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Best of Big Sky 2013

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Compiled by editors and staff

Locals and visitors from afar logged on to 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.

Best Outdoor Shop:

1st – Grizzly Outfitters

2nd – Gallatin Alpine Sports

3rd – Lone Mountain Sports

Marc Lang, bootfitter extraordinaire at Grizzly Outfitters, straps up a sale. Grizzly topped the Best Outdoor Shop category, boasting a full-service ski repair shop, rental center and specialty bootfitters. Visit, or call (406) 995-2939.

Best Pizza:

1st – Blue Moon Bakery

2nd – Ousel and Spur

3rd – Milkies

Blue Moon Bakery led the Best Pizza in Big Sky category, with toppings out the wazoo and mouth-watering crust. Try the Orion, a pie built for a hunter, or the Northern Lights, complete with Feta cheese, artichokes, roasted red peppers, garlic, spinach, basil and sundried tomatoes. Visit or call (406) 995-2305.

Best Burger:

1st – Choppers Grub and Pub

2nd – The Corral

3rd – Lone Peak Brewery

Choppers Grub and Pub, located in Town Center, won Best Burger, and it’s no wonder. The Juevos Rancheros burger, with a fried egg, ranchero sauce, pepperjack and cheddar will curb your appetite. If not, get the Hog, a full pound of meat with three slices of bacon and your choice of cheeses. Visit or call (406) 995-3830.

Event of the Year:

1st – PBR (Professional Bull Riders) Rodeo

2nd – Summer Concert Series

3rd – Dirtbag Competition

Victory! The PBR (Professional Bull Riders) rodeo won Event of the Year. With big bad bulls, live music, mutton bustin’ and a multitude of additional festivities, last year’s event included the “best eight seconds of your life,” the seeming-eternity that a cowboy had to stay atop their bull. This year’s two-day event is scheduled for July 31 and Aug. 1. Visit or call (406) 995-2055.

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