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Big Sky 2025- Expanding & Improving America's Third Largest Ski Resort

by Hart Real Estate Solutions

With a population of 2,500 (and counting), a medical center that offers emergency services and inpatient care, numerous shops and restaurants, and an accessible 5,800 acres of public skiing, both the community of Big Sky and the resort itself are turning heads as expansions to the area continue every year.

Already the third largest ski resort in America, and consistently seeing more skiers every winter season, the resort’s Big Sky 2025 plan is well underway. First announced in 2016, this plan will cost the resort upwards of $150 million in costs related to Mountain Village renovations, installations of new chairlifts and upgrades to existing ones, and preparing Andesite Mountain for night skiing.  

So far, Powder Seeker (a high-speed, six-seater lift with bubble covers and heated seats) has been installed, and the Challenger lift was replaced with a triple fixed-grip and a conveyor load, which shortened ride time by 25%. Next on the agenda is the installation of North America’s first eight-seat, high-speed chairlift. Named Ramcharger 8, the lift will feature extra-wide heated seats, bubble covers, and an LED screen at the bottom terminal with up-to-date guest information. While there are other eight-seater chairlifts worldwide (majority being in Europe, two in South Korea, and one in Australia), Ramcharger 8 will be the world’s most technologically advanced lift ever built, and will be open in time for skiers to enjoy during the 2018-19 ski season.

Next steps in the plan include:

  • Replacing the Shedhorn double chair with a high-speed quad
  • Transforming the upper level of the Mountain Mall (addition of indoor fireplaces, an elevator, a coffee bar, traditional apres ski bars, and new food options)
  • Expanded snowmaking coverage
  • Night skiing on Andesite Mountain
  • Gondola installation

Further down the road in the late stages of the plan, several additional lift upgrades, hotel renovations, and Montana Club developments are scheduled to take place.

Making preparations and expansions now is a proactive approach to the inevitable growth and increased volume of traffic that both the community of Big Sky and its resort are bound to see in coming years. Bozeman’s population is expected to nearly double in size in the next few decades, the Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport is currently preparing for increased airline traffic, and Gallatin County as a whole is expected to gain 55,000 new residents by 2045. It’s clear that although once considered a hidden treasure, Montana (and more specifically the Bozeman/Big Sky area) is garnering more attention over time as we see more tourists in the area, and more visitors deciding to Montana their permanent home. 

Southwest Montana: Best Skiing In America

by Hart Real Estate Solutions

One of the greatest benefits of living in Montana, specifically in Southwest Montana, is that we are gifted with some of the best skiing in America. The Gallatin County sits in the middle of two world class resorts, Big Sky Resort and Bridger Bowl. These resorts are scheduled to open soon this season, with Big Sky Resort opening on November 24th and Bridger Bowl opening on December 9th. With ski season just around the corner, lets revisit some of the top reasons why living in Southwest Montana couldn’t get any better for winter enthusiasts.

                                                                                                                       

Big Sky Resort is one of the biggest resorts in North 

America, providing 5,800 acres with 300​ named runs 

across 4 connected mountains. The size of 

this place is hard to wrap your mind around. I’ve personally skied here for several years, venturing through as many runs as I could, and I still end up finding runs I haven’t seen before. One secret about this resort, which some locals may not want you to know about, is that there are a number of hidden shacks and huts throughout the mountain. I found a few, but can never manage to remember where they were when trying to find my way back. 

 

You don’t even have to ride the terrain to appreciate these resorts. The communities built at the base of the mountains are worth visiting even if you don’t ride down their slopes. Beyond skiing, Big Sky Resort offers a plethora of activities for its visitors, including zip-line tours, snowshoe tours, snowmobile tours, dog sledding, sleigh rides, nordic skiing, a giant swing, and a high rope course. The village at the base of the mountain is also something worth experiencing as well. Big Sky Resort offers a shopping center with a number of restaurants and breweries with great tasting food and drinks. Big Sky also has set plans on really improving this village community, claiming that it will rival “the best of Europe” by 2025. If you want to find your own ski pad, click here.

 

​​Bridger Bowl is another one Montana’s cherished trophies. This ski resort is like the little brother its neighbor, Big Sky Resort, but with all the same qualities of great terrain. Being closer to Bozeman, Bridger Bowl is more popular among the locals and college students. This resort offers wide open terrain with a number of glades, chutes, and my personal favorite, gullies. With its steep chutes, snow fields, and abrupt cliffs, Bridger’s Ridge terrain offers some of the most challenging skiing in North America. 

