BIG SKY RESORT
BIG SKY – With three new terrain parks, three new gladed runs, and a few more acres of skiable terrain, Big Sky Resort was geared up for its Nov. 26 opening day.
The Cache, a new advanced natural-style park is stashed in the trees skier’s left of the Swift Current chairlift. Its location will allow easy access to and from the newly revamped Swifty Terrain Park that has increased acreage and an improved jump line.
The Cache has replaced the traditional Freestyle Forest in the Moonlight area, which has been redeveloped into a kid’s adventure area named The Lost Frontier.
The Madison Base Area is scheduled to open Dec. 11, where Wagon Train, off Cinnabar, has been dedicated to two new terrain parks: an advanced park named Peacemaker and an intermediate park called Maverick.
Peacemaker, replacing Zero Gravity, will begin just after the Cinnabar bridge and run all the way down to Glacier Way. Maverick, replacing Pony Park, will start just off Glacier Way and will be accessible through Peacemaker Park or off the Derringer chairlift.
The new intermediate glade run, White Magic, is a nod to the classic Warren Miller film of the same name and has opened about three more acres of terrain accessed via the Swift Current chairlift on the skiers’ right of the Crazy Horse run. Another new intermediate glade run is Short Stack, accessed via the top of Derringer chairlift on skiers’ left.
Kids of all ages are going to enjoy whooping it up on the new beginner glade run, Playground, five acres of terrain assessed via the Swift Current chairlift between Black and Blue and the bottom of Lower Morningstar.
Mountain operations crews have been busy cutting in Comet, a new black diamond ski connection that provides easier access from the Outer Limits ski run to the top of the Six Shooter chairlift. Machine and saw crews also worked diligently this summer removing regrowth, deadfall, and stumps on ski runs to allow more terrain to open faster.