by Emily Coombs
on Saturday, July 18th, 2020 at 4:15pm.
Big Sky is truly breathtaking. Nestled into the middle of the Madison Range and surrounded by majestic peaks in every direction, life feels amplified. Driving along the Gallatin River to get to Big Sky seems like an unveiling, the view around each corner even more stunning than the last. People live here for the vast outdoor playground, the tight-knit community, and the love of a quieter lifestyle. From the thriving Warren Miller Performing Arts Center to community events like the Big Sky Farmer's Market, to the ever-growing Big Sky School District, residents care about the quality of life.
Interestingly, Big Sky is not a town, but an unincorporated community straddling both Gallatin and Madison counties. They have no government, but rather an army of volunteers who work together to create solid community planning.
There are five main areas of development, each one taking you deeper into the Madison mountains.
Remember the epic fishing scenes from A River Runs Through It? It took place along the Gallatin River. This canyon is gorgeous. There are some homes along the river, but not many. There are several housing areas and businesses near the turnoff; restaurants, galleries, and other services. The schools and performing arts center reside in the canyon area.
The Meadow Village, including Big Sky Town Center, is the main village in the area. In other words, this is where the action lives. Shops, restaurants, and galleries are all within walking or biking distance. Lone Peak Cinema, an ice skating rink during winter, and in most years, a summer concert series, Music in the Mountains and Big Sky PBR, fills the area with entertainment. This area also has the widest variety of real estate, both commercially and residentially.
At the base of Lone Mountain, Big Sky Resort and the surrounding homes and businesses make up Mountain Village. You're right close to the mountain where you can be on the lifts in a matter of steps. Big Sky Resort is in the midst of a 10-year capital plan to turn Big Sky into a world-class, year-round mountain destination, including new lifts, more restaurants, and on-mountain home sites.
Members of the Spanish Peaks Mountain Club enjoy spectacular views, a central location and direct access to some of the nation's best downhill skiing. An 18-hole Tom Weiskopf golf course and clubhouse are lively gathering spots, along with fine dining, a full-service bar and lounge, a pool, hot tub, and fitness facilities. Real estate consists of homes, townhomes, and land on which to build. For those looking for a legacy parcel, the Gallatin Preserve consists of 10 large-acre tracts alongside the club's southern edge.
On the north side of Lone Mountain, Moonlight Basin is a haven. This area is a vital part of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, connecting sections of the Lee Metcalf Wilderness. This area of land is in conservation easements, protecting critical migration routes and wildlife habitat. From slope-side living to properties around Ulery's Lake, both summer and winter are beautiful. New properties include Lake Homes, (four and 5-bedroom contemporary homes) 16 residences in the new Lake Lodge, 13 homesites with spectacular mountain views plus condominiums, and townhomes. Moonlight is also home to The Reserve, a private, 8000-yard, Jack Nicklaus Signature course.