Winter FAQs

As our guests, we want to be transparent about our 2020-2021 winter operations, so you can feel comfortable about making winter plans and commitments. We have developed our winter operations plan using ski industry best practices and state and local health recommendations. If you have questions that aren't addressed below, we welcome you to contact us.

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Season Passes

  • Big Sky Season Passholders are welcome to access the resort with their pass any day of the season their pass is valid, at any time (during operating hours), and walk up to the lifts as usual.

  • Ikon Passholders can ski when their passes permit access, but must utilize their independent reservation system to let us know when they plan to visit. If we need to address volume, there may be a limit on how many Ikon passholders can access the mountain during specific days of the season.

  • Ikon Friends and Family discounts will be usable subject to availability on requested ski days. We are exploring options to allow those lift ticket to be reserved in advance.

  • Ikon Pass holders will be able to start making reservations on ikonpass.com or through the Ikon Pass app on November 9.

  • Mountain Collective Passholders will have access to Big Sky Resort when their passes permit access. Mountain Collective passholders may be required to make a reservation before their visit. More details are forthcoming. If we need to address volume, there may be a limit on how many Mountain Collective passholders can access the mountain during specific days of the season.

  • Gold Buddy Passes will be available to purchase on dates when lift tickets are available. Gold Pass holders will receive an email with directions on how to redeem their buddy vouchers shortly, and should do so as early as possible to guarantee availability.

Lift Tickets

  • Yes, all lift ticket holders will be able to access the mountain on the days of their tickets.

  • Big Sky Resort may be limiting capacity on the mountain in order to ensure safety protocols such as physical distancing can be maintained. Based on this capacity, there is a possibility that lift tickets will be limited and taken off sale for certain dates. Purchase your lift ticket well in advanced to ensure your access to the mountain.

  • If the resort is operating under its capacity limits, day-of window tickets will be available. However, there is the possibility that lift tickets will be sold out for the day. Purchase your lift tickets in advanced to ensure your access to the mountain, and for the best prices.

  • Visit our Lift Ticket page online at bigskyresort.com/lift-tickets and select the desired date to visit. Product availability will be displayed and updated in real-time.

  • Unfortunately, if there are no tickets available for that day, we are unable to release more tickets for that day. We recommend looking for alternative days that will work for you, and booking online in advance.

  • Beginner and Everett's 8800 tickets will not be subject to capacity limits and can be purchased day-of at the lift ticket window. Afternoon Half-Day tickets may not be available, so your best option is to purchase a full-day ticket online in advance to ensure your access to the mountain.

Mountain Operations

  • Big Sky Resort is planning for an opening date of November 26, 2020, and a closing date of April 18, 2021. All winter season dates are tentative, subject to change, and weather dependent.

  • Big Sky season passholders will not be required to make a reservation before visiting the resort. Ikon and Mountain Collective Passholders can ski when their passes permit access, and we require reservations to be made to let us know when they plan to visit. Details to make reservations for Ikon and Mountain Collective Passholders are forthcoming. Any guest purchasing lift tickets in advance will not be required to make a reservation - your lift ticket for a specific day will act as a reservation.

  • it is not our intention to limit access to the mountain. However, we may need to take some measures to maintain a safe and responsible experience for our guests by managing skier volume. Season Pass sales may be paused at a future date, without notice, to continue assessing the number of skiers we can accommodate on the mountain. We hope that by monitoring the number of passes sold, we will avoid implementing a reservation system during the season.

    If we need to address volume, there may be a limit on how many Ikon or Mountain Collective passholders can access the mountain during specific days of the season. Availability of lift tickets on desired dates may be restricted for both online and window lift tickets sales. Please note that lift ticket sales may be restricted at any time, so we highly recommend securing your winter lift access as early as possible.

  • All 38 of our chairlifts, platform lifts, and the Lone Peak Tram are scheduled to operate this winter as weather conditions and health safety guidelines permit.

    Big Sky's average chairlift ride is 5.5 minutes, and chairlifts provide constant directional airflow, with chairs spaced approximately 50 feet apart. 

  • The Lone Peak Tram will operate this winter, as conditions and health and safety guidelines permit. Facial coverings will be required during the ride, loading and unloading, and in queues. Capacity in the Lone Peak Tram may vary to balance uphill capacity with a safe and reasonable guest experience.

