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.

Winter Season at a Photographic Glance

Written by Anna Husted on at

We're off to a great start to the Winter Season at Big Sky Resort. Sit back in awe of these amazing photos and then join us on the slopes. 

Photo: Chris Kamman

Photo: Chris Kamman

Photo: Lonnie Ball

Opening Day
Photo: Chris Kamman

Photo: Chris Kamman

Opening Day: A Time to Give Thanks

Written by Anna Husted on at

Part of me feels unoriginal and predictable in writing about things to be thankful for on Thanksgiving Day. However, I actually do have a lot to be thankful for and why not take at least one day a year to write those things down. I am thankful for:

1) Opening Day! Today is opening day at Big Sky Resort. Get out there and ride with us.

Peak Sign

2) Snow. Perhaps snow should be first on the list, as one can't have an opening day at a ski resort without it, but I am so thankful we are open for skiing once again. I have a pen pal in Fortaleza, Brazil, who has never seen snow. It is so hard for me to imagine her life-a life without snow. I see and play in snow every winter, and have a job thanks to snow, yet I am always surprised by it and thankful for it.

RDT Snow
Photo: Ryan Day Thompson

3) My family. They are always ready with a good joke after I've had a rough day.
4) My Big Sky Resort family. Not only do I have an amazing job, but I have great teammates and managers. The managers at Big Sky Resort truly care about where I am headed in my job position and in my career. This isn't something that happens everywhere and it is easy to take for granted so I am thankful for this great team at Big Sky Resort.
5) Skiing. Enough said.
6) Big Sky Resort purchasing Moonlight Basin. I can't wait to ski Moonlight Basin all the time this winter. I respect and thank all those involved in the merger who have a vision for Lone Peak and the Big Sky Community.


7) A sense of humor. This can really help an office and a small resort community when stress is high. Something as little as a team member pranking every team member in the office with a plastic cockroach. Of course if we had cockroaches in Montana it might be a different story.
8) The lack of cockroaches in Montana.

9) Montana Wildlife. Even in winter you might see a Big Horn Sheep or a Pine Marten.
10) Pumpkin Pie (with a dollop of Cool Whip).

I have much more to be thankful for, but enough writing, it's time to give thanks out on the mountain.

Countdown to Ski Season: 3 Days

Written by Anna Husted and Chris Kamman on at

Snow and sunshine simultaneously warm and cool the world around us. We get those much sought-after, fabulous goggle tan lines from the sun and snow. We pray for snow every day of the season, yet welcome the sun when it shines through. With less than a week until Opening Day at Big Sky Resort, enjoy the sun and snow in this video and then join us on Thanksgiving Day for the first of many times we get to turn ‘em down hill this season.

Video: Chris Kamman

Countdown to Ski Season: 6 Days

Written by Mel Libby on at

We all know the smell. Every year we welcome it with open arms. It hits my face as soon as I step outside of my house, and I look up as if someone just smacked me across the cheek ... Ahh yes-the smell of winter.

It's crisp, it's cold, and it even stings a bit. But it isn't a hostile sting; it's a sting that gets my blood flowing and snowflakes fluttering in my stomach. The excitement builds in an instant and the next thing I know there's a big, goofy smile on my face and a burst of questions racing through my mind: is it cold enough to snow? When will the first snowfall be? Is it going to be a good winter?-Yes! Where in the world did I put all of my ski gear? Why haven't I bought new skis yet?!

Time seems to drag on and then ... snow! It's a few inches of big, beautiful flakes that are a universal symbol for all snow sport addicts: ski season. The madness begins and ski fever spreads to every skier and boarder in the northern hemisphere. I immediately break out all of last year's ski movies and make plans to attend every premiere of the new ones. I pull out all of my ski gear, maybe put on my ski boots for good measure, even though we all know they haven't changed a bit since being put away for the summer, and I make a list of all the new gear I'll "need" for the season. After the list making I head into my local ski shop (Big Sky Sports, perhaps) to get a tune and stock up on all the new goodies.

It's usually right after that first snowfall that the dreams begin; dreams of waist deep powder turns with my friends, dropping off cornices, sailing through the trees, and having the whole mountain to myself. Only to wake up disappointed in my bed, craving for more.

The countdown has reached single digits my friends. Only six more days until we all can unite and celebrate the best season and sport in the world. Here in Big Sky we're getting hit with snowstorms blanketing Lone Mountain, Spirit Mountain, Andesite, and Flat Iron in a fresh coat of white. Opening Day is looking pretty good. Now that Big Sky Resort is combined with Moonlight Basin it is sure to be an amazing year. Whether it's ripping groomers, hiking the Headwaters, or finding fresh powder off the tram - we really have it all.

Peak and Trees

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