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The glamorous US ski resorts the hoi polloi don’t know about

BY: Will Robson | MARCH 20, 2023

“No, that’s not true,” said the Lone Mountain Land Company representative. “The Yellowstone Club does not have a satellite monitoring its ski area for intruders.”

I can’t say I’m not disappointed that despite it being a scurrilous rumour, the most exclusive and expensive ski resort in the world doesn’t have a satellite, let alone a laser beam zapping those who stray onto its private mountain in southwestern Montana. But it’s easy to be duped about ‘YC’ excess, whose members are reported to include Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, Justin Timberlake, and J. Lo.

Neighbouring the ‘YC’ is the ski resort of Big Sky, where the adjoining Moonlight Basin and Spanish Peak clubs do open their doors to wealthy outsiders. Moonlight Basin offers luxury rental apartments and lodges, while the five-star Montage hotel in Spanish Peaks has rooms at $2,000 and penthouse suites at $15,000 a night.

However, matching the range of Vail, Aspen’s or Deer Valley’s density of luxury hotels isn’t the aim in this corner of Montana: it’s the quality, exclusivity and laid-back approach that draws in a certain kind of well-heeled, quiet American.

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Giving Back to Move Forward

How Big Sky is tackling growth. Still a relatively new place, Big Sky Resort was founded in the early 1970s by famed NBC broadcast newsman Chet Huntley and purchased by Boyne Resorts in 1976 after Huntley’s untimely death. It was a pretty quiet ski area until the Lone Peak Tram was installed in 1995. Beyond […]

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Mountain Weather. Mountain Snow, Mountain Sense

Does that chute cliff out? Will the kids like this run? Is that ice or wet snow on that face? Can the snowboarder in the crew glide this traverse? Is the Big Couloir beyond my ski level? To be a skier is to hone your mountain sense. It begins with knowing mountain weather—and the everchanging […]

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OCTOBER 31, 2022

Montage Residences Big Sky Debuts The Inn Residences

Montage Residences has unveiled The Inn Residences at Montage Big Sky. This debut is an opportunity to own a luxury Residence in deeded, one-quarter ownership interests. Located just steps from Montage Big Sky, approximately one hour from Yellowstone National Park, owners of The Inn Residences will receive privileged access to Montage Big Sky’s luxury amenities and […]

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