Big Sky Resort Amenities
Big Sky Resort offers many amenities for your mountain vacation. If tennis is your game, grab your racquet and take in a game at the Big Sky Tennis Club in the Meadow Village. This full service club features four staffed courts. Guests at the Huntley Lodge and Shoshone Condominium can enjoy free access to the two Mountain Village courts located next to the complex. Huntley and Shoshone guests can also work up a sweat with weight machines, saunas, steam rooms and outdoor heated pools, or relax tired muscles with a soak in outdoor whirlpools. For a real treat, try a therapeutic massage or any of the other spa services offered at Solace Spa & Salon at Big Sky Resort, located in the Huntley/Shoshone complex.
A tram ride to the top of Lone Peak is just outside the door of the Lodge. A trip to West Yellowstone might include the Grizzly Bear Discovery Center or the Imax Theater, as well as Yellowstone Park itself. Hebgen Lake, the site of the devastating 1959 earthquake, isn’t far away, and the restored towns of Virginia City and Nevada City are a scenic drive from there. Perhaps you would like to see the unique Lewis & Clark caverns or fish in the Ulery Lakes of the Gallatin River. Horseback riding, hiking and climbing are popular activities. The “activities” table at the Retreat will help you.
If you are called to enjoy the splendor of your surroundings at anytime during the Retreat, please feel free to indulge yourself. All the main sessions are audio taped so you won’t miss a thing. You can have it all!
An inspiring game awaits you as the sun warms the cool morning mist off the fairways and creates the perfect climate for a great day of golf. You mustn’t allow things like the spectacular panoramas or the possibility of viewing a passing moose in the willows distract you…this is a serious game. Such “hazards” are common at the Arnold Palmer-designed Big Sky Golf Course, which winds along the west fork of the Gallatin River. This 18-hole, par 72 Championship course is located 6500 feet about sea level, which gives you not only spectacular views, but longer drives. The links design offers a challenge for the dedicated player, and a pleasant outing for the casual golfer. Don’t miss your opportunity to play one of Montana’s finest public golf courses. To reserve your tee time, call (406)995-4706.
The whitewater raft trip on the Gallatin River will be arranged as an optional activity for our “free” afternoon. Imagine yourself out on the rocking and rolling waters of the Gallatin River, taming the rapids with the help of an experienced guide on a rafting excursion you’ll remember for the rest of your life. You conquer “Whacker Wave,” make your way around “House Rock,” and speed through the “Mad Mile.” Beautiful scenery and loads of fun await you on your half day trip.
You can feel it now…speeding down a rugged mountain trail, the wind whistling through your helmet, breathing the clean, crisp mountain air. Or maybe you’re taking it easy, cruising down the road, meeting other bicyclists and taking in the sun and scenery along the way. Adventures Big Sky rents top quality fat-tire mountain bikes, featuring 21 speeds, cantilever brakes and small packs. Helmets are provided free of charge for your protection. Bikes can be rented at Big Sky Sports in the Mountain Mall, next to Huntley Lodge. They provide maps and information for the novice to expert rider.
You can be “Cowboy for a Day” at our nearby corrals. Helpful wranglers and gentle horses guide you through adventure filled trails so you can discover some of the most scenic parts of Montana the way early settlers did. Gorgeous mountain vistas and wildlife viewing are all part of your trip. Horseback rides from one hour to a full day are available and trailside lunches can be arranged if desired. All trips are guided by wranglers, who will help beginner riders, and share some local color and knowledge of the area. Reservations are necessary. Book your ride with the Big Sky Stables by calling the Concierge Desk at 995-5806 or in-house extension 5806, after you arrive at the hotel.
It’s just you and Big Sky country as you pull on your hiking boots and head for the boondocks on any of our miles and miles of trails. Greeting you with roaring streams, alpine meadows blanketed with a rainbow of wildflowers, snow-clad peaks and alpine lakes with rising rainbow, golden and cutthroat trout, the Lee Metcalf Wilderness Area and Gallatin National Forest are your hosts for memorable walks on the wild side of Big Sky. The Huntley Lodge activities desk can provide maps or recommend naturalists and wildlife guides. Don’t forget your camera, the views are gorgeous and wildlife abounds.
Take a whirl around Meadow Village and get a great aerobic workout at the same time. Adventures Big Sky offers in line skate rentals for free spirits who want to blade the smooth winding streets that surround the golf course. Rental price includes a helmet and protective padding.
Set aside a day for a Yellowstone safari. America’s oldest and best known national park lies a short 18 miles south of Big Sky. The west entrance to Yellowstone is only 45 miles away. You will encounter favorite sights such as Old Faithful, Mammoth Hot Springs, the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone River, and much more. You may see buffalo herds numbering in the hundreds, elk moving to greener pastures, ducks, geese and swans adrift on the river, and bald eagles in flight. Take a walk on one of the Park’s multitude of boardwalk trails to view the natural wonder of Yellowstone’s thermal features, or see the rewarding rebirth of flora and fauna since the great fire of 1988. Yellowstone Park is a natural treasure not to be missed. Be sure to bring your America the Beautiful Annual Pass or Senior Pass, if you have one.
“The 18-inch trout that got away…” When you come to Big Sky, remember your rod and reel so you won’t miss out on some of the best blue-ribbon fly fishing you may ever experience. Five incredible trout streams, all within easy driving distance, grace the Big Sky area. The Gallatin River, where the movie, “A River Runs Through It” was filmed, is right out our front door. If you are trying your hand at fly fishing for the first time, or if you are not familiar with the area, we recommend guides to make your experience much more enjoyable. Inexpensive temporary visitor fishing licenses can be purchased nearby, and equipment rentals are available through qualified outfitters. By the way, when they do “get away,” that’s okay. Catch and release fishing is encouraged to preserve the quality of Montana’s rivers.