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406 Forum: Big Sky’s shoulder season



The shoulder seasons in Big Sky seem to be getting shorter every year with more visitors in town during the “off seasons.”

Do you think this is a positive trend for the community? Why or why not?



Randy Hall, Big Sky, Montana

“I think it’s a good thing. If we could get the businesses that want to stay open during the off seasons to do so—and if we can work out our housing problems—I think we could slowly build a middle class and create year-round employment opportunities that would benefit individuals, as well as the community as a whole.”





Erin Wright, Gallatin Gateway, Montana

“I think it’s a good thing because it makes Big Sky less of a tourist destination and more of a real town. But also I like that there is somewhat of a shoulder season because it gives us time to work on big projects [at Scissorbills Saloon] without having to close. And no one asks for time off [in the winter] because they get it in the offseason!”





Michelle Clark-Conley, Big Sky, Montana

“I don’t want to lose my offseason completely because it’s part of the reason I live here. But it’s nice to be able make some money during the offseason so you don’t have to save up as much money [during the high seasons]. What used to be a three-month offseason is now really one month, but it still leaves time to travel. The day I have to work year round I’m leaving town.”



Matthew Grandy, Big Sky, Montana

“I think it’s a good trend and shows that we’re becoming a viable community and not just a seasonal resort town. And this is coming from the best skier on the mountain.”

Joseph T. O'Connor is the previous Editor-in-Chief for EBS newspaper and Mountain Outlaw magazine.

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