 

Outside of the resort there is also opportunities to ski with the local community ski club, Bridger Ski Foundation. Based in Bozeman, this nonprofit organization offers an extensive network of Nordic ski trails around town. Bridger Ski Foundation is making progress in growing the club and expanding its trail system, while practicing its values in providing both an educational and charitable experience to its members. The club was just recognized in 2015 by the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Association, awarding it as a Gold Certified Club. This club welcomes anyone who wants to participate and volunteer to join. The Bridger Ski Foundation is another example for why we are fortunate to be a part of such a proactive community that has been making a positive impact.

 

Our winter sports is just one of them many reasons to appreciate living in our area. If you enjoy the sight and feel of crisp white snow covered mountains, you wont regret buying a house here. So if you don’t live here already, we can surely help make that happen.  The mountains are not going anywhere, and neither will our beloved snow!

Snow in the Big Sky Mountains!

by Hart Real Estate Solutions


Even though we still have had our share of dreamy September days with blue bird skies and perfect 55 – 60 degree nights, the mountains are starting to get a nice coating of ‘ceiling white’.   We are seeing snow in the Spanish Peaks to the South and of course, Lone Mountain – the main ski mountain at the Big Sky & Moonlight Basin Resorts along with the saddle in the Bridgers.


The juxtaposition of 70 degree temperatures in the Valley with snow on the mountains is what makes Bozeman, well... Bozeman. 


We thought you might also enjoy the Big Sky Resort Tram Cam in Big Sky from the top of Lone Mountain– see this link:

                  https://bigskyresort.com/the-mountain/webcams/interactive-tram-cam
 
If you are thinking about a great ski trip this winter, be sure to check out our local, but world class resorts:

Bozeman A Top Ten Ski Town from USA Today

by Hart Real Estate Solutions

The USA Today honored Bozeman as a top ten ski town in the United States, christening it the “adventure capital of the Northern Rockies.” From their website 10Best.com, the national paper pointed to Bozeman’s university town feel, its laid back vibe, and its restaurants and breweries as major factors towards highlighting it as a premier ski destination.

Bozeman’s great location to premier skiing made Bozeman stand out compared to other winter towns. Just 16 miles from Bridger Bowl and less than an hour away from Big Sky, Bozeman also maintains a level of affordability compared to other major ski towns.

In similar news, Big Sky was also honored as the 3rd best Ski Resort in North America by the same panel.

Onthesnow.com also highlighted Bozeman’s amazing skiing. However, what stood out to the writer, was Bozeman’s ability to defy labeling and convention:

“Reflecting on the town during my flight out I struggled to pigeonhole the atmosphere. It wasn’t just a “hard-core skier town” or a “resort town,” although one could argue it’s a bit of both. Bozeman doesn’t harbor an intense local scene—although the Filling Station was a bit rough and tumble—nor is it a tourist trap. So what is Bozeman? In short, it’s a premier ski destination for individuals, friends and families. But it’s more than that. Bozeman is just Bozeman and it’s doing an excellent job of retaining its own unique identity in a land that’s still as wild and wide open as ever. It felt like whomever you were and whatever you were after, Bozeman was happy to make a little extra room on the bench for you.”

In 2014, Bozeman was honored as a top 25 ski destination in the world. As Bozeman continues to make lists like these, more skiers will want to test out the powder for themselves. Tourism in the area continues to grow, attracting more visitors and permanent residents to the Bozeman area.

 

Sources: http://www.10best.com/awards/travel/best-ski-town/

http://www.onthesnow.com/news/a/618707/bozeman--a-ski-destination-in-the-rough

http://www.10best.com/awards/travel/best-ski-resort/

 

Big Sky Resort Breaks Summer Revenue Record

by Hart Real Estate Solutions

Big Sky Resort increased their summer revenue by 10% from the same period in 2014. Since 2014, Big Sky's (town) tourism has been growing faster than both national and state averages.  Over the last few years, Big Sky has invested in its warm weather activity availability.

The resort has focused on continuing to attract visitors all year round by adding new mountain biking trails and new zip lines. Big Sky has also increased its golf presence and added events like Brewfest and running races to attract visitors.

A Big Sky Resort spokesperson pointed to growing tourism in Yellowstone National Park as a catalyst for Big Sky’s summer success. Many visitors to Yellowstone may also take an additional day to see the Big Sky area. Bozeman’s airport has also seen a higher number of visitors, many of whom head to Big Sky.

The Big Sky community has also seen higher visitors too and reported increased lodging tax collections among other tourism indicators.

As Big Sky continues to shift into a year round destination, vacation rentals and other rental investments should see an increase in their value thanks to renter competition. Investment property owners will be happy to know they might squeeze an additional month, or even a full summer out of their vacation rental in Big Sky.

 

 

Source: http://www.bozemandailychronicle.com/news/economy/big-sky-resort-reports-record-summer-revenue/article_14396751-2495-5fed-94b4-8d3c6b6f177d.html

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