Big Sky Ski-In Ski-Out Vacation Rentals & Resorts
Big Sky, Montana offers some of the most expansive, unspoiled views on Earth. There's much more to Big Sky Country than endless mountain ranges and awe-inspiring starry skies, however. Visitors seeking the best of all worlds will find it here among Montana's spectacular rugged beauty, active outdoor lifestyle, vibrant dining scene, and luxury accommodations.
There is no shortage of activities in Big Sky Country, and a luxury ski-in ski-out rental is the perfect base-camp to experience them all. You will find the most exclusive hand-selected Big Sky ski-in ski-out, and "slope-side access" rental homes on this page.
These luxury rentals are situated directly on or just off the slopes so you can ski directly to and from your doorstep, giving you the ultimate in convenience and privacy. Big Sky isn't just a winter destination, though. Summer is a fantastic time to visit Montana, when you can enjoy world-class fly fishing, seasonal rooftop restaurant patios, and miles of hiking and biking trails.
Big Sky luxury rentals
Slopeside luxury homes in Big Sky seamlessly blend contemporary luxury with rustic Old West touches. Many of these luxury vacation rentals have private hot tubs, floor-to-ceiling windows and expansive decks, multiple fireplaces, gourmet chef's kitchens, in-home entertainment such as pool tables and media rooms, al fresco dining areas with outdoor grills and fireplaces, and ski rooms with boot dryers and storage for snow gear.
Big Sky Ski Resort
Within the enormous 5,850+ acre Big Sky Resort, there are a number of distinct communities. Choose a ski-in ski-out luxury rental home within walking distance of Mountain Village. Big Sky's bustling hub is situated at the base of Lone Peak and offers dining and shopping options, gear rentals, chairlift access, and home of a number of festivals and concerts.
You will also find vacation rentals in the private communities of Moonlight Basin and Spanish Peaks, both of which offer exclusive clubhouse access with fitness centers, outdoor pools, and golf courses.
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Big Sky Luxury hotels
Big Sky luxury resorts are unique, offering lavish accommodations and amenities in historic homesteads nestled in mountainsides. Consider the Rainbow Ranch Lodge on the banks of the Gallatin River, with guestrooms featuring handcrafted furniture.
There's also Lone Mountain Ranch, the historic 105-year-old property named to National Geographic's Unique Lodges of the World, or The Ranch at Rock Creek, an impeccably-preserved 19th-century homestead that was the world's first-ever guest ranch to receive five stars from Forbes Travel Guide.
Renting a Big Sky luxury ski-in ski-out home or staying in a five star hotel - Which is right for you?
Choosing between a Big Sky luxury home rental and a five-star resort isn't easy, but you'll be thrilled with either decision. With both luxury resorts and slope-side home rentals, you'll enjoy relaxation, sumptuous amenities, and unparalleled mountain views.
However, opting for a luxury vacation rental will provide more privacy and space, plus the incredible convenience of being able to access ski slopes from just outside your door. Many Big Sky rental houses are set up with gourmet kitchens, private hot tubs, wraparound decks, and game rooms, so that you’ll feel like you have everything that a luxury resort or ranch offers, with more privacy.
Where is Big Sky and why visit?
Big Sky is in southwestern Montana, situated almost exactly halfway between West Yellowstone and the larger city of Bozeman. Interestingly, Big Sky is technically not an incorporated town, it's a "census-designated place."
While Big Sky is best known for its world-class skiing, it is truly a year-round destination and there is much more to do beyond the slopes. Fishing – especially fly fishing – is a popular activity, as well as hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, rock climbing, whitewater rafting, kayaking, and golf. The town of Big Sky has a vibrant culture centered around farm-to-table dining and craft beer, and Yellowstone National Park's northwestern border is just 15 miles away.
For those who primarily wish to experience "the biggest skiing in America," the ski season officially begins on Thanksgiving and runs through mid-April, and Big Sky Resort sees an average of 400 inches of snowfall annually. There are over 5,850 acres of skiing in Big Sky, so there's terrain for absolutely everyone, from children taking their very first lessons to thrill seeking veterans who have skied hundreds of times.
Whether you're seeking to spend time on the slopes or checking out nearby Bozeman, exploring nearby Yellowstone or Glacier National Parks, or you simply want to recharge and escape daily stresses, Big Sky is the ideal vacation destination.
What are some of the best ski areas in Big Sky?
