Monday, August 26, 2013

Big Sky Montana and Six Dear Friends

We recently took a trip to resort village of Big Sky, Montana with four dear friends plus my husband and myself. The memories will last forever and the images can't do it justice but I'll share some of the beautiful scenery with you.

If you are not familiar with Big Sky, it is located about midway between West Yellowstone and Bozeman and 15 miles from the northwestern border of Yellowstone National Park. 

How about lavender growing along the road and in the fields? Don't you love the purple color and I bet you can almost smell its fragrance.   

More lavender we saw while driving around the area of Big Sky.

The community has two large ski resorts in the mountain sector of the area: Big Sky Ski Resort and Moonlight Basin Ski Resort. We visited both resorts while there.

Big Sky Ski Resort offers meeting and conferences spaces plus recreational fun like skiing, golfing, zip lining, hiking, mountain biking, horse back riding, white water rafting, and the scenic lift ride.

We took the ski lift to enjoy the views from the top. 

The lift takes up to the summit of Lone Peak Mountain at 11,166 feet. You can see the treeless terrain on Lone Peak Mountain.
View from the top of the lift. 

The resort is trademarked as the "Biggest Skiing in America" through the Biggest Skiing in America Pass skiers and riders have access to over 5, 532 acres. 

Three-quarters of the terrain is Big Sky Report with the remaining trails at Moonlight Basin. 

We took a picture of the terrain map so you can see the ski area in winter.

We went to Moonlight twice while we were in Big Sky. Once just to take in the view then again one evening for dinner. Since I forgot to take pictures showing the front and back of the lodge, the two pictures below are from Google Images. 

We had dinner on the patio at the lodge and the food was great.

Another one of the native flowers in the Big Sky area is Indian Paint Brush.

I read that the flower is edible and was consumed by various Indian tribes. 

Daisies were growing along the roadside.

Our last morning in Big Sky and a toast to Big Sky and over 35 years of friendship.

I'll share a bit of Yellowstone with you next time. - Judy

Linking to:

Masterpiece Monday at Boogieboard Cottage
Metamorphosis Monday@ Between Naps on the Porch

You’re Gonna Love It Tuesday at Kathe With an E

Wow Us Wednesdays at Savvy Southern Style
Outdoor Wednesday at A Southern Daydreamer

Open House Party at No Minimalist Here
Home and Garden Thursday at A Delightsome Life 
Travel Photo Thursday at Budget Travelers Sandbox

Friday Daydreamin' at R We There Yet Mom
Oh the PLACES I've Been at The Tablescaper
Sunny Simple Sunday at Sunny Simple Life


  1. Judy, thanks for sharing the great photos of the area. Sounds like a great time with friends and great memories, too!


  2. Judy, what a wonderful trip. You are in my favorite part of the country. When we took our son out west a few years ago,seeing the Big Sky country was his favorite part of the trip. I love Yellowstone, but the Tetons will always be my favorite place. Your photos are wonderful and your make me want to pack a bag and head out right now! Thanks for sharing!

  3. Gorgeous! Hope ya'll got out of there before the wildfires...been praying for the end of them all day. Your photos are lovely.

  4. Judy,
    What an amazing trip with wonderful friends!!!
    Thank you for our virtual tour!!!

  5. What a fun vacation with old friends. The flowers alone are worth it. The only part of Montana we have seen is the western gate area of yellowstone.

  6. Thanks for sharing your beautiful photos of Big Sky. How much fun to vacation with friends. Looking forward to your pics of Yellowstone.

  7. Stunning countryside. Love those mountains and the view from the ski lift. And the resort looks very stylish.

  8. Beautiful pictures! Yellowstone is beautiful! I haven't been in years but need to make another visit. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

  9. What a beautiful area and pictures, thanks for giving us a wonderful tour

    I'm inviting you to join us for Travel Photo Mondays, it runs the whole week starting on Mondays, come link up with us.

  10. Oh, I love Big Sky...and so wonderful that you shared your trip and experience of that wonderful country with lifelong friends...truly a blessing!..

  11. I've never been to Montana, your pictures are beautiful!

  12. What a beautiful place to relax and enjoy spending time with friends! My family hasn't been to Montana, but your photos look exactly like I imagine it to be.

  13. Gorgeous pictures! Montana is so unbelievably pretty! It's been a few years since we visited there and it makes me want to go back RIGHT NOW! ;)

    Tricia @

  14. Montana looks beautiful - I have always wanted to go!

    Thanks for linking up this week!

  15. This looks so amazing!

    Wonderful to have you be a part of "Oh, the PLACES I've been!"

    - The Tablescaper