The major low pressure system affecting the western united states arrived at Big Sky in the early AM today, bring around 2 inches of fresh and ensuring a welcome return to soft conditions throughout most areas of the resort.
Big Sky has been doing well this season, with a 42” mid mountain and 62” upper mountain base. For those not up to speed, Big Sky and Moonlight Basin joined forces recently to create America’s largest resort with 5,448 acres of skiing and riding. There’s an incredible amount and variety of terrain to explore.
All lifts were open in the morning today, with a few lifts including Dakota and Shedhorn going on wind hold around midday. Before they did, there was great skiing to be had on Larkspur and Yellow Mule, and Cardio Trio, Dakota Gully and the Bavarian Forest. In many sections there was wind blown boot deep powder on top of generally soft snow.
For the adventurous the Lone Peak Tram was running, but visibility was poor and there was high wind in the alpine; only a few lines down from the peak were open. Liberty Bowl was open, and once the upper mogul fields were negotiated, there were some great turns in windblown boot deep powder on Lenin and Marx.
Throughout the day another 2 to 4 inches of snow fell, with the storm intensifying and winds increasing into the afternoon. More great turns in increasingly deep snow were available around the Challenger and Iron Horse lifts, and the Six Shooter. No doubt Andesite and Flat Iron mountains were also skiing great but it was more terrain than we could get done in a day.
The forecast is looking great for Big Sky, with another few inches predicted for the remainder of the week, followed by some clearer weather on the weekend.