Because of its size, there are many different ski areas and terrain parks in Big Sky that can be enjoyed by all skill levels. There are four distinct, interconnected mountains, 300 named trails, and nearly 6,000 acres of ski-able terrain.
Andesite Mountain has primarily beginner and intermediate runs, and Spirit Mountain, which is actually part of Andesite, is ideal for beginners. Moonlight Basin has the widest trail variety of all four mountains, with everything from bunny slopes to advanced-rated runs. This area is north-facing, so it often gets fresh powder well into spring. Finally, there's the iconic Lone Peak, with an elevation of 11,260 feet. This is where you'll find the most challenging expert-level skiing, as well as a number of intermediate trails.
When is the best time to visit Big Sky?
Since Big Sky has so much to offer year-round, there's never a bad time to visit. If you want to enjoy winter activities including skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, and even dog sledding, winter is the best time to go to Big Sky. The official ski season begins on Thanksgiving and lasts through mid-April.
For those who want to experience Big Sky beyond the slopes, a summer or fall visit will afford the best opportunities for hiking, biking, fishing, horseback riding, whitewater rafting, and golfing. There are also several concerts and festivals in Big Sky and nearby Bozeman in the warmer months.
How to get to Big Sky?
Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport serves Big Sky and is 50 minutes away from most ski-in ski-out vacation rentals. There are non-stop flights from about 20 U.S. cities, including Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, Phoenix, Denver, Dallas, Chicago, Atlanta, Boston, and New York. The major airlines serving Big Sky are Alaska Airlines, Allegiant, Frontier, Delta, JetBlue, and Sun Country.
While most people prefer to rent a car for their Big Sky vacation so they can easily visit Yellowstone and other areas, there are also a number of upscale motor-coach shuttle services and companies offering private airport transportation.
What are the top five things to do in Big Sky (other than skiing)?
Yellowstone National Park - One of the biggest nearby attractions when you're staying in a Big Sky luxury resort or vacation rental is Yellowstone, the world's first national park. The park's western entrance is less than an hour away and offers endless sightseeing, recreation, and wildlife viewing opportunities year-round.
Water activities - Depending on what time of year you're visiting Big Sky, there are a number of ways to enjoy its many lakes and rivers. Try ice fishing in winter or spring, fly-fish year-round, and go kayaking or whitewater rafting on the Gallatin River in the summer and early fall.
Enjoy the trails - No matter what season you visit Big Sky, there are miles upon miles of trails for everything from hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding to snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, and snowmobiling. Many Big Sky luxury home rentals have trail access just outside their doors.
Bozeman - The home of Montana State University, Bozeman has a vibrant, welcoming feel and is about 45 minutes from Big Sky. Enjoy the renowned Montana outdoor lifestyle, plus local microbreweries, the Museum of the Rockies, the historic natural Bozeman Hot Springs, and much more.
Get a birds' eye view - Big Sky has several scenic chair lifts that operate year-round, plus the Lone Peak Tram, which takes you all the way up to Big Sky's highest point, the 11,166-foot summit of Lone Peak. There are 360-degree views and on a clear day, you can see Wyoming's Grand Tetons, plus countless other ranges.
What services does WIMCO Villas provide to clients vacationing in Big Sky?
WIMCO Villas has more than 35 years of experience helping clients craft their dream vacations. What matters most is that you enjoy a safe and carefree vacation, and to that end, we provide complimentary 24/7 signature end-to-end concierge services. We handle all the logistics, from helping you choose the perfect place to stay in Big Sky to booking ski lessons during your trip.
To offer our clients the very best Big Sky vacation experience, WIMCO Villas has partnered with trusted local concierge services professionals. This allows us to have dedicated local teams to provide around-the-clock service, not only upholding the highest safety and cleanliness standards in each Big Sky luxury home rental, but also personally and thoughtfully handling every request.
Do you want to know which Big Sky hiking trails are the most child-friendly? Is a helicopter tour of Yellowstone on your bucket list? With WIMCO Villas, these things are just a call away. We're more than happy to book all of your travel arrangements, have your vacation rental stocked with fresh groceries, arrange for ski equipment fittings and delivery, provide a private chef, or even find you a perfectly-fitting pair of authentic, locally-made cowboy boots.
WIMCO Villas is by your side with every step of your dream Big Sky, Montana vacation. Contact us today, then sit back and start counting the days until your trip!