Big Sky Resort History

The winter of 2013-14 marks the 40th anniversary of Big Sky Resort, the concept of the late NBC newscaster and Montana native Chet Huntley. Under the ownership of Boyne Resorts since 1976, Big Sky has seen hundreds of millions of dollars of significant improvements, from building a conference center, expanding terrain, additions and upgrades of lifts, lodging, employee housing and commercial centers, to building the relevant utilities infrastructure. A barometer of the real estate recovery is exemplified by phase five of the popular Powder Ridge Cabins released in December 2011: as of summer 2013, it had nearly sold out of the 15 units available. Through its responsible growth, Big Sky Resort stays financially viable and a reliable employer and community partner.

Big Sky's professional meeting and catering staff and facilities have enabled them to host such high-profile guests as President Obama and family, Vice President Biden and the 1000-attendee international trade conference Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperative (APEC).

Skiers and snowboarders have enjoyed the collaboration with Moonlight Basin to form the nation's largest ski complex with 5,750 acres and 4,350 vertical feet. Summer vacationers now have the Big Sky Resort Basecamp to Yellowstone activity center from which to launch unique adventures such as the Lone Peak Expedition: tram to the top and numerous ziplines, ropes courses, shooting sports and children's activities.

Historic timeline:

1968 Chet Huntley conceptualizes Big Sky
1973 Lifts open for first winter of skiing
1974 Chet Huntley dies of cancer
1976 Boyne Resorts buys Big Sky Resort
1981 Built first snowmaking system
1988 Built Challenger Lift - overcoming stigma of being an intermediate area
1990 Built Yellowstone Conference Center and Shoshone Condominiums
1991 Transportation District formed to provide bus service (first launched as SnowExpress, then became Skyline).
Built Southern Comfort lift and Ramcharger high speed lift replaces Rams Horn.
1992 Big Sky Resort Area District formed to implement resort tax for funding local needs.
1993 Thunderwolf high-speed lift replaces Mad Wolf
1995 Built Lone Peak Tram
1996 Swift Current high-speed lift replaces Gondola II
1998 Built first Terrain Park and Half-Pipe
1999 Summit Hotel Built
2000 Moonlight Basin opens for ski operations
2005 Big Sky/Moonlight Announce Biggest Skiing in America
2006 Whiskey Jack's returns to Mountain Mall
2007 Village Center Ski Suites open
2009 President Obama and first family use Big Sky as Basecamp to Yellowstone.
Zipline course opens.
2010 Vice President Biden visits
2011 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperative (APEC) meeting with state and community support.
Solace Spa and Salon expansion complete.
2012 Lone Peak Tram Expedition opens to summer guests
2013 All-time record ski season 374,000 skier days at Big Sky Resort. (485,000 including Moonlight)
2013 Big Sky Resort and Moonlight Basin merge together to form the largest ski resort in the United States with over 5,750 acres, 250+ named runs, and 4,350 feet of vertical.

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