Big Sky Winter Operations Plan


Big Sky Winter Operations Plan

No Passholder Reservations, Early Access Now An Option

Big Sky in Montana has released its operating plans for the upcoming winter season and it doesn’t involve passholder reservations of any kind.

The resort explained that Big Sky “passholders will be welcome to access the resort any day of the season their pass is valid, at any time during operating hours, and walk up to the lifts as usual.”

If you’ve already purchased your pass, then you’re probably breathing a small sigh of relief. However, Big Sky did explain that sales may be paused at a future date to continue assessing the number of skiers we can accommodate on the mountain.

Big Sky hopes that by monitoring the number of passes sold, they will avoid implementing a passholder reservation system during the season. 

Every season pass purchase includes Worry-Free Winter Assurance, which provides a credit towards a 2021-22 season pass based on the number of days lost if the resort were to close due to unforeseen circumstances and operate fewer than 140 days. Passholders also have the option to roll over the value of an unused 2020-21 pass as a credit towards a 2021-22 pass for any reason through December 10, 2020, at no cost.  

Ikon, Mountain Collective & Day Lift Tickets

Ikon Passholders can ski and ride at Big Sky when their passes permit access and must use Ikon’s reservation system to let us know when they plan to visit. If Big Sky needs to address volume, there may be a limit on how many Ikon passholders can access the mountain during specific days of the season. 

Mountain Collective Passholders will also have access to Big Sky Resort when their passes permit access. Mountain Collective passholders may be required to make a reservation before their visit. More details are forthcoming. If we need to address volume, there may be a limit on how many Mountain Collective passholders can access the mountain during specific days of the season. 

Lift Ticket holders can purchase their desired days of skiing at this time, with no anticipated restrictions. Purchasing lift tickets online, and before the start of the season will assure access to the mountain for your desired days of skiing. If Big Sky needs to address volume, availability for lift tickets on desired dates may be restricted for both online and same-day lift ticket sales.

Something New for 2020-2021

Early Access, a new unguided first tracks program, will allow guests to load Ramcharger 8 at 8 a.m., one hour before public access, to get a head start on the ski day while providing an additional opportunity for guests to disperse throughout the mountain, alleviating base area congestion in the mornings. 

Both lift ticket and Season Passholders will have the ability to purchase Early Access from mid-December to March, and must be booked online in advance. 

A limited amount of Early Access reservations will be permitted each day, so be sure to book early when online purchasing becomes available. 

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