It was busy at the base of Big Sky Resort. PHOTO BY JANA BOUNDS

Chasing the early pow

Big Sky Resort has most successful opening day on record

Big Sky Resort kicked off the 2019-2020 ski season with the most successful opening day on record, Troy Nedved general manager of Big Sky Resort said. 

“With more than 70 inches of early season snowfall and cold temperatures, Big Sky's opening weekend was one of the largest terrain openings in the country,” Big Sky Resort public relations manager Stacie Mesuda said. 

So families and solo powder hounds shared the mountain and gave thanks as the snow fell. 

“Okay, Thanksgiving speed!” one father was overheard saying to his family at the Ramcharger 8 lift. “Let’s all make it down the mountain safely.” Then they did a Thanksgiving huddle, broke like they were a sports team and headed down the mountain. 

There were over 24.4 million snowsports visits to the Rocky Mountain region for the 2018-2019 ski season – an increase of 3.6 million from the previous year, according to the National Ski Areas Association.  

“It was fun. Pretty good coverage and a decent amount open for November,” Big Sky resident Michelle Clark-Conley said. 

Big Sky resident Chris Plank agreed that it was a good day of skiing, but he finds any day of skiing a good day. 

“Especially when there’s a massive meal at the end of it!,” he said. “The snow was better in some spots than I would have expected.” 

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