Added Terrain Equals Added Fun at Big Sky Resort

BIG SKY, Mont. - Big Sky Resort expanded its gladed tree runs after focusing on thinning and enhancing overall forest health in several new areas on Lone Peak and Andesite Mountain for the 2012/2013 winter season.

The Dakota Territory saw significant thinning to enhance skiing and forest health in the Bavarian Forest and Erika's area; Magic Meadows off the Challenger lift has seen similar improvements. PK Ridge off the Swift Current lift had all the standing dead and select other timber removed to improve skiing and safety. Furthermore, Marshmallow Man, near the bottom of the Swift Current Chair will also be completely cleared of regrowth to make it more skiable and provide better access to the lift line if needed in the winter.

On Andesite, the lower portions of Shady Chute, Bolivia and Peru, which were thinned and gladed last season, saw further improvements to provide better snow coverage by opening up the canopy to allow more snow to reach the ground. "The beauty of being a part of the Biggest Skiing in America is that there are endless possibilities in terms of terrain" said Mike Unruh, Big Sky Resort Mountain Manager. "The amount of land here is massive, and we're always looking for opportunities to grow and make the most of it. These new runs are going to make for truly exceptional glade skiing by opening up several new areas."

Big Sky's glading technique gives runs a very natural feel - skiing on each new run is open enough to allow for both wider turns and tighter navigation through small clusters and individual trees.