It’s almost time for Montana’s ski areas to open for the winter season!

As it prepares for opening day – less than two weeks to go! – Big Sky Resort sent out some information about the recent improvements it’s made to its beginner area.

Over the summer Big Sky redesigned the beginner area to “provide students of all ages the development steps to evolve into lifelong participants of snow sports. The new design eases the learning progression through three surface lifts and the only skill required is standing on a conveyor.”

Photo courtesy of LONNIE BALL

Photo courtesy of LONNIE BALL

Read on:

Absolute beginner children step onto the Small Fry surface lift in a virtually level area, located immediately outside the Snowcrest Lodge Big Sky Mountain Sports School facility.

This Children’s Bowl has added a second, longer, surface lift, called Beehive Basin, to improve the lesson experience for all children in the Big Sky Mountain Sports School program.

A newly purchased surface lift, Middle Basin, was installed this summer and seamlessly links the Children’s Bowl and the Bear Basin surface lift. Bear Basin has been moved to far skiers right adding more ideal beginner terrain, to prepare students for steeper slopes, wider turns, and to graduate to the beginner chairlift. Adult first time skiers and riders learn the fundamentals in a safe and easy environment, learning safety, equipment and how to dress for comfort.

In addition to the Mountain Village, Big Sky Mountain Sports School will also be located at the Madison Base in the Moonlight Basin area offering the same snow sports services.

Big Sky Resort has created one of the finest Snowsports Schools in America with a diverse staff of instructors, all certified by Professional Ski Instructors of America (PSIA)/American Association of Snowboard Instructors (AASI), with the goal to help adults or children, groups or private lessons in skiing or snowboard, advance to the Biggest Skiing in America® experience.

The redesign will help guests taking lessons enjoy our entry level terrain with less effort.