Now that Big Sky Resort in Montana is
host to some of the biggest
skiing in America, with 5,800 acres, it’s on the map as a top ski
destination for a ski vacation week. The
lodging at Big Sky is plentiful, from the posh on mountain Summit
Hotel, nearby The Huntley and Shoshone, to condos and private ski
homes along the trails at Moonlight Basin and Spanish Peaks.
Part of a great ski week is unique local dining. Big Sky's Mountain Village
offers several eateries.
Best Big Sky On Mountain Lunch Spots:
Take the Ram Charger lift to Everett's 8800, named for Boyne resorts
founder and the elevation of this grand mountain lodge. Since
Big Sky bought Spanish Peaks,
this beautiful on mountain log cabin is open for ski in lunch or a drink at the
grand bar with spectacular views of
Lone Peak. Crepes, Swiss Rosti potatoes and warm apple strudel brings a taste of
Europe to the Montana mountains. Evenings, ride the Ramcharger lift in the
moonlight for a special menu in this magnificent mountaintop setting,
You must ski to the Moonlight Lodge, and have lunch at the
Moonlight Tavern with a ski slope view. This spectacular lodge by the
Iron Horse Quad is a sight to behold, mountain goats climb the
immense river stone fireplace, and a big bronze bear is perched fireside by
inviting leather couches. Burgers, soups and pub fare are served alongside the
stunning views of mountainside mansions, towering Lone Peak, and the
Best Big Sky Lunch in the Village:
Lunch at The Peaks in the Summit Hotel at Big Sky offers daily soup and
sandwich specials, and build your own salads. The view of the slopes will tempt
you back out for more calorie burning on Ramcharger.
The Carabiner Bar in the Summit Hotel serves lunch and après ski cocktails in
casual cowboy style. Saddle up to a cowhide bar stool, or settle into one of the leather couches
by the fire and you will ease right into après
ski, in other words – you are done for the day. On sunny afternoons, the outdoor
couches around firepits are the perfect place to soak up views of Lone Peak
while sipping a Montana brew. Carabiner’s pub menu offers burgers, buffalo
empanadas and the like.
Andiamo in Big Sky's Village Center serves ski in ski out
Tuscan lunch specials, delicious Italian dinners, but with no windows or view of the slopes,
slide off your ski boots and enjoy La Docle Vita.
Montana Jack serves southwestern fare, in a casual cowboy bar setting in the
Mountain Mall. A big pile of nachos and a view of skiers coming and going will
keep you fueled for an afternoon of skiing Swifty and Ram Charger, or a trip up
the Tram to the Dictator Chutes. Après ski, you will find drinks deals and
Yeti Dogs is a local love, gourmet hot dogs with lots of
toppings are quick and hearty. Beer is available here too, located in the base of the Snowcrest Lodge
where ski school and rentals are headquartered.
The Burger Bar at Big Sky, next to the fire pit in the skiers’
plaza, also known as the beach, serves alfresco beef burgers. The fire pit is
also a local hangout when the lifts close, grab a PBR or a Bozone beer in the
Mountain Mall Hungry Moose Deli and discuss with the Big Sky regulars what to
wear on DirtBag Day (a zany local spring ski tradition in March).
The Madison Base Village at Moonlight Basin, just above the Six
Shooter chairlift, serves lunch in a yurt – though once inside the cozy café
style Headwaters Grill, you soon forget it’s a temporary structure.
Best Big Sky Places for Dinner:
The Summit Hotel Peaks Restaurant serves dinner – all with a
fantastic view of the outdoor heated pool and the ski slopes.
Next door within
the Summit Hotel is The Carabiner Bar, great for après ski
drinks and entertainment.
