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Big Sky HotelsPerched just 15 miles from the steaming geysers of Yellowstone National Park, and offering the 'biggest skiing' in America on the dominating Lone Peak, Big Sky is a dream destination for any outdoor adventure junky. Two resorts converge on the mountain, giving skiers the chance to slalom down more than 250 tree-lined runs, each of which is liberally covered by thick, powdery snow. Below the slopes, luxury spas and toe-warming bars await - perfect for thawing out any frozen limbs after a long day's skiing. Things to seeWith over 30 lifts, 5,750 acres of skiable terrain, and an average snowfall totaling more than 400 inches, skiing simply doesn't get any better. The Big Sky Ski Resort is a picturesque wooden village, peeking out from the snow-blanketed landscape. Thrill seekers will be well occupied on the practically vertical expert slopes, but the resort's zip line - which allows visitors to plummet from the peaks along 4 sweeping stretches of wire, letting their feet skim just above an ocean of fir trees, is only for the truly brave-hearted. Encounters with lumbering elks and dancing deer are common on the mountains, and a trip to the Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center gives visitors a chance to meet some of nature's most majestic animals in a safe environment. Admire the black and white flecked fur of graceful wolves, as they prowl and play in their vast enclosure, before staring into the eyes of the fierce grizzly bears that are protected by the Center. There's an opportunity to learn about the area's fascinating history nearby - at Yellowstone Historic Center – and the Western gateway to the great National Park lies just a few meters away.Hotels in
Big SkyAfter a day in awe of nature's wonders, the simple pleasure of cuddling around an open fire, in a stylish mountain cabin, is even more enjoyable. Big Sky's luxury accommodation lets you stay close to the ski runs, while providing shelter from the elements in a bubble of toasty paradise. Thick glass windows give you a front row view of the clouds rolling in over the peaks at night, and the first snowflakes beginning to tumble. Pretty lodges, with gently warmed indoor and outdoor swimming pools, populate the lower reaches of Mount Lone, and WiFi, televisions, and phone connections are all available in Big Sky hotels – even in this wild wonderland.Where to stayThe cluster of hotels in West Yellowstone makes it an ideal place to stay, offering a chance to stock up on fishing supplies and snacks before beginning a Yellowstone adventure. Drive in to marvel at the lagoon colored, Grand Prismatic Spring, before feeling the cooling spray of the plunging, crashing Yellowstone Falls on your face. If you're more interested in the area's skiing, stay around Big Sky itself, where any free time can be filled viewing the reflection of Lone Peak shimmering in the still water as you kayak to the center of Lake Levinsky, or by splashing over gurgling river crossings on horseback. How to get to Big SkyThe nearest airport to Big Sky is Bozeman Yellowstone International, which is around 50 miles away. It’s linked with Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Denver - among others – and international visitors usually catch a connecting flight from Minneapolis. For ultimate freedom, and to enjoy a trip right into the heart of Yellowstone, most people choose to hire a car from the terminal. Shuttle busses do run between the airport and Big Sky, however.