Skiing and Snowboarding near Livingston

News, Updates, & Moreon January 10th, 2011Comments Off on Skiing and Snowboarding near Livingston

Whether you plan all of your winter vacations completely around skiing or snowboarding, or you are planning on coming to Montana for other reasons but would like to fit some skiing in as well, you will find that you have some options once you get here.

Bridger Bowl

The favorite among locals, due to its proximity to Livingston, Bridger Bowl is actually a non-profit that was started back in the 1950’s by local ski enthusiasts.  The mountain is located 30 miles from Livingston and boasts 2000 ski-able acres with the longest run being 3 miles.  Pros of skiing Bridger is that it is the closest ski area to Livingston and the prices are better than you may find anywhere else nearby.  The cons of Bridger are that it is a fairly small mountain, thereby limiting the amount and length of runs and it is also not the best option for snowboarders because there is a lot of traversing between runs with long flat stretches.

Moonlight Basin

Moonlight is located in Big Sky, just 76 miles from Livingston and is situated on the northern edge of Big Sky Resort.  They have 1900 ski-able acres with their longest run coming in at 2.8 miles.  Pros of Moonlight include much less expensive lift prices than Big Sky.  They also have several areas of freestyle terrain which include jumps, hits, ramps, fun boxes, jibs and rails.  The main con of Moonlight is that most of its runs are located on the opposite side of Lone Peak from Big Sky which leaves it in the shade for most of the day.

Big Sky Resort

Big Sky Resort is located right next to Moonlight Basin in Big Sky, MT.  It is by far the largest of the three ski areas listed here with 150 named runs covering over 85 miles on three separate mountains.  Their longest run is 6 miles.  View various map here: Big Sky maps.  Pros of Big Sky Resort are its size which offers a wide variety of runs for all levels and great for snowboarding as well.  It is also located on the sunny side of the mountain, which can be beneficial on a cold Montana day.  The main con is the price of lift tickets which is comparable to some Tahoe ski resorts.  They may offer discounts, such as if you purchase your tickets online.

**There is also the option now to get one pass to ski both Big Sky Resort and Moonlight Basin.  You can find more info on that at either one of their websites.


All three of these ski areas can be day trips from Livingston if you wish, with Bridger being a much more reasonable day trip.  Of course if you spend the day skiing in Big Sky you can always stop in Bozeman for dinner on your way back to Livingston.  If you are flying in to Montana you will have to rent a car to get to any of these resorts and you will want to make sure and rent one with either four wheel drive or all wheel drive! 


As always, if you have any questions about local activities just give us a call or stop by the front desk.

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