Big Sky, Montana, is a winter sports mecca — and it just got its first luxury ski-in/ski-out resort
Southwest Montana has long attracted skiers and snowboarders; now, with the arrival of the ski-in/ski-out destination Montage Big Sky, which started welcoming guests near the Spanish Peaks and Big Sky Resort’s mountain village last month, it’s about to become even more of a hot spot for travellers of all types.
The backstory: This is Big Sky’s first luxury hotel, and California-based Montage Hotels & Resorts invested $400 million (U.S.) into the alpine development. Surrounded by wilderness, it’s also just a 20-minute drive from Big Sky Resort, where you can access 5,850 skiable acres and a 4,350-foot vertical drop.
The space: There are 100 rustic yet elegant rooms and suites (from $1,785), ranging from 530 to 2,735 square feet. Drawing on the state’s timber and mining history, locally sourced wood and stone are used throughout, including in wall-to-wall shelving and cabinets, and striking black marble countertops and soaker tubs in the bathrooms. Select rooms also feature fireplaces and private balconies; you’ll get a stunning view in each, but the most exceptional is the panorama you’ll see from the Spanish Peak Suite.
The dining: After you’ve worked up an appetite on the slopes, head to one of the six on-site restaurants. At Cortina, dine on Italian dishes (like handmade pastas) with a Montanan twist (a hearty bison filet, for example), or sample Buffalo wings and other classic bar fare at Beartooth Pub & Rec, where you’ll also find a bowling alley and vintage arcade games. Stop by Alpenglow for après-ski craft cocktails and comfort food (like a cheesy shepherd’s pie or baked brie with truffle honey butter), or warm up at the Living Room, a cosy lounge space with bourbon high-tea service and board games.
The extra amenities: If you’re here for skiing and snowboarding, Compass Sports is on hand for fittings and gear rentals. For less rigorous outings, try the family-friendly tubing hill or ice rink. In warmer months, guests can access the Spanish Peaks Mountain Club’s 18-hole golf course, designed by former pro player Tom Weiskopf, as well as rivers for fly fishing, and trails for mountain biking and hiking. If you’re the indoorsy type, head to the 10,000-square-foot Spa Montage, where the menu includes a massage meant to help you adjust to the high altitude. You’ll also find an indoor lap pool, heated plunge pools, steam rooms and a fully equipped gym.
Surrounded by the Spanish Peaks, the resort’s guest rooms offer mountain views.
The nearby sights: Yellowstone National Park is less than an hour’s drive away, so make time for a guided tour. Take a private car through the landmark, where you can see the famous Old Faithful geyser, gaze out from the picturesque Artist Point overlook and stop at the Grand Prismatic Spring, the world’s third-largest hot spring. Keep your eyes open: you may even spot bison, moose and bighorn sheep.
Calling all luxury adventurers. This winter, head west to the powdery pitches of Big Sky, the iconic beauty of nearby Yellowstone National Park, and an inviting new retreat at some seriously luxurious digs – Montage Big Sky. Mountain modern meets classic ski lodge – grand vaulted ceilings, warm wood and local stone, all nestled within Big Sky’s exclusive Spanish Peaks enclave. The cosseting formula many of us know from Montage Deer Valley has been lavished on these 150 guest rooms and suites located within the second largest ski area in the United States by acreage. Providing smooth ski-in, ski-out access to 5,800 skiable acres, Montana also means fantastic wildlife spotting, scenic Nordic skiing, snowshoeing trails and, depending on the month, cozy proximity to world-renowned fly-fishing. Back at the lodge, expect the same fine service found in Montage properties from Cabo to the Caribbean: superlative cuisine, classy cocktails, a bowling alley and indoor lap pool, family swimming pool, fitness center, and a very fine Spa Montage featuring the finest Tata Harper and Valmont in a dozen treatment rooms. Prepare to be lavished.
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Slated to open in December, Montage Big Sky aims to be a year-round, luxury mountain haven located within Big Sky’s 3,530-acre Spanish Peaks enclave. The property will feature a modern mountain design and offer 139 guestrooms, suites and residences. Amenities include a three-meal restaurant, lobby bar and lounge, recreation room with a bowling alley, indoor lap pool, family swimming pool, a spa and nearly 13,000 square feet of meeting and event space.
Montage Big Sky will have proximity to outdoor amenities offering ski-in/ski-out access to Big Sky’s 5,800 skiable acres and access to Spanish Peaks Mountain Club’s 18-hole Tom Weiskopf-designed golf course. Guests can also enjoy hiking, mountain biking, Nordic skiing and snowshoeing trails.