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Big Sky Resort is the ideal launch pad for families interested in mountain biking, zipline tours, hiking or simply beating the heat. In the heart of the Mountain Village are a number of kids’ activities: climbing wall, bungee trampolines, giant swing, marble run, gemstone mining and more.

The resort opens for the summer season June 8. Stay in one of a number of comfortable hotel accommodations right on the mountain. The kids can play in the pools. Mom and dad have access to the spa and fitness centers.

Mountain biking is scheduled to open June 23. This summer, Big Sky Resort is installing a brand new 8-seat, high-speed chairlift - the first of its kind in North America. Because of the construction of Ramcharger 8, bikers will use Thunder Wolf Chairlift to access the mountain biking trails on Andesite Mountain. Big Sky Resort has more than 40 + miles of biking trails. There are flow trails for bikers of all levels. This year, a new trail, Gambler, will allow intermediate downhill bikers to ride Swift Current Chairlift from top to bottom beginning in mid-July.

Mountain bike season passes are on sale for $125 through the end of June.  

One of the resort’s biggest attractions is the Lone Peak Expedition. Take a tram ride to Lone Peak, Montana’s highest scenic overlook at 11,166 feet. From the top of Lone Peak, guests can see three states and two national parks. No hike required.

Big Sky Resort is also host to a number of summer events. The 5th Annual Vine & Dine Wine and Food Festival offers adventure wine tastings and exquisite food prepared by celebrity chefs. Big Sky Brewfest attracts more than 30 breweries from around the country. The Rut Mountain Runs, a Labor Day weekend running festival, has been called one of the toughest endurance races in the world.

Big Sky is also stepping up its music game this summer. Music in the Mountains, a free community concert every Thursday in the town center, will host Shovel’s & Rope, Mandolin Orange, the Kitchen Dwellers and more. The headliners of the inaugural Moonlight MusicFest in August include Grace Potter and Bruce Hornsby & the Noisemakers.

Below is a breakdown of activities by month:


            June 8             Opening day

            June 23             Mountain biking opens

            June 29             Kids Adventure Games – an adventure obstacle course for kids ages 6 - 14


            July 4               Firecracker Open at the Big Sky Golf Course – golf tournament

            July 20 – 22      Total Archery Challenge

            July 21              15th Annual Big Sky Brewfest

            July 27 – 29      Rut Training Camp – get ready for the Rut Mountain Runs

            July 29              Lone Peak Enduro


            Aug. 15 – 19     Vine & Dine Wine and Food Festival

            Aug. 17 – 18     Moonlight MusicFest

            Aug. 31– Sept. 2The Rut Mountain Runs – an endurance running festival


            Sept. 28            Resort closing day