Big Sky, Montana is a vibrant, unincorporated community in southwest Montana, between Bozeman and West Yellowstone
Until the early 1970’s, Big Sky (the term from A.B. Guthrie’s novel of the same name) was a quiet area of southwest Montana real estate along the Gallatin River with a few guest ranches. Now, Ken McBride’s Ranch, the Crail Ranch, plus the 5 Bar B Ranch are the Meadow and Mountain Villages.
(Big Sky, MT: latitude 45.285, longitude 111.368, elevation ~6,200’)
To this day Buck’s T-4; Karst Camp, home to the area’s first ski lift in 1935; the 320 Ranch; and the Rainbow Ranch Lodge are familiar sites in the ruggedly pristine Gallatin Canyon, Montana. In 1976, Boyne USA Resorts bought Big Sky Resort and its vast real estate holding from Everett Kircher. In 1995 construction of the signature Lone Peak Tram was completed.
The conception of NBC Newscaster Chet Huntley, born in Cardwell, Montana, Big Sky Resort opened Dec. 1973. By early 2000, the Summit at Big Sky project was done adding a new hotel at the base of Lone Peak and Andesite Mountain. In 2001, Boyne USA began a $400 million, 10-year improvement project for Mountain Village & the ski area.
Huntley attended Montana State University (Montana State College back then) for a time. His career began at Seattle’s KIRO AM, moving to other northwest stations before switching to CBS Radio in 1939, ABC Radio in 1951, NBC Radio in 1955, and NBC television in 1956. He retired from NBC television in 1970.
Though never investing his own money in Big Sky MT real estate speculation, Broadcast journalist, Chet Huntley aptly gathered capital real estate investors, among them Montana Power, Northwest Airlines, Chrysler, and Burlington Northern.
In its September, 1973 issue, SKI Magazine announced, Montana skiing has arrived! And over 30 years later, its sister publication, Skiing Magazine, ranked Big Sky Resort as the 7th BEST U.S. ski resort. Big Sky Homes, Big Sky Real Estate, Big Sky Condos.
May temperatures average about 60 degrees F, reaching from the 70Fs to 80Fs in July and August. Average daily winter temperatures are around 25 degrees F.
The Big Sky Resort tram carries skiers and riders to 11,150 feet, giving Big Sky Resort one of the largest total vertical drops in the US, and with access to Lone Peak terrain at Moonlight Basin, with a “Lone Peak Pass,” boarders and skiers can experience “America’s Biggest Skiing” on 5,512 acres of Montana ski and snowboard terrain.
Big Sky, Montana, once a highly seasonal, “company town” is now a year-round, recreational destination community, home to more than 1400 residents, over 350 Big Sky Chamber of Commerce members, and Big Sky Resort, Moonlight Basin, The Yellowstone Club, and Lone Mountain Ranch. The region is home to world-class Montana recreation: fly fishing, hunting, golfing, horseback riding, rafting, climbing, snowboarding, skiing, hiking, camping, and a host of other varied recreational opportunities.
Big Sky real estate, with its beautiful, world-class homes, commercial property, condos, town-homes, ranches, and land, is growing quickly, and incorporation of the town is but a few years away. Find a ski in ski out lot by searching Big Sky real estate for sale.