TO MONTANA FOR SOME FUN IN THE SNOW
Lone Peak Tram at Big Sky in Montana

TO MONTANA FOR SOME FUN IN THE SNOW

Mary Blilie had been at Big Sky Resort in Montana for just one day but had already snapped more photos of her kids than she had in a long time. That's because when Blilie, now a Minneapolis engineer, was a kid her family skied here every winter and now, after a 17-year hiatus, she was determined to create some of those same happy memories for her own two children

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A visit to Yellowstone at Christmastime
Eileen Reg and Mel get set to board the snow coach to Old Faithful

A visit to Yellowstone at Christmastime

Did you know Yellowstone has more thermal feature than anywhere in the world? And I’d rather visit in winter anytime. The last time we were here in the summer, there were so many people, the kids could barely see Old Faithful. Now we’re hiking in snowshoes around the geyser basin and there’s no one but us and Miguel.

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Coming back year after year
The tram to the top of Big Sky's Lone Peak

Coming back year after year

Other families I meet around the village at the Base of Big Sky are equally enthusiastic about the ski school. The mountain is big but the ski school is small “and that’s important” says Lori Woolbright, who is back for her third holiday here with her husband and eight year old daughter from Myrtle Beach, SC.

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The most skiable terrain in the USA — and it’s not in Colorado!
Our family together at the top of Lone Peak in Montana's Big Sky Resort

The most skiable terrain in the USA — and it’s not in Colorado!

That’s the thing about Big Sky -- it’s at the same time a mountain known for its steeps and deeps with the most with moonlight Basin next door -- the most terrain in the country – 5,512 skiable acres and a 4,350 foot vertical drop. There’s enough extreme terrain at the top of the tram to satisfy my kids but also plenty of wide open blue terrain for those like me nursing a bad knee.

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A Holiday vacation in Montana’s Big Sky country
Reg Mel and Matt hamming it up at Big Sky Resort in Montana

A Holiday vacation in Montana’s Big Sky country

It’s seven in the morning and we’re ensconced in a cozy log cabin with a stone fireplace at Big Sky Ski Resort. I smell bacon and coffee -- my husband is cooking us a hearty breakfast before our first day on what is billed as “the biggest skiing in America.” I’m hoping my kids will love here that Big Sky allows access to some of the country’s biggest vertical drops and steepest lift accessed terrain anywhere

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