Compiled by ExploreBigSky.com editors and staff
Locals and visitors from afar logged on to ExploreBigSky.com or filled out surveys by hand, weighing in on their favorites in Big Sky. This survey was conducted in a “write-in” format. Those filling out surveys had the chance to nominate anyone or any business they chose.
Thanks to all the voters for helping us dig up the best of the best, including top restaurant, après ski joint, and outdoor shop around. And congrats to the winners! We all appreciate your hard work.
1st – Blue Moon Bakery
2nd – Hungry Moose
3rd – Big Sky Coffee and Tea
Blue Moon Bakery won Best Cup of Coffee in Big Sky, boasting piping hot joe and specialty drinks from their espresso machine, including mochas, Americanos and cappuccinos. At left, Mark Nimmo whips up a a Big Sky fav. Hungry? The bakery has a full array of baked muffins and scones, as well as killer breakfast sandwiches. Visit bigskybluemoonbakery.com or call (406) 995-2305.
1st – Big Sky Resort
2nd – Moonlight Basin
3rd – Maverick Mountain
Topping the list of Best Mountain in Montana, Big Sky Resort took the cake. And it isn’t surprising. With 148 of 155 runs open, covering 3,656 skiable acres, Big Sky has the goods. All area resorts started the winter off in epic fashion, receiving feet upon feet of the fluffy white stuff. Hit the tram ASAP! Check them out online at bigskyresort.com or call (406) 995-4880.
1st – Wrap Shack
2nd – Blue Moon Bakery
3rd – Bugaboo
Kim Hueftle (L) makes a mean wrap, and the Wrap Shack won Best Lunch for 2012. They offer affordable monster wraps with such names as the Smokin’ Gringo, with slow-roasted pulled pork and The Buddha, with grilled steak. Karen Macklin and Don Mattusch took over the operation in 2011 and offer something for everyone. Don’t forget to try the frozen marguerita. Go to werollemfat.com or call (406) 995-3099 for more information.
1st – Choppers Grub and Pub
2nd – By Word Of Mouth
3rd – Lone Peak Brewery
Choppers walked away with Big Sky’s Best Place to Grab a Drink award. Whether you’re in for apres or posted up for a game on one of their many flat screens, Choppers will quench your thirst. They have more than 100 beers and wines available and an extensive list of liquor and mixed drinks. Visit choppersgrubandpub.com or call (406) 995-3830.