EBS Staff

It’s that time of year again dear readers, when EBS asks you to vote for your favorite businesses and personalities, which make this resort hamlet so special. The 2017 Best of Big Sky survey opened Nov. 20 and remains live until Monday, Dec. 11.

With more than 20 categories this year, there are many opportunities to celebrate this corner of Montana, and we’re excited to tally the results. Last year, Olive B’s Big Sky Bistro unseated five-time winner The Lotus Pad as voters’ favorite restaurant. For 2017 we’ve added the category “Best Date Night Restaurant” to see where our readers dine when romance is in the air.

With 17 chamber of commerce ribbon cuttings in the last year, the competition for “Best New Business” is guaranteed to be fierce. And without a designated dog park in Big Sky, we’re asking voters to tell us the “Best Place to Take Your Dog,” so you’ll know where your furry friend is likely to find a social scene.

Peter Schmieding was honored as “Community Member of the Year” by EBS readers in 2016, in a category that recognizes citizens who make a significant impact on this area and the world around them. Schmieding was recognized for his impassioned work on behalf of Tsering’s Fund, a nonprofit devoted to supporting education and earthquake relief in the small mountain country of Nepal.

“I really believe it’s not about me,” Schmieding told EBS last winter. “I’m only out there to try to raise money for others. But I’m very appreciative that people recognize that, it means we’re getting the word out.”

With a new survey comes new opportunity for readers to identify another standout citizen in Big Sky, as well as your favorite eateries, après ski destinations and outdoor retailers, among others. Best of Big Sky results will be published in the Dec. 22 issue of Explore Big Sky.