Snow in Big Sky is reminding many residents that winter is coming sooner rather than later. Four inches now dust Lone Peak at Big Sky Resort.
It might seem striking that while the still-active Bacon Rind Fire burns just 20 miles away along the edge of Yellowstone National Park, people in Big Sky are building snowmen.
Big Sky Public Relations Manager Stacie Mesuda says that kind of dichotomy is par for the course.
“We can get snow, you know, as early as before Labor Day weekend,” Mesuda says, “and as late as the end of June. This is pretty normal. We’re starting to get some cold temps at night, which is when the snow really starts to fill in.”
This is the second time in under a month that Lone Mountain has seen snowfall, although the famous mountain town’s ski routes won’t open up until Thanksgiving. The powder stands as a constant reminder that tourists will soon be flocking to the mountain, and there’s still work to be done before they arrive.
Big Sky Resort is in the midst of construction for “Ramcharger 8,” the first 8-person chair ski lift in North America, which will be unveiled in mid-December.
And it’s not just the ski resorts that are preparing for a bustling winter season. The town of Big Sky had a record-breaking tourism season last year, and is looking at another busy winter ahead.
Take a live look at the Ramcharger’s construction with this link: https://bigskyresort.com/ramcharger8