By Sheila Chapman Big Sky Resort PR Manager

BIG SKY – Montanans can now get a license to ski. Actually, it’s a license plate. Big Sky Resort teamed up with Big Sky Ski Education Foundation to bring the Biggest Skiing in America license plate to Montana residents. The custom plate features a photo of the resort’s iconic Lone Mountain.

Proceeds from the sales of the Biggest Skiing in America plates will benefit BSSEF, a nonprofit, volunteer-based organization offering competitive ski programs to Big Sky and the surrounding communities.

Jeremy Ueland, BSSEF program director and head coach, says the program hopes to raise between $10,000 and $15,000 annually from the sales of some 500-750 plates. “It’s going to take a lot of support from local residents and others throughout the state.” Ueland said. “[We’re] excited to have a custom plate unique to the Big Sky area.”

A number of BSSEF alumni have made it to various levels of competition, from regional and national events to the World Cup, the most notable being Keely Kelleher, a former U.S. Ski Team member and 2010 National Super G winner.

“BSSEF is a great program at our resort to be associated with,” said Brandon Bang, Sales and Marketing Director at Big Sky Resort. “With this plate, people can express their love of ski programs we all grew up in.”

Visit Big Sky Ski Education Foundation’s website bssef.com or bigskyresort.com for more information.