Andiamo’s is a whimsically decorated
restaurant serving Tuscan Italian in the Village Center building. In the
Mountain Mall are Montana Jacks serving southwestern, and
Hummers, plus a bustling grocery store with deli, beer and wine. The ski in ski
out Cabin Restaurant has a cozy post and beam atmosphere and
serves local cuisine – attached to the Arrowhead building. You can also indulge
in Swiss style fondue at to indulge in Fondue Stube, a
traditional cheese fondue restaurant in the Huntley Hotel, where you will also
find Chet’s Bar & Grill – named for Big Sky’s founder, news
anchor Chet Huntley.
But we have found the best food for dinner at Big Sky is off the mountain at
Bucks' T-4, or Lone Mountain Ranch.
Buck’s T4 is everything you would expect from a Montana steak
house. A complimentary shuttle will transport you to Buck’s, a 15 minute ride
down from Big Sky (keep a look out for big horn sheep on the roadside). Buck's
classic 1946 hunting lodge offers cozy booths or tables by the big fireplace. A
super friendly team of Montanans greet you and describe the extensive menu. The
post and beam ranch walls are adorned by elk, bear, and bison. Much of this
local game is also featured on the menu. Montana raised hand cut Wagyu steaks,
bison, red deer, lamb and local trout are thoughtfully prepared with hearty
sides like garlic mashed potatoes and corn grits.
Buck’s T4 also has an inviting bar serving pub fare like their Bodacious Waygu
Beef burgers. Montana draft beers and an impressive wine list featuring
California and Columbia River selections accompany beautiful, big portions at
Buck's T4. Save room to share a warm chocolate chip cookie served in a skillet
(you will burn it off skiing Lone Peak the next day). Buck’s is family owned and
operated, classic Montana fare in a cozy ranch. Be sure to dine at
T4 during your ski week at Big Sky.
Lone Mountain Ranch is a gorgeous slice of Montana, it's a dude
ranch style setting with upscale fine dining in the Main Lodge, and classic
cabins dotting the immense property. A long grand drive through log arches just
off the Big Sky access road leads you to this magical setting with sparkling
trees, draft horse drawn sleigh and a grand lodge, built in 1915, where dinner
A cocktail in
Mountain Ranch’s copper top bar, The Ranch Saloon, by the fireplace is a
great start to the evening, perhaps a Montana Mule while enjoying
live local entertainment. For dinner, you can enjoy the cozy saloon, or settle
into the grand dining room under antler chandeliers and a soaring fieldstone
fire. Dinner choices include elk, pheasant, bison, and trout.
An alternative to elegant dining inside the grand lodge is a
Lone Mountain Ranch's sleigh ride dinner. A draft horse drawn sleigh delivers
you through the snowy forest
to the North Fork Cabin where a home cooked prime
rib meal is served – family style by lantern light. Picture a cowboy singing
songs as you dine in your remote cabin with a woodstove fire. These Big Sky
sleigh ride dinners are a three decade old tradition. Daytime sleigh rides are
offered as well, with cocoa and cookies at the cabin served by campfire. The
entire setting of Lone Mountain Ranch sparkles with white lights, snow covered
hills and cozy log cabins nestled here and there. While we were big on
skiing at Big Sky, I am sure the extensive 85 kilometers of Nordic trails, or 30 kilometers of snowshoe trails, at Lone Mountain Ranch would be the perfect
appetite earner before dinner.
Big Sky Best Bets for Dinner:
Lone Mountain Ranch Sleigh Ride Dinner
Andiamo in Village Center
Everetts 880 reached by Ramcharger chair at night
Moonlight Lodge Tavern
Best Après Ski at Big Sky: The Carabiner Bar in the Summit Hotel is the perfect corner
spot with great mountain views, cowhide barstools and cozy leather couches by
the fireplace. Most afternoons there is live music entertainment – a guitarist
or small band. Pub fare with a Montana theme is served and local Montana
microbrews are on tap.
Montana Jacks and Scissorbills also have live
bands on weekends and holidays, with a very causal come in ski boots or whatever
Moonlight Lodge Tavern has happy hour après ski with live music
most nights and a killer view of the slopes.