In the Northern areas of the United States, winter consumes nearly 5 months of the year. This means that those individuals who do not enjoy cold weather are especially out of luck if they choose to live in Minnesota, North Dakota, or Montana; however, for those individuals who thoroughly enjoy the cold and snow, the Northern region of the U.S. has much to offer.

If you are looking for a winter vacation that includes downhill skiing and snowboarding, look no further. Big Sky Ski Resort, located near Bozeman, Montana is settled in among the pristine Rocky Mountains, boasting over 11,000 feet of peak skiing elevation, with more than 4,000 feet of vertical drop.

The skiing offered at Big Sky is some of the best in the United States, and there is a wide array of terrain available for skiers of all styles and experience levels.

Beginners can start with some of the gently winding green and blue (beginner and intermediate) runs on the mountainside, enjoying the breathtaking scenery while gliding, in some cases up to 6 miles, back down toward the base of the chair lift.

More advanced skiers will enjoy the bowl skiing offered further up the mountain, which is especially enjoyable with the presence of fresh powder. The main bowl at Big Sky is extremely popular, yet there is always adequate space in the bowl for daily visitors to fully enjoy their skiing experience.

The most advanced skiers have the opportunity to catch the "Lone Peak Tram" to Lone Peak, the highest elevation, over 11,000 feet above sea level, that Big Sky has to offer. Once on lone peak, only black diamond and double black diamond (expert and extreme terrain) runs are offered. The view from Lone Peak is phenomenal, and the terrain that must be skied to find one's way down the mountainside is guaranteed to provide an adrenaline rush for even the most seasoned veteran skiers.

As previously stated, differing styles of skiing are also offered. For those who do not enjoy simply skiing down the mountainside, there is plenty of terrain available for powder skiing, tree skiing, and freestyle skiing.

The staff at Big Sky are extremely helpful, and lift lines move reasonably quickly, ensuring that you'll have adequate time on the slopes each day. Skiing hours end at 4:00pm daily, but after eight full hours of possible skiing, it is hard to imagine that anyone would have much energy left to spend skiing extra runs - not to mention those runs would have to be completed in the dark.

Big Sky Ski Resort near Bozeman, Montana is an absolute must-visit for anyone that is serious about skiing or snowboarding. With enough terrain to satisfy any style skier, and enough runs to supply unique skiing experiences for over a week, consider visiting Big Sky for your next winter getaway!