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Sunday, December 14, 2014

Big Sky, MT: Big skies and culinary mountain adventure, Day 1

Where is Big Sky, MT? What is Big Sky, MT? Who is Big Sky, MT? All of these questions will be answered in the next 3 days as we take you on a journey to one of Mother Nature’s hideaways. Big Sky, MT is situated between Bozeman (BZN is the nearest airport) and West Yellowstone off of Highway 191.

  • Elevations vary from 6,200 (in Meadow Village) to 11166 feet (at Lone Mountain Peak).
  • Population is 2,500
  • 25 eateries from bars and restaurants
  •  40 retail shops

Their main attractions are best enjoyed in the summer and winter. Summer provides hiking, horseback riding, fly-fishing, golfing, ziplining, white water rafting, mountain biking, and visits to Yellowstone National Park. In the winter, skiing and other snow activities await you as the pure white snow blankets the slopes. We will explore more in Day 2 and Day 3 so stay tuned.

  • Travel tip: If you have a preferred airline, see if they have a club or lounge. I fly United and there numerous locations around the world. The United Club has 2 locations at LAX and DEN with amenities like conference rooms (for business meetings), family room, showers, comfortable seating, continental breakfast in the mornings and snacks in the afternoons/evenings. You can also bring in 2 guests with you in case you are traveling with family or co-workers. The customer service is always top-notch and when your flights are cancelled, there are ticket agents on hand to help make your next connection a breeze. United Club has saved me numerous times so I don’t travel without it.

During the summer, direct flights are available from Phoenix, San Francisco, Minneapolis, Chicago, Houston, Las Vegas, and Denver to Bozeman. Bozeman International Airport is one of the smallest and one of the most beautiful airports around. It is a little bigger than Hilo Airport in Hawaii and décor is reminiscent of a mountain lodge with high ceilings, rugged mountain architecture, American Indian designs in the carpeting, and natural light from all of the windows. With luggage in tow and rental car packed, we were on the road to Big Sky.

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