A with Wellness Studio Supervisor Kylie Bechdolt

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I had a chance to chat with Kylie Bechdolt, the Wellness Studio Supervisor at Big Sky Resort. We chatted about specific Wellness Studio classes, including which ones will help you get into better ski shape, and about the overall experience of taking a Wellness Studio class. Here's what Kylie had to say:

What is the best thing about taking a Wellness Studio Class at Big Sky Resort?
The best part about the Wellness Studio classes is that they are personalized. Class sizes are generally fairly small and all of the instructors truly enjoy giving every guest one-on-one attention. It's always a fun learning experience and great workout for everyone who attends a class.

If I've never taken a class, is there a beginner-type class I should attend?
The instructors can cater the classes to any level of ability. Even if there are several people in a class and some are beginners while others are experienced, the instructors are happy to make the class beneficial for everyone. Beginners are encouraged to try all of the Wellness Studio classes to see which one is the best fit.

How can yoga, kettleballs, Zumba, and ballet fitness get me into good ski shape (specifically)?
All of the classes we offer are great for increasing muscle strength, which is a huge part of getting into ski shape. On top of improving your base muscle strength, Zumba, kettlebells, and the cardio conditioning classes are great for improving cardiovascular health and, over the long term, will improve lung capacity which greatly benefits people who ski or snowboard regularly. The yoga and ballet fitness classes are great for increasing the body's overall circulation, core strength, and balance.

What's the most challenging Wellness Studio class Big Sky Resort offers?
Each class is challenging in a different way. It just depends on what type of challenge you are looking for in a workout. All of the yoga and ballet fitness classes will definitely challenge the endurance of your muscles and your core strength. They will also push the limits of your muscles by requiring you to hold positions for a long period of time. On the other hand, all of our cardio classes will challenge the body's cardiovascular endurance and may require more range of motion.

What is the most popular course this winter at the Wellness Studio?
Our most popular class is definitely yoga. People look forward to being able to stretch and warm up their muscles both before and after a day on the slopes. Many of the guests who attend the yoga classes here either do yoga regularly at home or have at least tried it a few times and enjoy trying other instructor's classes to practice new yoga methods.

Any additional comments?
The Wellness Studio offers a great variety of classes seven days a week and the instructors are truly helpful and can provide a wonderful learning experience for anyone. We highly encourage guests, employees, and locals to give each class a try.

Drop-in to a Wellness Studio class today for $15/class, grab a 7-day Unlimited Guest Pass for $50, or commit to the season and get a Community Unlimited Pass for $275. Get into the shape you want to be in to more enjoy all of Lone Mountain's powder. 


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