by Emily Coombs
on Sunday, September 5th, 2021 at 3:53pm.
Big Sky, Montana is bustling. There's a lot to look forward to in this mountain community, from infrastructure improvements like water and sewer to luxury hotels and expansions at Big Sky Resort.
The locals here are tight, and they band together to make projects happen. Take the community center, BASE, for example. Early in 2022, BASE will open with a gym, fitness facility, indoor climbing wall, art and culture wing, flex space, and behavioral health facilities. This summer, Len Hill Park, a part of the center, opened and is now the permanent home to Music in the Mountains, a free outdoor concert series. And this winter, a refrigerated ice hockey rink is slated to open. In addition, the project expands the trail system and provides a 43% increase in parkland. This project alone shows the dedication of residents to the health and well-being of all of the community.
Soon, improvements along Highway 64 will begin with seven turning lanes, a new stoplight, and a pedestrian tunnel. In addition, expanded fiber optic transmission makes it easier for residents to work remotely, and the new multi-purpose STEAM room at the high school will expand learning capabilities.
Big Sky Community Housing Trust, a non-profit with the mission of improving the availability of affordable housing, is working with the community toward this goal. In a three-tiered program, they are planning future developments, converting vacation rental homes into long-term rentals, and providing DPA loans for down payment assistance.
At Big Sky Resort, Big Sky 2025, a $150 million plan, is underway to upgrade dining, add new motels and improve lift access. A new Swift Current, the third lift with heated seats and a bubble shield, is slated to open for the 2021-22 season and will be the fastest lift in North America.
Two new luxury hotels are in the works, Montage Big Sky at Spanish Peaks will have 150 guest rooms, and Moonlight Basin will be home to One & Only, the only 6-star hotel in the United States, including a 25,000 sq. foot spa.
While all these improvements signal growth in Big Sky, it's important to remember that Big Sky is still a mountain town, very much tucked up in the mountains. It's a vast playground for those who love the outdoors and a small, quiet community of people who genuinely care for one another.
This lifestyle is perfect for some, but it's important to note, living in Big Sky is different than visiting. The town has all the essential services, Big Sky Medical Center, Roxy's Grocery, Ace Hardware, and Lone Peak Cinema, all top-notch organizations. You'll have access to almost anything you need daily. And, the restaurants and shops are top quality and always interesting.
What you won't have, are bigger box stores and more significant purchases. For this, you'll need to go to Bozeman, which is only 45 miles away and follows the Gallatin River through Gallatin Canyon (a location of A River Runs Through It.) The drive is gorgeous, but it's slow; there is a lot of traffic between visitors traveling to Big Sky and Yellowstone, local construction crews headed to work, and trucks carrying supplies. In other words, once residents are at home in Big Sky, they often like staying there.
Big Sky is a competitive market, so if you know what you are looking for, it's essential to be ready when opportunities arise.