Imagine you’re sitting on a chairlift and the skier next to you starts chatting you up. Happens all the time, right? You exchange pleasantries about the weather, how many days you’ve hit the mountain this season, when they’re going to open [insert run name here] – you know, the usual stuff. Then, right before the bar goes up, your lift buddy says, “Did you hear Big Sky has the best terrain for advanced skiers?” No one would blame you if your initial response was “Huh?!?”
Forbes Advisor recently ranked Big Sky Resort in Montana as the #1 resort for advanced skiers. According to a recent article, more than 6000 resorts around the world “…were scored on 14 different factors including the length and variety of slopes, skier and snowboarder reviews, the quality of the après-ski scene, and value for money, to create a ski index score that grades resorts from 0 to 100,” and Big Sky Resort landed a 45.06. Coming in at #2 and #3 are Aspen Snowmass in Colorado and Les Quatre Vallées in Switzerland, respectively.
I’ve only been to Big Sky once and, I admit, it was awesome. There truly is a ton of challenging terrain, especially the runs off the Lone Peak Tram. And the Forbes Advisor article does mention that Big Sky has “…126 km of black slopes and one of the biggest ‘vertical drops’ – one of the longest descents – in North America.”
But is Big Sky the absolute best for advanced skiers? Some would say no. Resorts like Jackson Hole, Palisades Tahoe, Whistler Blackcomb, Revelstoke, and Alyeska could (and maybe should) be part of the conversation – and that’s just in North America!
We should remember that Forbes Advisor is a financial literacy subdomain of Forbes, which itself is a business publication that’s been around for more than a hundred years. Their readers are also interested in travel costs, accessibility, and a whole host of other things. So if you’re reading this, self-proclaimed advanced skier, maybe Big Sky is the best mountain for you. And, then again, maybe it’s not.
What do you think the best resort in the world is for advanced skiers? Let us know in the comments below.