The Best Ways to Get to Big Sky

You’ve been skiing out west your entire life. Aspen, Vail, Breckenridge, Jackson, Park City, you name it. As winters continue to come and go, you keep hearing of this magical ski resort known as Big Sky. Whether you are coming from the east coast, west coast, or the south, you are wondering about all of the different ways to get up to Montana…preferably, by plane!

Thanks to modern travel, getting to Big Sky has never been easier. Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport sits just 53 miles from the resort and now features more than 17 direct flights, with major carriers like jetBlue, Delta, United, American, and Alaska Airlines participating. Major metropolitan areas with some of these direct flights include New York City, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Dallas, Houston, Detroit, Chicago, and Minneapolis.

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If you have an Ikon or Mountain Collective Pass, you can certainly ski other resorts near Big Sky and make this a ski vacation of a lifetime. Passionate skiers should circle both the greater Salt Lake City / Park City and Denver areas as potential stopovers on their way to or from Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport, especially for those who want to stick to flying and avoid the slippery winter roads up in Montana.

With flight durations of just over one hour, a stop in Utah for The Greatest Snow on Earth” cannot be beat. The Ikon Pass features some of the most well known resorts in Utah: Alta, Snowbird, Brighton, Solitude, and Deer Valley. Mountain Collective also has both Alta and Snowbird on its pass. Staying in Park City and looking for things to do? Be sure to check out our Park City Local Guide for tips. 

Is the Colorado Rocky Mountain high more your speed? With this option, be sure to load up on either your Epic or Ikon Pass for the season and book a flight to Denver International Airport. While the drive to the Colorado Rockies from Denver is not as short as that of the Salt Lake Valley, this is still a great pit stop on your way to Montana. Colorado has a seemingly endless buffet of resorts just outside of Denver. Lucky for you, Ski Butlers serves just about all of them! Assuming you are traveling to Big Sky with just an Ikon or Moutain Collective Pass, you will want to head up to Aspen, Steamboat, and/​or A‑Basin. If you went with an Epic Pass ‑Mountain Collective combination this year, all good. Head to Beaver Creek, Vail, Breckenridge, Copper, or Keystone with that pass in hand and be sure to read our local guides ahead of time to make the most out of your time in Colorado before you head up to Big Sky country.

The final best way” to get to Big Sky that we would recommend does in fact include a bit of driving. Whether you live near a city with a direct flight, or if you have to connect in SLC or Denver, hop on a plane to Jackson Hole. Whip out that Ikon or Mountain Collective Pass and get in as many tram laps as you want, because you’re only a 3 hour drive from Big Sky.

Whether you are growing tired of your usual ski vacation routine, or you want more challenging terrain, or you are just looking to visit a state you have never skied in before, Big Sky certainly offers something for everyone. Combine that with the ability to ski at multiple world-class resorts, and you will be able to plan the ski vacation of a lifetime. 

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