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Why Big Sky is the perfect place to disconnect

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By Derek Lennon EBS Contributor

We live in a wired world. It’s hard to even imagine living a life without technology. We are constantly connected via our laptops, tablets and smartphones. We’re mobile, but we’re still always available. All it takes is the tap of a button and we are connected.

In today’s modern world, our lives revolve around technology. Whether you are impressing your Instagram followers or brokering a multi-million dollar deal, technology can make it happen. Let’s face the facts, it’s hard to disconnect, but wouldn’t it be great if we could?

If your brain deserves a vacation and your body needs to go on a digital diet, it’s time to book a trip to Big Sky. Summer, winter, spring and fall—Big Sky is the perfect place to disconnect. Did you know that cutting back on your technology consumption can help to reduce stress, improve sleep, boost productivity, and increase your overall satisfaction in life? It’s true. Disconnecting is actually good for you!

When was the last time you had a totally technology free day? Be honest. It’s been awhile, right? Leave the technology behind and enjoy the great things that Big Sky has to offer.

If you’re ready to escape the eternal hum of electronics, here are a handful of things you can do in Big Sky to disconnect:

– Watch the sunrise or sunset.
– Participate in a yoga class.
– Go skiing from first chair to last chair.
– Book a night (or two) in a Forest Service cabin.
– Walk the dogs on the Uplands/Hummocks Trails.
– Snowshoe into Beehive Basin.
– Hike to Lava Lake.
– Listen to live music.
– Explore Gallatin Canyon.
– Drive south on Highway 191 to Yellowstone National Park.

You’ll be amazed at how wonderful it is to ditch the technology ball and chain for a week, a day or even just a few hours. Leave the smartphone behind and enjoy the moment. Just be careful because you might get hooked on this “primitive” way of life.

Of course, if you really need to connect while you’re in Big Sky, that’s no problem at all. We completely understand if you need to check in on your puppy at doggy daycare, email the boss, or put the finishing touches on a business deal. That’s life.

There are an abundance of places to tap into Wi-Fi and/or utilize LTE wireless in Big Sky. Looking for a place to connect? Stop by the Big Sky & Greater Yellowstone Welcome Center or login at any Big Sky hotel. Big Sky is wired for everything that you need, but at the same time it’s a place that will inspire you to disconnect too.

Take a pointer from author Kurt Vonnegut: “Enjoy the little things in life for one day you’ll look back and realize they were the big things.” Come for a visit and you’ll see that Big Sky is the perfect place to disconnect.

Derek Lennon is a skier and writer who lives, works, and plays in the mountains of the world. He is based in Big Sky, Montana, where he lives with his wife Mia and two dogs.

A version of this story was originally published on the Visit Big Sky blog at big-sky-perfect-place-disconnect/. Read more interesting content about the area on Visit Big Sky’s blog at

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