  • We will not be enforcing maximum capacity on chairlifts, and will allow groups traveling together to ride on their own chair when operationally feasible. Some exceptions may be made for higher-capacity lifts such as Ramcharger 8 and the Lone Peak Tram where more than one unrelated party may be expected to ride together with constant airflow, facial coverings, and limited contact during the short ride.

    Lone Peak Tram capacity may vary to provide additional spacing in the cabin, and facial coverings will be required for the duration of the ride.

    Mazes and lift queues will be set up to facilitate physical distancing, with singles lines no longer offered this season. Masks will be mandatory in lines and while riding lifts.

  • Big Sky Resort will not offer traditional singles lines for skiers and riders this year. Instead, to accommodate physical distancing, Big Sky Resort will adjust the lift line queue to offer two options for guests: one for those who prefer to ride alone or with those in their party, and without the addition of unknown riders, and another for those who are willing to share a chairlift with a separate group. Depending on lift capacity, singles will be able to ride a chair alone. On certain lifts such as Ramcharger 8 or the Lone Peak Tram, separate groups will be required to ride together while maintaining physical distancing.

  • Uphill travel remains restricted to permitted trails, and all persons traveling uphill are required to have a valid lift ticket or season pass. Inbounds hiking is permitted in certain areas when conditions permit.

    A new boot pack route is being considered, beginning from the top of Dakota lift to the Yeti Traverse, providing additional access to Lone Peak terrain.

Mountain Sports School

  • Booking a lesson or guide with Mountain Sports School will guarantee the ability to purchase a lift ticket on the day of your session.

  • Group Lessons will be available this winter. Participants aged 3+ will be asked to wear a facial covering whenever 6 feet of physical distancing cannot be maintained.

  • Local Programs will be available this winter. Participants aged 3+ will be asked to wear a facial covering whenever 6 feet of physical distancing cannot be maintained.

Dining & Resort Facilities

  • Yes. We have reconfigured on-mountain and village dining establishments to allow more space for social distancing.

  • All of our restaurants and dining establishments will open this season. Grab-and-go and takeout options will be available, with online ordering capabilities for select locations to provide guests an alternative method of ordering and minimize time indoors.

  • Face coverings must be worn at all times except when actually eating or drinking. This includes while being seated, when ordering, and upon departure.

  • With reduced capacity in our dining facilities, we highly recommend making reservations at the following dinner locations: Andiamo Italian Grille, Carabiner, Chet's Bar & Grill, Peaks, and Westward Social. Lunch reservations are required for Everett's 8800.

  • Bars are open for business but we will not have seating or ordering directly at the bar area. We are requiring that all guests be seated at a table to order beverages.

  • Contact-free methods of payment are preferred, but all outlets of the Resort will accept cash.

  • Yes. Our goal is to reduce the number of guests in the lockers at any given time so that we can maintain access to the lockers throughout the season. To this end, we are finalizing policies and best practices. Current locker holders can expect their renewal email with more information soon.

  • Yes. Our goal is to reduce the number of guests in the lockers at any given time so that we can maintain access to the lockers throughout the season. To this end, we are finalizing policies and best practices. Current locker holders can expect their renewal email with more information soon.

Rental

  • Yes, all of our gear will be disinfected between uses.

  • Having a rental reservation does not guarantee access to the mountain. Ensure your access to the mountain with a Big Sky Season Pass or by purchasing your lift tickets early.

Lodging

  • To learn more about how we're keeping our accommodations safe, visit our safety practices page.

  • Guests who have booked their lodging through Big Sky Central Reservations will be guaranteed the ability to purchase a lift ticket during their lodging dates with their Stay & Save discount.

    Guests using their Big Sky Resort season pass will be able to access the mountain so long as their pass is valid. Ikon passholders will be subject to the availability in their reservation system, but if they are unable to access the mountain with their passes, are welcome to purchase a lift ticket for the day. Mountain Collective passholders are not required to make reservations at this time but may need to do so before their visit. More details are forthcoming.

    If you are staying in other lodging or booked through another platform, we recommend purchasing your lift tickets early to guarantee your access to the mountain.