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

Written by Anna Husted on at

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.

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Skier: Lyndsey Owens   Photo: Lonnie Ball

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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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Why I'm rooting for Get The Girls Out

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"Apparently, I'm only the third woman ever to receive this award, and I'm so honored to be numbered with Lilly Tomlin and Whoopi Goldberg, but I do hope that women are achieving at a rate these days that we can stop counting what number they are achieving things."-Tina Fey

I was always in Tina Fey's camp. I didn't really appreciate the "women's issue" of Freeskier Magazine, and, in college, wrote a scathing op-ed piece about Women's History Month. Why were women purposefully segregating themselves? While I still agree with Fey's sentiment I no longer deem women's events as offensive to women. And with an event like Get the Girls Out, how could it be?

Get the Girls Out is an ongoing national event where women get together to ride. And it's happening Jan. 3 at Big Sky Resort. It's an exciting day for women of all ages to come together, meet new people, inspire one-another to shred, and help out an amazing organization,

A professor of mine taught me that as long as oppression of a people-group occurs in society there will be a need for the gathering together of those who feel discriminated against. That is why I am rooting for Get the Girls Out at Big Sky Resort. Not to say that I don't already ski with some pretty amazing women on a weekly basis, but I am rooting for the day's success because it is inspiring to see so many women come together to ski with a sense of belonging in a sport dominated by men.

The mission of Get the Girls Out Day is to bring women together of all ages as they "support, challenge, mentor, and inspire each other in the outdoor sports world ... to inspire younger generations to storm mountains." See you out there, ladies.

Register for Get the Girls Out Day in the Mammoth Room of the Mountain Mall day-of at Big Sky Resort.

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Photos from a powder-filled week at Big Sky Resort

Written by Anna Husted on at

In two days 34" of snow came down at Big Sky Resort. Stormy weather is nothing new yet it continues to excite and delight skiers near and far. Riding that wave of excitement are a few photos from recent powder-filled days at Big Sky Resort. Photos by Chris Kamman. 

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Q&A with Olympian Heather McPhie

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Amidst a hectic travel schedule, Olympian Heather McPhie had a chance to chat with Big Sky Resort about the upcoming Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, where McPhie will compete in Freestyle Moguls for team USA and represent Big Sky Resort as an official athlete ambassador.

Big Sky Resort is fortunate and excited to have you as our official resort athlete ambassador. What were your initial reasons or thoughts in partnering with Big Sky Resort?

Big Sky is such a natural fit for me as an ambassador and I am thrilled to be joining up with the resort. My family has skied together at Big Sky every Christmas we spent together (at some points more than 20 of us), and my passion for mogul skiing started on Mad Wolf. I love the terrain and the views. I've spent countless days there and have so many wonderful memories of my time skiing both in terms of the terrain and the incredible people I have been able to spend time with at the mountain.

As someone who has never been to a Summer or Winter Olympics, can you describe in five words or less what that atmosphere feels like? At the opening or closing ceremonies and on the slopes.

These are really tough questions ... I feel like I could write book on it. I'll give you a few options: Electrifying positive spirit. The celebration of human potential. Once-in-a-lifetime moments.

Because the Olympics are a time when the average American watches sports they would not normally watch at a professional level, how do you think that impacts your sport? What would you say to people to encourage them to watch year-round and/or to just watch your event in the Olympics?

Our sport is so fun to watch. It is fast (less than 30 seconds), and you can see the entire course from top to bottom. You will see people on their edge, more twists and flips than you will most likely be able to name or count, and the crowd always has a good time. In terms of the Olympics, the intensity of any athlete, in any sport, at those pivotal Olympic moments is a memory and a feeling that can stick with you for life. Plus, Women's Freestyle Moguls is the first medal given at the Olympics, which is pretty cool.

What do you do to mentally recover from a loss or an injury?

The simple answer: I keep going. I put on good music, write in my journal, and evaluate the situation. I evaluate if it is something I need help with from a physical therapist, my strength coach, my on-hill coach, or my sports psychologist. If so, I reach out as soon as I can and make a plan. I feel the best and most confident when I feel in control of my career and my experience. Often when I'm facing something hard or scary I think of the quote, "Do what you can, where you are, with what you have" (Theodore Roosevelt). If I'm attentive to each moment and doing everything I can think of each step of the way, what else can I ask of myself? That gives me comfort.

What is one superstition or habit you do before each competition?

When I am at the top of the course I close my eyes and think of people who have supported me along my way. Some people pop into my mind almost every time, but it is amazing how often different people from all areas of my life and my support crew show up. This almost always puts a smile on my face and reminds me how grateful and how lucky I am to be doing what I am doing. After that, I take a deep breath, place my fingers to my eyes as a cue for focus, and let everything else go.

We wish Heather the best of luck and good will in the Olympics in February. Join us in the Talus Room at the Summit Hotel on Saturday, Dec. 21 for a meet-and-greet and Q&A with McPhie and bid on some amazing silent auction items to support McPhie's Olympic Expenses, Big Sky Youth Empowerment, and Eagle Mount. For more details check out the Big Sky Resort Events Calendar.


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