There’s a secret circulating around the town of Big Sky. Now that the President’s Week crowd has come and gone, and the spring breakers have packed their bags, the locals are dusting off their skis, strapping into their boards and coming out to play on nearly 6,000 acres of terrain for what’s arguably the best month of skiing.
Just don’t tell anyone.
April at Big Sky – the epic culmination of a six month snow season fused with mild temperatures and bluebird days. Last year, Big Sky received more than two feet of snow the week before the mountain closed, while the average snowfall in April is 62 inches.
This year, after more than 250 inches of snowfall since the fall, the mountain is totally filled and the skiing is at its best across various climates. On a sunny day, you can ski the south side of the mountain at the Shedhorn area. You can also stay on the North side, where the snow stays in the shade and skis more like winter conditions. In April, you have choice.
As if you needed another reason, April skiing at Big Sky is easier on your wallet. Lift ticket pricing drops dramatically at more than $100 off peak pricing. The same goes for lodging at the newly renovated Summit Hotel and Huntley Lodge, and at the Shoshone condominiums. The Last Laps promotion offers slopeside lodging with rates as low as $179 per night between April 9 and the resort’s closing day of April 23.
Come springtime, you’ll also have your choice of where to lounge for a fun aprés ski scene. It’s the time when locals let loose, where skiers and riders play dress up in silly costumes and post up at one of Big Sky’s fabulous decks, like Everett’s 8800, Shedhorn Grill, or Vista Deck and Westward Social in Mountain Village for middle-of-the-action partying.
Speaking of which, the Spring Series at Everett’s 8800 and Mountain Village plaza returns for its second year, featuring live DJ’s at Everett’s or in the Mountain Village Plaza, complete with costumes and plenty of drinks. The Samuel Adams Air & Apres is a free one-day festival with a stunt show on snow. The slopes become an immersive three-dimensional storytelling visual experience projected directly onto the mountain, while pro skiers and riders throw down with great beers, music, fireworks, and an after-party to cap things off.
It might be closing time, but Big Sky is going out with a bang all month long. Just try and keep it to yourself.
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