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Big Sky, Montana

Acres: 5,850 | Vertical: 4,350' | Snowfall: 400"

Overview: From a distance, Big Sky is a monolith in the Madison Range; up close, it sprawls over four peaks, with 36 lifts, and more than 300 runs. Just 50 miles south of the Bozeman airport, where several airlines offer nonstop flights, it’s a destination resort—without the Canada Goose clad throngs. And with an annual snowfall of 400 inches, there are plenty of first tracks for everyone.

What’s New: Forging ahead with its Big Sky 2025 initiative, the resort continues to upgrade its chairlift network with the unveiling of the new eight-seater chairlift on Andesite Mountain, Ramcharger 8, which resort officials claim is “the most advanced lift ever built.” Check the extra-wide heated seats and “Big Sky blue” bubbles. Also new? Big Sky joins the Mountain Collective lineup.

Local’s Take: See that open powder field calling your name? Think twice before dropping in says Andy Haynes, lead bootfitter at Grizzly Outfitters. “If no one has skied there, there’s probably a reason. There’re a lot of rocks up here—look before you leap.” If you’re looking for steep chalky snow, he says, head to the Tram for a ton of aspects, or Headwaters on the Moonlight side, if you’re looking for a hike and some scary lines. bigskyresort.com —S.P. | photo: Michel Talliche

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