Q&A with Wellness Studio Supervisor Kylie Bechdolt

Written by Anna Husted on at

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. 


Photos from the week of January 1

Written by Cody Chesneau on at

Happy New Year everyone. While the world has been settling into the new year, we have been taking advantage of the new powder at Big Sky Resort. Check out the recent pics from around the mountain:

Photos: Cody Chesneau


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Photo: Michael Stenberg

New Year's Resolutions for the Big Sky Skier

Written by Anna Husted on at

The top 10 resolutions Americans make every new year are:
1) Spend more time with friends and family
2) Fitness goals
3) Lose weight
4) Quit smoking
5) Enjoy life
6) Quit drinking
7) Get out of debt
8) Learn something new
9) Help others
10) Get organized

These resolutions are decent and all, but I wanted something more; something specific to my life and specific to my time here in Big Sky. My top 10 resolutions for 2014 pertaining to Big Sky Resort life are:

1) Ski more. Skiers often make resolutions or goals at the beginning of the ski season. However, no matter what time of year it is I also want to ski more. This will be the year.
2) Instagram more. Instagram is my favorite social network. Instagram is tough to beat for simplicity in photo and video sharing with my tight-knit group of friends and my tight-knit Big Sky community.
3) Buy a beacon (and brush up on my beacon skills). Safety first!
4) Ski the Big Couloir. With my new beacon in hand I will be able to head to "Big" (as many call it) and ski it with passion and guts. I cannot wait because I've never skied Big before, and what a perfect winter to do it.
5) Read The Big Sky by A.B. Guthrie, Jr. Guthrie was the first person to use the words "Big Sky" to talk about Montana. He wrote the award-winning screenplay for Shane, and published a number of award-winning novels about the American West. The Big Sky is waiting for me at home as I type this.
6) Après more at Headwaters Grille. Headwaters Grille is a fantastic, cozy spot in the Madison Base area with beautiful large format photos and a lovely little bar. Definitely a new lunch or après spot for me.
7) Buy new Rossignols. I love my K2 Misdemeanors. They're fun and turn well, but I cannot wait to get on some fatter skis (to ski the Big Couloir with). Rossi is the way to go.
8) Rock climb in Gallatin Canyon. I first rock climbed in sixth grade. Summer of 2013 I got back on the rocks and found that it's just as exhilarating as it was in sixth grade. My goal is to climb my way along the Gallatin Canyon this year.
9) Pay it forward (on the slopes and off). Paying it forward sounds like a fancy way to say: Be kind to others. However, the idea of paying it forward is more than that. Each time something good or kind happens to you, in turn, you do something good or kind for three other people.
10) Visit Yellowstone National Park in winter. I have lived in Montana on and off for 19 years and never seen Yellowstone National Park in winter. This fact naturally brings me some shame, but mostly disappointment in myself because Yellowstone is one of the most amazing places on earth and, as a national park, has even more to give in the wondrous beauty of winter.

Whatever resolution seems the most important, coming to Big Sky Resort in 2014 should be at the top of everyone's list. There is no place like Big Sky.

New Year
To Headwaters Grille at Madison Base Area.

Already Dreaming of a White Christmas

Written by Anna Husted on at

I grew up in Great Falls, Montana. Great Falls sits on the banks of the Missouri River in the high plains of Central Montana, nestled near the eastern edge of the Rocky Mountains. Between the plains, the edge of the mountains and the Chinook winds (Chinook means "eater" or "snow eater") I often did not have white Christmases. A lack of snow is hard to believe considering Great Falls averages 50 inches a year of snowfall. Nevertheless, Great Falls could be as barren as a brick on Christmas Day.

Christmas 2013 will be different.

Not only has Big Sky had snow for about a month now, but it has had a lot of snow. Christmas in Big Sky is not going to be like Irving Berlin's White Christmas, where it doesn't snow in Vermont until Christmas Eve. Christmas in Big Sky is not going to be like a Caribbean Cruise, where it may be warm, but the only skiing that could possibly happen is behind a boat. Christmas in Big Sky is going to be epic-with white flakes floating softly to the ground, evergreens covered in snow, with the historical Huntley Lodge surrounded by Christmas lights like the night sky, and with a fresh turn or two to break in those new skis. Big Sky Resort offers a white Christmas for everyone, and I couldn't be happier.


Photo by Jen Rook.

Happy Halloween!

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Here lies my top ski-related costumes to tickle the trick-or-treater's fancy:

1) The Holy Ski Fool: This is a take on The Holy Fool, a character who possesses wisdom through simple-mindedness. A take on the gaper, The Holy Ski Fool may look less than stellar, but will progress the spirit of the sport far beyond my measly understanding of it. Due to the nature of the wisdom of this character, the costume is completely up to the fool.

2) Saucer Boy: In light of McConkey hitting theaters this month, dust off that round sled and honor the spirit of Shane McConkey the best way one can: through Saucer Boy.

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Saucer Boy in all his glory.

3) Dumb and Dumber, I mean, Harry and Lloyd: Although I don't condone trips to Aspen over Big Sky, I do love Harry and Lloyd's ski attire; always classic, never classy.

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Harry and Lloyd looking sharp. Although Harry's ski suit is nice as well. 

4) 80s Skier: Think Hot Tub Time Machine, but remember how we did it before that movie was even written? Bust out those leg warmers (I never put them away), scrunchie, fanny pack, and grab a hot pink headband, this look will kill.

The 80s want their poles back.

5) Glen Plake: This one may actually end up being more suitable for the ladies out there. Beware, getting the gel into and out of long hair may be more trouble than it's worth. On the other hand, going as Glen Plake makes one unmistakable.

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Glen Plake is the man (but we ladies can still go as Plake). 

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