Vivere a Big Sky, MontanaIyna Bort Caruso
The slopes of Big Sky, Montana are no secret to skiers and snowboarders who appreciate the low-density terrain and 400 inches of snowfall a year. Lift lines are virtually non-existent. This premier resort destination was the brainchild of former NBC newscaster Chet Huntley, a Montana native. The first lifts opened in 1973 and when the resort merged with Moonlight Basin Ski Resort in 2013, the combined 5,800 acres across four mountains allowed Big Sky to crown itself the “Biggest Skiing Resort in America.”
Skiing is but one of Big Sky’s many outdoor attractions. Among its off-mountain pursuits, backcountry hiking, whitewater rafting and blue-ribbon trout streams draw outdoor enthusiasts from all the over the world.
Life in Big Sky also has cultural appeal. The community has a well-respected performing arts venue and hosts both a summer concert series and a classical music festival.
Big Sky is situated in southwest Montana along the Gallatin River, less than an hour from an entrance to Yellowstone National Park. Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport, 45 miles away, offers direct coast-to-coast service. Historically, the Big Sky area was a community of ranches. Although there are still more cows than people, tourism drives the local economy.
Some 70 percent of the homes in Big Sky are occupied as vacation residences.
The Mountain Village area, located by the base of Lone Mountain, has the highest concentration of condominiums including ski-in, ski-out residences. Many offer rental income potential. “Year-rounders” tend to live in the Meadow Village community, Big Sky has s version of a downtown. The Big Sky golf course is at the heart of Meadow Village with luxury homes fringing the links. Larger parcels of land are available in the greater Gallatin canyon area.
Buyers can choose among properties with Gallatin River frontage, in private gated communities or large lots that abut forest service lands.