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Big Sky Closing For Season Sunday

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BIG SKY, Mont. -

People have just two days left to ski at the nation's largest ski resort before it closes for the winter season.

"It's truly been an epic year, one of the best ever," said Cindy Reiss, who is a skier.

Big Sky Resort is winding down its winter season with a party this weekend.

Saturday is the annual Pond Skim.

Big Sky Resort spokeswoman Sheila Chapman said it is a way for thousands of people to celebrate a great ski season.

 "It is winding a down a phenomenal ski season that we've all experienced," said Chapman. "And then we are going to shut down and get ready for our summer season."

Chapman said the resort has gotten well over 400 inches of snow this season.

Unlike many other ski hills in Montana, Big Sky isn't extending their season. They always close Easter Sunday.

Even though there is still plenty of snow, Reiss doesn't mind.

"I think it is ending on a great not," said Reiss. "It is always kind of sad to put the skies away for the season, but when you've had so much fun it is hard to be sad about the experience."

This is the first season Big Sky Resort was open after acquiring Moonlight Basin in October.

Chapman said this year they've seen skiers from all over the world because of the merger.

She said the whole community has benefited.

"The entire community has seen a huge uptick in visitation to lodges, restaurants, so the whole community is thriving this winter," said Chapman.

Even though the final numbers aren't in yet, Chapman is expecting this to be another record year for Big Sky.

But Reiss said having more people on the mountain didn't affect the experience.

"Chair lifts are fast so people can get disbursed across the mountain so it never feels busy," said Reiss.  "You just never get stuck in a long lift line at Big Sky. It's great."

Chapman said she expects the finals numbers to come out sometime next week.

Big Sky Resort will open for summer activities on June 8.

Chapman said they will expand some of their summer activities to the Moonlight Basin area.

Details on those changes will be finalized in May.

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