Capital Improvements, Historic Success, Plans
In an on-going workforce housing initiative, Big Sky Resort opened the new "North" facility to staff members. This pedestrian-friendly facility is near the Mountain Lodge where there are an additional 186 beds. In total, the company owns approximately 500 beds for seasonal staff within the community.
Sales of Homestead Chalets have been robust, only two units remain.
Big Sky Resort announces 10-year vision Big Sky 2025. Completion of two new lifts: Powder Seeker 6-place in the Bowl and Challenger triple conveyor load. Secured property for adaptive reuse of structure for 44 additional staff housing units.
Construction begins on new slopeside neighborhood: Homestead Chalets. Whiskey Jack's restaurant transformed into Montana Jack craft burgers + craft beer. Extensive terrain glading and terrain park upgrades. Big Sky Medical Center opens. Mountain Village Overall Development Plan approved by Madison County.
Everett's 8800 opens for dining at the top of Andesite Mountain. Big Sky Resort expands staff housing at Golden Eagle Lodge.
One year after the successful consolidation of the ski terrain of Spanish Peaks and Moonlight Basin into Big Sky Resort, guests are enjoying America's Biggest Skiing in record numbers. A new entity named Lone Mountain Land Company was created to oversee the real estate development in all three areas. The Spanish Peaks Club was revitalized during early 2014 and the Moonlight Basin Golf Course and club memberships got back on track during the past summer. A new condominium project, Homestead Chalets, is about to be announced on the slopes of the Biggest Skiing in America, located near the successful Powder Ridge Cabins.
With a portfolio of fine real estate and an experienced team of local agents, sales of all properties are being handled by PureWest Christie's Big Sky Real Estate with an office located in the Mountain Mall. Call 406-995-5583 or visit the PureWest Christies website.
October 1, 2013
CrossHarbor Capital Partners LLC, in partnership with Boyne Resorts, completed the purchase with a subsidiary of Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. to acquire the assets of Moonlight Basin in Big Sky, Montana. This agreement follows the recent acquisition of the assets of Spanish Peaks by the same partnership and has created of one of the largest and most compelling mountain resort experiences in North America.
CrossHarbor and Boyne have combined the ski operations of Moonlight Basin with that of Big Sky Resort, operating the properties seamlessly and solidifying the Big Sky brand as a premier ski destination and global brand. Big Sky Resort, Spanish Peaks, and Moonlight Basin combine to create a ski resort of more than 5,800 acres of skiable terrain, with 4350 vertical feet, 23 chair lifts and 10 surface lifts, making it truly the "Biggest Skiing in America." Successfully unifying these operations will help promote economic stability and growth across the region and to all of Big Sky and will ensure Moonlight Basin's long-term and sustainable success.
Additional development within Big Sky, Moonlight Basin, and Spanish Peaks will now share a common vision and leadership. The future development of these special and unique properties will continue to follow the path of stewardship and environmental sensitivity.
Statement from Sam Byrne, Managing Partner, CrossHarbor Capital Partners: "This investment is another important step forward for Big Sky and underscores the strength of our new partnership with Boyne Resorts. In the near term, the transaction will provide some much needed stability to Moonlight Basin. But the investment also reflects the broader potential we see for the region and sets the foundation for long-term growth."
Statement from Stephen Kircher, President, Boyne Eastern Operations: "The alliance to acquire Moonlight Basin and Spanish Peaks with CrossHarbor Capital Partners, another long-term strategic player in the Big Sky area, creates the opportunity for a stable and coordinated effort in helping the community and the region fulfill its experiential and economic potential. For over 37 years, Boyne Resorts has been a steady custodian of growth of Big Sky Resort. We are truly excited about the positive impact this alliance will have on Big Sky Resort and surrounding communities in Southwestern Montana and permanently solidifying the "Biggest Skiing in America‟."
On Friday, July 19, 2013, an affiliate of CrossHarbor Capital Partners LLC, in partnership with Boyne Resorts, closed on the purchase of the assets of Spanish Peaks out of the Chapter 7 bankruptcy proceedings. CrossHarbor and Boyne acquired Spanish Peaks because we believe it has incredible long-term potential. Together, we recognize that the successful development and completion of Spanish Peaks is essential to the future of Southwest Montana and to ensuring the Big Sky area remains a world-class resort destination.
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. And a record 374,000 skier days topped off the 2012-13 ski season.