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For our final western stop of the Elevated Après Tour—before we head east and hit Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont—we wanted to go big. And what better place to do so than good ol' Big Sky Montana?

The 15-party tour, in which we visit some of the best après-ski bars in America, has gone remarkably well thus far. And the whole time, we'd been thoroughly looking forward to visiting Big Sky, with its gigantic mountains, friendly locals and down-to-Earth vibe. Fortunately, the iconic area did not disappoint, and we had one hell of a party at the famed Lone Peak Brewery.


Thanks to Martin Luther King weekend crowds and social locals looking for a good time, there was no shortage of folks flocking to Lone Peak Brewery in time for our party at 4 p.m. Stoked on an epic day shredding Big Sky's gargantuan terrain, patrons came in with wide smiles and well-deserved thirst, ready for the post-ski festivities to commence.




Local band One Leaf Clover upped the energy at Lone Peak Brewery, big time. This band is super well-known across Montana and beyond, so having them present was a real pleasure for us all.



When the time came to give out some free gear, patrons went totally nuts. We raffled off various items, resulting in wild enthusiasm from the crowd. And since the competition appeared to be so fierce for the gear on-hand, we decided to also reserve a pair of goggle for the winner of a rowdy beer-chugging contest. Needless to say, the party was in full force at this point.





Big Sky exceeded our high expectations, serving as the perfect place not only to get some world-class skiing in, but also some world-class après. The amazing people—both local and visitors—we encountered were a true pleasure to hang with, and we’ll surely be returning as soon as possible for more.

Next up on the Elevated Après Tour: stop number 11 of 15: Loon Mountain, New Hampshire on February 10, where we'll be taking over Paul Bunyan Room. Then, it's onto Sunday River, Maine; Stowe, Vermont; Killington, Vermont; and Stratton, Vermont. Click here to learn more about the Tour, and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat (freeskier_mag) to stay totally up to date on what's happening.



Ski, Eat, Sleep and Discover in Big Sky:

Ski


After warming up a bit, head straight to the top of Big Sky and shred your best on Lone Peak. A quick tram ride to 11,166 feet provides access to 300 degrees of insanely-good skiing including everything you could ever want: trees, wide-open alpine faces, you name it. The peak’s 4,350 vertical feet of terrain will have you hootin’ and hollerin’, no doubt.

Eat

Tucked into the Madison Base Area, Headwaters Grille serves up super-tasty burgers, pizza, chili, salad and more. Cozy up inside, or post up on the massive outdoor deck among several fire pits and picnic tables. Views of Lone Peak and other surrounding mountains will not disappoint, nor will the wide selection of local microbrews on tap.

Sleep

The Huntley Lodge has everything you could ever want and more. To start, its rooms are top-of-the-line, many of which offer full kitchens and balconies with mountain views—the perfect setup to hang in between powder laps at Big Sky.

But, wait, there’s more: a pool, jacuzzi, spa, free parking, free wifi, an amphitheater (often playing rad ski movies), pet-friendly policy and several chairlifts within a short walking distance. Last but not least, the Lodge’s breakfast is town-famous, as well as Chet’s Bar & Grill, which is located in the lobby area and serves up bomb food and drinks all day.

Discover


Two new lifts at Big Sky have gotten a whole lot of attention this season, and for good reason.

The six-person Powder Seeker, which replaced the Lone Peak Triple, has heated seats, head rests and a plexiglass blue bubble to fight off wind. In just three minutes, this thing will whisk you up to 9,812 feet—twice as fast as the old triple.

The Challenger, a new triple decked out with a conveyer load system, is also new to Big Sky, carrying skiers up the mountain in just nine minutes.

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